Student Rachel Glassford Awarded for Leadership by American Medical Student Association

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), the oldest and largest independent organization of physicians-in-training in the United States, presented the 2014 James Slayton National Award for Leadership Excellence to Rachel Glassford, a Master of Public Health graduate student at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. Glassford was honored in front of her peers at the 2014 AMSA Annual Convention & Exposition in New Orleans.   

The James Slayton National Award for Leadership Excellence is named in honor of an exemplary former AMSA National President and AMSA Foundation President. Each year, AMSA leaders are chosen due to their exemplary achievement in leadership and ability to foster the development of inspiring physician leaders.

Rachel Glassford receives a hug from AMSA National President, Dr. Nida Degesys

Glassford is pursuing a Master of Public Health with an emphasis on prevention and community health, particularly health programming development, implementation, and evaluation. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. She currently serves as AMSA’s Premedical Trustee but on May 1, 2014 she will become AMSA’s Education and Research Fellow.

"I was so surprised and honored by the award. Receiving the award has encouraged me to reflect and appreciate my mentors who helped me develop as a leader. The experience also inspired me to consider the impressive team members I worked with throughout the year. I couldn't have been the leader I was without working and growing with them," Glassford said of the experience receiving the award.

Glassford is active on the Milken Institute School of Public Health’s Washington, DC campus and serves on an interdisciplinary team to provide community health education to high school students in Southeast DC.