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Osteopathic medical student elected president-elect of AMSA

Joseph (Joey) Johnson, OMS III, will take the helm of the national physician-in-training organization upon graduating next year.

Joseph (Joey) Johnson, OMS III, will be spending his last year at the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, Tennessee, preparing for his new role after graduation: becoming president of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). Johnson was elected president-elect during AMSA’s recent annual convention.

In his new position, Johnson will work with the AMSA president to advocate for medical students while preparing for his own year as president.

Joseph (Joey) Johnson, OMS-III

“This opportunity will give me the largest voice I have ever had as an advocate. And as an osteopathic medical student, I look forward to working with other organizations and educating them about DOs and osteopathic medicine,” Johnson says.

After graduating from LMU-DCOM next May, Johnson will take a year off during his term as AMSA president before beginning residency. During his presidency, Johnson hopes to focus on advocacy efforts in rural health, mental health, minority medicine and osteopathic medicine.

Currently, Johnson serves as student editor for The New Physician and LMU-DCOM class president. He also has served on the AMSA board since 2015.

Johnson received two bachelor’s degrees from the Shorter University and four associate degrees from Georgia Highlands College, both in Rome, Georgia.


  1. I am so proud of this young man. He has overcome many obstacles in his journey; however I believe that he is stronger for it. God has big plans for you.

  2. Im so proud of you Joey!! When we was working at Meggitt you always told me you was just going to be there for a min. and that you and your wife had worked out a life plan. Im so excited and proud of you that you did just what u planned to do.

  3. I had the pleasure of working with Jospeh in 2001 at Cedar Valley Nursing Home. He was a dedicated & hard working young man and now I see it paid off.. Wishing him blessings as he embarks on his journey of helping others something he was very passionate about.

  4. Congratulations to you Joey. I remember all the times you stopped by our house and you and my husband (Rev Prescott) would talk and talk about always giving your best even when lpeople are kicking you. When he told you to aim high and keep the faith and you promised you would and because of your faith and obedience you have found favor. GOD Bless you and your family and GOD is not done with you. Much love “The Prescott Family”

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