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.
“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.