May 18, 2019
Ankita Brahmaroutu, a medical student entering her fourth year at the Texas A&M College of Medicine, has been appointed to serve on the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Board of Trustees, the association’s governing body. Ms. Brahmaroutu begins her one-year term representing the TMA Medical Student Section (TMA-MSS) on the board today at TexMed, TMA’s annual conference, in Dallas.
The appointment follows her ambition to serve as a liaison between medical students and TMA member physicians. “Many students do not understand how the organization is structured and run,” said Ms. Brahmaroutu. “I want to increase transparency to the best of my ability between medical students and physician leaders so that students understand the importance of the TMA and advocacy in medicine.” She said she is both thrilled and honored to be selected to serve.
The aspiring physician has been a TMA member for three years and recently completed an advocacy internship at the medical association. She is a student alternate representative for the TMA Committee on Reproductive, Women’s, and Perinatal Health, and chairs her region’s medical student delegates in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates policymaking body.
“I have been heavily involved in policymaking for some time now,” she said. “From working at the Texas governor’s office to writing AMA [policy] resolutions, I love that medical students have a voice at the state and national level.”
Ms. Brahmaroutu will complete her studies to receive her medical degree in 2020, when she plans to work toward a practice in neurology, with a possible focus in vascular/stroke neurology. “I cannot think of anything more satisfying than preventing the loss of one’s memories or restoring a patient’s personality,” she said of this goal, adding that she’s always been interested in how the human brain functions.
“Pathology of the nervous system essentially influences the core of what it means to be human,” she said.
A native of Round Rock in the Austin area, Ms. Brahmaroutu received her master of science degree in medical sciences at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. She previously earned a bachelor of science in neurobiology from The University of Texas at Austin.
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing nearly 53,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.
Contact: Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear[at]texmed[dot]org
Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; email: marcus.cooper[at]texmed[dot]org
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