Jacques Ambrose, a fourth-year University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine student, is the first Hawaiʻi medical student elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) Minority Affairs Governing Council.
Through June 2014, Ambrose will be the sole student representative on the governing council, which consists of eight other members, all physicians. The goals of the minority affairs governing council include increasing the number of medical students and physicians from underrepresented minority groups and advising the AMA on minority issues.
Ambrose has served as a peer mentor and student advisor, guiding and encouraging underserved and socioeconomically disadvantaged students to pursue higher education. He is also an intern and student representative on the Hawaiʻi State Senate and Hawaiʻi Healthcare Transformation Initiatives.
He published a study in the Hawaiʻi Journal of Medicine on the representation of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Island physicians in Hawaiʻi. His research has also been published in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education and the International Journal of Circumpolar Health.
“I’m determined to help break the cycle of health disparities among minorities,” Ambrose said.
Read more about Ambrose at the John A. Burn School of Medicine’s website.