Aaron Blake is a previous Physiology graduate from University College Cork, and current Final Year GEM in the University of Limerick. He began his time with AMSI in February 2017 when he was the Local Officer for Medical Education in UL, and was subsequently elected National Officer for Medical Education for the Executive Board in 2017.
Aaron has almost a decade of experience in activism, with a particular interest in LGBTQ Rights, gender equality, and sociological aspects of medical education. He is the founder of AMSI campaigns such as Access Week and Humans of Medical Education, highlighting the barriers people face when entering medical school and how these barriers impact medical school experience. Previously, he served as President of UCC LGBT Society in 2013/14, academic class representative, and a part-time officer on UCC Students’ Union.
Aaron strives to develop AMSI on a local and national level and to promote awareness of AMSI as an outlet for students to work on issues and project that matter most to them.
Vice President for External Affairs (VPE)
Vice President for Internal Affairs (VPI)
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Timothy is a second year medical student in NUIG. He started with AMSI in 2017 when he was part of the delegation to the Tanzania IFMSA August meeting. Shortly after he became the Local Exchange Officer for NUIG, before being elected as the Nation Exchange Officer for the executive board in 2017.
Timothy has a history in leadership roles having served as an officer in the Singapore Armed Forces before beginning medical school. He believes in developing stronger communications and ties between Local Committees to develop a more united AMSI.
Timothy's goal is to build an AMSI that all students feel they can get behind, and believe is representative of theirs views and beliefs.
Vice President of training, events &capacity building (VPtec)
Aisling is a third year graduate entry medicine student from Dublin, studying in UCC, Cork, completing a degree in Health Science from UCD, Dublin, in 2015. She became involved with AMSI in her first year at UCC, starting as the local and national officer for sexual and reproductive health, then becoming local chair for UCC and now acting as local officer for exchanges as well as vice president for capacity building. She has a keen interest in global and public health, particularly topics concerning mental health and sexual health. Aisling is very keen to see AMSI continue to grow during her position this year and to reach more students to make them aware of who we are and all of the opportunities that AMSI offers.
Vice President for finances
Niamh McGrath is a proud Corkonian - born and raised in the Rebel County and studying in University College Cork. She started off her AMSI-career as an OCM for AMSI UCC in March 2017. In 2017/ 2018 she continued on as Co-Chairperson working with current VPTEC, Aisling Holland, and also served as UCC’s Representative on the EB. In March 2018, Niamh was lucky enough to be part of AMSI’s delegation attending the IFMSA’s March Meeting 2018 in Hurghada, Egypt.
Academically, Niamh’s interests include global health and development and she hopes that in 5 years you will find her working for an NGO. Outside academia, Niamh enjoys cooking, climbing, travelling, and volunteering. When she’s not working on the AMSI finances, Niamh spends most of her free time volunteering for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind as part of the Early Socialisation and Temporary Boarding programmes and can also often be found in Barretstown working as a Cara at camp.
As VPF for the year 2018/ 2019, Niamh will continue to build on relations with our sponsors and plans to work collaboratively with both the Executive Board and Local Committees to increase the profile of AMSI on the local, national and international level through expanding the reach of our projects, offering financial support and increasing merchandising
Charleen Salmon was born in Manila but grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She is a first year GEMS student at the University of Limerick and has recently been re-elected as our Secretary General for 2018/19.
Charleen completed her Master of Science in Epidemiology in 2017 and was the secretary for the Community Health Sciences Student Executive (CHSSE) Committee at the University of Calgary for the past 2 years.
Previously, she was the 2016 Co-Chair of Hospitality and Registration on the Campus Alberta Student Conference on Health Steering Committee, Co-President of the Health and Medicine Club, Co-President of the Hope 2 Opportunity (H2O) Club, and VP of various other student clubs and societies.
Charleen loves the outdoors and loves to hike in the summer and snowboard down the Albertan Rocky Mountains during winter. Charleen is super excited to be part of the Executive Board and put her organization, management, and love of note taking and colour coding to good use
Public Relations Officer
National Exchange officer incoming
Leon is currently in his 3rd year of Medicine in Trinity College Dublin (TCD). In addition to being the National Exchange Officer - Incoming (NEO-in) for the AMSI EB, he is also the Co-Chairperson for the Local Committee (LC) in TCD. Leon has worked extensively in the SCOPE standing committee where he was the Local Exchange Officer (LEO) in 2017/18, and was also a contact person for multiple exchange students which had electives in Dublin for the Summer of 2018.
Leon strives to bring SCOPE and SCORE to the forefront of the schools in Ireland, hoping to increase collaboration between the LCs and schools. In doing so, more students can see the amazing experiences that the program can offer, and give incoming students the best exchange experience. Well travelled within Ireland itself, and enjoying the ocassional pint of the black stuff for the craic, he hopes to welcome incoming students to show what Ireland has to offer.
Leon is an avid photographer and a foodie. He enjoys shooting his travels and also uses his talents for AMSI events. Leon loves cooking a wide range of food from Western to Asian cuisine and loves cooking for his friends to enjoy a meal together.
National Exchange Officer outgoing
Emily is currently in her third year of medicine at NUIG. She joined AMSI in 2017 as the NUIG Local Exchange Officer (LEO). As the NUIG LEO, she gained knowledge about the SCOPE Standing Committee and was one of AMSI’s delegates for the General Assembly in Montreal this past August. In September 2018, she was elected as AMSI’s National Exchange Officer for Outgoing Students (NEO-Out).
Originally from Canada, Emily completed her Honours Bachelor of Science (Hon. BSc) degree with Majors in both Biology and Physiology, and a special focus in Ethics, from the University of Western Ontario in 2014. While pursuing her undergraduate studies she worked in Project Management for multidisciplinary care teams. Emily specialized in assisting GPs with program planning, implementation of evidence-based guidelines and data collection and analysis; most of which centered around delivering high quality programs to patients in the areas of chronic diseases and preventative care. Emily has shared her knowledge in these areas by presenting her work at numerous conferences across Canada.
Emily’s hobbies include learning through reading and podcasts, trying new food and wine from around the world, travelling as much as possible, and staying active.
In her role as NEO-Out, Emily hopes to streamline the outgoing processes and to build on the great work of the past AMSI EB. She plans to increase sustainability in the SCOPE program to ensure that more students will have access to SCOPE exchange opportunities in their future.
National Officer for medical education
National Officer for Public Health
Rosie is a Canadian-British medical student, originally from Vancouver. For the past four years, she has been studying medicine at NUI Galway. She is passionate about improving global health through health promotion and disease prevention projects. Currently, Rosie sits on the board of the Irish Forum for Global Health. She also acts as the national coordinator for Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) Ireland, an organization that is committed to changing the R&D system in universities to encourage better access to medicines worldwide. She has completed various medical internships in Cambridge, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland and Denmark. Her favourite experience has been working in the Public Health Services department of the WHO European HQ. This past summer she spent three months in Uganda learning about women’s health under the International Planned Parenthood Foundation and refugee settlement menstrual health with the Ugandan Red Cross. As NPO, Rosie hopes to build national advocacy capacity on issues facing Ireland such as the HPV vaccine uptake, antimicrobial resistance, and childhood obesity. Rosie will work to roll out her ‘Healthy Heroes’ child and adolescent health education event through AMSI’s local committees in Cork, Dublin and Limerick. She dreams of one day becoming a consultant in Public Health medicine.
National Officer for human rights and peace
National Officer for Sexual Health & Reproduction incl. HIV/AIDS
UCD Ordinary Committee Member to the AMSI National Committee