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Meet the MSS GRAF

Abby Daniel, GRAF


Friends of the AMA,

I am honored and excited to serve as your 2013-2014 Government Relations Advocacy Fellow (GRAF). By way of introduction, my name is William Pearce, and I am 100% Floridian. …seriously, my ancestors got off the boat in St. Augustine and never left. After graduating from high school in Jacksonville, FL, I attended the University of North Florida where I ran track. I followed the old five-year plan at UNF so that I could red-shirt, and I eventually wound up at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. I am between my second and third years, and mostly just happy that Step 1 is over! At this point, I’m really only interested in surgery.

In my free time, I enjoy working out, playing guitar, and anything fast (I had to sell my beautiful CBR1000 when I moved here, sad face!). In addition, I grew up in the sand, so I’m a surfer by birth. Unfortunately, DC is not much of a beach town. Finally, and most importantly: I. Love. America. If you love America too, give me a call, and we’ll be best friends.

While living and working in Washington DC this year, it will be my daily mission to ensure that you have the information and insight you need to be as informed about (and active in) health policy as you desire. I am committed to working with your MSS leaders to make sure that the medically-related goings-on in Washington are readily accessible to all who are interested. I will be posting regular updates to the AMA Website, tweeting important information along with your Governing Council (@AMA_MSS), and sending out a weekly digest of Health Care Happenings on Fridays to those particularly interested in DC’s daily grind (a tradition started by the legendary Abby Daniel and perfected by the incomparable John Corker). If you are interested in receiving my weekly email, please let me know at william.pearce@ama-assn.org

Aside from informational updates, I hope to help you actively engage in health policy through assisting in the development of your MSS policy resolutions and especially through YOUR involvement in the Student Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. This conference is an opportunity for you to bring your concerns about health care in America to Washington, and to meet with your elected officials to discuss what we’re going to do about it. Before we send you out on The Hill, though, we’ll put you up in a hotel room and make sure that you’re well-prepared with the knowledge and skills you need to be an effective advocate for your patients and colleagues. It’s an exciting and unique opportunity, and I’ll look forward to seeing you there!

In the meantime, please do stay in touch! Feel free to email (above) or call (202-789-7424) at any time with questions or concerns. I love making new friends, so if you just want to chat, that’s fine too (as long as you love America)!

I am at your service, and I can’t wait to hear from you.