In February of 2015, I was elected as the president of the DC Beta chapter of the Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity. During this time, I recommitted the chapter to our founding values by increasing the number of service and professional events we held. I initiated regular contact with our International office, as well as improved communication and collaboration within our chapter. I continued to make the Chapter a support system and home for its members, introducing Chapter retreats, social outings, study hours, and fellowship events. Culminating my experience as President, I received the Dan Gelfand Outstanding Premedical Student of the Year 2015 at Phi Delta Epsilon’s international convention in February 2016.
Phi Delta Epsilon’s philanthropy is Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and American University is in the same city as Children’s National Medical Center. This allows us to have events to directly benefit the hospital, such as the Dance Marathon which PhiDE co-sponsored and helped to raise over $17,000. We have also had campaigns to benefit the hospital such as cape making, coloring book making, book drives, blood drives, laser tag fundraisers, and other shows of support. Like many members, I have been lucky enough to take advantage of this proximity and volunteer at CNMC.