Two PNWU students elected to national medical council
YAKIMA, Wash. - Two students at Pacific Northwest University in Yakima are taking positions at a prestigious national medical council.
Students Cameron Justice and AJ Lakey have been elected to this highly competitive medical council, known as the Emergency Medicine Resident's Association (EMRA) Medical Student Council, according to an announcement released Tuesday from PNWU.
"It's definitely an honor just to know that all this hard work is being recognized, but it also gives you an opportunity to be in a position to help others too," said Third Year PNWU Student AJ Lakey.
PNWU is one of two university's in the nation that has two students on the council. Both students say their overall goal is to help people in need, especially in Yakima where there's a huge shortage of care physicians. They say being on council will get them one step closer to doing that.
"It's just a huge void we have especially in these small towns, we need doctors," said Second Year PNWU Student Cameron Justice.
The two have received this rare honor as medical students who are considered the best and brightest across the country. Justice and Lakey are two of only 25 in the nation elected to this council, according to leaders.
Lakey will go into his second term as a member of the council after having been selected to serve as the EMRA’s Pacific Region Representative last year. Justice will fill Lakey's former role, overseeing Emergency Medicine Interest Groups in the Pacific region.
Lakey will now serve as the association’s Osteopathic Coordinator, where he’ll serve as the voice for osteopathic medical students on the council.
“This could be a game changer for students like those here at PNWU who don’t have a local EM residency and, thus, resident mentors at their fingertips,” Lakey said.
University leaders said the pair is scheduled to attend their first national meeting in San Antonio next month.