Medical student from The U elected AMA delegate

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A third-year student at the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota has been elected as a delegate to the American Medical Association. Seth Harrer of Sioux Falls, S.D., will begin his work as a delegate at the organization’s next meeting in June. He served as an alternate delegate in his second year as a medical student.

"The AMA was one of the only places that I could become involved as a student and continue in the organization through medical school, my residency and into my years as a practicing physician," Harrer said. "It will give me the chance to be part of major policy decisions in medicine."

Harrer said he was inspired to become involved by former medical student, Joe Seurer, who served as a delegate two years ago. Two delegates and two alternates are elected in each of the seven AMA regions of the country. Harrer will help represent medical students in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

In addition to voting rights in the student section, Harrer also has the right to vote in the AMA House of Delegates. Through the voting process, student proposals can become AMA policy. "I hope I can assist with positive changes in the health care field," he said. "Our top priority must always be to do what's best for the patient."

Harrer said working with medical students from around the country has given him valuable perspective on health care. In addition, he said that some of the physicians he's met are great mentors and have helped shape his career in medicine.