A fourth-year medical student at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Dublin has been elected as the new student representative to the American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees.
Adam Coridan was nominated for and elected to the post during the 2018 annual meeting of AOA’s House of Delegates, which took place July 20-22 in Chicago. The position has a one-year term, from July 2018 to July 2019.
The Board of Trustees is AOA’s administrative body, and has authority to conduct the organization’s essential business when its House of Delegates is not in session. Its duties include managing AOA’s finances; making appointments to bureaus, councils, and committees; deciding ethical/judicial issues; and reviewing and approving amendments to the constitution, bylaws and regulations of affiliated organizations. The student representative, who is a voting member of the board, is nominated, in alternate years, by either the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP), or the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA).
“Adam’s election to the AOA Board of Trustees as the student representative is a remarkable personal achievement and speaks to his dedication and service to the Student Osteopathic Medical Association and the profession as a whole,” said William Burke, D.O. (’88), dean of the Heritage College, Dublin, and himself an AOA trustee. “He has been engaged at the local, state and national level, and is a wonderful representative of the Heritage College. I am excited to have the opportunity to work together with Adam on the board this year.”
Before enrolling in medical school, Coridan, who is from Westerville, Ohio, served in state government. He has worked as a budget/management analyst for the Ohio Office of Budget and Management and for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, managing budgets and analyzing the financial and political viability of programs.
Coridan has used his background in public service to help advance health care public policy initiatives. As national political affairs director for SOMA, he worked with osteopathic medical students nationwide to serve as advocates at all levels of government. He also served as student representative to AOA’s Bureau of State Government Affairs, which recommends new policies on state initiatives.
Coridan earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the Ohio State University in Columbus. As an undergraduate, he took part in the Hansard Society Scholars Program at the London School of Economics, where he completed an internship in the U.K. House of Commons and coursework in U.K. politics and public policy. He then earned a master’s degree in political science from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where he served as a teaching assistant in the Department of Political Science.
“I continue to be deeply impressed by how involved many of our students become in the public policy side of osteopathic medicine while they’re still in medical school,” said Ken Johnson, D.O., Heritage College executive dean and Ohio University chief medical affairs officer. “Student Doctor Coridan’s professional background in state governance is an asset that will serve our profession well, both in his new role as student representative to the AOA board and into the future.”