Lincoln Memorial University



 Harrogate, Tennessee, April 13, 2016 – Joseph Johnson, a third year osteopathic medical student at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, Tennessee, has been elected national president of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and will begin his term on May 1, 2017. Johnson will be the first African American male to serve in this position, and only the third student doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) to serve as president in the history of the organization.


Johnson will move to Washington, D.C. next year to serve his term and will represent more than 40,000 physicians-in-training. He will spend his term speaking on behalf of mental health, rural health and race relations to some of the nation’s top politicians, and will participate in a national forum to discuss the feasibility of the Affordable Care Act.


“I look forward to serving as the new AMSA president in the coming year,” said Johnson. “My focus areas are minority healthcare, osteopathic medicine and rural and mental health. Over the next two years I will work with the White House Task Force on opiate and prescription drug abuse and will meet frequently with several Congressional members at the Capitol to discuss healthcare policy.”


In his undergraduate studies, Johnson graduated summa cum laude from Shorter University with two bachelor degrees and earned four associate degrees in various non-science disciplines at Georgia Highlands College. Johnson currently serves on the National Board of Trustees for AMSA and is student editor for The New Physician Magazine and a columnist for In-Training. Johnson is also the immediate past class president of the Class of 2017 at LMU-DCOM. Besides studying medicine, Johnson has strong interests in religious studies, languages and classical literature. In his spare time, you may catch him writing, playing basketball or coaching. Johnson and his wife, Jessica, are parents to a daughter, Nadine.


AMSA is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. Founded in 1950, AMSA is a student-governed, non-profit organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. To learn more about AMSA, its strategic priorities, or joining the organization, please visit them online at


The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7108, email [email protected], or visit us online at



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