Nida F. Degesys
is the National President of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), representing over 35,000 physicians-in-training.
After graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Ohio University, she served in the United States Peace Corps as a community economic development volunteer in Panama where she helped a women’s cooperative gain sustainability and taught children oral hygiene and nutrition. She received her M.D. from Northeast Ohio Medical University where she was awarded Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) as well as Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) memberships.
Dr. Degesys served as AMSA’s National Secretary and Vice President for Internal Affairs, Nida prior to her Presidency. She also served as AMSA’s Chair of Medical Education when she developed a medical education leadership institute curriciulum “Teaching Tomorrow’s Teachers Today,” in Washington, D.C. In 2009-2010 she was the Education Coordinator for the committee on the culture of medicine where she lead a national study on medical student knowledge on patient safety .
Dr. Degesys has presented her research on patient safety, students’ attitudes towards disabilities, and educational pedagogy both internationally and nationally which have won her several research awards.
Dr. Degesys was appointed by Governor Strickland of Ohio to serve as a Trustee on the Northeast Ohio Medical University Board of Trustees from 2010-2012. She is currently interviewing for emergency medicine residency.
Nida enjoys spending time with her husband, David, her 2 pugs, reading, traveling, and practicing yoga and Zumba.