Dr. Isaiah A. Cochran is originally from Akron, Ohio. He was adopted at the age of 18 months by his mother, who is a retired teacher. Isaiah went to undergrad at Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania, where he had the opportunity to play tennis, conduct research at Harvard and Yale Medical Schools, and start a chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). He attended medical school at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine where he graduated in 2019. Here he continued his work with AMSA and helped to start the Refugee Student Alliance. It was during his time in medical school that Isaiah began to staunchly advocate for the underserved in health care and beyond. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ and African American communities, he understands that he has a unique position as a physician to make a difference for the better.
Isaiah is the immediate past national president and chair of the board of trustees for the American Medical Student Association. He served as a key organizational spokesperson for AMSA and as an active promoter of the organization's educational programming, advocacy pursuits, and membership recruitment and engagement efforts. Isaiah spent a year in Washington D.C. serving fulltime in his role as AMSA president between 2019-2020, before starting his residency at Halifax Health Family Medicine Residency Program.
Halifax Health was at the top of Isaiah's list for residency for many reasons. However, he really was excited by the fact that he would have the opportunity to work with underserved patients. Isaiah also likes the fact that at Halifax he will have the opportunity to continue with leadership and fight for equity, equality, and justice for all individuals both in health care and outside of health care. Family medicine is a perfect avenue for someone like Isaiah who has an interest in the politics of medicine. He hopes to use the breadth of knowledge that a developing family medicine physician learns to become a stronger advocate and perhaps one day seek a position in public office.
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