Laura Roberson, PNWU OMS II, was recently elected National First Vice Chair of the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents’ (COSGP’s) Executive Board. The COSGP serves as the official national representative voting voice of all osteopathic medical students.
Roberson transitions to the role as the immediate-past Executive President of PNWU’s Student Government Association (SGA), where she gained deep appreciation for the power that first-hand experiences have in shaping our individual passions and unique strengths. Now, as the COSGP’s National First Vice Chair, she is tasked with representing the diverse voices of osteopathic medical students across the country.
To learn more about the person behind that representative-voice, we spoke with Roberson on her new role, her experiences as medical student, and her insatiable quest for self-growth.
In order to feel fulfilled, Laura Roberson must constantly balance three things — the three forces that fuel her voracious drive to do good: family, health, and career.
Thus far, achieving that balance has earned her membership on the board of a non-profit organization of physicians and students committed to serving in underserved areas of California’s Kern County, pushed her to host free health fairs in disadvantaged areas, and inspired her to lead free medical clinics in third-world countries. It has also led to an impressive collection of post-nominal titles: ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve; osteopathic medical student; executive president of her medical school’s student government association.
Soon, Roberson will use her drive to good as fuel for a new role as First Vice Chair of the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents’ (COSGP’s) Executive Board. As she transitions into that role, she does so with a fresh perspective on what it means to be a leader.
As the executive president of PNWU’s SGA, Roberson acquired a deep appreciation for the power that first-hand experiences have in shaping our individual passions and unique strengths. By listening to the stories of her medical school peers, she gained insight into worlds she may have never otherwise experienced — worlds she didn’t even know could exist.
“Learning about individuals’ paths, I have really found profound beauty and empowerment in the diversity within our school,” she explained. “PNWU celebrates a transcendent diversity that can be easy to overlook. Every classmate I have had the opportunity to interact with has a beautiful, unique story. Their childhood experiences, prior careers, and even their favorite book genres all serve to shape their voices.”
Now, as the COSGP’s National First Vice Chair, Roberson is tasked with representing the diverse voices of osteopathic medical students across the country.
She plans to use the position to create a curriculum that holistically amplifies those unique voices, fostering a culture of learning through each other’s first-hand experiences, identifying individual strengths and passions and, in turn, creating stability, growth, and confidence within the personal leadership toolkits of her medical school peers nationwide.
“Self-growth enables us to most effectively help those around us,” Roberson said. “As I learn more about my own strengths and weaknesses, I aim for a continuation of growth as a leader. At the end of the day, I’m hoping that I can take this learning experience and apply it when necessary, not only in this role, but as a Navy physician, as a leader, and even as a wife and mother.”
“Laura has earned this distinctive honor,” said Dr. Thomas Scandalis, Dean of PNWU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. “I know she will represent herself, her classmates, and PNWU in an exemplary fashion."