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Bassel Shanab

Bassel Shanab is a medical student at the Yale School of Medicine. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Biochemistry and Biophysics; and Global Health Studies from Northwestern University graduating with distinction. His academic interests include cardiovascular health, social determinants of health, health disparities, health policy, and healthcare administration.

In addition to serving as a member of the Health Equity Thread Advisory Group, he has served as co-leader of the Yale School of Medicine's chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and the First-generation, Low-income medical student affinity group (YFLI). He currently serves as his cohort's Financial Aid representative, as well as a representative to the American Association of Medical College's Organization of Student Representatives (AAMC OSR). Outside of the Yale School of Medicine, he holds an elected position as the Northeast delegate for the AAMC OSR's Community and Diversity Committee. Such positions follow an active undergraduate presence where he focused student leadership efforts on campus affordability (i.e., lower course costs), campus accessibility (i.e., student-centered transportation), and campus health.

At the Yale School of Medicine, he works in collaboration with other student leaders to enhance undergraduate medical education for transgender and gender-diverse patients, currently working on a gender-expansive patient simulation workshop. Moreso, Bassel alongside other members of the Food Insecurity Student Taskforce have worked to address unmet basic needs of medical students at Yale, in addition to, medical students across the country.