Introducing the Student Association’s 2020-2021 Officers


The Oceania University of Medicine Student Association (OUMSA) has elected new officers. The 2020-2021 leadership team brings interesting backstories – as always. They look forward to working with fellow students – some for a second year – to strengthen and enrich the medical school experience.

Tom Dalton – President (returning officer)

Tom is a third-year student from Sydney, currently completing clinical rotations in Samoa. His background is in education and training, as a primary school teacher and principal, also spending ten years in the Australian Army as an Education Officer. Tom continues to work part-time as an Army Reservist.

Juliana Chewlit – Vice President 

Juliana is from Samoa (“born and raised,” she says). Before OUM, she was living in NZ where she earned her BS at the University of Auckland. Living in Samoa again, she is in her third year and has started rotations at TTM Hospital. Juliana looks forward to meeting everyone when they come to Samoa for rotations.

Rashella D’Amico – Secretary 

Rashella is a behavior analyst in Indiana (US) who works primarily with individuals who have developmental disabilities. She began the program at OUM in 2017 with the goal of becoming a family physician. Rashella is married with four children ranging from 3 to 19 years old.

Paul Lam – Treasurer (returning officer)

Paul is a final-year MBBS student currently studying for his OSCE. He is a registered nurse and a CPA with a diverse background ranging from an Honours degree in Biochemistry to a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Paul plans to operate his own medical facilities in the future.

James Seal – Sergeant at Arms (returning officer)

James is a third-year student from Goldsboro, North Carolina (US). He was a medic in the U.S. Army prior to graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina as a physician assistant. He works for University of North Carolina (UNC) Rex Healthcare and has been providing hospital medicine services at UNC Wayne Memorial Hospital since 2010.