Phi Psi Doctor Elected to New Position

Ohio State alumnus cites the leadership learned through Phi Psi with influencing his professional service pursuits

Brian Santin Ohio State '99 was elected Secretary of the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) at their annual meeting in October. The position, a three-year commitment, will eventually lead to his being president. Currently the Chief Surgery Resident at Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio, Santin recognizes the value of leadership beyond the operating room.

"I have always sought out leadership opportunities and enjoy being involved in various aspects of organizations," Santin said. "The ACS serves as the umbrella organization for all surgical specialties and I enjoy being able to impact surgeons in training around the country from my involvement."

Seeking out those leadership opportunities was not a lesson that came without influence. Serving as treasurer of the Ohio Delta chapter while an undergraduate, Santin used the opportunities of being a member in Phi Kappa Psi to hone those leadership skills.

"I was fortunate to have attended one of the earlier Cabo trips (prior to the creation of the American Leadership Academy) and have since reused that leadership mentality in medical school by leading committees and student organizations," he said. "I continue to build upon the original leadership foundation from Cabo and Ohio Delta."

More importantly than the lessons learned through membership, Santin capitalized on the vast educational opportunities provided by the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation. While an undergraduate at Ohio State, Santin was awarded a Summerfield Scholarship for his leadership qualities and academic success. After graduation, and in pursuit of his medical degree, he was awarded a Founders Fellowship in 2003. The generosity of the scholarship allowed him to focus his attention on what he felt was the most important.

"The Founders Fellowship helped to alleviate additional financial burdens I would have otherwise needed to assume during my undergraduate tenure, thus placing further constraints on my ability to pursue other areas of interest such as volunteering at The Ohio State University Medical Center."

A student rewarded, a career started, and a life of service empowered through the support and connections of Phi Kappa Psi.

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