Lauren Abdul-Majeed, a fourth-year student at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 129,000 physicians and medical students nationwide. Abdul-Majeed was elected to a one-year term by the National Congress of Medical Students and was confirmed by the governing body of the AAFP, the Congress of Delegates.
As the student member of the board of directors, Abdul-Majeed represents the interests and opinions of the National Congress of Medical Students to the AAFP Board of Directors and Congress of Delegates. In addition, she advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.
As a medical student, Abdul-Majeed aspires to provide care as a family physician for underserved communities. Throughout her academic career, she has worked toward meeting that goal. As a medical student volunteer with the New Life Volunteering Society Free Health Clinic, she was a patient health education coordinator. She also served as a peer educator for medical students and vice president of the South Asian Medical Students Association. She was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, which recognizes senior medical students and residents for their demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service.
In addition, Abdul-Majeed has served in leadership roles with the AAFP. She was both a regional and national coordinator for the AAFP Family Medicine Interest Group National Network and the student member of the AAFP Commission on Education.
Abdul-Majeed graduated magna cum laude, earning Bachelor of Science degrees in neuroscience and in music performance from St. Louis University. In addition to her medical studies, she is in the Patient-Centered Medical Scholars Program -- a four-year course of study at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine to train medical students to provide patient-centered care to culturally and socioeconomically diverse patients. She anticipates completing her master’s degree in Public Health and her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine in 2017.