Drexel University College of Medicine Student Elected to Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians

Kevin Bernstein is native of Quakertown, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Leslie Champlin
Senior Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5224

DENVER — Kevin Bernstein, MS, a student at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, has been elected to the board of the directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 94,700 physicians and medical students nationwide. Bernstein was elected to a one-year term by the National Congress of Student Members and was confirmed by the governing body of the AAFP, the Congress of Delegates.

As the student member of the board of directors, Bernstein is responsible for representing the interests and opinions of the National Congress of Student Members to the AAFP Board of Directors and Congress of Delegates. In addition, he will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.

As a member of the AAFP, Bernstein has served as a student delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates, a member of the AAFP Commission on Education and its subcommittees on Resident and Student Issues, and International Family Medicine since October 2009.

In May of this year, Bernstein began his term as the student member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors and chair of the PAFP Student Assembly. He has been a member of the PAFP Resident and Student Affairs Commission since 2009.

Bernstein has received numerous honors and awards, including the Pennsylvania Medical Society Foundation Alliance Medical Education Scholarship Fund Robert and Arlene Oyler Award this year.

As a medical student, Bernstein served as president of the Drexel University College of Medicine class of 2011 and as the graduate student representative in medical science to the college of medicine’s student governing body. He was president and overall coordinator for the St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children Pediatric AIDS Benefit Concert from 2007 to 2009 and participated in the Carlisle Medical Mission Group/Carolina Honduras Health Foundation mission to Honduras in 2007.

Bernstein will complete his medical degree in May 2011 and will pursue residency training and service in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps.

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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 124,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.

To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions(5 page PDF) on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit
www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org(www.familydoctor.org).