Jackson, Miss., Physician Elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians

Brent Smith is a graduate of University of Mississippi School of Medicine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Contact:
Leslie Champlin
Senior Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5224
lchampli@aafp.org

ORLANDO, Fla. — Brent Smith, MD, a family physician in Jackson, Miss., has been elected to the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 100,300 physicians and medical students nationwide. Smith was elected to a one-year term by the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents and confirmed by the AAFP’s governing body, the Congress of Delegates.

As the resident member of the board of directors, Smith is responsible for representing the interests and opinions of the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents 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.

A member of the AAFP since 2008, Smith has served as a student delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates and as a member of the AAFP Commission on Education and its subcommittees on Resident-Student Issues and International Family Medicine. In 2009 and 2010, he served as the AAFP resident delegate to the American Medical Association Resident-Fellow section. In addition to providing leadership at the University of Mississippi Family Medicine Interest Group as a student, Smith became a resident advisor for the FMIG in 2009.

Smith earned his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine, Jackson, Miss. He is completing his family medicine residency training at the University Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program in Jackson. In addition, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Ark., in 2010 and currently is completing his Master of Science in Clinical Education at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Throughout his academic career, Smith has been active in the American Medical Association and Mississippi Medical Association. He currently serves as the resident member of the Mississippi AMA Board of Trustees. In 2009-2010, he served as the resident member of the Mississippi Medical Association Council on Legislation. Since 2008, he also has served on the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program Committee. Since 2010, he has served with the Vice Chancellor’s Resident’s group of HEALing Fellows, a community outreach program to identify and help correct the causes of health disparities, and to improve resident training in serving the needs of the community.

In addition to his academic work, Smith contributed to his community as a volunteer with the Jackson Free Clinic from 2005 to 2010, with Habitat for Humanity from 2005 to 2008, with Ronald McDonald House in 2009 and 2010, and as a volunteer team physician for multiple local high school sports teams in 2009 and 2010.

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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).