University of Alabama School of Medicine Student Elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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

SAN DIEGO — Tate Hinkle, a fourth-year student at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Huntsville, has been elected to the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. Hinkle 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, Hinkle 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.

Active in family medicine throughout medical school, Hinkle this year was elected a student delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. As a student delegate, he represents student member interests pertinent to medical students that are brought to the Congress of Delegates by the National Congress of Students. Hinkle also currently serves on the AAFP Commission on Education as well as the Subcommittee on Resident and Student Issues, and the Subcommittee on Global Family Medicine.

He has been very active with the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, serving as Alabama Academy of Family Physicians’ alternate delegate to the conference and as chair of the Reference Committee. Between 2011 and 2012, Hinkle was the student member of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors.

In 2011, Hinkle was named a regional coordinator for the AAFP’s National Family Medicine Interest Group Network for a one-year term beginning in January 2012. As a coordinator, he served as a consultant and resource for the FMIGs on medical school campuses in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Previously, he also served as president of the FMIGs at the University of Alabama School of Medicine’s Hunstville and Birmingham campuses.

In addition, Hinkle has served as a clinic volunteer in the Equal Access Birmingham health clinic, a diabetes educator for the University of Alabama School of Medicine Diabetes Education Initiative, and a member of the Troy-Pike County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. He also volunteers his time to the North Alabama Medical Reserve Corps, a network of medical and non-medical volunteers trained to supplement community organizations in preparing for and responding to emergencies and to provide community education in disease awareness and prevention.

Hinkle was recently named a Larry A. Green Visiting Scholar by the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care in Washington, DC. Beginning January 2014, he will participate in a four-week health policy immersion program, working alongside Graham Center staff to develop original research with the goal of national publication and dissemination.

Hinkle completed his master’s degree in biological and environmental sciences at Troy University, in Troy, Ala., and his bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., before joining the University of Alabama School of Medicine’s Rural Medicine Program in 2009.

Hinkle will complete his medical degree in May 2014.

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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is nearly 214 million office visits each year — nearly 74 million more than the next largest 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 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).