Tobie-Lynn Smith Elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
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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 and Congress of Delegates.
Smith is currently in training at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program in San Antonio. Since beginning residency, she has served on the program’s Curriculum Committee, Community Projects Committee and Adult Ethics Committees. In the community, Smith serves on the Bexar County Medical Society’s Public Health and Patient Advocacy Committee, as well as its Legislative Affairs Committee, and has volunteered at the San Fernando Free Health Clinic.
A member of the AAFP since 1999, Smith currently serves on the Commission on Quality and the Americans in Motion Advisory Panel. Smith also holds a number of leadership positions with the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, serving on its Board of Delegates, the Commission on Legislative and Public Affairs and the Commission on Core Delegation. She also serves as a resident representative on the Texas Medical Association’s Council on Public Health.
Smith graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and went on to earn her master’s degree in kinesiology with a specialization in clinical exercise physiology.
In 2005, Smith completed her doctor of medicine degree from State University of New York – Stony Brook School of Medicine. While in medical school, Smith was involved in the AIDS Community Teaching public health program, and was president of their Family Medicine Interest Group.
Smith expects to complete her residency and receive board eligibility in 2008, upon which time she plans to seek her master’s degree in either public health or health care policy.
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