Chandler Stisher, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Alabama School of Medicine and Master of Public Health student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 134,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. Stisher was elected to a one-year term by the National Conference 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, Stisher represents the interests and opinions of the National Conference of Students to the AAFP Board of Directors and Congress of Delegates. In addition, he advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.
Throughout his medical school career, Stisher has taken on leadership roles with the AAFP. He currently serves as national coordinator for the AAFP Family Medicine Interest Group Network, established by the AAFP to strengthen the on-campus FMIGs that focus on promoting family medicine as a career. He also serves as the student member to the AAFP Commission on Education, the Subcommittee on National Conference Planning, and the Subcommittee on Resident and Student Issues.
In 2015, Stisher was named to the UAB Primary Care Scholars program and received the Smith Foundation Graduate Scholarship; in 2017, he was awarded the UASOM Comer Foundation Medical Scholarship. He was named an AAFP Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute scholar in 2016.
Stisher graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2014. He entered the Rural Medicine Program at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama in 2015 and transferred to the University of Alabama School of Medicine, where he anticipates completing his medical degree in 2019.