Medical Student AAFP Leaders
Elected and Appointed Positions
Medical students make significant contributions to family medicine as members of the wide variety of boards, commissions, and inter-organizational teams that shape the AAFP. Experience in a leadership role provides valuable career insight and unique mentorship opportunities.
Most medical student leadership positions serve for a one-year term, many beginning in the fall.
As medical care and health care reform undergo pivotal changes, the voice of medical students is critical in shaping a future that aligns with the core principles of primary care. Learn what drew current leaders to their roles and find out what they hope to achieve through their skills and passion for family medicine.
In her role, Libby represents student member interestes at the AAFP Congress of Delegates and functions as a member of the AAFP Commission on Education.
"As the Student Delegate to the Congress of Delegates, I plan to advocate for resolutions on issues related to social justice and health equity. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lift the voices of my peers in order to influence the policies of the Academy and improve the health of the populations we serve."
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
In her role, Sydney represents student member interests at the AAFP Congress of Delegates and functions as a member of the AAFP Commission on Education.
"I hope to advocate for a more inclusive environment for my patients and fellow clinicians. Additionally, I will advocate for a more effective healthcare delivery system, specifically one that is single payer."
East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine
In her role, Margaret brings a student perspective to high-level decision-making discussions of the AAFP Board of Directors.
"As the student member of the Board of Directors, my job is to represent the student voice of future family medicine physicians who will take on the Academy's mission in the years to come. Our specialty has an unparalleled passion for addressing the social determinants of health that influence patients’ lives at home and in the community. My goal as a board member is to fight for patients both in and outside of the clinic by promoting primary care and all that we provide to our communities as family physicians. Our health care system is confusing and complicated, and we need physicians to speak up and advocate for change. It has also left many populations underrepresented and undertreated, and we must address these inequalities both in clinical practice as well as in medical education."
University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
In her role, Julia helps plan National Conference, coordinating and making decisions regarding student activities throughout the year. She also serves as a member on the Commission on Education as part of her responsibilities in this position.
"Family medicine is leading the charge when it comes to modernizing medicine, and students and residents are at the forefront of that fight. The first national conference I attended showed me exactly how my passions for social justice and health equity tied into being a family physician, and I want every single student and resident who steps foot into national conference to be able to find their own home and sense of belonging in this field."
In her role, Louisa works directly with the commission to support the AAFP’s Strategic Objective on Education by supporting the lifelong learning of family physicians and other health care professionals.
"My goal in this role is to advocate on behalf of future FM physicians like myself for continuous innovation in the field. I am also passionate about ensuring FM physicians maintain the skill set to offer broad-spectrum primary care for their patients. I look forward to helping with developing learning opportunities for family physicians that support a variety of learning styles and providing a student perspective during these conversations."
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
As a representative of the AAFP's Commission on Governmental Advocacy, the student leader is involved in guiding the Academy's advocacy efforts before the federal government and to assist the constituent chapters in their advocacy efforts before state governments.
"In this position, I am thrilled to have the opportunity analyze and improve state and federal policy that impacts the field of family medicine. In particular, I am passionate about advocating our most vulnerable communities, the advancement of healthcare, and the field of family medicine. As a student member, I will also work to increase student and resident awareness of how we can get involved with the AAFP’s exciting advocacy opportunities."
Erin Clark, MPH
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Erin's role includes contributing to a wide scope of issues, such as health of the public, evidence-based clinical recommendations and care, generation of new knowledge and science with dissemination and implementation, and disparities and the underserved populations.
"I hope to contribute to AAFP policies promoting health and health equity for all Americans. I would love to encourage the AAFP to be proactive in addressing public health issues and continue to lead in the fight to improve community health. I'm thankful for the opportunity to serve in this role and ready to hit the ground running!"
T. Austin Witt
East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine
Austin's role includes projects in areas such as recruitment, retention, value of membership, member services, life-stage career issues, special needs, awards, international membership, urban/rural membership issues, degree of fellow, special constituencies, National Conference of Constituency Leaders planning and chapter relations, and leadership development.
"I aim to advocate for better academy policy supporting the vastly diverse membership that we represent. I hope to provide the student voice that will help us continue to see the academy grow into a more perfect representation of all its members' interests."
Cynthia Ciccotelli Farrell
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Cynthia's role includes the study of health care delivery systems (e.g., PCMH, ACOs), performance measurement, practice redesign/quality improvement, privileging, health information technology, practice management, private sector advocacy, and physician payment.
"As the student representative to the Commission on Quality and Practice, I hope to effectively convey the student voice as our Commission handles various issues that are relevant to family physicians, such as payment, rural health initiatives, quality improvement, and overall practice management. I want to learn as much as I can about the role of the Academy in efforts to help patients and family medicine providers in achieving their shared goal of quality care delivery. I am particularly looking forward to integrating my current MPH coursework with my work on the Commission."
In his role, Chase leads the FMIG Network to connect and strengthen FMIGs across the country, and helps plan National Conference.
"As the FMIG National Coordinator, I hope to continue to develop connections across the family medicine community. I'm excited to work alongside medical students, faculty, physicians, and AAFP staff to help FMIGs communicate and implement creative strategies to increase student choice for family medicine. I’d love to inspire other students to get involved in the AAFP and truly invest in the future of healthcare through their commitment to family medicine."
Hannah Christine Smith
East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine
In her role, Hannah communicates with FMIG leaders at each medical school in her region, serving as a resource of information about the AAFP and assisting with FMIG programming.
"I hope to support FMIGs and share the stories of their service and advocacy for family medicine, working together to empower medical students. The AAFP and FMIG Network are here to support students throughout all years of medical school and I hope to help students take advantage of each diverse opportunity. National Conference impacted my career path as a future family doctor and as an advocate for my community, and I hope more medical students will have the chance to get involved with the AAFP at National Conference early in their medical career."
University of Kansas School of Medicine--Wichita
In her role, Brynn communicates with FMIG leaders at each medical school in his region, serving as a resource of information about the AAFP and assisting with FMIG programming.
"My goal for this year is to strengthen the FMIG network in order to promote the value of family medicine, recruit aspiring family physicians, and provide resources to campus leaders. I hope to personally connect with each FMIG in my region to see how the AAFP can best assist them in their mission and goals. I believe family medicine allows physicians to utilize a vast range of medical skills and knowledge each day and gives them the opportunity to truly connect with their patients through the ups and downs of life. It is my desire to spread this knowledge of and passion for family medicine in schools across the region."
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
In her role, Shelby communicates with FMIG leaders at each medical school in his region, serving as a resource of information about the AAFP and assisting with FMIG programming.
"I'm so excited for the opportunity to serve as a connection between the larger AAFP body and the FMIGs in my region! This year I'm looking forward to sharing resources and opportunities with my region's FMIGs, promoting family medicine at the local, state, and national level, and developing the leadership and networking skills of others as well as myself."
Rebecca Stoll, MS
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
In her role, Rebecca communicates with FMIG leaders at each medical school in her region, serving as a resource of information about the AAFP and assisting with FMIG programming.
"As a Regional Coordinator, I hope to inspire other student leaders who love family medicine to share their passion for family medicine with others. I hope to strengthen and grow existing FMIGs by ensuring that members have all of the resources and tools they need to get their communities excited about family medicine. In addition, I plan on working hard to ensure that each allopathic and osteopathic medical school in my region has a FMIG, and that each group is aware of all the FMIG Network and the AAFP have to offer."
Eastern Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine
In her role, Merkle communicates with FMIG leaders at each medical school in her region, serving as a resource of information about the AAFP and assisting with FMIG programming.
"FMIGs play a very important role in motivating and educating future family medicine physicians. As an FMIG regional coordinator, I would like to give medical schools the resources to encourage students to explore the career opportunities in family medicine. Specifically, I hope to be able to help bring a variety of speakers to schools across my region."
Central Michigan University College of Medicine
In her role, Sara informs decisions made by the STFM Board of Directors and has voting rights on two STFM bodies. Highlights include developing leadership skills with the help of leaders in family medicine education, and getting the chance to organize conference sessions.
"I am ecstatic and honored to be the student representative to the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Board of Directors and Medical Student Education Committee. I am passionate about family medicine and education. My goal is not only to serve as a voice for students, but also to promote the organization and academic medicine among residents and students, informing them of the organization and encouraging them to become actively involved."
Northeast Ohio Medical University
In this role, AuBree represents AAFP student interests at AMA meetings and interacts with AMA delegates from the AAFP.
"This leadership role excites me because it will provide me the opportunity to engage medical students both on a local and national level. I have the ability to teach, advocate, and exemplify the goals of the AAFP on behalf of the medical students in our foundation. My biggest goal for this year is to continue to advocate for the AAFP by sharing our policy and allowing medical students to utilize our support within the AMA-MSS."
University of Kansas School of Medicine--Kansas City
In her role, Morgan represents AAFP student interests at AMA meetings and interacts with AMA delegates from the AAFP.
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Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
In his role, Ian is involved with high-level decision making on a nonprofit board of trustees.
"I am very excited to take on this role. I hope to grow in my understanding of the AAFP Foundation, advocacy for family medicine and passion to create opportunities for others interested in family medicine. I also plan to do my best to represent student interests for the AAFP Foundation."
The Ohio State University School of Medicine
In her role, Mikaela works to connect medical student members of the AAFP with SNMA activities and initiatives. She is closely involved with the Family Medicine Interest Group Network, and participates in regular meetings and projects with this collaborative.
"As the FMIG-SNMA liaison, I hope to further strengthen collaboration between the SNMA and the FMIG network by ensuring that minority students are aware of the resources available to them through these organizations. By identifying and addressing the needs of those underrepresented in medicine, I hope to encourage more minority students to choose family medicine as we work towards 25x2030."
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
In this role, Deanna works to connect medical student members of the AAFP with LMSA activities and initiatives. She is closely involved with the Family Medicine Interest Group Network, and participates in regular meetings and projects with this collaborative.
"Through my role as the AAFP student liaison to the LMSA, I hope to promote recruitment and retention of Latinx students in medicine. I am fortunate to be able to provide a voice for underrepresented medical students, advocate for health equity, and educate on the health issues that the Latino community faces. I am looking forward to the opportunity to pursue my passion for promoting the advancement of Latinx students, patients, and underserved communities."
This representative advises and assists the NRN, which is dedicated to conducting, supporting, promoting, and advocating for primary care research in practice-based settings.
"My goal is to work to improve the health of our nation by helping and encouraging primary care physicians to conduct and share important research on novel ways to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity. I am passionate about family medicine and recognize our important role developing solutions to promote and enhance health. I hope to learn as much as I can from the mentors at the the AAFP and to contribute from the valuable student perspective."
Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Medicine
Brett helps plan the AAFP Global Health Summit, and takes the lead in preparing and facilitating the Global Health Networking Meeting at the National Conference.
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California Northstate University School of Medicine
In this role, students work on a peer-reviewed clinical research journal dedicated to advancing knowledge essential to understanding and improving health and primary care.
"As the Student Representative to the Annals of Family Medicine, I intend to increase student participation and dialogue within the journal, submission rates of student-authored papers, and personally develop a more in-depth understanding of the peer-review process. Medical students feel underprepared and overwhelmed by the publication process. With this position, I hope to demystify participation in medical literature and empower student researchers to become active participants in primary care research that directly affects our patients, communities, and work environments."
Georgetown University School of Medicine
As part of the AFP journal team, Libby works alongside a team of medical editors to produce the most-read journal in primary care.
"As the student representative to the AFP, I plan to serve as a link between students and the editorial board, through voicing their interests and disseminating useful resources from the journal. Moreover, I hope to increase student awareness of the journal as a point-of-care tool as they transition onto the wards. Personally, I’m looking forward to getting a better understanding of how the journal operates. If you have any things you’d like to see from the AFP this year, please reach out!"