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.

Lead Family Medicine

Join the AAFP in its efforts to transform health care to achieve optimal health for everyone by serving as a Medical Student Leader. 

 


Elected National AAFP Leaders

Julia Wang
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

In her role, Julia represents student member interestes at the AAFP Congress of Delegates and functions as a member of the AAFP Commission on Education.

"I plan to prioritize the issues most important to underrepresented groups of students and patients in this country. I'm excited about showing how family medicine can serve as an avenue to ensure that our health care system serves the needs of all persons living in this country, regardless of class, sexuality, race, gender, preexisting medical conditions, employment status, or other identities that currently act as roadblocks."


Amanda Stisher
University of Alabama School of Medicine

In her role, Amanda represents student member interests at the AAFP Congress of Delegates and functions as a member of the AAFP Commission on Education.

"This year I hope to represent the student voice as one of the medical student representatives to the Congress of Delegates. As the future of family medicine, I feel like it is important that student viewpoints are heard by the AAFP leaders. I look forward to collaborating with other students to make sure that happens. I look forward to learning from all of the family physicians I will meet this year."


Chandler Stisher
University of Alabama School of Medicine

In his role, Chandler brings a student perspective to high-level decision-making discussions of the AAFP Board of Directors. 

"Over the next year, I look forward to bringing the student perspective to the Board of Directors as we work to shape the future of family medicine. As students who will become family physicians in the near future, I believe it is vitally important for us to get involved in the AAFP and turn our passions into action. I hope to speak to many students over the next year so that I can better represent the diverse student perspectives on a variety of topics important to primary care and family medicine. I am excited about serving in this new role, and I can’t wait to see what happens in family medicine this year!"


Margaret Smith
East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine

In her role, Margaret 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.

"I'm excited to continue to serve students through this leadership position as I believe, like the AAFP, that students are the future of family medicine. I want to continue to make national conference a fun and enjoyable experience while bringing innovative programming to our students. I want national conference to reflect the diversity of opportunities within family medicine and the diversity of patients that we as family medicine physicians will serve. Our students are so inspiring and motivated, and I'm proud to spend my time working towards the best national conference yet!"


Commissions

T. Austin Witt
East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine

In his role, Austin 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 goals are to learn more about the variety of AAFP-provided CME/professional development activities and advocate for their continuous innovation to provide optimal learning and development opportunities for family physicians of all learning styles. I hope to bring the student perspective to these conversations in an enthusiastic manner to provide our increasingly dynamic workforce with what they need to succeed."


Position is currently filled

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. 

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Libby Wetterer
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Libby'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.

"Over this year, I hope to represent the greater student body of the AAFP, by advocating for their ideas and supporting work related to topics they prioritize. I am especially passionate about involving myself on issues of population health and health equity. Moreover, I hope to learn from the physicians on the commission as great examples of how to balance clinical care and quality improvement across family medicine."


Emily Lenherr
University of Kansas School of Medicine

Emily'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 Special Constituencies planning and chapter relations, and leadership development. 

"In my commission role, I would like to continue to facilitate a cohesive relationship between members and leadership throughout the AAFP. I would also like to continue to advocate and promote the AAFP to encourage new membership and continued membership throughout the United States. I'm interested in developing a campaign strategy to encourage new membership and reach out to potential new members."


Garrett Dunn
University of Alabama School of Medicine

Garrett'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. 

"Through my position on this commission, I hope to gain a better understanding of how policy is developed and positions are taken in regard to physician reimbursement and scope of practice. I hope to learn more about organized medicine and the ways the AAFP is advocating for family physicians. I hope to use my position as student liaison to voice the opinions of medical students to the commission and advocate for policies that are aligned with our goals as future family physicians."


FMIG Network Leaders

Erin Clark
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine

In her role, Erin 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."


Michelle Do
California Northstate University College of Medicine

In her role, Michelle 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 give FMIGs, no matter how big or small, a sense of community within the AAFP. I want to make sure students can freely utilize the invaluable resources for education, funding, scholarships, leadership, and other opportunities available with the support from the AAFP and its regional coordinators. Additionally, through collaborating and strengthening our FMIG network I hope to spark further interest in Family Medicine!"


Kate Nowakowski
Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

In her role, Kate 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.

"This year I hope to connect with all the schools in the midwest, region 2! My goal is to help them with whatever goals they have defined for their community or work together to set new goals for increasing exposure to family medicine. I'm really excited for the year!"


Chase Mussard
East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine

In his role, Chase 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 hope to help connect and to further build the FMIG Network into a passionate group that strives to expose, encourage, and excite medical students to choose family medicine as a career, and in those that do not, to understand and value the role that family medicine can and will play in the future of our nation's health care. I was fortunate to train at a school with a deeply involved and active FMIG, and I learned so much about what family medicine truly is and what it can be for me and my future! I hope to use that background and my new role with the AAFP to help build up other groups to be a supported and unified voice with similar goals of driving medical students to confidently choose family medicine!"


Louisa Howard, MA
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

In her role, Louisa 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.

"Since I attend a school without a family medicine department, our FMIG has played an integral role in my decision to pursue a career in family medicine. I am particularly excited to connect FMIGs in my region and create a platform so FMIGs can exchange ideas about promoting family medicine to their students. I look forward to sharing my passion for family medicine with others and creating an FMIG environment that fosters collaboration. I appreciate the diversity and scope of family medicine practice, and I cannot wait to work with other FMIGs to spread the word about this incredible primary care profession!"


Wesley Minor
University of Alabama School of Medicine

In his role, Wesley 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.

"In my role, I hope to be able to help new FMIGs in my region know what resources are available to them in order to start their chapter. For the established groups, I want to be available to equip them with whatever resources necessary that will help them with interest group meetings or workshops. My goal is to help the FMIGs continue to make family medicine great and hopefully inspire others to pursue family medicine."


Representatives and Liaisons to Other Organizations

Ranjani Natarajan
Albany Medical College

In her role, Ranjani 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 excited by the opportunity to represent student interests in Family Medicine by serving as a representative to the Board of Directors of STFM. In this position, I hope to continue to promote student perspectives in medical education, as well as encourage students to attend and participate in the annual Medical Student Education conference."


Position is currently filled

In this role, a student represents AAFP student interests at AMA meetings and interacts with AMA delegates from the AAFP.

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Elana Curry
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

In her role, Elana represents AAFP student interests at AMA meetings and interacts with AMA delegates from the AAFP.

"In my leadership position, I will voice the interests of my family medicine colleagues at the American Medical Association meetings. Guided by the values and mission of family medicine, I hope to shape policy that will improve health and mitigate disparities in our country."


Michael Keller
Indiana University School of Medicine

In his role, Michael is involved with high-level decision making on a nonprofit board of trustees. 

"I hope to continue to promote student-specific leadership and educational endeavors within the AAFP Foundation. Thankfully, this will not be a challenge because the Foundation has already made tremendous investments in projects such as the Family Medicine Emerging Leader Institute. However, I hope to encourage the group to continue to think of new ways to support future family physicians. I also hope to find ways to educate students about the work of the AAFP Foundation. As I was campaigning, most of the students had no idea what the Foundation was or how much good it has done. I hope to use my position to shine a light on the many ways that the AAFP Foundation has improved the lives and health of people throughout the globe."


Kethelyne Beauvais
Eastern Virginia Medical School

In her role, Kethelyne 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.

"I hope to facilitate greater communication, collaboration, and support among local, regional, and national FMIG and SNMA chapters, including events, advocacy, pipeline, and mentorship. SNMA shares many values with the AAFP and thus I also hope to encourage/expose SNMA members to the countless opportunities that family medicine offers to the communities SNMA members often serve."

Heidy Sasvin
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

In her role, Heidy 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.

"As the AAFP student liaison to the LMSA, I will be working with like-minded individuals on missions that combine my passion for family medicine and Latino health. Through my role, I hope to strengthen communication between the FMIG network and LMSA in order to encourage more student attendance at national conferences and inspire them to join the family medicine team! I also hope to advance my leadership skills to better serve my patients."


AAFP Advisory and Program Boards

Position is currently filled

This representative advises and assists the NRN, which is dedicated to conducting, supporting, promoting, and advocating for primary care research in practice-based settings.

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Kiera Hayes
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

In her role, Kiera helps plan the AAFP Family Medicine Global Health Workshop, and takes the lead in preparing and facilitating the Global Health Networking Meeting at the National Conference. 

"I hope to encourage responsible involvement in health care for underserved people both locally and globally, through mentorship programs, education, and awareness building among medical students. One of my major interests is in appropriate technologies for low resource and point-of-care settings and practical training for students interested in global health." 


Katy Rooney
Rush Medical College

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 Editorial Advisory Board, I look forward to getting involved in the operations of a peer-reviewed clinical research journal. From submission to publication, I hope to gain experience with each step of the complex process behind primary care research. I also hope to encourage other students who are interested in Family Medicine to incorporate research into their careers."

Lead Family Medicine

Join the AAFP in its efforts to transform health care to achieve optimal health for everyone by serving as a Medical Student Leader.