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.

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Elected National AAFP Leaders

Sway Wu
Wayne State University School of Medicine

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

"I hope to represent the voice of my peers by bringing their concerns and perspectives to national level attention. I also want to enact change to address those concerns through discussions and committee. I’m looking forward to hearing from my peers and learning more about the current environment of family medicine in healthcare."


Anna Askari
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

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

"I hope to serve as an accessible medical student representative to the Congress of Delegates, and work to express the viewpoints of AAFP medical students to other AAFP leaders. I also hope to mentor other medical students who are interested in family medicine and serving as leaders within their state academies as well as the AAFP."


John Heafner
St. Louis University School of Medicine

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

"This year I plan to represent and voice the diverse student perspectives on the Board of Directors. Issues that have been highlighted at Student Congress over the past few years have focused on healthcare as a right, payment and care delivery models, diversity in AAFP leadership, women’s health, and a plethora of issues surrounding health equity and the social determinants of health. It is vital that we make our voices as students heard now as we continue to create a better system of healthcare for our patients and our future as clinicians."


Victoria Boggiano
Stanford University School of Medicine

In her role, Victoria 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 am excited to work with my resident chair counterpart and the staff at the AAFP to make the 2018 National Conference fun, engaging, relevant to what is happening in family medicine right now, and helpful for students and residents to learn more about training and career opportunities within the field."


Commissions

Amanda Stisher
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

In her role, Amanda 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.

"By serving on the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development, I look forward to learning more about the importance of medical education and professional development. I also to hope to help enhance CME learning to better suit physicians of all learning styles. I am eager to learn more about AAFP student leadership and to represent the student voice on this commission."


Anthony Markuson
University of Washington School of Medicine--Montana WWAMI

As a representative of the AAFP's Commission on Governmental Advocacy, Anthony 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. 

"I love that family medicine allows me to combine my passions for medicine and service to improve patients’ lives through health care, education, and preventive care. I hope to learn more about how, as a physician, I can advocate for patients, physicians, and health care while advancing the mission of the AAFP. I hope to achieve passage of student and resident resolutions. Additionally, I will advance resident and student interests during discussions regarding the AAFP’s direction and use of resources. I hope to build relationships with Legislators and AAFP staff during the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit."


Paige Ely
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences 

Paige'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 majored in sociology with an emphasis in social justice, then served as an AmeriCorps VISTA working on food security.  The first AAFP conference I attended, I was blown away that there was such a large group of physicians who were passionate about the things I am passionate about. Two of those passions are public health and health equity. The Commission on Health of the Public and Science could not be a better opportunity to take action and to learn from national leaders on the subjects. I look forward to having discussions with physicians from around the nation about improving public health in our country."


Margaret Smith
East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine

Margaret'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. 

"This is going to be a great opportunity to influence changes happening at the Academy level that will impact students who become family physicians in the coming years. I hope to explore creative ways of increasing the value of AAFP membership, as well as increasing student, resident, and physician membership and retention. I hope to use this position to continue this Commission’s mission of giving a voice to special interest groups and helping to promote the needs of rural and urban members."


Sara McHenry
East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine

Sara'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 involvement in this commission, I hope to gain a better understanding of medical practice outside of the exam room. As our country continues to explore various models for our healthcare system concerning access to care, payment, and insurance, I hope to have an understanding of the system as a whole as I move on to a resident and physician."


FMIG Network Leaders

Chandler Stisher
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

In his role, Chandler leads the FMIG Network to connect and strengthen FMIGs across the country, and helps plan National Conference.

"As national coordinator this year, I hope to increase student choice of family medicine by empowering local FMIGs to spread the excitement of family medicine around their medical schools. I hope to help start new FMIGs, especially at schools who do not have a strong family medicine department. I would also like to collaborate with our osteopathic colleagues to join forces in rebuilding the primary care workforce that our country needs."


Erin Clark
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine

In her role, Erin 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 continue to create relationships within the family medicine community. I'd love to inspire other students to get involved in the AAFP and truly invest in learning to advocate for patients. I'm excited for the opportunity to connect with students and physicians around the country!"


Dylan Nehrenberg
University of Washington School of Medicine--Spokane WWAMI

In his role, Dylan 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 want to support FMIGs in my region so they can provide excellent early family medicine education. I will work hard so that new and existing FMIGs are aware of the resources available to them. I also hope to promote collaborations and conversations that broaden the scope of workshops and events available to FMIGs. At the heart of it, I hope to enhance student choice for family medicine, and to support FMIG-based medical training."


Zachary Nicholas
California Northstate University College of Medicine

In his role, Zachary 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.

"With my position at the AAFP, I hope to learn the skills necessary to increase awareness of Family Medicine in the medical student population of my region, including debt repayment opportunities, scope of practice, and other characteristics that make FM a unique and desirable specialty. Additionally, I intend to work with AAFP staff and physicians to better advocate for increased representation of primary care providers at all levels of medicine and encourage student interest groups to participate in advocacy for legislative and regulatory reform. Lastly, I plan to use my communication skills to coordinate the activities of chapters and increase inter-chapter interaction, particularly leading up to and including national and state FM conferences."


Jacqueline Sroka
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

In her role, Jacqueline 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 the beginning of medical school, I committed myself to my medical school’s FMIG. Realizing the massive amount of opportunities available for medical students, I wanted to become further involved. Not only were these options available, they were highly encouraged by wonderful mentors I met in the field of Family Medicine. Every fellow student and physician that I met through the organization was supportive, enthusiastic, and inspiring. I could not resist the enthralling opportunity to further advance my position to the national level because I am eager to connect with other medical students and guide them towards opportunities in the AAFP and their state chapters. I would like to ensure that every FMIG has the resources necessary to expose students to Family Medicine and the possibilities to learn through FMIG events. I believe it is easier to inspire others to become passionate about a field when you yourself show the passion. This is how I would like to lead as a regional coordinator and future family physician."


Keanan McGonigle
Tulane University School of Medicine

In his role, Keanan 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 connect existing chapters that are already doing amazing work elevating family medicine and preparing their students. I want chapters to be able to share ideas and feed off each other’s energy to advance family medicine even at schools that do not have a strong family medicine presence. I think sharing ideas and successes between schools can help bolster smaller chapters with less established infrastructure. I hope to be able to facilitate this dialogue using social media and existing AAFP systems."


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."


Tyson Schwab
University of Utah School of Medicine

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

"As the issues facing family medicine inevitably evolve, I look forward to helping shape the future of family medicine and embrace the roles this position allows me within the AAFP and AMA, and specifically, to protect patients and the family medicine profession. I hope to be a strong voice and advocate for improvements in primary medical care."


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."


Blessing Inyang
Creighton University School of Medicine

In her role, Blessing 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 student liaison, I intend to provide an avenue for mentorship between AAFP physicians and the students of the SNMA. Similarly, I desire to attract SNMA members to the AAFP by revealing all the benefits that AAFP have to offer to the members of the SNMA. I, too, aim to enhance the partnership of the AAFP and the SNMA as the organizations embark on causes that affect the general population at large."

Victoria Otaño
University of Kansas School of Medicine

In her role, Victoria 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.

"My favorite thing about becoming a family physician is the connection with our community. During my years in medical school, I‘ve learned the needs of the community define the health of our patients. Providing access to care and being involved in communities has had a huge impact not only on who I am today, but most importantly, on who I want to become."


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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Meghan Lewis
Florida State University College of Medicine

In her role, Meghan engages in regular communications that aim to contribute to the continued development and success of the comprehensive tobacco and nicotine prevention and control program. 

"I am looking forward to working with leaders across the country to help develop educational materials to assist patients with tobacco cessation and prevent patients from ever using tobacco products. I hope to use my past experiences as an AAFP "Tar Wars" presenter and a Tobacco Free Florida “Quit Smoking Now” co-facilitator to build upon ideas and methods that patients can relate to and find achievable. It is my hope that we can increase the use of educational materials, cessation discussions, and ultimately help each of our patients successfully quit and avoid tobacco use."


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." 


Sarah Burbank
Rush Medical College

In her role, Sarah works on a peer-reviewed clinical research journal dedicated to advancing knowledge essential to understanding and improving health and primary care.

"In my position on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Annals of Family Medicine, I hope to contribute to the journal’s social media presence and outreach to medical students, as well as provide a student perspective on the importance of high-quality, evidence-based practices within 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.