Anna Askari, MD, MSBS, a third-year family medicine resident at the Eisenhower Health Family Medicine Residency Program in Rancho Mirage, California, serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 136,700 physicians and medical students nationwide. Askari was elected to a one-year term by the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents and was confirmed by the governing body of the AAFP, the Congress of Delegates.
As the resident member of the board of directors, Askari represents the interests and opinions of the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents to the AAFP Board of Directors and Congress of Delegates. In addition, she advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.
Throughout her medical training, Askari has taken on leadership roles at the AAFP. She served as a medical student representative to the AAFP’s delegation to the American Medical Association and as a medical student delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. In 2018-2019, she served as resident chair of the AAFP National Conference of Medical Students and Residents.
Askari has also served in leadership roles at the California Academy of Family Physicians. She joined the CAFP Student and Resident Council in 2018 as a resident member and currently serves as co-chair. In addition, Askari also serves as resident director to the CAFP Board of Directors.
As a medical student at The Ohio State University College of Medicine (OSUCOM), Askari served as president of the Family Medicine Interest Group. She also received a medical student scholarship in 2016 to attend the AAFP’s Family Medicine Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. to learn about health care policy and how best to advocate on behalf of both patients and physicians.
Askari has been recognized with many awards, including the AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, The Lawrence A. Cone, MD Citation for Scholarly Activity twice during her residency, OSUCOM Department of Family Medicine’s Leadership Award, and the AAFP FMIG Overall Program of Excellence Award. She also has received numerous scholarships for academic achievements.
Askari is active in her community and currently serves as a health policy fellow for the CAFP. Additionally, she serves on the steering committee of the Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine Street Medicine Team in Indio, California.
Askari earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science cum laude with honors and research distinction from The Ohio State University in Columbus; a master’s degree in biomedical sciences from the University of Toledo College of Medicine in Toledo; and her medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus.