Richard Easterling, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 129,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. Easterling 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, Easterling represents the interests and opinions of the National Conference of Medical 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 medical school, Easterling has pursued leadership roles. He served on the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors and on the AAFP Commission on Federal and State Policy. Additionally, he is president of his Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG), has been his state’s delegate to the American Medical Association Medical Student Section for three years, and regularly volunteers at a local free clinic. Easterling
Easterling earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Mississippi. He is currently working toward his medical degree at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.