Margaret Jean Miller, a fourth-year medical student at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, Tennessee, serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 134,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. Miller 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, Miller represents the interests and opinions of the National Conference of Students 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 US health care system.
Throughout her medical school career, Miller has taken on leadership roles with the AAFP. In 2018, she served as the student chair at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students. From 2017 to 2018, she was also a student representative to the AAFP Commission on Membership and Member Services. In 2017, Miller was the Region 2 coordinator for the AAFP Family Medicine Interest Group, and from 2016 to 2017, she was president of the Quillen College of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group, which won the 2017 AAFP Program of Excellence Award.
During the 2018-2019 school year, Miller took time from medical school to focus on a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in health services management and policy at ETSU. During the same year, she worked as a graduate assistant in ETSU’s Interprofessional Education program, which brings together students from the university’s five health science colleges to teach team-based health care.
In addition to her AAFP contributions, Miller worked as an AmeriCorps member at Open Door Family Medical Center in Westchester County, New York, from 2014 to 2015. There, she provided health education, worked to create and implement health programming for school-aged children, and taught a LifeSkills drug and alcohol prevention program to sixth graders.
Miller has received numerous academic and community service awards, including the University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Community Service in 2014 and induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, where she currently is secretary, in 2019.
Miller earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences with a minor in Spanish from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2014. She currently is working toward her medical degree at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine and her Master of Public Health at ETSU College of Public Health.