Kelly Thibert, DO, a family medicine resident at the Grant Family Medicine Residency at the OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, Columbus, serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 134,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. Thibert 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, Thibert 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 US health care system.
Throughout her residency training, Thibert has taken on leadership roles at the AAFP. Since 2017, she has been a resident officer of the AAFP Reproductive Health Member Interest Group. She was appointed as the resident member of the AAFP Tobacco Prevention and Control Committee in 2018 and became a member of the AAFP Commission on Membership and Member Services in 2019. In both 2018 and 2019, Thibert represented the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians as resident delegate to the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents.
In addition, Thibert was active in the American Medical Student Association, serving in several roles, including as AMSA’s national president and chair of the AMSA Board of Trustees.
Thibert has been an active speaker and has presented as keynote speaker for the closing session of the National Association of Community Health Centers and as a panelist during a White House meeting on the medical community’s response to addiction. She is primary author of “Managing Medical Requests from Family and Friends” in the Annals of Family Medicine.
In 2016, Thibert received Dean’s Government and Public Policy Award, Honors in the Public Health Program, and Outstanding Leadership in Interprofessional Education and Collaboration recognition from the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Davie, Florida. She also received the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Student DO of the Year Award from her institution.
Thibert earned her Bachelor of Science degree in molecular and microbiology, with a minor in women’s studies, from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, in 2011. She completed her Doctor of Osteopathy degree, her Master of Public Health degree and a Certificate in Interprofessional Leadership from the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2016.