• 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.

     


    Elected National AAFP Leaders

    Amy Vitalis Hoffman, Student Member of the AAFP Board of Director

    Amy Vitalis Hoffman
    Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine - State College
    Student Member of the AAFP Board of Director

    Contact Amy Vitalis Hoffman

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

    "As Student Member to the Board of Directors, I want to uplift student voices and values at the highest level within the AAFP. I am eager to continue making patient-centered primary care accessible to all patients, especially those who are systemically marginalized. As a fourth-year student, I also am interested in how AAFP can continue to attract the next generation of family medicine leaders, physicians, and advocates!."

    Morgan Weiler, Student Chair of the AAFP National Conference

    Morgan Weiler
    University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita
    Student Chair of the AAFP National Conference

    Contact Morgan Weiler

    In her role, Morgan provides input into planning the theme, programming, and special activities for the upcoming National Conference.

    "As the Student Chair to the National Conference, I would continue to effectively communicate and interact with the AAFP staff and leaders. As one of the many leaders for the AAFP, I will focus on being a strong voice for family medicine to create long lasting and positive change. I plan to uphold the deep-rooted values of family medicine while I serve in this position. I hope to further the AAFP’s mission and purpose. I am excited for the opportunity to serve as an AAFP leader with passion, enthusiasm, and a sincere willingness to make a change for the betterment of family medicine.."

    Garrett Kneese, Student Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates

    Garrett Kneese
    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
    Student Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates

    Contact Garrett Kneese

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

    "Working with the Academy over the past few years as a student leader and coordinator has given me a unique perspective on student experiences as they navigate the family medicine pipeline. From the undergraduate educational continuums to the interest group and community-based involvements available, to the Academy's advocacy and organizational opportunities afforded to those seeking the next step in their family medicine journeys; these avenues of involvement bring valuable perspectives on the future of the specialty beheld in the student lens. My goal is to synthesize these experiential perspectives and networks of family medicine student leaders to inform a process of collaborative representation as a Congress Student Delegate and member of the Commission on Education. It is my hope that achieving this will help to promote the student perspective on a variety of AAFP policies and initiatives for years to come, sparking further student interest and demand for voice in these national-level conversations that guide the specialty.."

    Valentina Sedlacek, Student Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates

    Valentina Sedlacek
    University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
    Student Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates

    Contact Valentina Sedlacek

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

    "In my role, I will strive to engage the ideas of family medicine students across the United States and represent their voices at the AAFP Congress of Delegates. I particularly hope to connect with students at schools that do not already have a strong connection with the AAFP and whose voices may not currently be represented. In my service, I will uphold the values of family medicine and the AAFP to improve the health of patients, families, and communities and family physicians' ability to care for the whole person."


    Commissions

    Rabbia Imran, Student Member of the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development

    Rabbia Imran
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
    Student Member of the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development 

    Contact Rabbia Imran

    This 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. 

    "In my role, I hope to do my part and use my perspective as a medical student to ensure the integrity, relevancy and utility of the educational material available for physicians, other health care professionals and students. As this is my first time serving on a committee, I will strive to learn more about my responsibilities in supporting the AAFP's Strategic Objective on Clinical Expertise." 

    Richard Easterling, Student Member of the AAFP Commission on Federal and State Policy

    Richard Easterling
    University of Mississippi School of Medicine
    Student Member of the AAFP Commission on Federal and State Policy

    Contact Richard Easterling

    As a representative of the AAFP's Commission on Federal and State Policy, Richard 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 hope to learn more about the process by which the AAFP affects policy, and how I can take a larger role in that process as I advance through my training. I want to make connections to physicians in AAFP across America to learn the nuances of health policy across our nation, and try to learn from the success and failures we've made in advancing healthcare in America." 

    Madeline Gore, Student Member of the AAFP Commission on Health of the Public and Science

    Madeline Gore
    Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
    Student Member of the AAFP Commission on Health of the Public and Science 

    Contact Madeline Gore

    Madeline'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 feel so lucky to be a part of the AAFP leadership team and to get to work with and learn from some wonderful advocates in Family Medicine. In this role, I hope to find ways to push for increasing access to up-to-date and equitable healthcare in our communities. I'm excited to get started!."

    Madeline Hazle, Student Member of the AAFP Commission on Quality and Practice

    Madeline Hazle
    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
    Student Member of the AAFP Commission on Quality and Practice

    Contact Madeline Hazle

    Madeline'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. 

    "I look forward to providing my perspective as a student representative to improve the practice environment of Family Physicians! I would like to help strengthen primary care by optimizing how care is delivered and reimubursed, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of our communities. In this role, I also hope to find ways to increase medical students' understanding of healthcare delivery systems, especially value-based models.."

    Katherine Yu, Student Member of the AAFP Commission on Membership and Member Services

    Katherine Yu
    George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences
    Student Member of the AAFP Commission on Membership and Member Services

    Contact Katherine Yu

    In her role, Katherine 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 develop a better understanding the policy and process behind AAFP commissions. I also hope to bring medical student (and pre-med!) interests to the table and to critically examining barriers that might affect someone's ability to attend med school and/or choose family medicine as a career."


    FMIG Network Leaders

    Alex Crockett, Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Network National Coordinator

    Alex Crockett
    East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
    Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Network National Coordinator

    Contact Alex Crockett

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

    "Over the next year, I hope to create spaces that prioritize the voices of marginalized communities within the medical field. Whether they be trainees, health care professionals, or patients, I want to create and promote opportunities where individuals from marginalized communities can share their experiences with medical students and shape a more just and equitable healthcare system. Through these events, I hope that students from different FMIGs feel more connected to each other and the specialty of Family Medicine and are prepared to address systemic inequalities faced by their future patients."

    Taree Michelle Chadwick, Region 1 Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Network Regional Coordinator

    Taree Michelle Chadwick
    University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
    Region 1 Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Network Regional Coordinator

    Contact Taree Michelle Chadwick

    In this role, Taree 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.

    "In my role as FMIG Regional Coordinator I hope to foster relationships between fellow medical students and strengthen the network across the country. I believe that it should be our goal as future physicians to promote equitable healthcare for all and I plan on uplifting the voices of future family physician who fight for that goal. I hope to inspire other students by creating a sense of community between local Family Medicine Interest Groups and the AAFP. I am honored and look forward to becoming a voice for medical students interested in family medicine."

    Mahuya Barua, Region 2 Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Network Regional Coordinator

    Mahuya Barua 
    Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
    Region 2 Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Network Regional Coordinator

    Contact Mahuya Barua

    In her role, Mahuya 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.

    "As a Regional Coordinator, I hope to create a sense of community among the growing network of FMIG chapters and further our goals for advancing family medicine. I am excited to share my passion for family medicine with students in the region and provide effective communication regarding resources, tools, and opportunities. My goal is to provide a platform where students can come together to collaborate, share, and connect with one another to strengthen the FMIG network. I look forward to working with the local FMIG chapters to help foster a strong desire for students to learn more family medicine and enter a career in this field."

    Madeline Standbridge, Region 3 Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Network Regional Coordinator

    Madeline Standbridge
    East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
    Region 3 Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Network Regional Coordinator

    Contact Madeline Standbridge

    In her role, Madeline 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.

    "As an FMIG Network Regional Coordinator, I hope to create collaborative and inclusive spaces for FMIG leaders to not only actively pursue their interests within Family Medicine but to also empower others to pursue their own. I plan to highlight diverse, community-specific resources, encourage community engagement and advocacy, and facilitate increased communication between FMIGs. I hope through these connections that members will gain a greater sense of national support and awareness for problems faced across the country." 

    Jiayu Tian, Region 4 Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Network Regional Coordinator

    Jiayu "Kate" Tian
    Stony Brook University School of Medicine
    Region 4 Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Network Regional Coordinator

    Contact Kate Tian

    In her role, Kate 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.

    "As an FMIG regional coordinator, I would like to be an active resource and approachable mentor for FMIG chapters and students who are interested in family medicine. I hope to help create a supportive community for future family physicians and invite more students to see the world of possibilities in this field."

    Samantha Driscoll, Region 5 Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Network Regional Coordinator

    Samantha Driscoll
    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
    Region 5 Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Network Regional Coordinator

    Contact Samantha Driscoll

    In her role, Samantha 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 am excited to enhance the network of student leaders in family medicine throughout the Southeast to foster a collaborative community united in passion for this specialty. I hope to create innovative initiatives to empower students in this region interested in primary care and direct them to all that the AAFP has to offer."

    Leah Burkovsky, Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Network International Medical Schools Coordinator

    Leah Burkovsky
    Saba University School of Medicine
    Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Network International Medical Schools Coordinator

    Contact Leah Burkovsky

    In her role, Leah 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.

    "In my role as a regional coordinator, I hope to support existing FMIGs, as well as help passionate students start FMIGs if their schools don't already have one. I'll ensure students have access to all the resources and tools available from the AAFP. Family medicine is a fantastic field, and I hope to help medical students discover their passion for family medicine throughout medical school."


    Representatives and Liaisons to Other Organizations

    Katrina Perez-Vokt, Student Liaison to the Latino Medical Student Association

    Katrina Perez-Vokt
    Tufts University School of Medicine
    Student Liaison to the Latino Medical Student Association

    Contact Katrina Perez-Vokt

    In her role, Katrina 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.

    "Hispanic/Latinx Family Medicine physicians are largely underrepresented at 8% of physicians in the United States. It is my lifelong mission to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of medicine, and my newfound leadership role as AAFP-LMSA liaison aligns perfectly with this goal. My vision for this position is to continue fostering the essential connection between the AAFP and LMSA by listening to current LMSA medical students, assessing their interests, and cultivating programming catered towards those interests. Utilizing mentorship as a tool for advocacy, during my time as student liaison I also hope to implement “Mi Familia”, a recurrent LMSA-AAFP webinar series that connects Latinx identifying medical students to current Family Medicine residents and physicians across the country. It is an honor to take part in this unique leadership opportunity that blends my passions for LMSA and Family Medicine, and I cannot wait to connect with students nationwide and share the joys of Family Medicine! Feel free to connect with me on Twitter @KatPerezVokt!"

    Robert Tatum, Jr., Student Liaison to the Student National Medical Association

    Robert Tatum, Jr.
    University of Mississippi School of Medicine
    Student Liaison to the Student National Medical Association

    Contact Robert Tatum, Jr. 

    In his role, Robert works to connect medical student members of the AAFP with SNMA activities and initiatives. He is closely involved with the Family Medicine Interest Group Network, and participates in regular meetings and projects with this collaborative.

    "One of the main causes of deaths for minorities is one that centers around preventable diseases, but they are disproportionately affected because there are a severe lack of doctors that look like them and can appeal to them. My main hope is to continue to bridge the gap between minority students and Family Medicine nationally so that we may begin to be able to heal and do away with how disproportionately minorities are affected by diseases that are preventable and manageable. Being able to bridge this gap in access to care will allow us to provide doctors of a diverse background  that can continue to research, treat, and cure this systematic hold that preventable diseases has on minority communities." 

    Dominique Munroe, Student Member of the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustee

    Dominique Munroe
    American University of Integrated Sciences
    Student Member of the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustee

    Contact Dominique Munroe

    In his role, Dominique is involved with high-level decision making on a nonprofit board of trustees. 

    "Medical students often feel like we don’t have a voice. Leadership and advocacy are foreign concepts to many who hope to create change within our specialty but at times can feel dwarfed by the titan that is organized medicine. My goal is to continue to advance the values of family medicine through harnessing the intellect and diversity encompassed by the medical students that make up our great specialty. Ultimately, encouraging others to not only have the courage to find their voice, but also to take the reins and lead."

    Juan Oves Jr., Student Member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Board of Directors

    Juan C. Oves Jr., MPH
    Florida International University College of Medicine
    Student Member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Board of Directors

    Contact Juan C. Oves Jr.

    In his role, Juan 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.

    "In my new role, I will work as a student advocate with STFM members to impact family medicine education and promote health equity through continual support for initiatives dedicated to addressing professional development, health equity, and patient advocacy.  I hope to use my passion and experiences in public health and LGBTQ health to help continue promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion in the practice of family medicine and contribute to creating inclusive and welcoming clinical environments for all patients and practitioners."

    David Davila, Student Delegate to the AMA Medical Student Section

    David Davila
    Tufts University School of Medicine
    Student Delegate to the AMA Medical Student Section

    Contact David Davila

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

    "I hope to support new and innovative policy changes to the AMA that empowers underserved communities and patients that have been historically oppressed. By advocating for values endorsed by the AAFP I aim to effect positive change on a national scale."

    Dakarai Moton, Student Delegate to the AMA Medical Student Section

    Dakarai Moton
    New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of New York Institute of Technology-Arkansas (NYITCOM)
    Student Delegate to the AMA Medical Student Section

    Contact Dakarai Morton

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

    "In this role, I hope to amplify medical student voices and advocate for issues that matter most to students with specific interests in medical student development, financial readiness, student wellness, and career navigation."


    AAFP Advisory and Program Boards

    Maggie Turner, Student Member of the AAFP National Research Network (NRN) Advisory Group

    Maggie Turner
    Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
    Student Member of the AAFP National Research Network (NRN) Advisory Group

    Contact Maggie Turner

    Maggie advises and assists the NRN, which is dedicated to conducting, supporting, promoting, and advocating for primary care research in practice-based settings.

    "I look forward to working with the NRN in expanding family medicine research to improve access to care and health outcomes for patients across the country. I hope to represent as many student perspectives as possible, so I invite you to connect with me and share your thoughts."

    Jack Kennady, Student Member of the American Family Physician Editorial Board

    Jack Kennady
    University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine
    Student Member of the American Family Physician Editorial Board

    Contact Jack Kennady

    Jack participates in activities including helping to develop and maintain the journal's social media presence to writing Annals Journal Club questions and more.

    "The opportunities for impactful research and scholarship in family medicine have only increased in the last few years. Primary care is being valued more than it ever has, and our ability as future family physicians to improve the health and well-being of our patients through evidence-based medicine is unrivaled at this time. During my term, I plan to engage students in the power of family medicine research and how to use American Family Physician during medical school and beyond."

    Julie Ngo, Student Member of the Annals of Family Medicine Editorial Advisory Board

    Julie Ngo
    Michigan State University College of Human Medicine - Flint
    Student Member of the Annals of Family Medicine Editorial Advisory Board

    Contact Julie Ngo

    In this role, Julie helps improve the AFP journal by providing input and feedback, contributing to social media planning, and taking part in regular editorial meetings. She also helps share essential resources from the journal with medical students around the country.

    "I hope to be a bridge for all communities to primary care research and medicine by improving accessibility and representation in publications in the Annals of Family Medicine." 

    Natali Smiley, Student Member of the AAFP Center for Global Health Initiatives Advisory Board

    Natali Smiley
    Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
    Student Member of the AAFP Center for Global Health Initiatives Advisory Board

    Contact Natali Smiley

    In this role, Natali 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 increase the awareness of Family Medicine in Global Health, improve visibility of family doctors in GH, and establish a network of Global Health professionals and opportunities."