• 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

    Cynthia Ciccotelli, MHA
    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
    2020-2021 AAFP Board of Directors Student Member

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

    "This is an exciting year to serve on the AAFP Board of Directors! The social and public health issues that have been brought to the forefront over the past few months are very relevant to family physicians and patient care. I hope to get involved in formulating and mobilizing the responses of the AAFP. As a fourth-year student, I am particularly interested in working with the AAFP on the continued response to COVID in the clinical space for students, as well as the virtual interview and match process."

    Rebecca Stoll, MS
    Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
    2021 Student Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates

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

    "I hope to get students engaged with the Congress of Delgates and inspire them to make sure their voices are heard. I want to work hard to get students all over the country invested in the issues brought up at the Congress of Delegates. Only through engaging students can I truly represent their voice as the student delegate."

    Libby Wetterer

    Morgan Weiler
    University of Kansas School of Medicine
    2021 Student Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates

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

    "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 Student Delegate with passion, enthusiasm and a sincere willingness to make a change for the betterment of family medicine. In my position, I will represent student member interests, as voted on at the National Congress of Medical Students, at the AAFP Congress of Delegates by following up on resolutions and issues pertinent to students."

    AuBree LaForce
    Northeast Ohio Medical University
    2021 Student Chair of National Conference

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

    "My passion for increasing leadership in our specialty runs deep, and I am confident I share this with my fellow family medicine colleagues. Together, through collaboration, we can propel change that allows us to succeed in medical school and beyond. With collaboration, positive advocacy, and passionate people, I know we can do great things for the AAFP. I am dedicated to providing a realistic student perspective on the Commission for Education. This is an exciting time to be a future family medicine physician and I am ready to ignite a fire amongst my colleagues, share my love for this work, and plan an outstanding national conference in 2021."


    Commissions

    Elana Curry

    Amy Hoffman    
    Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
    2020-2021 Student Representative to the Commission on Federal and State Policy

    As a representative of the AAFP's Commission on Federal and State Policy, the student leader 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. 

    "As student representative, I am grateful for the opportunity to work within the AAFP to advocate for family physicians and our patients. I hope to further the conversation on health justice and promote a quality and accessible health system for all. As the student representative, I want to prioritize listening to the ideas from student members as our voices will be the future of family medicine." 

    Libby Wetterer

    Alyssa "Ally" Abel, MPH
    Albany Medical College
    2020-2021 Student Representative to the Commission on Health of the Public and Science

    Ally'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 am very excited and grateful to join the AAFP leadership family! As a student representative this year, I foresee myself taking an active role in supporting evidence-based practices and advocating for what is in the best interest of the members, communities, and patients we serve. Thank you so much for this opportunity!" 

    Kelly Dougherty
    University of Missouri, Columbia School of Medicine
    2020-2021 Student Representative to the Commission on Membership and Member Services

    Kelly's role includes projects in areas such as recruitment, retention, value of membership, member services, life-stage career issues, special needs, awards, international membership, urban/rural membership issues, degree of fellow, special constituencies, National Conference of Special Constituencies planning and chapter relations, and leadership development. 

    "I am so thankful to have the opportunity to grow as a leader in Family Medicine and represent my peers! I hope to use my voice to make the AAFP Student Membership as valuable as possible for my fellow medical students and will strive to increase AAFP Membership and leadership involvement in underrepresented groups."

    Eli Benchell Eisman, PhD
    Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Detroit Medical Center
    2020-2021 Student Representative to the Commission on Quality and Practice

    Eli'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 will work toward improving the health and well-being of my family physician colleagues, our patients, and the communities in which we serve. By leveraging technology, refining key performance indicators, and increasing training for early-career practice management, I will strive to reduce barriers to accessing and providing care. I also aim to partner with FMIGs to expose medical students and residents to the variety of health care delivery models utilized by family physicians."

    L. Merkle Moore
    East Tennessee State University, James H Quillen College of Medicine 
    2020-2021 Student Representative to the Commission on Continuing Professional Development

    Merkle'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 would like to serve as the student voice for the members of the AAFP by working on the Commission on Continuing Professional Development. The pandemic has created unique challenges in CME and I hope to help AAFP members as much as possible in this role."


    FMIG Network Leaders

    Hannah Smith
    East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine
    2020-2021 Family Medicine Interest Group Network National Coordinator

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

     

    Garrett S. Kneese

    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio - Long School of Medicine
    2021 Region 1 Family Medicine Interest Group Network Regional Coordinator

    In his role, Garrett communicates with FMIG leaders at each medical school in his region, serving as a resource of information about the AAFP and assisting with FMIG programming.

    "My top priority is ensuring that our region's FMIGs are well-connected with the AAFP and to support them with resources and opportunities for the bolstering of the family medicine physician workforce. I hope to be as integrative as possible for our region's FMIGs in order to promote initiative synergies and create a sense of community amongst our organization that will be expounded upon at the National Conference. The conference will provide us all with a stronger understanding of the regional and national network of FMIGs and of the family medicine specialty."

    Katherine Yu
    George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences
    2021 Region 2 Family Medicine Interest Group Network Regional Coordinator

    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.

    "In my role as FMIG Regional Coordinator, I'm hoping to help foster interconnectedness between FMIG chapters. As many of us have moved to and become more familiar with virtual platforms, I think this is an incredible opportunity for us to share resources, events, and institutional knowledge."

    Cody Klinker
    University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
    2021 Region 3 Family Medicine Interest Group Network Regional Coordinator

    In his role, Cody communicates with FMIG leaders at each medical school in his region, serving as a resource of information about the AAFP and assisting with FMIG programming.

    "As a Regional Coordinator, I hope to inspire and share my love and passion for family medicine to the many medical students in my region. I will work hard to keep open communication between our incredible FMIGs, making them aware of what the AAFP and FMIG Network has to offer. Through this, I hope to strengthen and grow existing FMIGs by ensuring that members have all the resources and tools they need to get their communities excited about family medicine." 

    Stephen "Alex" Crockett
    East Tennessee State University - James H Quillen College of Medicine
    2021 Region 4 Family Medicine Interest Group Network Regional Coordinator

    In his role, Alex communicates with FMIG leaders at each medical school in his region, serving as a resource of information about the AAFP and assisting with FMIG programming.

    "As an FMIG Network Regional Coordinator, I hope to uplift the voices of marginalized communities within the medical field. Whether they be trainees, health care professionals, or patients, I want to create and promote spaces 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 regional FMIGs feel more connected to each other and their community and are prepared to address systemic inequalities faced by their future patients."

    Austin H. Brooks, MS
    University of Alabama School of Medicine
    2021 Region 5 Family Medicine Interest Group Network Regional Coordinator

    In his role, Austin communicates with FMIG leaders at each medical school in his region, serving as a resource of information about the AAFP and assisting with FMIG programming.

    "In my role I hope to foster a strong desire for students to enter a career in family medicine. I think achieving this will be done best by having local FMIGs lead the charge for what their students need, all while having support from the national leadership. As FMIG regional coordinator I hope to bridge the gap between the AAFP and local FMIGs."

    Tameka Lawrence, MSCR
    Ross University School of Medicine
    2021 Family Medicine Interest Group Network International Medical Schools Coordinator

    In her role, Tameka 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 give IMGs a voice as well as connect them with untapped resources. In addition, I want the world to know about what family medicine is and how family physicians can help our loved ones."


    Representatives and Liaisons to Other Organizations

    Bright Zhou, MS
    Stanford University School of Medicine
    2020-2021 STFM Student Board Member

    In his role, Bright 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.

    "I plan to represent our passion as family medicine students training during our nation's racial and COVID-19 public health crises. I will advocate for STFM initiatives that center social justice, health equity, and student well-being. I invite you to connect with me via email (brightz@stanford.edu) and/or Twitter (@BrightZhou) so that I can represent as many diverse voices as possible."

    AuBree LaForce

    Crystal Huang
    Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
    2020-2021 American Medical Association (AMA) Student Delegate--AMA MSS--Medical Student Section

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

    "I am excited and honored to share AAFP policy as a student delegate to the AMA-MSS. This year, I hope to promote AAFP values and interdisciplinary collaboration with my colleagues across the country, striving to achieve mutual inspiration and growth." 

    Jerome Soldo
    University of LouisvilleSchool of Medicine
    2021 American Medical Association (AMA) Student Delegate--AMA MSS--Medical Student Section

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

    "My goal is to become knowledgeable about AAFP policy and skilled at advocating for our policies in the AMA-MSS. I also hope to amplify diverse AAFP student perspectives within the AAFP delegation at AMA meetings."

    Michael Keller

    Ashten Duncan, MPH, CPH
    University of Oklahoma-University of Tulsa School of Community Medicine
    2020-2021 AAFP Foundation Student Board Member

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

    "I am looking forward to serving as the Student Member of the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees. I thrive on building strong relationships with others and engaging in collaborative decision-making to effect community-level change. In this position, I will confidently represent the views of my fellow medical students and work to advance our great specialty."

    Corey D. Boggs, MS, MD
    Ross University School of Medicine
    2020-2021 Liaison to the Student National Medical Association

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

    "I hope to increase interest in the specialty of family medicine by exposing SNMA members to the versatility of the field beyond the traditional outpatient scope. I would also like to increase awareness of about the shortage of minority physicians (in particular) within this specialty and how important SNMA members are in combating this issue."

    Ariana Rodriguez
    Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California
    2020-2021 Liaison to the Latino Medical Student Association

    In her role, Ariana 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.

    "I hope to combine my love of family medicine with my passion for providing underrepresented students in medicine with the mentorship and resources they need to accomplish their goals. I look forward to providing them with opportunities to explore an interest in family medicine and ultimately supporting URM students in their journey of finding the perfect specialty for them."


    AAFP Advisory and Program Boards

    Haley Coleman

    Ariel Kiyomi Daoud
    University of Colorado School of Medicine Anschutz
    2020-2021 Student Representative to the AAFP National Research Network (NRN) Advisory Group

    This representative 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 building on the work of NRN to increase opportunities for pragmatic research in primary care settings, research training for learners, and to maximize the impact of research in family medicine. I am excited to contribute my experiences and skills in research the work of the AAFP."

    Brett Lewis
    Oregon Health and Science University Medical School
    2020-2021 Student Representative to the AAFP Center for Global Health Initiatives (CGHI)

    In this role, Brett 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. 

     

    Priscilla Auguste, MHS
    Ross University School of Medicine
    2020-2021 Student Representative to American Family Physician

    In this role, Priscilla 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 believe AFP Journal plays a critical role not only in helping family physicians keep medical knowledge up to date but in offering space to share our thoughts on new areas where there is only little evidence available in practice. I hope to represent residents’ collective view on important topics pertinent to medical education, residency training, wellness, diversity, equity, and inclusion." 

    Phoebe Hughes, MPH
    Florida International University College of Medicine
    2020-2021 Student Representative to American Family Physician

    In this role, Phoebe 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 am so excited to serve as the student representative to American Family Physician for 2021. During my year with AFP, I hope to foster my love for research and the humanities, while encouraging other students to do the same. With my background in humanities journal editing, advocating for family medicine, and establishing Virtual Family Medicine Match, I hope to bring a fresh student perspective to the AFP team!" 

    Christal Clemens
    Central Michigan University College of Medicine
    2020-2021 Student Representative to Annals of Family Medicine

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

    "Research has been a longtime passion of mine because of its impact on patient care, guidelines, and outcomes. I’m excited to join the efforts of advancing primary care knowledge and understanding through research, peer review, and collaboration."