West Virginia Family Physician Elected to Board of Directors

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

Janelle Davis
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222

SAN DIEGO — Kimberly R. Becher, MD, a family physician in Culloden, W.Va., has been elected a resident member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. Becher 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, Becher will represent 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 will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.

A member of the AAFP since 2008, Becher has served in several leadership positions at the university, state and national level. As a fourth-year medical student, she served on the AAFP Commission on Governmental Advocacy. She also was selected to serve as a resident spokesperson for the AAFP’s 2012 visit to the White House, where participants from around the country discussed care coordination efforts that improved health outcomes and reduced fragmentation and duplication of care.

On the state level, Becher served as the student member of the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors and as a member of the chapter’s Legislation and Government Affairs Committee.

Active in the Family Medicine Interest Group at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, she served as the group’s president in 2011.

Passionate about health policy and reform advocacy, Becher was named one of Marshall University’s Paul Ambrose Health Policy Fellows. In this capacity, she participates in key health policy meetings of the West Virginia state legislature and serves as a physician resource to legislative leaders.

In addition, Becher has served as a volunteer physician at the Marshall Medical Outreach homeless clinic and as a volunteer at The Health Sciences and Technology Academy of West Virginia University summer camp, a math and science program that aims to empower minority, rural and underrepresented high school students. She also went on a medical mission to Honduras in 2008 as part of Global Brigades Honduras.

Becher, who grew up in West Virginia and received her medical degree from Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in 2011, is in her third and final year of residency and serves as one of the department’s chief residents. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in biology from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, in 2002.

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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 129,000 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.

To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit
www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.familydoctor.org(www.familydoctor.org).