Family Medicine Residents Named to National Leadership Positions
Amanda Pannu, M.D., Vivian Jiang, M.D., and Amber Robins, M.D.
Three residents from the University of Rochester Department of Family Medicine Residency program were recently named to national leadership positions in the American Academy of Family Physicians. This is the first time that three residents from the same program have been selected.
"The faculty and residents at the University of Rochester/Highland Department of Family Medicine are to be congratulated for engaging residents in the leadership process,” said Stanley M Kozakowski, M.D., FAAFP, Director, Medical Education Division, American Academy of Family Physicians. “These leaders will help our national organizations to create a better future for our patients, their families, and communities. With residents such as these, the future of family medicine is very bright!"
The AAFP medical student and resident conference each year is one of the biggest annual gathering of those two groups in the country. More than 1,300 medical students and more than 1,000 residents attend the conference, where both groups elect their national leaders. Amber Robins, M.D., M.B.A., was elected as the resident representative to the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Board of Directors and Vivian Jiang, M.D., was elected as one of two resident representatives to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. Amanda Pannu, M.D., was appointed as the resident representative to the Family Medicine Review Committee.
“We strongly support the involvement of our residents in leadership activities,” said Stephen Schultz, M.D., Residency Director. “The University of Rochester Family Medicine program has a Political Advocacy and Leadership Track that supports residents who are interested in the policy making process that directs the delivery of health care in the U.S.”
Residents who choose to participate in the track are supported by the residency to: learn about the legislative issues that affect patients, medical education and healthcare policy; develop an advocacy issue of personal interest; serve on a New York State Academy of Family Physicians Commission and lobby in Albany, N.Y., and Washington, D.C., to meet state senators and representatives as well as national leaders.