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2024 National Conference Student & Resident Delegates Announced

Each year, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan appoints two residents and two students to represent Michigan Academy of Family Physicians at AAFP’s National Conference in Kansas City, MO. Delegate roles include writing, introducing, discussing, and voting on resolutions (proposals for change) and electing national resident and student leaders.

Representing MAFP at the 2024 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students, August 1-3, will be:

Saaranga Sasitharan

Resident Delegate: Saaranga Sasitharan, DO, MHA

University of Michigan Family Medicine Residency Program

I firmly believe that policy and advocacy play pivotal roles in creating lasting and meaningful changes in healthcare. By participating in the delegate role, I aim to actively contribute to the development and implementation of policies that address these disparities at their roots.”

 Ahmed Saleh, MD

Resident Alternate Delegate: Ahmed Saleh, MD

McLaren Health Care/Flint/MSU Program

"One of my primary aims to be a delegate/alternate delegate is to advocate for the welfare and interests of family physicians and the wider community in Michigan..."

 Kelsey Bean

Student Delegate: Kelsey Bean

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

"The future of our country and its medical field is unknown - and we as students and residents training to be family physicians have the ability to shape the field for the better. As an aspiring Michigan family physician, I would advocate for Michigan populations, both urban and rural, and work to best represent our state at the AAFP National Conference."

Donovan Dennis






Student Alternate Delegate: Donovan Dennis

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

“As a current co-president of my med school's local chapter of FMIG, and as someone who is fiercely passionate about primary care and health advocacy, I feel at home in settings that acknowledge the importance of family medicine. Additionally, as a dual degree MD/MPH candidate, my growing public health expertise aligns seamlessly with the history and legacy of advocacy inherent in family medicine as a specialty."

Resident and student members of MAFP who have issues of concern or ideas for change are encouraged to email them to [email protected], so they can be shared with MAFP’s delegation as they prepare for resolution writing at the conference.