AAFP’s Emerging Leader Institute is Growing Family Medicine Leaders in Michigan

Tiffani Strickland, Diana Chen, and Diahann Marshall, MD at the 2018 Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute kickoff.

One resident and two medical students from Michigan kicked off their year-long participation in AAFP Foundation's 2018 Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute on August 4-5, at AAFP headquarters in Leawood, Kansas, following the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students.

Congratulations to Diahann Marshall, MD, Diana Chen, and Tiffani Strickland on being selected for this exclusive opportunity designed to grow future Family Medicine leaders! Over the next year, they, along with the other 2018 scholars, will work with a Family Physician mentor on a unique project relevant to one of three tracks—policy and public health, personal and practice, or philanthropic and mission-driven.

Dr. Marshall, of Henry Ford Family Medicine Residency, said that through her participation in the program, she is excited to explore Family Medicine leadership options outside of her current residency and practice, and to further develop leadership skills that she can use throughout her career. She will work under the guidance of Michigan Family Physician, David Walsworth, MD, FAAFP (East Lansing) on a project within the personal and practice leadership track.

This is the third year that Dr. Walsworth has served as an Emerging Leader Institute mentor, which he says "is a great way to work with students, residents, and fellows interested in becoming leaders in Family Medicine. I have enjoyed each of the three years that I have participated."

Click here to learn about how to become an Institute mentor.

Diana Chen has chosen to focus her year-long project on the human trafficking fight, potentially on how physicians, residents, and medical students can do better to identify victims. A third-year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Diana is excited about the opportunities that participating in the Emerging Leader Institute will provide for building her leadership skills, as well as doing "meaningful work that will impact my community, learning from others, and understanding the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to addressing needs of complex and vulnerable populations."

Tiffani Strickland, a third-year student at Wayne State University School of Medicine, will work on a mission-driven project to connect medical students involved in caring for people experiencing homelessness with a Mental Health First Aid course to improve their comfort level in handling a mental health crisis and improve access to mental healthcare.

“I applied for the Emerging Leader Institute to have a structured way in which to contribute to the well-being of my community in Detroit. In addition, I want to gain leadership skills that will provide a strong foundation for my Family Medicine career,” said Tiffani.

At least one student and/or resident from Michigan has been selected to participate in AAFP’s Emerging Leader Institute since its inaugural year in 2015. To learn about the projects of past scholars and get information about how to apply for next year’s program, click here.