Michigan Family Physicians Elected to National Leadership Positions at 2017 NCCL


(L-R) Tina Tanner, MD; Srikar Reddy, MD; Kristi VanDerKolk, MD. Click here for more pictures.

A full delegation represented MAFP at the American Academy of Family Physicians’ 2017 National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL), April 27-29, in Kansas City, Missouri. This annual event convenes Family Physicians from across the country to share perspectives and concerns on behalf of minority, international medical graduate, women, LGBT and new physicians.

“If you have a passion for health policy, advocacy and/or leadership, attending NCCL as a delegate is an absolute must," said Tina Tanner, MD (Montague), Michigan delegate to the women’s constituency. “You will learn more than you thought was possible in three days and return home energized and inspired to lead in your community and practice.”

Dr. Tanner first attended NCCL, then called the National Conference of Special Constituencies, in 2011 and credits the skills she developed there, as well as from attending AAFP's corresponding Annual Chapter Leader Forum, as vital to her service as vice president, president-elect and president of MAFP.

She and her fellow 2017 Michigan delegates—Preston Thomas, MD (Farmington Hills), minority constituency delegate; Kristi VanDerKolk, MD (Kalamazoo), LGBT constituency delegate; Srikar Reddy, MD (Novi), international medical graduate constituency delegate; and Bashar Yalldo, MD (Royal Oak), new physician constituency delegate—wrote resolutions and delivered testimony aimed at bringing about change. Click here for an AAFP summary of issues discussed and debated.

“As a first-time delegate and NCCL attendee, it was such an incredible experience! I highly recommend that any Family Physician aspiring to be a leader attend this conference,” said Dr. Yalldo, who is in his first year of practice in Howell following residency training at Providence Family Medicine Residency.

During NCCL, three Michigan delegates were elected to leadership positions by their peers. Doctors Tanner and VanDerKolk were elected as member constituency alternate delegates to the AAFP Congress of Delegates and will be attending this year’s meeting of the Congress in San Antonio, Texas, September 11-13.

Both Dr. Tanner and Dr. VanDerKolk were also elected to serve as co-convener of their respective constituencies at the 2018 NCCL, April 26-28 in Kansas City. Dr. Reddy was elected as the 2018 NCCL international medical graduate constituency co-convener.

“We are so proud of our physician members, including this group of leaders, who share their time and talents to advance Family Medicine and make the world healthier,” said Loretta Leja, MD (Cheboygan), MAFP President-elect who will be voted on by the membership at the Academy’s annual meeting, July 11, during the Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Dr. Leja attended this year’s Annual Chapter Leader Forum (ACLF)—which AAFP hosts concurrently with NCCL—on behalf of the Michigan chapter along with MAFP President Robert Jackson, MD, MMM (Allen Park); Vice President Mary Marshall, MD, RN (Grand Blanc); Chair Kim Yu, MD, FAAFP (Novi); AAFP Delegate and 2017 AAFP Vice Speaker Candidate Jennifer Aloff, MD, FAAFP (Midland); and MAFP CEO Debra McGuire, MBA, CAE, IOM, Director of Professional Development Denise Cook, MS, and Executive Assistant Jody Lowe.

“These two events provide a wealth of opportunities to grow Family Medicine leaders for the future, and they serve as platforms for discussing the challenges facing Family Physicians today,” said Ms. McGuire, who also highlighted the camaraderie, networking and idea sharing as equally invaluable benefits of attending NCCL and ACLF.

Dr. Tanner reaffirmed this sentiment, explaining that “returning to NCCL as women's delegate was like going to a big family reunion.”

For pictures from NCCL and ACLF, visit MAFP’s Facebook page.

If you are interested in applying for consideration to represent Michigan at the 2018 NCCL, watch for MAFP’s delegate application period to open in December 2017. If you aren’t currently receiving the weekly Family Medicine Update—MAFP’s primary means of communicating with members—email Dana Lawrence, Director of Communications, at dlawrence@mafp.com to be sure we have your correct email address on file.