Michigan Resident and Student Leaders Excel at National Conference

Aug. 5, 2022 - In addition to providing valuable exploration of the family medicine specialty and opportunities to connect with like-minded peers who are equally passionate about providing excellent primary and preventive care, AAFP’s National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students nurtures leadership development.

From serving as a state delegate to running for a national position, the conference opens doors for elevating one’s leadership skills, building one’s CV, expanding one’s network, and advancing one’s career.

At this year’s National Conference, residents and students from Michigan excelled at representing MAFP, the resident and student voice, and our great state. Below is a snapshot of the tremendous work of these MAFP members.

MAFP’s resident and student delegates—Raven Batshon, MD, MPH, University of Michigan Family Medicine Residency; Eli Benchell Eisman, DO, PhD, Henry Ford Hospital Family Medicine Residency; Koby Buth, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine; and Dayaan Ghani, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine-Flint—and Lauren Varvatos, MS, Wayne State University School of Medicine introduced six resolutions as part of National Congress programming. All six resolutions were approved, approved with a substitute, or affirmed. Their resolution topics focused on reducing barriers to menstrual hygiene products, street medicine, expanding home- and community-based senior services and providing living wages for caregivers, mental health emergency services, prior authorizations, and .

Two Michigan residents—Dr. Mikita Arora of McLaren Oakland Family Medicine Residency and Dr. Meghana Swamy of McLaren Flint Family Medicine Residency, and Central Michigan University Medical School student Julia Schulte ran as candidates for national positions. Although not elected, each delivered an exceptional speech and eloquently answered tough questions during the candidates’ forum.

Dr. Arora also chaired an efficient and productive reference committee hearing, during which residents testified in support of or against proposed resolutions. She then lead the committee’s consideration of each resolution it heard and its report of recommendations presented to the full AAFP National Congress of Family Medicine Residents.

Julie Ngo, a student in her final year at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine-Flint, served as parliamentarian for the final business meeting of the AAFP National Congress of Student Members. During this important business meeting, delegates voted on three reports of a total of 18 proposed resolutions.

AAFP selected three research posters from Michigan residents and students for presentation at the conference. Among them was a poster of Mohammad Aamir Sayed, MD of Central Michigan University Family Medicine Residency, chosen by AAFP Foundation as a Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute best project award winner.

MAFP also had great representation in the expansive Expo Hall. Among the 580+ exhibitors were directors, faculty, staff, and residents from 14 of our state's 39 family medicine residency programs, all of whom are tremendous ambassadors of training in our Pure Michigan state.

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MAFP is already looking forward to the 2023 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students, July 27-29, in Kansas City!