Student Member on the MAFP Board of Directors

Each year at the MAFP Annual Meeting of the membership, a medical student member is elected to serve a one-year term on the MAFP Board of Directors.

Applications/nominations are due by March 1.


Student Member, 2021-2022 MAFP Board of Directors

ADJOA KUSI-APPIAH

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, MD Candidate 2022

Why did you want to serve in this position?
I believe the issues that affect family medicine and training influence our community, thus influencing our patients. I hope to gain skills to positively impact and dismantle issues that stand as barriers to family medicine. As a member of the MAFP Board of Directors, it is my goal to serve the Michigan family physicians and future physicians as they serve the people. Within this, I hope to maximize and apply the perspective of medical students across the state.

The MAFP has played a pivotal role in my journey through medicine; by serving on the board, I hope to magnify the momentum of the MAFP in hopes that other students may capitalize on the work that is being done.

What experience do you bring to the position?
Since entering medical school, I have actively engaged in opportunities centered on family medicine including attending past Michigan Future of Family Medicine conferences, MAFP annual advocacy days, hosting MAFP-Family Medicine Interest Group events within Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, serving on the MAFP Member Engagement Committee, and participating in the MAFP Mentorship Program. Nationally, I serve as an AAFP Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) scholar. Through these opportunities, I have grown in advocacy, relationship-building, and problem solving in my pursuit of being a servant leader.

Through the AAFP ELI scholarly project, I explored current issues facing Michigan's health education and analyzed needs of the secondary education community. Within the MAFP Member Engagement Committee, I experienced a different side of organizational governing by contributing the perspective of a medical student. Family Medicine Advocacy Days revealed the activist side of my character while being immersed in the collective of MAFP. Notably, I learned how to foster change from an upstream approach.

As student who is underrepresented in medicine, I believe I can offer a different perspective to the MAFP Board of Directors. From working with at-risk first generation college students throughout my undergraduate career, to actively volunteering with the Spartan Street Medicine team, and increasing representation through initiatives in the Student National Medical Association, I believe these experiences will aid in the advancement of family medicine in Michigan.

I have also served as a board member of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s Family Medicine Interest Group and secretary of the Psychiatry Student Interest Group. I am currently the Gold Humanism Honor Society president at MSU College of Human Medicine and a Research to Reduce Disparities in Disease scholar.

What are your plans for the future?
With a strong interest in family medicine and public health, I hope to serve urban-underserved populations through medicine, health equity, and community-based research. Other interests include minority mental health, justice-involved populations, academic medicine, and adolescent medicine.

How can students connect with you to share concerns or ideas for new student-focused programs/initiatives that you can take to the MAFP Board of Directgors?
Medical students can email me at [email protected].


Past Student Members on the MAFP Board of Directors

2020-2021: Jaclyn Israel (Michigan State University College of Human Medicine)

2019-2020: Shelby Owens (Michigan State University College of Human Medicine)

2018-2019: Anne Drolet (Michigan State University College of Human Medicine)

2017-2018: Olivia Bolen (Central Michigan University College of Medicine)

2016-2017: Olivia Bolen (Central Michigan University College of Medicine)

2015-2016: Phillip So (Wayne State University School of Medicine)

2014-2015: Rick McGeehan (Michigan State University College of Human Medicine) and Caleb VanderVeen (Wayne State University School of Medicine)