We are pleased to announce the ballot for our 2022 – 2023 Resident Delegate positions. Learn more about each nominee and what led each nominee to seek a delegate position.

Resident Delegate to the LAFP Board of Directors

Yousaf A. Khan, MD – PGY 2, Monroe Family Medicine Residency Program
I hope to learn and gain invaluable experiences by serving as a Resident Delegate to the LAFP Board of Directors. The Academy has all the means as well as the pool to give guidance and direction to Doctors and other medical professionals about the present as well as the future of their profession. Moreover, it also provides tools to prepare for the coming changes such as latest guidelines, genetics and research. I realized AAFP at a national level provided information and best practices based on the local culture and expectations. Also, at a local level we are able to interact frequently and discuss resolutions which can be put forth at a state and national level. We would be able to lobby and discuss issues with lawmakers from the networking we establish at the assembly. I believe by attending such events or conferences with hundreds of members we are able to create large-scale collaborations, develop best practices, standards and resolutions. Most importantly I feel LAFP is my family and makes me proud to be a Resident Doctor in Louisiana.

Danielle Pawlichuck, MD – PGY 1, Alexandria Family Medicine Residency Program
I hope to improve my leadership skills and gain a better understanding of the needs of the state of Louisiana in the field of family medicine. I also hope to network and build meaningful relationships with other physicians across the state. I would like to serve as an advocate for my patients in the field of family medicine while gaining a better understanding of health care at the state level. I have excellent communication skills and a passion for family medicine. I'm a strong advocate for both family medicine and my patients.

Chris Van Hise, MD – PGY2, East Jefferson Family Medicine Residency Program
I am passionate about advocacy and would like to continue working with the LAFP to further improve patient care, access, affordability, and equity. Over the past several years I have been involved with the LAFP, serving most recently as the Resident Delegate to the Board of Directors and to the General Assembly, as a well as a member of the Legislation and Advocacy Committee and the Resident & Student Leadership Committee. As residents we play an important role in bringing new perspectives and encouraging the LAFP to continue to move forward as an organization. With the Board of Directors, I have worked to ensure that residents have a voice at the table when it comes to board level decisions. At the General Assembly, I represented residents and have brought forth resolutions to enact change and advocate for vulnerable groups. I hope to have the opportunity to serve again as the Resident Delegate to the LAFP General Assembly and the Board of Directors for this coming year.

Resident Delegate to the LAFP General Assembly

Yousaf A. Khan, MD – PGY 2, Monroe Family Medicine Residency Program
As a Resident Delegate to the LAFP General Assembly, I would represent my colleagues from Louisiana on state and national level. Serving as a Resident Delegate will allow me to make that impact on a larger scale, discuss resolutions and discuss solutions to the problems we face today and in the foreseeable future. I believe that Resident Physicians are the backbone of our healthcare system and this special group of individuals also need to be heard and should be given a chance to voice their concerns. I will use this platform to network, advise and discuss the public health issues and issues faced by residents and medical students. I would support, encourage and validate our choice of Family Medicine with focus on our goals of Primary Care Medicine, taking an active part in advocacy, bringing positive changes to policy making, taking on leadership roles and making an impact. Improve access to patient education and education for our medical community as well. I would promote our medical community to have an active and participatory role in policy making. Given my background in different sectors of workforce and prior experience with advocacy, I believe I have the ability to carry out this responsibility.

Chris Van Hise, MD – PGY2, East Jefferson Family Medicine Residency Program
I am passionate about advocacy and would like to continue working with the LAFP to further improve patient care, access, affordability, and equity. Over the past several years I have been involved with the LAFP, serving most recently as the Resident Delegate to the Board of Directors and to the General Assembly, as a well as a member of the Legislation and Advocacy Committee and the Resident & Student Leadership Committee. As residents we play an important role in bringing new perspectives and encouraging the LAFP to continue to move forward as an organization. With the Board of Directors, I have worked to ensure that residents have a voice at the table when it comes to board level decisions. At the General Assembly, I represented residents and have brought forth resolutions to enact change and advocate for vulnerable groups. I hope to have the opportunity to serve again as the Resident Delegate to the LAFP General Assembly and the Board of Directors for this coming year.

Resident Delegate to the AAFP National Conference

Kenechukwu Ben-Okafor, MD – PGY 1, Monroe Family Medicine Residency Program
As I build my career in Family Medicine, I’m constantly searching for opportunities to improve my spirit of service that will complement my clinical knowledge. Being responsible to the LAFP as a conference delegate is an incredible avenue to work with, and learn from, individuals who are discovering and utilizing innovative ways to provide better care to their communities. Being a leader (and sometimes, a follower) in medical school, church and my local Rotaract club has strengthened my ability to work for consensus in a group, while still acknowledging the differences that kindle unique sparks in each of us. Furthermore, as a young physician in training, I’m well-positioned to identify challenges peculiar to my constituency. As a LAFP delegate to the Conference, the insight I’ve obtained will help me to work with other members to identify solutions and share with my colleagues. I hope to learn new ways the practice of family medicine has evolved over the years. Being exposed to evidence-based practice will smoothen out my methods and make me a better physician. I also hope to build my professional network and make new friends.

Yousaf A. Khan, MD – PGY 2, Monroe Family Medicine Residency Program
I had the opportunity to take part in the LAFP Annual Assembly and AAFP National Conference last year as an Alternate Resident Delegate. I have also worked in retail, pharmacy, teaching and the Resident Wellness Committee. These experiences have made me extremely humble, given me the ability to listen, to understand, to negotiate, to be compassionate of others and to represent a diverse group of workforce such as the residents of this nation. Getting involved in advocacy has provided me with a long-term vision about the future of healthcare and how to tackle the hurdles in front of reaching a desired state of play. After attending board meetings, I was able to gather all this amazing experience and knowledge which I was able to share with my colleagues at my home residency program.

William Rosales, MD. PGY 2, , Monroe Family Medicine Residency Program
Throughout my career, I have always been involved in leadership roles, whether it was at the student level, being a student representative for the medical school board, or, most recently, as a member of an advancement association for medical professionals in Chicago. These experiences left in me a profound sense of service that goes beyond the practice of medicine. I want to connect with residents from Louisiana who are passionate as I am about the specialty, and, by becoming an alternate delegate, be an advocate not only for the residents in my program, but also for the other programs in the area. Constant learning and improvement are critical aspects of my professional practice, and by participating in leadership meetings like the LAFP and AAFP conferences, I will have more tools not to only improve myself, but also help my peers in their development of their own careers and improve our healthcare system. I want to serve as an alternate delegate to the AAFP national conference to raise concern about the most current issues and conflicts that Louisiana family medicine residents face, while also providing actionable insights and resolution proposals to these issues. I look forward to the different responsibilities of the role and would like to learn from the different actions, programs, and legislation from around the country, and hopefully, take them to our association to continue to improve ourselves as leaders in medicine.

R. Connor Rougelot, MD, PGY 1, Alexandria Family Medicine Residency Program
I would like to serve as the delegate to the AAFP National Conference so that I can help to improve the educational experience of future family physicians and provide valuable feedback to enhance the quality of care that we provide. I am passionate about education and enjoy working with others to make improvements that can benefit those that come after us. I have served on numerous student organizations and leadership positions over the years and believe that I have the skill set and personality to efficiently collaborate with others to invoke positive change. I am responsible, organized, timely and relatable. I enjoy collaborative work environments and am comfortable communicating with those in administrative roles. I have served in various liaison positions and understand what is required in order to have the greatest and most effect impact. I look forward to the opportunity to network with other likeminded students and physicians who are as passionate about the field of medicine as I am. I would like to continue to improve on my communication and leadership skills. I would also like to learn more about the structure and operations of the organization as I can see myself continuing on to further leadership positions in the future as I begin my career in Family Medicine.

Brianna Shaffer, MD – PGY2, Alexandria Family Medicine Residency Program
As a native of Louisiana, I would cherish the opportunity to share my passion for serving a very special patient population and medical community that is very near and dear to my heart. Louisiana is a state of resilient, compassionate people with unique needs, in particular, improved access to quality medical care. We have endured a great deal of challenges that extend far beyond financial to include environmental and political challenges unique to Louisiana. It was my privilege to testify at the state legislature last year as a Family Medicine Resident during the Health and Welfare Committee hearings for the Advancement of the Nurse Practitioner/Midlevel scope of practice. I am very passionate about the career path I have chosen in Family Medicine and am dedicated to preserving our profession and educating others about the differences in our training and the value we provide.

Voting begins on March 21, 2022 and will be conducted electronically via an online link. Student members will vote for the delegates and resident members for the resident delegate positions. The future of Family Medicine in Louisiana is BRIGHT!

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