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

Student Delegate to LAFP Board of Directors

Katherine Adler, MS 3 – LSU Health New Orleans
I have experience as a high school science teacher and department chair, so I know how to work with my peers to create a great working environment for them and a great learning environment for students. I also have experience working in the service industry interacting with diverse groups of people in a calm and collected manner. I think this would translate well into a position where I would be representing the interests of my fellow students as well as working towards making a great environment for them to learn and work in. I hope to continue to learn about what the LAFP does to support family physicians and medical students in Louisiana. I also hope to actively help to shape how the organization looks and how it serves the communities of Louisiana.

Christine Edomwande, MS 2- LSU Health New Orleans
Currently, I am the president of the FMIG at LSUHSC in New Orleans. I have experience organizing and conducting meetings between other leaders and members of our organization. I also have program and event planning experience through this position and other leadership roles I have held in the past. In addition, I am the co-chair for the LAFP Resident and Student Leadership Committee and attended the AAFP National Conference last year. These positions, along with my other student officer positions, have continued to strengthen my communication skills, leadership, and overall professionalism. I believe these positions will connect me to more family physicians, residents, and students which gives me more opportunities to learn about the specialty. I hope to help increase the interest in family medicine in Louisiana medical schools and get students more acquainted with Louisiana residency programs. I want to continue growing as a leader in the realm of family medicine and gain more experience while improving my current skills. I also hope to represent the interests of LAFP at National Conference this year and help to propose beneficial solutions.

Arden Lagrone, MS 3 – LSU Health New Orleans
I would like to serve on the LAFP Board of Directors and/or LAFP Delegate to the AAFP National Conference because I believe that Family Medicine is a specialty that builds meaningful relationships with patients and is capable of making significant change in the health outcomes of people in Louisiana. An important way that will be accomplished is through the next generation of Family Physicians learning from those physicians that have come before them and building upon the foundation they have created. Through serving on either the LAFP Board of Directors or as a Delegate for the National Conference, I will be able to work with people from across the country that have implemented different programs or initiatives in their local communities. I will be able to learn from them things they have found to be successful in initiating change, and things that were not. By expanding my knowledge base, I will be able to propose new ideas for improving health outcomes in the state of Louisiana and inspire other rising family physicians to do the same. I will also be able to encourage other students to pursue family medicine as a career through showing them how impactful they will be able to be in their communities. I have had several unique experiences that have fostered my desire to use medicine to improve people’s lives and would allow me to be valuable to the LAFP as a potential board member or Delegate to National Conference.

As a medical student, I have participated in the Rural Scholars program, in which I made a commitment in my future practice to provide healthcare to people in communities that are underserviced and learn about the many challenges they face. I also participated in the AHEC Scholars Program, during which I worked with other health profession students in a wide variety of fields such as dentistry, audiology, and public health to learn about interprofessional education and the social determinants of health. I became extensively involved with school-based clinics and developed a passion for working with adolescents and implementing preventative health strategies. I have also spent a lot of time volunteering with Second Harvest Food Banks and learning about food insecurity in south Louisiana. Prior to medical school, I developed a love of global health through participating in mission trips to both Jamaica and Puerto Rico.

I also believe that I would be able to contribute to the LAFP as either a potential board member or Delegate to National Conference through the fact that I am an African American female. I represent a population that is both a minority in the specialty of family medicine, and an underserviced community in healthcare. As a minority group member, I can bring a unique voice to discussions about current health issues. I also hope to be able to encourage future women of color to pursue family medicine as a career path. Through the experience of either serving on the LAFP Board of Directors or Delegate to the National Conference, I hope to gain knowledge on how to implement change in my community when I am a practicing physician. I hope to learn how determine the needs of the community, potential solutions, and how to best implement them. Through working with other physicians, residents, and students both here in Louisiana and across the country I hope to learn what policies and programs have worked in their communities, and how we can tailor them to suit the needs of the people of Louisiana. I also hope to contribute to the future practice of family medicine in Louisiana through encouraging other students to consider family medicine as a career option and teaching them how they can address the needs of their own communities in which they one day practice.

Abigail Mohr, MS 1 – Tulane School of Medicine
I currently serve as the FMIG president at Tulane University School of Medicine, where I have contact with students interested in pursuing family medicine and with several practicing physicians who work in the New Orleans area. Because of this, I have a direct line to those who are the most excited to contribute to the advancement of this field. When I am not studying, I volunteer at a clinic that serves women in an inpatient rehabilitation facility, and from these individuals I have become aware of how the current medical environment has failed some of the most vulnerable persons it promised to heal. As a delegate, I want to make sure we elevate the voices of such individuals so that the changes we enact help lift those who need it the most. Finally, I have a background of living both in a rural area and in a city with a large population. This gives me the advantage of understanding how these different dynamics necessitate vastly different care from physicians and policy makers in Family Medicine.

Student Delegate to the LAFP General Assembly

Katherine Adler, MS 3 – LSU Health New Orleans
I have experience as a high school science teacher and department chair, so I know how to work with my peers to create a great working environment for them and a great learning environment for students. I also have experience working in the service industry interacting with diverse groups of people in a calm and collected manner. I think this would translate well into a position where I would be representing the interests of my fellow students as well as working towards making a great environment for them to learn and work in. I hope to continue to learn about what the LAFP does to support family physicians and medical students in Louisiana. I also hope to actively help to shape how the organization looks and how it serves the communities of Louisiana.

Christine Edomwande, MS 2- LSU Health New Orleans
Currently, I am the president of the FMIG at LSUHSC in New Orleans. I have experience organizing and conducting meetings between other leaders and members of our organization. I also have program and event planning experience through this position and other leadership roles I have held in the past. In addition, I am the co-chair for the LAFP Resident and Student Leadership Committee and attended the AAFP National Conference last year. These positions, along with my other student officer positions, have continued to strengthen my communication skills, leadership, and overall professionalism. I believe these positions will connect me to more family physicians, residents, and students which gives me more opportunities to learn about the specialty. I hope to help increase the interest in family medicine in Louisiana medical schools and get students more acquainted with Louisiana residency programs. I want to continue growing as a leader in the realm of family medicine and gain more experience while improving my current skills. I also hope to represent the interests of LAFP at National Conference this year and help to propose beneficial solutions.

Student Delegate to the AAFP National Conference

Katherine Adler, MS 3 – LSU Health New Orleans
I would like to serve as a LAFP Delegate to the AAFP National Conference because of my passion for Family Medicine. During my third-year rotations, I have seen that access to a talented and well-trained family physician can make a huge difference in patient outcomes and satisfaction. I believe it is crucial to make sure medical students are aware of all the opportunities and benefits available to them in this specialty. My desire is to make sure that medical students are provided the education and training they need to become great doctors who provide exceptional care to their patients. As a delegate to the National Conference, I would advocate for policies that are consistent with the core values of the LAFP and provide the best opportunities for medical students in Louisiana pursuing a career in family medicine. I would also like to continue in my position as Student Delegate to the LAFP Board of Directors. As a voting member, I would continue to represent the medical student body and give us a strong and consistent voice in the leadership of the LAFP, as well as support policies that best reflect our values and needs.

Christine Edomwande, MS 2- LSU Health New Orleans
I am truly passionate about the family medicine specialty and would be honored to serve as one of the next student delegate to the AAFP National Conference Delegates. I am currently involved with the LAFP and Family Medicine Interest Group at my school. This year, I would love to work with the LAFP in a higher role. I want to continue helping to recruit more student members while also garnering more interest in family medicine amongst medical students. In addition, I want to keep the board of directors informed concerning the needs of medical students and how those interested in family medicine can be supported. I would also like to represent the interests of medical students in Louisiana at the AAFP National Conference. I am interested in proposing ideas and solutions that can be beneficial for our student members and organization. Overall, I believe these positions will help me grow as a leader and to continue learning about the specialty.

Arden Lagrone, MS 3 – LSU Health New Orleans
I would like to serve on the LAFP Board of Directors and/or LAFP Delegate to the AAFP National Conference because I believe that Family Medicine is a specialty that builds meaningful relationships with patients and is capable of making significant change in the health outcomes of people in Louisiana. An important way that will be accomplished is through the next generation of Family Physicians learning from those physicians that have come before them and building upon the foundation they have created. Through serving on either the LAFP Board of Directors or as a Delegate for the National Conference, I will be able to work with people from across the country that have implemented different programs or initiatives in their local communities. I will be able to learn from them things they have found to be successful in initiating change, and things that were not. By expanding my knowledge base, I will be able to propose new ideas for improving health outcomes in the state of Louisiana and inspire other rising family physicians to do the same. I will also be able to encourage other students to pursue family medicine as a career through showing them how impactful they will be able to be in their communities. I have had several unique experiences that have fostered my desire to use medicine to improve people’s lives and would allow me to be valuable to the LAFP as a potential board member or Delegate to National Conference.

As a medical student, I have participated in the Rural Scholars program, in which I made a commitment in my future practice to provide healthcare to people in communities that are underserviced and learn about the many challenges they face. I also participated in the AHEC Scholars Program, during which I worked with other health profession students in a wide variety of fields such as dentistry, audiology, and public health to learn about interprofessional education and the social determinants of health. I became extensively involved with school-based clinics and developed a passion for working with adolescents and implementing preventative health strategies. I have also spent a lot of time volunteering with Second Harvest Food Banks and learning about food insecurity in south Louisiana. Prior to medical school, I developed a love of global health through participating in mission trips to both Jamaica and Puerto Rico.

I also believe that I would be able to contribute to the LAFP as either a potential board member or Delegate to National Conference through the fact that I am an African American female. I represent a population that is both a minority in the specialty of family medicine, and an underserviced community in healthcare. As a minority group member, I can bring a unique voice to discussions about current health issues. I also hope to be able to encourage future women of color to pursue family medicine as a career path. Through the experience of either serving on the LAFP Board of Directors or Delegate to the National Conference, I hope to gain knowledge on how to implement change in my community when I am a practicing physician. I hope to learn how determine the needs of the community, potential solutions, and how to best implement them. Through working with other physicians, residents, and students both here in Louisiana and across the country I hope to learn what policies and programs have worked in their communities, and how we can tailor them to suit the needs of the people of Louisiana. I also hope to contribute to the future practice of family medicine in Louisiana through encouraging other students to consider family medicine as a career option and teaching them how they can address the needs of their own communities in which they one day practice.

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