The following are the student nominees. When asked, “What special skills, experiences and contributions will you bring to the LAFP as a potential Board Member and/or Delegate to the National Conference,” their answers are as follows:

 

Student Delegate to the LAFP Board of Directors (Two Positions Available):

Zakari Dymock – Tulane University:
“I have served as the president and advisor of several organizations aimed at supporting the development of its members in order to promote professional and personal development. Additionally, I have served as an operations manager for our medical learning communities leadership team and learned important lessons about logistics and enlistment of personnel. I hope to be able to contribute by bringing the perspective of a student who has been a part of the workforce. I would hope to promote the development of a culture of recruitment and support for future Family Medicine physicians.” 

Jimmy Fabiszak – University of Queensland Ochsner Clinical School:
“My background covers a variety of leadership roles and experiences from academic positions to Boy Scouts and sporting teams. I have served as president on executive boards of clubs and organizations at The University of Queensland/Ochsner as well as proposed and voted on policy amongst large committees. My time with these organizations provided me with a diverse skill set and the ability to problem solve using a multi-perspective approach. I value the input of team members and have the diligence to accomplish tasks in a timely and efficient manner. I carry the ability to recognize when a solution is not adequately working or if there are gaps in current practices and then seek to correct or improve them. I am a clear communicator and can effectively disperse information to my peers and encourage others to be involved and engaged.” 

Hannah Lo – Tulane University:
“I was the president of the FMIG at Tulane and helped organized many events including match panels, weekly brown bag lunch talks and even a talk on natural disaster management as medical students amidst the hurricanes last year. I hope to bring my passion about preventative medicine and further advance endeavors to combine public health and medicine to bring the best care to patients.”

 

Student Delegate to the LAFP General Assembly (Two Positions Available):

Hannah Lo – Tulane University:
“I was the president of the FMIG at Tulane and helped organized many events including match panels, weekly brown bag lunch talks and even a talk on natural disaster management as medical students amidst the hurricanes last year. I hope to bring my passion about preventative medicine and further advance endeavors to combine public health and medicine to bring the best care to patients.” 

Celina Mercer – Tulane University:
“I am proudly enrolled in Tulane’s dual MD/MPH program with studies focused on community health and behavioral sciences. This gives me unique opportunity to understand some of community healthcare “big picture” concerns outside of the exam room. Additionally, I have been a member of the Tulane University Family Medicine Interest Group since my first year of medical school and served as its treasurer as a second-year. Our FMIG organized training sessions with the neighboring LSU medical school for joint injection and emergency preparedness experiences. At the end of my second year, I served as the student coordinator for the Integrative Medicine elective offered to first-year medical students and organized and attended lectures which included topics on acupuncture, chiropractics, and preventative medicine. Finally, I also attended the LAFP Annual Assembly in New Orleans in 2017 to represent Tulane University. I believe these experiences, coupled with my organizational and time-management skills, will make me a successful delegate. Additionally, I am not afraid to participate in discussions on difficult topics and I have the discipline to prepare intelligent opinions for such discussions.” 

Caitlin Sisson – Tulane University:
“As the Alternate Delegate last year, I am familiar with the process and responsibilities expected of me. I will be able to effectively act as a Delegate as I was able to observe and participate last year successfully. I am passionate about Family Medicine, and the future of Family Medicine in Louisiana and the country. I will bring clear and consistent communication in my role, while being empathetic to those around me with different points of view as can be demonstrated with my past experience as a Delegate as well as in the role as FMIG Vice President at Tulane and a City Year Corps member in Boston. I enjoy pubic speaking and working with those around me to come to decisions that best serve the community in which I live and work. These are skills and experiences that I believe will allow me to contribute, as well as continue to learn and grow, as a Delegate to the AAFP to the National Conference.”

 

Student Delegate to the AAFP National Conference (Two Positions Available):

Celina Mercer – Tulane University:
“I am proudly enrolled in Tulane’s dual MD/MPH program with studies focused on community health and behavioral sciences. This gives me unique opportunity to understand some of community healthcare “big picture” concerns outside of the exam room. Additionally, I have been a member of the Tulane University Family Medicine Interest Group since my first year of medical school and served as its treasurer as a second-year. Our FMIG organized training sessions with the neighboring LSU medical school for joint injection and emergency preparedness experiences. At the end of my second year, I served as the student coordinator for the Integrative Medicine elective offered to first-year medical students and organized and attended lectures which included topics on acupuncture, chiropractics, and preventative medicine. Finally, I also attended the LAFP Annual Assembly in New Orleans in 2017 to represent Tulane University. I believe these experiences, coupled with my organizational and time-management skills, will make me a successful delegate. Additionally, I am not afraid to participate in discussions on difficult topics and I have the discipline to prepare intelligent opinions for such discussions.” 

Caitlin Sisson – Tulane University:
“As the Alternate Delegate last year, I am familiar with the process and responsibilities expected of me. I will be able to effectively act as a Delegate as I was able to observe and participate last year successfully. I am passionate about Family Medicine, and the future of Family Medicine in Louisiana and the country. I will bring clear and consistent communication in my role, while being empathetic to those around me with different points of view as can be demonstrated with my past experience as a Delegate as well as in the role as FMIG Vice President at Tulane and a City Year Corps member in Boston. I enjoy pubic speaking and working with those around me to come to decisions that best serve the community in which I live and work. These are skills and experiences that I believe will allow me to contribute, as well as continue to learn and grow, as a Delegate to the AAFP to the National Conference.” 

Rose Tusa – LSUHSC New Orleans School of Medicine:
“I will utilize the skills I gained serving at the school and state level this past year.” 

Christopher Van Hise – University of Queensland Ochsner Clinical School:
“Through the AAFP, I have worked on national health policy and participated in the drafting of resolutions for the Congress of Delegates.  These skills will translate directly to my role as an LAFP Delegate to the AAFP National Conference. I have over a decade of experience in leadership positions, dating back to college. My work included roles in student government as well as creating and implementing policy. I will bring my perspective as a clinician-in-training, as well as my experience working in underserved areas across southern Louisiana.  At the University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School, I trained across two healthcare systems, in Australia and the United States.  This unique experience will help me as I work towards creative solutions for our physician shortage and lack of access in Louisiana.”

 

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