IMG 2706Louisiana Family Medicine was well represented at the 2023 AAFP National Conference for Students and Residents. Thanks to our Partners in Family Medicine, Ochsner Health, for their exclusive sponsorship we were able to send our full delegation of resident and student delegates to the National Congress of Delegates.

Our resident and student delegates listed below participated in all Congress proceedings:

  • Danielle Pawlichuk, MD, Alexandria FMRP
  • Ijeoma Amanze, MD, Monroe FMRP
  • Christine Edomwande, MS 3, LSUHSC New Orleans
  • Claire Romaine, MS, 3, Tulane School of Medicine

During the 2023 AAFP Resident Congress of Delegates, Dr. Ijeoma Amanze accepted the nomination to serve as the resident delegate to the AFMRD and was elected from the slate of four other resident member nominees. As part of her responsibilities, Dr. Amanze will inform and provide a resident perspective to program directors on environmental issues impacting residents and their education. She will also gain non-profit board leadership experience and mentoring from established leaders in family medicine.

Representatives from the following programs were onsite to promote our family medicine residency programs:

  • Alexandria FMRP – Danielle Pawlichuk, MD and Nikki Debord, MD
  • Baton Rouge General FMRP - Yordanos Teferra, MD and Nirja Shah, MD
  • Bogalusa FMRP – Johnston Waring, III, MD
  • DePaul FMRP – Program Director, Cole Pratt, MD and Associate Program Director, Thomas Santamaria, MD
  • East Jefferson FMRP - Cody Bushyhead, MD, Andrew Oracz, MD, and David Potter, Program Coordinator
  • Kenner FMRP – Lindsay Liles, MD, Faculty
  • Lafayette FMRP – Bradley Ber, MD, Kristy Chin, DO and Arden LaGrone, MD
  • Monroe FMRP – Ijeoma Amanze, MD
  • Shreveport FMRP – Ammar Husan, MD, MBA, Faculty
  • St. Tammany FMRP – Catherine Pechon, MD, Faculty, Gabrielle Givens, MD, Faculty and Donna Wallace, Program Staff

In addition to all the recruitment efforts, the Lafayette FMRP had 2 posters chosen for presentation at the National Conference. Dr. Arden LaGrone’s poster, “Who’s Hungry? Addressing the Food Insecurity Gap in Knowledge of Medical Students”, was chosen as part of the Family Medicine Leads Program. Dr. Bradley Ber and Dr. Kristy Chin presented their research efforts, “HOPE Project: Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy Empowerment Project.”

The AAFP National Conference is one way for our residents and students to discover all family medicine has to offer -all in one place. The National Conference is the destination for family medicine residents and medical students to learn more about family medicine, develop leadership skills, influence AAFP policy, explore residency programs, and connect with potential employers.

Plans are in the works for the 2024 conference. It’s easy to make donation online via our secure form or call Lee Ann Albert at 225.923.3313. Help promote Louisiana Family Medicine in Kansas City!

The Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt corporation and is the only charitable organization in Louisiana that exists to improve and increase access to health care by investing in the specialty of family medicine. Federal Tax ID 58-1757802.

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