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Nicholas Tinker, a second-year medical student at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, was recently elected president of the student chapter of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians. He is the first USA medical student to hold an office in this organization.
After meeting with medical students at the conference and learning more about family medicine, Tinker decided to run for president of the student chapter. Every summer at the annual Alabama Academy of Family Physician conference in Destin, Fla., a new president is elected.
The responsibilities of president include being the voice for the student members from Alabama at the statewide board meetings, which are held three times a year, as well as having a vote on the board for all other elected topics and discussions. Tinker will also inform people, especially his fellow medical students, of the organization and continue to spark interest in family medicine among students. In addition, he will emphasize the need and benefits of being a family physician in the state of Alabama.
“I am most excited about the opportunity to lead an organization that I am passionate about and to have the opportunity to spread interest in family medicine in the state because I know there is a great need for it,” Tinker said. “I believe this position will enrich my experience in medical school by allowing me to gain experience in leadership and also allowing me to gain more knowledge in a field of medicine that I am very interested in.”
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