Student Leadership

NCAFP medical student members are encouraged to become actively involved in the leadership of our association through the Student Section.  If you are interested in serving during the 2019-2020 leadership cycle (December 2019 – December 2020), please see below for list of available Student Leadership Opportunities and a link to submit your application by 11:59pm May 31, 2019.

2018-2019 Student Leaders

NCAFP Academy Board of Directors

Student Director
Cameron G. Smith
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Mr. Smith is in the Class of 2020 at the Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine at Campbell University (CUSOM) in Buies Creek, NC.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT.  Cameron quickly became involved in the NCAFP as a participant in: the Eastern Rural Health Program, the NCAFP Annual Meeting, Family Medicine Day and the AAFP National Conference for Residents & Medical students, all during his first year of medical school.  Additionally, Cameron served as the President of the CUSOM Family Medicine Club and volunteered with Campbell’s Community Care Clinic during his first two years of medical school. Currently a third year, Cameron is completing his clinical rotations in Fayetteville.  “The relationships and support I have felt within the family medicine community have inspired me to get involved in our specialty.  The experiences at school and with the NCAFP have provided me with experience teaching, promoting FM, giving back to my community and connections with state and national leaders.  I hope to serve, advocate and represent the medical student community and help shape the future of medicine.”


Student Director-Elect
Katelyn D. Turlington
Wake Forest School of Medicine

Ms. Turlington is in the Class of 2021 at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston Salem, NC.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  Katelyn quickly became involved in the family medicine interest group at her school which led her to the NCAFP.  She attended the NCAFP Annual WFPW in Asheville and soon after applied to participate in NCAFP Summer Programs.  Katelyn continued her involvement in family medicine during her first year of med school as she stepped forward to lead her interest group and continued involvement in other NCAFP/AAFP activities including Family Medicine Day and the AAFP National Conference for Residents & Medical Students.  Katelyn is regular volunteer with their student-run free clinic, Delivering Equal Access to Care (DEAC) and to keep a bit of balance in life she also volunteers with The Junior League of Winston Salem and the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Little known fact about Katelyn:  Prior to med school she held a career as a special agent with the Diplomatic Security Service!  Katelyn states “The NCAFP has introduced me to the tremendous breadth of family medicine, invested in me and my peers’ professional growth and provided me with opportunities to meet students & mentors passionate about family medicine.  As a result I have dedicated myself to sharing the specialty with our student body.  I also look forward to advocating for vulnerable populations and working to address healthcare disparities in rural North Carolina.”


NCAFP Foundation Board of Trustees – Student Trustees

Katherine H. Mulligan, Class of 2020, Brody School of Medicine @ ECU –
Hannah C. Smith, Class of 2021, Brody School of Medicine @ ECU – 

2018-2019 Student Representatives to NCAFP Committees:

  • Member Satisfaction and Practice Environment – Scott A. MacBeth, Class of 2021, Wake Forest University School of Medicine –
  • Payer and System Advocacy – Matthew J. Leary, Class of 2020, Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine –
  • Workforce Pipeline – Geoffrey M. Houtz, Class of 2021, University of North Carolina School of Medicine –

Below photo, 2018-19 Board of Directors & Foundation Board of Trustees, left to right:
Cameron Smith, Katherine Mulligan, Hannah Smith & Katelyn Turlington


NC Academy of Family Physicians Student Leadership Positions

Student leaders have the opportunity to provide input to help guide the NCAFP, its committees and its philanthropic organization, the NCAFP Foundation, as these entities strive to meet the goals of our Strategic Plan.   Available leadership positions include:

Student Director  (1) Appointed to the NCAFP Board of Directors. This is a one-year term.

Student Director-Elect (1)  Appointed to the NCAFP Board of Directors. This is a one-year term however the Director-Elect automatically succeeds to the position of Director  for another one-year term.

Student Trustee  (2) Student Trustees appointed to the NCAFP Foundation Board of Trustees.  The Trustee position is a one-year term.

Committee Representatives (3) One student is appointed to each of the NCAFP Committees structured in accordance with the NCAFP Strategic Plan.  The Representative position is a one-year term.

Position descriptions are located here, meeting dates and attendance requirements can be found here.

Submit your interest via this Nomination Form no later than 11:59pm, May 31, 2019.  Please note, your CV, interest statement and a letter from your a family medicine faculty advisor are all due by this date and time.

AAFP Student Leadership & Involvement Opportunities

In addition to NCAFP leadership opportunities, there are many student leadership options at the national level with the AAFP. Many of these positions require support from your state chapter.  As a result, please note the NCAFP’s deadlines are prior to AAFP deadlines. For all elected & some appointed positions, the NCAFP deadline is May 1st. For other appointed positions, the deadline is Aug. 15th.   Please click here for NCAFP policy on AAFP Nominations.

For a complete list of AAFP student leadership opportunities please visit the AAFP site via this link.

For a complete list of student and resident leaders currently serving in AAFP positions please visit the AAFP’s online directory here.