June 30, 2016Two medical students at the College of Community Health Sciences were elected to yearlong student leadership positions with the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians. The University of Alabama School of Medicine students, who are receiving their third and fourth years of clinical education at the College, were named to the positions after an election that took place at the Academy’s annual meeting, which was held June 16-19 in Sandestin, Florida. D. Paul Strickland, a third-year medical student and a Rural Medical Scholar, was elected the communications chair for the student leaders. Jessica Powell, a fourth-year medical student and also a Rural Medical Scholar, was elected as the communications liaison to Tuscaloosa. One of the College’s functions is to serve as the Tuscaloosa Regional Campus for the University of Alabama School of Medicine, providing clinical education for a cohort of third- and fourth-year medical students. All students receive their first two years of medical education at the School of Medicine’s main campus in Birmingham. Four additional medical students from other School of Medicine campuses were also elected to positions. More than 900 family physicians and more than 430 students and family medicine residents across the state make up the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians. The annual meeting allows members to connect, earn continuing medical education and learn more about representing family medicine in the legislative, regulatory and public arenas.