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student + resident councils


Are you passionate about family medicine? Do you have a vision for our field? Then consider joining the Medical Student Council or Family Medicine Resident Council! Council membership offers a unique opportunity to champion family medicine while developing the leadership and advocacy skills your future requires.

CAFP selects medical student and resident leaders to each council throughout the year. Council members help coordinate statewide activities for students interested in family medicine and develop innovative ways to promote and advocate for the specialty in the state of California.



To facilitate communication, increase teamwork and establish lasting relationships between family medicine leaders today for a brighter and stronger future tomorrow.


Each council consists of two Co-Chairs, who are members of the CAFP Executive Board and represent California as delegates to national conferences and organize statewide family medicine events. Each of the seven Building Bridges Regions have one Resident and one Medical Student District Director working with the local Program Director to facilitate district communication and events. 

Please contact Pamela Mann if you have any questions or concerns.

Introducing Your New Student and Resident Co-Chair Council Leaders

Hi everyone! My name is Kimberly Vu, a current MS4 at UC Irvine. I am an Orange County native who temporarily relocated to Stanford University for my undergraduate degree where I also volunteered at free clinics amongst a variety of other community work. During medical school, I became involved with the AMA, AAFP, CAFP, and APAMSA (Asian Pacific and Medical Student Association), as well as with three of UCI's student-run free clinics. I look forward to serving as the medical student co-chair of the CAFP Student Council along with Dev, and to hearing all the wonderful ideas of the Student Council and members of the CAFP. See you at the National Conference, Family Medicine Summit, and All Member Advocacy Meeting!!

My name is Dev Vashishtha and I am a joint MD-MAS candidate at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. I aspire to be a compassionate, full-spectrum family medicine clinician, researcher and policy maker working to improve community health and well-being. Before my second year of medical school, I interned with California State Assemblywoman, Lorena Gonzalez, and worked on AB 1522, which provided paid sick leave to millions of workers across California. I am a strong advocate for healthcare access and am interested in payment reform that incentivizes family medicine and primary care. As a CAFP student council co-chair, I look forward to working with medical students interested in family medicine, and being part of a new generation of primary care physicians who are political advocates for their profession and for their patients.

My name is Isabel Chen and I am a 3rd year resident at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, I grew up with a very strong sense of primary care as the backbone to a healthy, vibrant society. During my undergraduate years as Yale, I focused on improving health care system experiences for immigrant and refugee groups before I completed my Master's degree in Public Health. My research on health disparities and policy implications of intimate partner homicide among racial and ethnic minorities continues to inform my training in family medicine. I am thrilled to serve as your Resident Co-Chair this year alongside Blair! I am looking forward to nurturing the leadership and advocacy skills of our members during their training and working toward greater health equity and justice for our communities.

My name is Blair Cushing and prior to entering medical school, I worked professionally in social services for nine years. My areas of expertise were in housing and homelessness services and working with survivors of domestic violence. As a result, I began to recognize the affect a compassionate primary care physician can make for someone facing a multitude of life challenges. It is my future goal to practice full-scope family medicine along the US-Mexico border in a critical access setting. My clinical interests are broad, but my particular passions are reproductive health, end-of-life care, and diabetes. I chose to specialize in family medicine largely due to the inherent moral authority that family physicians continue to wield. As someone who desires to use my role as a physician to create larger social change, I have found that being part of this particular medical family has opened many doors for me in continuing to advocate for improved access to care for the underserved. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve on the CAFP Board as one of the Resident Co-Chairs and am very excited to get to work on our agenda for the year around engaging other trainees in all that CAFP has to offer.