Memorial Medical Center is pleased to announce that Stephanie Benson, MD, FAAFP, has been named chairman of the American Academy of Family Physicians Federal and State Policies Committee. This commission has considerable national influence on health policy.
Dr. Benson is a board certified general practitioner at the Memorial Family Medicine Center and an associate program director at the Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency Program, where she completed her residency in 2009. She is also the director of Memorial’s palliative care team, which played an important role for the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I firmly believe that every doctor has a responsibility to stand up for their patients and their community. It is a great honor to be able to do this at national level. I have worked closely with the New Mexico Chapter of the AAFP since I was a resident on our program and I look forward to continuing my work with the National Academy and its great people, ”said Dr. Benson. “We still have a lot to do as we continue to advocate guidelines that benefit our patients, our communities, and the family medicine specialty. I am the New Mexico Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. John Andazola, and grateful to our residency program for continuously supporting me in these endeavors over the years. “
Dr. Benson’s one-year term as chairman begins on December 15, 2021. The Federal and State Policy Commission provides information and leads the Academy’s federal prosecutor’s program and the AAFP’s support for constituent chapters in their advocacy efforts before state governments.
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