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student + resident councils

Want to get more involved in your professional medical association?
Consider joining CAFP's Student-Resident Council! Council membership offers a unique opportunity to champion family medicine while developing leadership and advocacy skills.


Council members help coordinate statewide student-resident activities and promote the exchange of ideas and strategies to advance family medicine in California.


Medical Students and Family Medicine Residents enrolled in a California program. Council members must commit to participating in quarterly conference calls.


Council members begin their term in June and serve for one academic year.

Background and Mission

CAFP represents more than 2,800 student and resident members combined and serves as a resource hub for more than 13 medical schools and 60 family medicine residency programs. To overcome California's geographical size, the councils facilitate communication across the state, increase teamwork among all programs, and establish lasting relationships between family medicine leaders.


Each council is led by two Co-Chairs who sit on the CAFP Board of Directors and the CAFP Foundation Board of Trustees. Co-Chairs serve as delegates to state and national conferences. If you're interested in learning more about this leadership role, please review the position description.

how to apply

Council member applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Co-Chair applicants must apply by May.


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

Your 2018-2019 Student and Resident Co-Chair Council Leaders

Zac Nicholas, reporting for duty! I am a third-year medical student at California Northstate University; though I hail from South Florida, I am grateful for the opportunity to lay down roots in California. I look forward to utilizing this experience to create supportive team environments for physicians and patients to make meaningful changes while respecting individual and collective autonomy. As your incoming Student Co-Chair, rest assured that I will do my best to disrupt the status quo by amplifying student voices in fighting for bold and, dare I say, revolutionary solutions to problems plaguing our universities, clinics, and communities though CAFP advocacy and policies.

Hello Everyone! I am Andrea Banuelos Mota, a third-year medical student at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. I am a Californian, born and raised in Los Angeles. I went to undergrad at UC Berkeley and worked at a free clinic for several years in Pacoima, CA before beginning medical school. My heart lies in serving the underserved, representing primary care, community medicine, women’s health and supporting pre-medical and medical students in the achievement of their career goals. I hope that I get to meet many of you throughout this year and help support all of YOUR goals!

My name is Cynthia Chen-Joea. Currently, I am a third-year family medicine resident at Long Beach Memorial. Prior to medical school, I was as an early care and education teacher. My ambition was to be a family medicine physician who worked toward a higher standard of health care, directed on improving access and well-being for the public. I am fortunate to be the first resident in the Health Policy area of concentration at Long Beach Memorial. My interests include public health, health policy, advocacy, women’s health, and procedures. With the help of CAFP, I hope to challenge medical students, residents, and family physicians to engage, mingle, and participate in events and advocacy in the community.

My name is Rob Assibey, and I’m a second-year resident at San Joaquin General Hospital in Stockton, California. After college, I worked as an EMT in the greater Los Angeles area and saw first-hand the health disparities that were present, which furthered my passion for helping underserved populations. I chose family medicine because it gives me the opportunity to have a wide breadth of knowledge and to make effective change in my community. I am looking forward to my position as Resident Co-Chair this year! Not only will I be part of a great organization like CAFP, but I believe this will give me an opportunity to learn all the various ways I can be a better advocate for my patients and for all patients across California.