Kendall Allred, a third-year medical student from Phoenix was elected to this prestigious panel during the association''s recent meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, by the AMA''s Medical Student Section. A native of Safford, Allred will serve as a trustee-elect for the next six months and then will begin his one-year term as the lone student member of the 21-member trustee board beginning in June 2008.
The association''s Board of Trustees guides the association as it sets standards and policy for the medical profession, ensuring that the association remains focused on its mission to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.
"It should be an interesting dynamic to bring the ideological and progressive student voice to the board," Allred said. "It''s also a great opportunity to advocate for the thousands of medical school students nationwide on their most pressing issues."
One of the key issues facing students is changing policies in loan repayment, Allred said, adding the AMA has a stake in the presidential election campaign next year because all the candidates have their ideas on reforming the health-care system.
Allred, who is enrolled in the dual degree program to simultaneously earn an MD degree and a master''s in public health, was elected by a group of about 200 delegates from allopathic and osteopathic medical schools across the country. He won in a runoff against a student from New York.
Having been very active in the AMA during his first three years of medical school, Allred was eager to get a chance to represent the student voice on the board.
The Arizona native earned undergraduate degrees in microbiology and Spanish at Arizona State University. During that time, he was employed as an emergency room technician at Banner Baywood Medical Center in east Mesa. Prior to college, he spent two years in southern Mexico on a mission for his church.
Although still a year and half away from completing his studies, Allred said he plans to pursue a career in emergency medicine upon graduation. He and his wife, Lisa, are the proud parents of a 2-year-old boy, Zane.