The Student Association of the ACOFP is partnering with Resident Council on a number of exciting initiatives, including the Resident Council Spotlight series of interviews and articles. We’re excited about the insight and perspective residents are able to provide to help students plan for residency and become active with ACOFP.

For our first article in the series, students sat down with Tiffany Crider, DO, MPH, to learn more about her path to family medicine, her life as a resident and what being a part of ACOFP means to her.

Meet Tiffany Crider, DO, MPH

FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENT, PGY-2

NATIONAL FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY
THE WRIGHT CENTER FOR GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION
HEALTHSOURCE OF OHIO

Why did you choose this residency program?

This program allows me to care for patients in an underserved community near where I grew up. This is the population I plan to care for throughout my career. Also, I felt that I fit in well with the residents and program director. 

What is a typical day like in your life as a resident?

I see patients in the clinic from 8-5. Then I finish notes and administrative tasks for about an hour. I drive about an hour each way, so I like to use podcasts as part of my studying. In the evenings, I eat dinner, exercise, read or do a few board review questions. 

Why did you choose family medicine?

I was drawn to family medicine because it is so broad. I wanted to be able to see adults and kids and have the option to work inpatient and outpatient. Family medicine also provides plenty of opportunities to perform procedures. Every day is different and you never know what will come into the office, especially when you are in an underserved area.

Why did you volunteer to join the Resident Council?

This is my second year on the Resident Council, and as a member I feel it helps me to stay informed and help inform other residents about what is happening in ACOFP. It also allows me to be a liaison for the residents to keep ACOFP in touch with the current needs of family medicine residents. ACOFP also has many resources available and being part of the Resident Council helps me better understand and access these resources, which I hope to share with my fellow residents.

Were you involved with ACOFP as a Student?

Yes, I was involved in ACOFP as a student. I was Vice President of our SAACOFP chapter during my 2nd year of medical school. I was also the Chair of the Clinical Preparations Committee during my 3rd year of medical school. There are a lot of leadership opportunities with ACOFP, so I encourage anyone who is interested to get involved.

What do you love most about ACOFP?

I have made some great connections with attendings, residents and students. ACOFP has many resources, such as Board Review, podcasts and blogs that have been very informative. Also, ACOFP has been keeping up with and sending out updates regularly on the AOA-ACGME single accreditation merger and how it is affecting osteopaths, which is a very important topic and will continue to be over the next few years.

What is your one word of advice to students?

Persistence.

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