Aigner Smith graduated from Georgia State with a degree in Biological Science in 2016. During her time at Georgia State, Aigner was involved with many different departments and organizations including Sigma Alpha Omega Christian Sorority, the Panther LINK Tutoring Program, Study Abroad with the Chemistry Department to China, Water Quality Research, and the National Honor Society. Aigner also served as a Student Assistant with Georgia State University’s Housing for three years and a Resident Assistant at Patton Hall for two years.
Through Civic Engagement, Aigner was able to attend the Study Abroad Service trip to Turrialba, Costa Rica where students volunteered at Guayabo Primary School. During the trip she taught English to children and built a playground for a school that had previously lost everything due to a mudslide. Experiencing poverty firsthand motivated Aigner to pursue her goals of working with children through pediatric medicine and primary care in low income communities.
Today, Aigner is a second-year medical student at St. Louis University School of Medicine. She serves as a Health Advocate for Restore St. Louis, which enables her to advocate for immigrant families. In this role, Aigner is not only a resource for those who are unfamiliar with the U.S. medical system, but also provides families with trips to doctor’s appointments and pharmacies. Furthermore, she familiarizes herself with their medical and personal needs in order to provide them with the best help.
Aigner also serves as the Community Service Liaison for Student National Medical Association (SNMA), the nation’s oldest and largest independent, student-run organization. SNMA is focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. In this role, Aigner has organized multiple health fairs, provided opportunities for career days at lower level schools and provided conference opportunities for the members. She is currently planning a Be the Match Bone Marrow Registry for her SNMA chapter. Aigner has built a partnership with a community clinic in order to build outreach and clinical experience opportunity for SNMA members. She has also been accepted as a member of her institution’s Rodney M. Coe Program which means that she will graduate with a distinction in community service.
When Aigner is not studying, she enjoys volunteering at her church, roller-skating, playing softball and spending time with her husband. Although she was born in St. Louis and raised in Arkansas, Aigner hopes to return to Georgia to pursue her practice in medicine. We are thankful for Aigner’s heart towards community service and excited to see what the future holds for her!