Ben Alsop-ten Hove
Ben is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Auckland and comes from the small South Island town of Leeston, an hour outside of Christchurch. His initial interest in rural health grew from a love of the rural lifestyle. Ben has held various student leader roles and he is the current President of the Grassroots Rural Health Club, the largest of its kind in the country. He has been involved in a wide range of activities for the club, such as trips to rural schools to promote rural health as a career and he also presented at this year's National Rural Health Conference in Auckland. Ben serves as the Auckland University Medical Students' Association Class Representative and the New Zealand Medical Students' Association Conference Coordinator, and next year he will also be serving as the NZMSA Vice President External. Ben, who currently lives in Hamilton, is very excited to bring rural health to a national stage.