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Leadership Development Opportunities: Any Career Stage

Find leadership development opportunities sponsored by family medicine organizations. The following opportunities are available for individuals at any stage of their academic family medicine career. 

ABFM Visiting Scholars Program

Sponsor: American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)
Audience: All Members of the Family
Length: 2-4 weeks
User Fees: None
Awards: Approximately $2,500 to support housing and travel expenses. Additional money is available to support academic presentations on the scholar’s work.
Description: This program offers participants an in-depth immersion at the ABFM and the opportunity to do research. The length of the experience is intended to be 2-4 weeks. Scholars will work directly with ABFM staff on original research projects that align their own interests with those of the ABFM. Young researchers can enjoy a research and policy experience at the ABFM, while learning about and conducting research regarding the roles of certification boards in setting health care policy and in improving the quality of health care. Scholars with a significant policy interest may complete the program in Washington, DC, with our Vice President for Research and Policy. The goal is that each Scholar will develop a deliverable product at the end of their experience with a peer-reviewed publication as the norm.

Building Research Capacity (BRC)

Sponsor: North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) and Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM)
Audience: Learners, faculty and leaders in Departments and residency programs
Length: Curricular sessions varying from 60-120 minutes 
User Fees: none
Awards: None
Description: BRC is a joint initiative between ADFM and NAPCRG in cooperation with STFM. All family medicine departments and residency programs seek to build or sustain their research and scholarship capacity. That’s where BRC comes in. Among services BRC provides is a set of curricular offerings open to any attendees of the Annual STFM, NAPCRG, and ADFM Meetings which help build individuals’ knowledge and skills about building research and scholarship. BRC has identified the following core curricular topics which help drive specific content for the varying audiences who attend STFM, NAPCRG, and ADFM annual conferences: 

  1. How to Build a Culture of Inquiry in a DFM or in an FM Residency Program
  2. How to Think about the Value of Collaboration in Research and How to Approach It
  3. Leadership as a Critical Component of Developing and Sustaining Research Capacity
  4. Research Faculty Development, Support and Skill Development
  5. Building the Research Team
  6. Financing and Staffing Research Infrastructure
  7. Developing and Leveraging Existing Family Medicine Research Labs

Enhancing Career Satisfaction

Sponsor: American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
Audience: Members 
Length: Each lecture is up to 1 hour
User Fees: Family Physician Health and Well-being Conference registration
Awards: None 
Description: Come together with other family physicians to focus on individual wellness, while discovering solutions for improved professional satisfaction, leadership development, and better patient care within a broken system.

Grant Generating Project (GGP)

Sponsor: North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) 
Audience: Faculty members who are interested in pursuing investigator-generated independent research on topics of interest to primary care
Length: Year-long fellowship 
User Fees: $4,000 tuition, travel costs to NAPCRG Annual Meeting and STFM Annual Meeting (meeting registration is not included in $4,000)
Awards: TBD (scholarships will be available for Canadians and Americans)
Description: This “fellowship without walls” is newly renovated. Some of the changes include updating the course to cover grant development and writing, but also expanding to include modules on patient and community engagement, how to overcome writer’s block, developing your knowledge translation plan and making sense of different funders requirements and much more. The GGP moved to a state-of-the-art blended learning approach with only two in person meetings instead of four. You are able to complete online modules supported by expert mentors at your own pace before each of the in-person sessions that will give you detailed and extensive feedback on your grant application and concept paper.

Larry A. Green Visiting Scholar Program

Sponsor: Robert Graham Center
Audience: Students, Residents & Senior Faculty
Length: 1 Month
User Fees: None
Awards: One Visiting Scholar per month receives lodging and a small stipend for travel expenses
Description: The Robert Graham Center hosts visiting scholars for one month to work collaboratively on health policy research and products relevant to primary care and family medicine. This program is supported by the Pisacano Leadership Foundation, which allows it to offer furnished lodging on metro in downtown D.C. and a travel stipend. Scholars work directly with Graham Center staff on original research projects with a goal of producing nationally significant publications and other dissemination of findings. The program provides researchers with an analytic policy immersion experience in the nation’s capital focused on health policy from a family medicine and primary care perspective; provides the RGC with a renewable source of ideas, energy, competencies, and service that enhances the performance of the RGC; develops the infrastructure for policy-relevant research in primary care; and builds research capacity for primary care throughout the nation. . 

Leading Change Online Courses 

Sponsor: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) and Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM)
Audience: Junior Faculty, Mid-Career Faculty
Length: approximately 3 hours
User Fees: Free
Awards: Certificate of Participation
Description: This self-directed online course is for participants who want to lead change within their institutions, communities, and nations. The course includes short interactive modules, a downloadable Leading Change Workbook for individual learners, 18 group activities, and video interviews with change leaders. Learners may complete one course or all, and will earn a certificate of completion if they work through the entire course. Topics include: Building Your Team, Creating Urgency, Constructing a Change Plan, Common Team Dysfunctions, Leadership Wellness, Resilience and Authenticity, and more.

Robert L. Phillips, Jr., Health Policy Fellowship Program

Sponsor: Robert Graham Center & Georgetown University
Audience: Board-certified/eligible family physicians with strong interest in health policy
Length: Up to two years
User Fees: None
Awards: Annual stipend of $60,000 with health benefits and vacation
Description: The Graham Center and Georgetown University co-sponsor a one-year fellowship in health policy and faculty development. Fellows work with the Graham Center staff to address health policy questions of interest, culminating in a project for national dissemination, and currently also have opportunities to spend time working in a federal agency with interest in primary care.  For all fellows, the year begins with exposure to primary care health policy data, developing research skills, and participating in all phases of research from conception through dissemination. The fellow is introduced to various local and national organizations focused on public policy research, planning, and implementation, including health care leaders and community activists. 

Each fellow will develop skills and knowledge to become clinical leaders in diverse settings of family medicine practice; prepare for careers in academic medicine through faculty development activities and by teaching medical students and residents; and educate future leaders in the development and promotion of primary care health policy, research, and publications.


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