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Leadership Development Opportunities: Residents and Students

Find leadership development opportunities sponsored by family medicine organizations. The following opportunities are available to residents and students. 

Appointment to Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR)

Sponsor: Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM) and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Audience: Residents
Length: 1-2 years
User Fees: Department pays to send resident to ADFM Winter Meeting; AAMC covers travel to ORR meetings
Awards: None
Description: Each year ADFM appoints a representative to the AAMC’s Organization of Resident Representatives. The ORR representative attends the ADFM Winter meeting and participates in informal development activities with the ADFM Board of Directors. These representatives are nominated by ADFM member chairs from their institutions, and must be enrolled in a residency training or fellowship program at the time of appointment. Representatives may be re-appointed to a second term, provided they are actively enrolled in a FME program as of July 1 of that calendar year, so ADFM seeks nominees from residency programs who will be beginning their second year of residency training as of July 1. 

Chief Resident Leadership Development Program 

Sponsor: American Academy of Family Medicine (AAFP) 
Audience: Residents 
Length: Two 3-day workshops – one in the spring and one in the fall 
User Fees: $1,100 
Awards: None  
Description: This year-long leadership program for family medicine chief residents includes live workshops in the spring in Kansas City and then again in the fall in conjunction with the FMX. The program gives participants the opportunity to engage in interactive workshops prior to assuming their chief resident role and once again about 6 months after they’ve had some experience in their role. In addition to the face-to-face workshops, participants have access to an online discussion forum, monthly newsletters, and tools to establish and work locally with a self-selected leadership coach. 

Family Medicine Leadership Positions for Residents and Students 

Sponsors: American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), AAFP Foundation, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD), and others
Audience: Residents, Students
Length: 1-2 years
User Fees: None 
Awards: Most positions are reimbursed for their expenses and efforts
Description: Family medicine residents and medical students interested in family medicine have the opportunity to serve in leadership roles that give them exposure to organized medicine, health care issues, and family medicine beyond the walls of their institution and provide a great chance to learn and develop as leaders in the field. Dozens of positions are open to residents and students in broad categories including serving as a representative for: a board of directors; a national representative such as a delegate; on an advisory board; an editorial board; an association committee; a Family Medicine Interest Group Network leader; or as a liaison to another organization. 

Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute 

Sponsor: American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Foundation
Audience: Residents, Students
Length: 12 months
User Fees: None
Awards: Travel expenses
Description: This institute identifies family medicine residents and medical students who display leadership potential but may or may not have served in a leadership role. The goal is to expand the number of future family medicine leaders and to provide valuable training to help equip them for this important work. The year-long leadership development program brings together 30 participants following a competitive application process. It includes a $1,000 scholarship, plus the potential for additional $1,000 and $3,000 scholarships related to project awards.

FMIG Leadership Track at National Conference

Sponsor: American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) 
Audience: Students, Faculty (Family Medicine Interest Group faculty advisors)
Length: Two days at National Conference
User Fees: None 
Awards: None  
Description: Each year at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Network hosts four FMIG leadership sessions for FMIG student leaders and faculty in attendance. The network connects FMIG student and faculty leaders across the country, and provides resources and support to FMIGs. These sessions are key sources for FMIG leaders to learn how to administer strategic planning, fund-raising, family medicine programming, and initiatives that enhance student interest in family medicine. 

Leadership Track - AAFP National Conference 

Sponsor: American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) 
Audience: Residents, Students 
Length: 3 days 
User Fees: None 
Awards: None 
Description: This leadership track at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students provides several opportunities for residents and students to cultivate leadership skills. In addition to traditional educational sessions, attendees can participate in a truly interactive leadership experience by getting involved in the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents (NCFMR) and the National Congress of Student Members (NCSM) and by running for an elected position. Additional programming focuses on learning about advocacy through policy development, lobbying, and helping patients navigate the health care system. 

Pisacano Leadership Foundation 

Sponsor: American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) 
Audience: Fourth-Year Medical Students 
Length: Up to 4 years 
User Fees: None
Awards: $5,000 scholarship + $2,000 leadership training expenses, $7,000 per year for up to 4 years. 
Description: This program offers many career development opportunities and scholarship funding to the future leaders of family medicine. The Pisacano Scholars participate in semi-annual Leadership Skills Development Symposia and are offered a multitude of educational programs and mentoring relationships with current leaders in the field of family medicine. These programs are designed to enhance the overall leadership skills of the Pisacano Scholars, to provide them with the historical context and scope of family medicine, and to allow the Scholars to network and form professional relationships within their field. Third-year medical students are eligible to apply. Only students who demonstrate a strong commitment to the specialty of family medicine will be considered. 

STFM Medical Student Education Scholarship Program

Sponsor: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)
Audience: Students
Length: 3 days
User Fees: None
Awards: $500/student plus promise from family medicine department for additional $500 to cover expenses
Description: STFM recognizes students who have both an interest in family medicine and potential for an academic career by offering scholarships to attend the STFM Conference on Medical Student Education. These students demonstrate leadership aptitude by presenting scholarly work through a poster presentation and interacting with experienced family medicine educators.



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