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Leadership Development Opportunities: Senior Faculty

Find leadership development opportunities sponsored by family medicine organizationsThe following programs are available for leadership development for senior faculty. 

AAFP Leadership Conference for Current and Aspiring Leaders

Sponsor: American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) 
Audience: Chapter Officers 
Length: 3 1/2 days 
User Fees: The cost is $260. Students and residents can attend for $140. 
Awards: None 

Description: This leadership conference, which takes place over 3.5 days each year in Kansas City, is for current and aspiring family leaders and chapter staff. Two parallel tracks are comprised of the Annual Chapter Leader Forum and the National Conference of Constituency Leaders.

The Annual Chapter Leader Forum (ACLF) track is a leadership development program for chapter-elected leaders, aspiring chapter leaders, and chapter staff.  ACLF features targeted breakout session on chapter governance, legislative and advocacy issues, membership strategies, communications efforts, and trends in family medicine among other topics. 

The National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) track is a leadership and policy development track for underrepresented constituencies, including women, minorities, new physicians, international medical graduates and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender physicians. NCCL allows aspiring leaders to create powerful platforms for change and influence AAFP policies and positions as well as build leadership skills to use in practice and the community. In addition to sessions on leadership, communications, advocacy, and media training, NCCL offers a dedicated business track to train members on the resolution development process.

ABFM Lewis Sigmon Senior Scholars Program

Sponsor: American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)
Audience: Senior Faculty, All Members of the Family
Length: 2-4 weeks
User Fees: None
Awards: Negotiable to support housing and travel expenses. Additional money is available to support academic presentations on the scholar’s work.
Description: This program is an extension of the ABFM Visiting Scholars Program with additional financial support and the additional expectations of an authoritative product. Sigmon Scholars are senior leaders or researchers in family medicine. They have an in-depth immersion at the ABFM and the opportunity to conduct research or policy work during the program, which takes place over 2-4 weeks. Scholars work directly with ABFM staff on original research projects that align their own interests with those of the ABFM.

ADFM Annual Meeting 

Sponsor: Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM) 
Audience: Chairs/Division Head, Senior Department Administrators 
Length: 3 days 
User Fees: $520 in 2015 
Awards: None 
Description: This February meeting is held for ADFM members (chairs) and Associate Members (chair-sponsored senior department administrators). The conference offers chair and senior administrator development in areas critical to the multiple missions of departments of family medicine. The program typically includes plenary sessions with outside speakers, sharing of best practices/innovations from members, and opportunities for networking and communication between chairs and administrators. An informal mentoring program is also available for new chairs who are offered the opportunity in advance to be paired with a chair who has been in the position for a number of years.

ADFM Fellowship 

Sponsor: Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM) 
Audience: Senior Faculty 
Length: 1 year 
User Fees: $520 in 2015 x two meetings – additional fees may be added 
Awards: None 
Description: This fellowship identifies senior faculty with aspirations and potential to become chairs of departments of family medicine and enhances potential chair candidates' success through the application and interviewing process of becoming chairs of departments of family medicine. The fellowship is a 1 year experience, tied to two consecutive annual ADFM Winter meetings. Fellows are paired with sitting chair mentors with whom they develop an individualized education plan to serve as the basis of professional development for the year. Fellows participate in all activities associated with ADFM Annual Winter meetings including the Senior Leaders' Preconference and all of the optional workshops. In conjunction with the Winter meeting, fellows also participate in a CV review and a session on negotiating a chair position. ADFM Fellows also participate on the ADFM Chairs’ list-serve during their fellowship year and for 1 year post-fellowship.

ADFM Senior Leaders Program 
Sponsor: Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM)
Audience: Senior Faculty 
Length: 3 days 
User Fees: $520 in 2015 
Awards: None
Description: This program introduces emerging leaders to the defining issues of the discipline in both academic and clinical arenas and provides an opportunity to network with current leaders of academic departments and other leaders of the discipline. It also exposes participants to innovations and benchmarks in all missions - patient care, teaching, and research across the country, and imparts training in core skills necessary for academic leadership. The Senior Leaders program involves participation in the annual meeting of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine, which is organized around best practices, benchmarks, and the contribution of academic departments across all missions. The meeting includes a leadership preconference the afternoon prior to the start of the meeting and other optional workshops during the meeting. Senior leaders must be nominated by their department chair to participate in the Senior Leaders Program. 

FMIG Faculty Advisor Summit

Sponsor: American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) 
Audience: Senior Faculty, Mid-Career Faculty, Junior Faculty, Students
Length: 1 day or less
User Fees: None
Awards: None 

Description: This summit brings together faculty serving as advisors to their institution’s Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) to learn and share about effective administration of FMIGs, role modeling behaviors, family medicine messaging, FMIG programming, fundraising strategies, and more. Advisors are also engaged in faculty leadership and skill development. These workshops are hosted by the AAFP’s FMIG Network in even-numbered years in conjunction with the STFM Conference on Medical Student Education. 

New Chairs Advising Program

Sponsor: Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM)
Audience: New Department Chairs
Length: at least 2 years (ADFM tracks the pair for 2 years)
User Fees: None
Awards: None

DescriptionThis program creates paired relationships of an early career chair advisee (1 to 3 years) with a more experienced chair advisor (5 or more years). The advisor may also serve as a facilitator for relationships with others for specific expertise or input, if needed. Pairs commit to check-ins and communication at least quarterly and outline a minimum of two specific goals/objectives for the relationship. These objectives include one general goal such as providing/receiving advice and approaches to problem solving/management dilemmas, and one goal from a list of possible topics, including: managing up and down; leading change; financial issues; HR issues; faculty development; and research program development. In person meetings are recommended to take place at least twice yearly, usually at the ADFM Winter Meeting and another national meeting (STFM, NAPCRG, and/or AAMC).

National Institute for Program Director Development Fellowship 

Sponsor: Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD) 
Audience: Program Directors, Senior Faculty 
Length: 9 months 
User Fees: $4,750 
Awards: None 

Description: This fellowship is specifically designed for senior-level family physician educators who want to enhance and develop the leadership skills necessary for residency directors, and it uses a unique adult learning model to enhance knowledge, attitudes, and skills. It is developed by the AFMRD in cooperation with the AAFP, ABFM, RPS, and STFM, for selected applicants to learn from seasoned program directors, family medicine educators, and other family medicine leaders. The NIPDD Fellowship offers a comprehensive curriculum to support interest in resources about enhanced leadership, management, and communication skills; an understanding of program finances; and a working familiarity with educational (ACGME) and certification (ABFM) requirements. The fellowship is available to new program directors, associate/assistant program directors, directors of developing programs, and physicians planning to assume the role of program director.

New Chairs Workshop at the Dept of Family Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia

Sponsor: Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM) and the University of Missouri, Columbia
Audience: New Department Chairs, Senior Leaders
Length: 4 days
User Fees: $1,200 (includes materials, hotel, meals)
Awards: None

Description: This annual workshop is created for a small group of about 6-8 new chairs. The program is based on a consultative model whereby: new chair attendees prepare a case describing their challenge/problem; the team at MU reviews the case description and brings together necessary resources with the other attendees and faculty; the MU team identifies key people within the institution that the individual new chair chooses for one-on-one consultations learning more about specific issues which may be translatable to his or her own institution or department. Participants leave with new relationships that they can call on in the future to help provide advice, expertise, or counsel.

Research Mini-Consultations

Sponsor: Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM)
Audience: New Department Chairs, Research Directors, Senior Research Faculty
Length: 30-60 minutes
User Fees: None
Awards: None

Description: For a Research Mini Consultation, an early career chair, research director, or other senior faculty member is paired with a more experienced chair for a conversation of about 30-60 minutes around ideas for development of their research infrastructure. These mini consultations take place in person when possible and by phone otherwise. Those receiving the consultation share several specific questions about their research program with their consultant in advance of the meeting in order to help guide the discussion and make it as productive as possible. 


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