Award Overview and Requirements
The $16,500 Family Medicine Cares Resident Service Award creates an opportunity for first-year and second-year Family Medicine Residents to fulfill a desire to address health disparities by tackling the health needs of the underserved in their local communities.
Deadline to submit an application is March 15. Up to two awards will be presented annually.
All first-year and second-year Family Medicine Residents who are members of the AAFP are eligible to apply. The 12-month service project, from June 1 – May 31, has the following requirements:
- Resident must work with an organization that provides health care (e.g., free clinic, health department) to enhance services.
- Project must address a health disparity in the community.
- Project should have an enduring benefit to the patients and the community that will continue after the 12-month project period.
- Resident must present results at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.
Resident Reporting & Presentation Requirements
- Interim Report (due December 1)
- Final Report (due July 1)
- National Conference Presentation (late July/early August in conjunction with the AAFP National Conference)
- Financial Reconciliation of $10,000 award (August 1)
- End of Project Survey (August)
Clinic Reporting Requirements
- Interim Report (December 1)
- End of Project Survey (August)
Up to two Family Medicine Cares Resident Service Awards will be provided annually. The award will total $16,500 and contain the following elements:
- $10,000 award will be provided to the resident whose service project is selected for funding. This funding is to be used by the resident only for costs directly related to the project. These may include: medical supplies (e.g., diabetes testing), equipment rental or purchase, software purchase or lease, patient education materials, communication expenses (e.g., postage, printing, office supplies), patient incentives/reimbursement, mileage/transportation (e.g., resident mileage), patient reimbursement, and personnel not employed by free clinic or health care facility (e.g., patient educators, substance abuse or peer counselors).
- $5,000 award will be provided to the free clinic (or similar health care facility) where the service project is implemented.
- $500 stipend will be given to the residency program to celebrate and recognize the resident who wins the Family Medicine Cares Resident Service Award.
- $1,000 travel award reimbursement will be provided to the resident to attend the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students for the purpose of presenting the results of the project. Note: Registration fees for National Conference will be waived for speakers.
Dissemination of Award
The $10,000 award for the resident will be distributed in three payments:
- $6,000 will be provided at the start of the project.
- $2,000 will be provided after receipt of the interim reports.
- $2,000 will be provided after receipt of the final reports.
The $5,000 award for the free clinic will be distributed at the start of the project:
The $500 stipend for the residency will be distributed when the award is announced.
The $1,000 travel award reimbursement, to present results and finding at AAFP's National Conference, will be paid to the resident upon presentation of receipts.
What the $10,000 Award to the Resident Will Not Fund
- Indirect or overhead costs.
- Travel to present findings at a professional meeting, conference or seminar. (Note: The $1,000 travel award reimbursement is provided in addition to the $10,000 award to the resident and must be used to attend AAFP's National Conference and present the project's results and findings.)