Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute

Application Details

The 2017 application period is closed. To apply for 2018, first read the eligibility and application information, then check back in December 2017 to request an application. 

Read the eligibility and application fact sheet.

Overview

The year-long Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute focuses on ensuring the future of the Family Medicine specialty by increasing the number of future Family Medicine leaders and provides training for this important role. A total of 30 participants are selected through a competitive application process. Family Medicine residents in their first, second, or third year, and medical students in their second, third, or fourth year when the program begins are eligible to apply. 

Beginning with participation at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, this year-long leadership development program conducts in-depth leadership workshops that are held at the AAFP National Headquarters in Leawood, Kansas on Saturday and Sunday. In 2017, scholars selected for the program will participate from July 27, 2017, to July 30, 2018, or longer, depending on whether scholars receive project awards.

Program Tracks

The program features the following three tracks (10 participants in each):

  • Policy & Public Health Leadership: Key strategies to move our specialty into a position to optimize the future health of America— both broadly and within local communities.
    • Effective leadership skills in policy and public health
    • Improve population health
    • Current AAFP policy and public health focus
    • Roles and strategies to engage in policy interventions
    • Effective community health engagement
  • Personal & Practice Leadership: Remaining effective and focused as you transition to greater levels of responsibility, autonomy, and expectations.
    • Personal leadership "toolbox"
    • Key trends in practice management and leadership opportunities
    • Strategies for burn-out avoidance
    • Work/life balance
    • Integrate high level healthcare thinking into your work
  • Philanthropic & Mission-Driven Leadership: Maximizing your impact as a physician leader as you increase your income, gain professional respect, and choose among many organizational opportunities for involvement.
    • Strategies for becoming a "change agent" in your community
    • Your personal mission statement
    • Leadership; competencies and skills "gap"
    • Non-profits and your philanthropic goals
    • Understanding non-profits

Participant Projects

During the year-long program (between the 2017 and the 2018 National Conferences), each participant completes a project relevant to their chosen track. Immediately following the in-depth leadership workshops on Saturday and Sunday, participants work with a family physician mentor on a project relevant to their respective track of study.

Once complete, the projects are evaluated. The top two medical students and the top two residents in each of the three tracks (maximum of 12 award recipients) receive recognition and an additional $1,000 participation scholarship. Project award scholarships provide funding for recipients to return to the following year’s National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students and present their projects. 

Funding

Participants will receive a scholarship of $1,000 to attend both the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute and National Conference. The scholarship is intended to help reduce out-of-pocket expenses (registration, travel, lodging, meals) to attend both events.

Additional project-based funding opportunities are available, and include:

  • $1,000 for a project award recipient to return to the next National Conference to present his or her project.
  • $3,000 for the best project award winner (either a student or resident) to attend a special opportunity related to their track of study.

Application Details

The 2017 application period is closed. To apply for 2018, first read the eligibility and application information, then check back in December 2017 to request an application. 

Read the eligibility and application fact sheet.

Become a Mentor

If you are interested in serving as a mentor for the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute, please contact the AAFP Foundation.

Learn more about the mentor/mentee relationship.

Funds & Endowments That Support This Program

Become a Mentor

If you are interested in serving as a mentor for the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute, please contact the AAFP Foundation.

Learn more about the mentor/mentee relationship.

Funds & Endowments That Support This Program

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