This year-long leadership development program focuses on ensuring the future of the Family Medicine specialty by increasing the number of future Family Medicine leaders and providing 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. The 2016 application period is now closed.
Each selected participant receives a $1,000 scholarship to attend both the AAFP National Conference and the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute. Scholarship funds are to be used for hotel and other travel costs associated with participation.
The Emerging Leader Institute
The Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute is held at the AAFP National Headquarters in Leawood, Kansas, on Saturday and Sunday directly following the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students. In 2016, scholars selected for the program will participate from July 28, 2016, to July 31, 2017, or longer, depending on whether scholars receive project awards.
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
During the year-long program (between the 2016 and the 2017 National Conferences), each participant completes a project related to the chosen track and designed to build leadership skills. Each participant works with an assigned mentor through the process.
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 recipents to return to the 2017 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students and present their projects.
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 to attend a special opportunity.