Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute: Eligibility and Application Fact Sheet

Request an Application

The 2017 application period is closed. Please check back in December 2017 to request an application for 2018.

Unsuccessful candidates may apply more than once, provided they still meet all eligibility criteria listed below.


Medical Students:

  • Must be a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians 
  • Must be in second, third, or fourth year of medical school when program begins

Family Medicine Residents:

  • Must be a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Must be in first, second, or third year of residency when program begins

Application Process

If you are interested in applying for 2018, you will need to submit the following three documents in order to complete the application process:

  1. The Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute Application
  2. A copy of your curriculum vitae (CV), submitted as a Word document or PDF
  3. A letter of recommendation (see details below)

Letter of Recommendation

The letter may be written on your behalf by any of the following:

  • A faculty member/advisor in the medical school’s Department of Family Medicine or the residency program,
  • A member of the leadership of the student’s or resident’s state Academy, or
  • A family physician in good standing with the AAFP.

Please provide the letter writer with the following instructions for completing a letter of recommendation which must: 

  • Be on letterhead and have a valid signature 
  • Include a date 
  • Describe the letter writer’s relationship to the applicant 
  • Address the letter writer’s belief that the applicant is an emerging leader and the evidence to support the belief, including the applicant’s work ethic and interpersonal skills 
  • Indicate the ability of the applicant to successfully carry out a Project in the allotted time 
  • Comment on any other factors that the letter writer believes may be of value to the review committee 
  • Be sent as a PDF file (with signature) if sent by email
  • Deadline for application, CV, and letter of recommendation is March 1.

Review Process

The applications will be reviewed and scored by the members of the Family Medicine Leads Work Group. The applicants receiving the highest numeric scores will be accepted to participate in the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute.

Every effort will be made to maintain a balance between the number of Family Medicine residents and the number of medical students selected to attend the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute.

Deadline and Notification

  • The deadline for the application, CV, and letter of recommendation is March 1, 5:00 pm CDT.
  • The selected participants will be notified via email by May 31.

Dissemination of Funds

Checks will be distributed at the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute, during the National Conference. Each recipient must sign for the check, as well as complete a W-9 Form prior to receiving the check.


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