Outcomes: Family Medicine Leads

Program Overview

The Family Medicine Leads program consists of two components:

  • The provision of scholarships to attend the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students (NC), and
  • The Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute, a year-long leadership development program.

Program Goals

  • To stimulate interest and commitment to the specialty of Family Medicine
  • To support development of future leaders in Family Medicine

Program Outcomes

Family Medicine Leads Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the AAFP Foundation has provided 220 Family Medicine Leads Scholarships for Family Medicine residents and students to attend the AAFP National Conference.

Findings from the National Conference Evaluations include what the level of interest in Family Medicine was before and after attending. Results indicate the following:  

2017: Before 55.7% and after 83.6%. —a substantial increase of more than 27 percent.

2016: Before 65.5% and after 87.9% —a major increase of more than 22.4 percent.

2015: Before 75.6% and after 87.0% —an increase of more than 11 percent.


Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute

Through a competitive application process 30 residents and students are selected to participate in the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students and AAFP Foundation Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute. Immediately following the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute, residents and students each work on a Leadership Project relevant to their respective leadership track.

Once complete, the projects are evaluated. The top two medical students and top two residents in each of the three leadership tracks (maximum of 12 award recipients) are selected to return to the following year’s AAFP National Conference and present their project results.

Findings from the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute Evaluations report on their experience in the three key areas as indicated in the following results: 

2017:

  • 83.4% of attendees agreed or strongly agreed the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute prepared them for future leadership
  • 96.6% of attendees agreed or strongly agreed that the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute had positive benefits for them personally
  • 75.9% of attendees agreed or strongly agreed that after attending the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute they had a better understanding of leadership

The 2017 Leadership Project awards will be announced in May 2018. 

2016:

  • 100% of attendees reported the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute was an above average or excellent preparation for future leadership
  • 100.0% of attendees agreed or strongly agreed that the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute had positive benefits for them personally
  • 93.1% of attendees agreed or strongly agreed that after attending the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute they had a better understanding of leadership

Learn more about the 2016 Leadership Projects.

2015:

  • 100.0% of attendees reported the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute was good or very good preparation for future leadership
  • 96.7% of attendees strongly agreed that the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute had positive benefits for them personally
  • 93.3% of attendees agreed or strongly agreed that after attending the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute they had a better understanding of leadership

Learn more about the 2015 Leadership Projects.

Detailed Program Information

To learn more about this program, including eligibility requirements and application information, please visit the program pages.

Get program details for National Conference Scholarships.

Get program details for the Emerging Leader Institute.

I wanted to personally thank the AAFP Foundation for my Family Medicine Leads Scholarship this year. I’ve known that I wanted to go to [National Conference] since my friend told me how amazing it was a year ago. I saved my personal days, submitted my research poster, and talked with several sources to be able to help fund my trip to Kansas City and afford the registration cost to be able to go. Things were looking less than optimistic. However, I was thrilled to be selected as a recipient and am entirely grateful to the AAFP Foundation, and to those who made the 2015 National Conference one of the most amazing times in my life. All of your efforts fully solidified my choice of specialty for Family Medicine and gave me the opportunity to see the depth of how Family Medicine is going to shape our future.” - Dan M. Nguyen, 2016 MD candidate, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Having graduated from medical school now over 40 years ago, it is frustrating for me to still hear students being discouraged from going into family medicine, the best and most patient-focused specialty. But one of the great constants in my career has been the AAFP Foundation, always there to support student interest groups and student scholarships to the National Conference. Students return from the annual meeting charged up and recognizing that it is not only ok, but great to be a family doctor. I'm happy to support students to get this exposure and to charge their batteries there. I've enjoyed interacting with students the past two years who have received scholarships as a result of our gift. - Dr. J. and Diane Fogarty

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