Family Medicine Cares Resident Service Award

Application Details

Send your request for an application, guidelines and a sample project description to Sharon Hunt or call 800-274-2237, ext. 6006. 

All application materials must be received by March 15, 7:00 p.m. Central Time.

Do you know a first- or second-year Family Medicine resident looking for a way to address an unmet health care need of underserved patients in their community? 

Award Overview

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. Up to two awards will be presented annually.

The application period closes March 15.

All first-year and second-year Family Medicine residents who are members of the AAFP are eligible to apply. The 12-month service project, 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.
  • In designing the project, emphasis should be placed on activities that will have an enduring benefit to the patients and the community after the 12-month project period. 

It may be helpful to obtain input from the clinic's staff when designing the project.

How to Apply, Deadline & Announcement of Awards

  • Send your request for an application, guidelines and a sample project description to Sharon Hunt or call (800) 274-2237, ext. 6006.
  • Up to two residents, but not more than two, can submit a single application.
  • The deadline to apply is March 15 at 7:00 pm Central time. All materials are due by this deadline.
  • Award recipients will be notified by the end of May.


Required Letters of Recommendation/Support
  • Residency Director’s letter of recommendation.
  • Letter of recommendation from the Medical or Clinic Director where the project will be implemented.
  • Mentor’s letter of recommendation including agreement to assist with the project.
Resident Reporting & Presentation Requirements
  • Progress Report (due December 1)
  • Final Report (due July 1)
  • AAFP National Conference Presentation (late July/early August)
  • Financial Reconciliation of $10,000 award (August 1)
  • End of Project Survey (August 1)
Clinic Reporting Requirements
  • End of Project Survey (July 1)

Funding Components

Up to two Family Medicine Cares Resident Service Awards will be provided annually. The award totals $16,500 and contains 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.

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.)

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