For more than 16 years, The AAFP Foundation has been supporting Family Medicine residents and medical students to attend the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students. Since 2002, the number of funded scholarships is over 2,500 with awards totaling more than $1.5M.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we continue to provide a minimum of 250 Family Medicine Leads Scholarships for the AAFP National Conference. Family Medicine residents and medical students can have the opportunity to experience and explore Family Medicine through educational programming and procedural workshops, leadership opportunities, and interaction and networking with family physicians and peers from across the country.
Many scholarship recipients solidify their commitment to the specialty and develop their leadership skills through participation in the AAFP National Conference. In fact, nearly 75% of the third- and fourth-year medical students attending on scholarships commit to Family Medicine and become AAFP members. At the most recent AAFP National Conference, 2,060 residents and medical students attended with 622 students in first, second or third year, which is a 82% increase from 2017.
THANK YOU for your generous donation to support my attendance at the AAFP National Conference. The ability to interact with so many people who are passionate about family medicine and to explore the various career opportunities has gotten me more enthusiastic about my future. I cannot wait to become a family medicine physician! Many thanks again.” - Cecile Dinh, third-year medical student at Tulane University
The Future of Family Medicine
There is a tremendous need for Family Medicine Leads Scholarships; and therefore, donor funding is more important than ever. In 2018, the program received 586 applications. By funding more scholarships for qualified candidates, we can increase the Family Medicine pipeline with the best and the brightest.
To support a Family Medicine Leads Scholarship, the tax-deductible donation is $600.00. The scholarship is intended to help reduce out-of-pocket expenses (registration, travel, lodging, and meals). When you provide support for Family Medicine Leads Scholarships, you can feel confident that you are positively impacting the future of Family Medicine.
Thank you so much for providing the funding for me to attend the AAFP National Conference. This has been such a wonderful, eye-opening, inspiring opportunity for me to learn more about the vast diversity of our chosen profession. I’ve connected with amazing people and have finally felt like I have found the specialty for me. I will take everything I’ve learned here and take it with me into my future career. I am beyond grateful to be granted this opportunity," said scholarship recipient Hengyui Guo.