For more than 15 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 scholarship is over 2,400 with awards totaling more than $1.1M.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we continue to provide a minimum of 220 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, 2,799 residents and medical students attended with 350 more medical students than last year.
“My eyes have been opened to the need and vital role family physicians play in the health and well-being of their respective communities, and the country as a whole,” said scholarship recipient Sara Robinson. “I am passionate and beyond enthusiastic about this career, and I have you to thank.”
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 2017, the program set a record by receiving 810 applications, compared with 564 in 2016. 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.
“This [experience] helped me decide that Family Medicine is the right path for me, and I believe if I didn’t have the opportunity to go to the conference, I may have made a decision that I would have regretted,” said scholarship recipient Gianna Luchetti.