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, plus an additional 30 for the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute, for Family Medicine residents and students to attend the AAFP National Conference.

Findings from the National Conference Scholarship recipient evaluations include what the level of interest in Family Medicine was before and after attending. The ratings are based on a 5-point scale, indicating the recipient's level of interest with the statements: 1=no interest to 5=very interested. Results* indicate the following:  

2019: Before 52.5% and after 85.2% (n=61)

2018: Before 53.6% and after 91.1% (n=56)

2017: Before 55.7% and after 83.6% (n=61)

2016: Before 65.5% and after 87.9% (n=58)

2015: Before 75.6% and after 87.0% (n=36)

*Based on the number of participants who completed evaluation. 

I would like to express my gratitude for your generous donation that has allowed me to be part of this AAFP experience thought the Family Medicine Leads Scholarship. Having the opportunity to be surrounded by leaders in Family Medicine - individuals who share my passion for patient-centered care and social justice – is such a gift. Thank you for supporting my involvement in this exciting and meaningful opportunity. - Alexis Nadeau, MS4, University of Vermont

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.

I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity through your generous donation to attend the Emerging Leader Institute. I have already learned so much from this weekend and made lots of great connections with fellow family medicine physicians who are also passionate about making great changes in the family medicine field. Your gift will help me for years to come and help me gain so many opportunities I may not have otherwise received. Thank you. - Johan Clarke, PGY-1, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center

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 and awarded. The highest average scores in each of the three leadership tracks are selected to return to the following year’s AAFP National Conference and present their project work. One project is selected as the overall best project from each track and receives an award to attend a special Family Medicine opportunity.

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: 

2019:

  • 100% of attendees agreed or strongly agreed the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute prepared them for future leadership
  • 100% of attendees agreed or strongly agreed that the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute had positive benefits for them personally
  • 90% 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 2019 Scholars.

2018:

  • 93.4% of attendees agreed or strongly agreed the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute prepared them for future leadership
  • 100% of attendees agreed or strongly agreed that the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute had positive benefits for them personally
  • 86.7% 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 2018 Scholars and Leadership Projects.

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

Learn more about the 2017 Scholars and Leadership Projects.

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 Scholars and 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 Scholars and Leadership Projects.

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

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.

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