American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation’s Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute Announces 2019 Scholars

July 10, 2019


Dionne Pleasant
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Leawood, Kan. — The American Academy of Physicians (AAFP) Foundation Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute announced 30 scholarship recipients for the year-long leadership development program. Participants receive a $1,000 scholarship towards travels expenses to attend the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students and participate in Institute programming after the conference.

Funded by family physician donors, the program identifies and trains family medicine residents and medical students who have shown a historical aptitude and strong leadership potential but have little formal leadership training or experience. Celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2019, the program impact includes:
• 72 medical students and 78 residents from 33 states and Washington D.C.
• 53 AAFP family physician volunteer mentors
• 29 AAFP family physician volunteer faculty

“The Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute is a competitive leadership development program for medical students and residents, focused on the future of the specialty,” said Dr. Douglas A. Spotts, president, AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees. “The program provides mentorship, encouragement and specific skill development to help grow leaders in family medicine.”

Over the course of one year, scholarship winners will work with a mentor to complete a leadership project related to one of three tracks: Policy & Public Health Leadership, Personal & Practice Leadership, and Philanthropic & Mission-Driven Leadership.

At the end of the year-long program, the leadership projects will be evaluated, and an additional $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to select recipients, allowing them to present their winning projects at the 2020 National Conference. Finally, one Best Leadership Project Award will be named for each of the three tracks, and the recipient will receive an additional $3,000 scholarship for participation in a designated major event related to the track.

For a full listing of the 2019 Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute Scholars, visit

About the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation
The AAFP Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Its mission is to advance the values of Family Medicine through humanitarian, educational, and scientific philanthropy dedicated to improving health. For more information, please visit

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