• Overview

    The year-long Family Medicine Leads (FML) Emerging Leader Institute focuses on ensuring the future of the specialty by increasing the number of future family medicine leaders and provides training for this important role. We encourage all to apply who meet our definition of an emerging leader and are committed to the rich diversity of the specialty and the patients served.

    Family Medicine residents entering their first or second year, and medical students entering their second, third, or fourth year when the program begins are eligible to apply. All applicants must be members of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) to apply. 

    Participation begins at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, in Kansas City, Missouri, where the 30 selected residents and students will learn more about family medicine, explore residency programs, make connections, and learn about leadership opportunities with the Student and Resident Congress.

    Directly following the AAFP National Conference, the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute conducts in-depth workshops in three leadership tracks: Policy & Public Health, Personal & Practice and Philanthropic & Mission-Driven on Saturday and concludes with a Project Management session on Sunday held at the AAFP National Headquarters in Leawood, Kansas. The 2020 Emerging Leader Institute dates are July 30-August 2.

    The participants will receive the following:

    • A scholarship of $1,000 to attend AAFP National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri and participate in the Emerging Leader Institute held at the AAFP National Headquarters in Leawood, Kansas. The scholarship is intended to help reduce out-of-pocket expenses (registration, travel, lodging, meals).
    • An AAFP family physician mentor, who will serve as a role model, provide monthly guidance and project support.
    • The opportunity to develop and complete a Leadership Project of your choice related to your leadership track.
    • Additional opportunities to receive:
      • $1,000 for Leadership Project Award that includes a crystal award and travel stipend to return to the next National Conference to showcase and present project and participate in FML Emerging Leader Institute related activities.
      • $3,000 for Best Leadership Project Award to attend a special family medicine opportunity

    Leadership Program Tracks

    The program features the following three tracks (10 participants in each):

    • Policy & Public Health includes:
      • Effective leadership skills in policy and public health
      • Improve population health
      • Current AAFP policy and public health focus
      • Roles and strategies to engage in policy interventions
      • Effective community health engagement
    • Personal & Practice includes:
      • Personal leadership "toolbox"
      • Key trends in practice management and leadership opportunities
      • Strategies for well-being
      • Work/life balance
      • Integrate high level healthcare thinking into your work
    • Philanthropic & Mission-Driven includes:
      • Strategies for becoming a "change agent" in your community
      • Your personal mission statement
      • Leadership; competencies and skills "gap"
      • Non-profits and your philanthropic goals
      • Understanding non-profits

    Become a Mentor

    An integral component of the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute is mentoring. The mentor serves as a role-model, reflecting those leadership attributes that the program is hoping to impart while providing guidance and support in the execution of the mentees’ Leadership Projects.

    It is important that mentors are available to the assigned mentee during the 12 months that span the time between the first and second AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students. 

    If you are interested in learning more about serving as a mentor for the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute, click here or email Annette Routon.

    Application Details

    The application period opens mid-December and closes on March 1. If you're interested in applying, first review the eligibility and requirements.

    Read Eligibility and Requirements.

    2020 Scholars


    Track 1: Policy & Public Health Leadership

    Track 2: Personal & Practice Leadership

    Track 3: Philanthropic & Mission-Driven Leadership

    2019 Leadership Project Award Recipients


    Nicole Runkle

    Aaron Thompson, MD, MS                    

    Elizabeth Wetterer*                         


    Carolyn Pearce, MD 

    Nicole Rosemin 

    Matthew Traxler, MD* 


    Nigel Jagoo, MS, MSM* 

    Dorjee Norbu 

    Karishma Tolani, MD   

    *Best Leadership Project Award Recipient


    Support The Program

    Funding for the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute is provided by the generosity of donors like you.