• 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. 

    *UPDATED DETAILS FOR 2021* The AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students and the FML Emerging Leader Institute will be conducted virtually.

    As part of the FML Emerging Leader Institute, 30 selected residents and students will virtually attend the AAFP National Conference (July 29-31, 2021) to learn more about family medicine, explore residency programs, make connections, and learn about leadership opportunities with the Student and Resident Congress. Following the AAFP National Conference, the selected participants will virtually attend the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute (July 31-August 1, 2021) in-depth workshops in three leadership tracks: Policy & Public Health, Personal & Practice and Philanthropic & Mission-Driven and concludes with a Project Management session. The 2021 dates are July 29-August 1.

    The participants will receive the following:

    • A scholarship of $550.00 to virtually attend AAFP National Conference and the FML Emerging Leader Institute.
    • 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 Rachael Redler.

    Application Details

    We encourage all to apply and are committed to the development of future Family Medicine leaders who reflect the rich diversity of the specialty and the patients served.

    The 2021 application period is closed. Please check back in mid-December.

    If you're interested in applying, first review the eligibility and requirements.

    Read Eligibility and Requirements.

    2021 Scholars


    Track 1: Policy & Public Health Leadership

    Track 2: Personal & Practice Leadership

    Track 3: Philanthropic & Mission-Driven Leadership

    2020 Leadership Project Award Recipients


    Benjamin Kaplan*

    Russyan Mark Mabeza

    Karen Scherr                     


    Tiffany Tsay*

    Aisha Van Pratt Levin

    Amy Hoffman


    Roshni Kakaiya*

    Olusunmisola Oyesiku

    Ryan Walker

    *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.