WAFP Foundation

The Washington Academy of Family Physicians Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians.

WAFP Foundation

Vision

To transform health care delivery to achieve optimal health for everyone in Washington State.

Mission & Values

To foster the advancement of family medicine in Washington State through support for workforce development, advocacy, leadership development and other special projects.

Leadership

We have a vision for the role of family medicine as the foundation of the health care system and seek to share this vision with others.

Innovation

We believe that new and creative ideas and risk‐taking can lead to positive change.

Collaboration

We believe that through partnerships, we can better leverage our resources and build on our strengths.

Stewardship

We manage our resources responsibly and are accountable to WAFP membership and other stakeholders.

Awards & Scholarships

Physicians

Vision 2020 Leadership Development

Available to family physicians to enhance their personal leadership and communication skills. Also available to family medicine practices to support training for their team on anti-racism and/or health equity.

Six awards of ~ $1,500 can be applied toward a training program or course of each recipient’s choice. Interested physicians/practices may want to review available courses at the following (or other) organizations to see what may be of interest: American Association for Physician Leadership, WMSA Leadership Program, DEI trainings from the University of Washington, Physicians for Reproductive Health Leadership Training. Resources related to health equity and anti-racism work are available from AAFP and may also be available in your community.

Please do not be limited by the ideas we have listed! Physicians and practices are encouraged to request funding for trainings they are interested in that fit these topics.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and recipients will be notified within two to four weeks of their submission. For additional information or to discuss your idea, email Alyssa@wafp.net.

Residents

Roy Virak Award

Awarded to two second-year residents, this $1,000 award recognizes residents who show evidence of outstanding patient care and strong service to their communities. Nominations are made by the faculty of Washington’s family medicine residency programs in January, and the scholarship is awarded at the WAFP Annual Scientific Assembly held each year in May. Applications for the 2022 cycle are now closed.

National Conference of Constituency Leaders – Travel Award (Kansas City, Missouri)

This award pays travel expenses, registration and related fees for second- and third-year residents who wish to attend the NCCL conference in Kansas City, MO. Joining WAFP representatives from the five identified constituencies — New Physicians, Women, Minority, LGBT and International Medical Graduates — the three recipients of this leadership development award participate in matters important to the individual constituencies. Applications are due Feb. 15, 2022.

Family Medicine Advocacy Summit – Travel Award to Washington, D.C.

This award pays travel expenses, registration and related fees for one resident who wishes to attend the Summit in Washington, DC. During this two-day event — held each spring — recipients learn about the legislative process, hear the current priorities for family medicine, practice general advocacy skills, and meet members of Washington State’s congressional delegation. Applications are due by Feb. 8, 2022.

National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Students (National Conference) - Travel Award

Awards of ~ $850 are given to each of five medical students and residents to attend the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students held each summer in Kansas City, MO. The Conference is organized specifically for residents and medical students. Applications are accepted through the end of April and recipients are notified by mid-June.

Students

Alfred O. Berg, MD, Award for Excellence in Family Medicine Research Scholarship

Honoring a fourth year graduating medical student who matched into family medicine and provided outstanding research in the specialty, this award encourages research in Family Medicine. Nominations are made by a faculty sponsor and a copy of the supporting research is needed. Nominations are due by March 21, 2022.

Diverse Constituency Awards

Three $2,000 scholarships go to first-year medical students who represent a minority constituency. Applications are evaluated on an interest in primary care, financial need, a personal statement and the intent to pursue a career in family medicine. Applications are accepted due by Feb. 8. The scholarship is awarded at the Academy's annual meeting in May.

Family Medicine Advocacy Summit – Travel Award to Washington, D.C.

This award pays travel expenses, registration and related fees for one student who wishes to attend the Summit in Washington, DC. During this two-day event — held each spring — recipients learn about the legislative process, hear the current priorities for family medicine, practice general advocacy skills, and meet members of Washington State’s congressional delegation. Applications are due by March 21, 2022.

Family Medicine Summer Research Externship Scholarship

One medical student who wishes to research a topic in family medicine is funded up to $1,500. Applications are due by March 21, 2022 and the recipient is notified by mid-April.

National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Students (National Conference) and National Congress of Student Members (NCSM) - Travel Award

Scholarships of ~ $850 to each of five medical students and residents to attend the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students held every summer in Kansas City, MO. The Student Congress includes one Delegate and one Alternate Delegate from each state, who attend all business sessions, poll their state delegation about issues before the congress and vote in the elections. Medical students network with hundreds of residency programs, recruitment firms, health agencies and hospitals; and attend a variety of workshops designed to improve clinical skills. Applications are accepted through the end of April and recipients are notified by mid-June. Applications are due by May 1, 2022.

UWSOM Endowed Family Medicine Scholarship

Established by the WAFP in partnership with the University of Washington School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine, the scholarship encourages future family doctors by supporting students who are pursuing family medicine. The scholarship is awarded at the Annual Scientific Assembly in May. Two students receive $2,000 each. Administration and application procedure is managed by the University of Washington SOM Financial Aid office. Please contact somfao@uw.edu for more information.

To learn more about scholarships associated with the Family Medicine Leads program, please visit the AAFP Foundation's website.

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WAFP Foundation Board of Directors

Stan Garlick
Stanley Garlick, MD
President
 
Port Angeles, WA
Carla Ainsworth, MD, MPH
Carla Ainsworth, MD, MPH
Vice President
 
Seattle, WA
Molly Hong
Molly Hong, MD, FAAFP
Secretary
 
Port Townsend, WA
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Kristin Larson, MD
Treasurer
 
Yakima, WA
Farion Williams
Farion Williams, MD
Assistant Secretary Treasurer
 
Richland, WA
Po Shen Chang
Po-Shen Chang, MD, FAAFP
Director
 
Longview, WA
David Evans, MD
David Evans, MD
Director
 
Seattle, WA
Tobe Harberd
Tobe Harberd, MD, FAAFP
Director
 
Chelan, WA
Michael Luce
Michael Luce, MD, FAAFP
Director
 
Dayton, WA
Natalia Luera
Natalia Luera, MD, FAAFP
Director
Richland, WA
Russell Maier
Russell Maier, MD, FAAFP
Director
 
Yakima, WA
Po Shen Chang
Po-Shen Chang, MD, FAAFP
Director
 
Longview, WA
Damilola Oluyitan
Damilola Oluyitan, MD
Director
 
Bothell, WA
Saraga Reddy
Saraga Reddy, MD
Director
 
Seattle, WA
Katie Schmidt (2021)
Katie Schmidt, MD, MPH
Resident Trustee
 
Seattle, WA
Chris Yang
Chris Yang
Student Trustee
 
Seattle, WA


The WAFP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization; donations to its philanthropic fund are generally tax-deductible. The WAFP Foundation can also accept funds directed by a will or trust.