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Resident Leadership Opportunities

Resident Trustee, Alternate Resident Trustee and Foundation Resident Trustee
One Resident Trustee and one Alternate Resident Trustee represent resident interests on the WAFP Board of Directors. The Resident Trustee is a voting member of the board. An additional Resident Trustee represents resident interests to the WAFP Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Academy. Trustees attend the board meetings and serve on committees to which they may be appointed. Your current trustees are identified on WAFP’s Leadership Roster.

To get involved, a resident must be elected by the Resident Chapter and approved by the House of Delegates. The WAFP Resident Board member is elected for a one-year term. Starting as the Alternate Trustee facilitates the process of becoming the Resident Trustee in the successive year, if a resident is so inclined. The WAFP Foundation Trustee is elected for a two-year term during even-numbered years. Click here for more information about leadership positions and application process.

WAFP Committees for Residents
WAFP leadership is always interested in expanding resident participation in its committees. The concerns and challenges faced by residents help to orient the Academy’s priorities and agendas. WAFP also relies on resident input to help structure a number of its ongoing programs, including the Student/Resident Track at the Annual Scientific Assembly. Committee meetings are open to any member.

What kind of time commitment is involved?
Meetings are held in person twice each year on a Saturday in January/February and September. Other meetings are held by conference call or email. If you’re interested please contact your Resident Trustee or WAFP staff at info@wafp.net or 425-747-3100.

Mentoring Opportunities
Volunteer as a physician mentor to pre-med college students. Resident physicians are attractive mentors to pre-med college students considering becoming a doctor and can provide visibility to the specialty of family medicine by sharing realistic insights into the field. The commitment requires very little time, and the rewards will leave you re-energized and re-inspired to be a family physician! For more information check out our mentor page. If interested, please contact WAFP staffOpen to third-year residents with prior approval from your residency director.

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Resident Activities and Scholarships funded by WAFP and WAFP Foundation

Washington Activities and Scholarships:

Student & Resident Retreat
Held in early January, the annual Student & Resident Retreat is a weekend developed exclusively by medical students and family medicine residents. The event draws an average attendance of 125. For residents passionate about family medicine, it provides an opportunity to assist physicians in teaching workshops and informally networking with and mentoring students. You can also represent your residency program during the retreat meet and greet. Speakers are encouraged to mingle with attendees throughout the weekend, to share their personal experience on being a family physician. Family and significant others are welcome.

Roy Virak Memorial Family Medicine Resident Scholarship
The Virak Scholarship is awarded by the WAFP Foundation to one second-year resident who shows evidence of outstanding patient care and strong service to his/her community. Nominations are made by Washington’s family medicine residency program  directors in early January, and the scholarship is awarded at the Annual Scientific Assembly in May. Learn more on our 2019 informational flyer. The deadline for applications is Feb. 1, 2019.

WAFP House of Delegates Meeting – Resident Delegates & Alternate Delegates
The House of Delegates is a one-day meeting where delegates from local chapters gather to set Academy policy for the coming year. The WAFP Resident Chapter is expected to have six to eight delegates with full voting privileges and an equal number of alternate delegates. The actual delegate apportionment will be determined on January 1, per WAFP bylaws. Residents may also submit resolutions for consideration by the House.

WAFP Annual Scientific Assembly – featuring a Student/Resident Track
The Annual Scientific Assembly in May immediately follows the WAFP House of Delegates meeting and offers two days of workshops and lectures, ceremonies, banquets, awards and the chance to network with nearly 200 family physicians, residents and medical students. Become inspired, network with colleagues and enjoy being in the company of peers. In addition to lectures on a timely, broad range of topics, a special student/resident learning track is offered, designed specifically by students and residents.

Policy & Advocacy Leadership Institute
Spend the day at the Capitol hearing from legislators, agency heads and the governor’s staff about key issues for primary care physicians under debate in Olympia. During the morning session you’ll improve advocacy skills with assistance from experts and be briefed on Academy priorities and pending legislation from WAFP’s legislative affairs team. After a working lunch, you will spend the afternoon meeting with your legislators and relevant agency staff. The event is open to members only and is free of charge. WAFP leaders encourage all members, including residents, to participate in this important family medicine event. More information is available on WAFP’s PALI page.

Resident Meetups
Resident trustees organize three to four informal resident meetups around the state throughout the year for inter-residency networking and fellowship. The WAFP provides funds for food and beverage costs for these events. If you’re interested in holding a meetup in your area, contact your Resident Trustee or WAFP staff at info@wafp.net or 425-747-3100.

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Scholarships to AAFP National Conferences:

AAFP Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS)
Learn valuable advocacy skills at the to Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS), held each spring. In two days, learn about the legislative process, current priorities for family medicine, and meet with members of Washington’s congressional delegation. The WAFP will award up to $1,500 to support one resident to attend. Scholarship recipients are required to attend lectures, workshops, and meetings on the Hill. In addition, recipients must submit a letter summarizing the experience along with the WAFP reimbursement form and original receipts. To be considered for a scholarship, fill out the application and submit a signed residency recommendation form. The deadline for applications is Feb. 9, 2019.

AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL)
Open to third-year residents
Representatives from the five member constituencies (New Physicians, Women, Minority, GLBT and International Medical Graduates) meet during this conference to discuss matters important to the individual constituencies and introduce, discuss and vote on resolutions that will be taken to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. Third-year residents are encouraged to attend. WAFP provides up to three leadership development scholarship stipends to interested residents to attend the NCCL conference in Kansas City, MO, which is held in late April or early May. Apply for a scholarship today! Download the form and return it to WAFP by email (info@wafp.net) or fax (425-747-3109) by Feb. 8, 2019.

AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Students (NCFMRS) and
AAFP National Congress of Family Medicine Residents (NCFMR)

Held every summer in Kansas City, MO, the “National Conference” is organized specifically for residents and students. This is a phenomenal opportunity for leadership development. The Resident Congress includes a Delegate and Alternate Delegate from each state who attend all business sessions, poll their state delegation about issues before the congress and vote in the elections. Residents also have the opportunity to network with hundreds of recruitment firms, health agencies and hospitals; dialogue with peers; participate in a variety of procedural courses to improve clinical skills; and write resolutions and testify on issues important to residents. Please note that to be considered, candidates must have participated in at least one WAFP activity prior to application and each of the following: be a resident member in good standing with the WAFP and AAFP, be duly licensed to practice medicine in the State of Washington, and be in good standing with your residency program.

The WAFP provides five scholarship stipends ($850 each) to support resident attendance at the AAFP National Conference. AAFP also offers a scholarship for Residents and Returning Students, and a Minority Scholarship Program for Family Medicine Residents. These applications are completed online; click here for additional information.

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Other Activities and Resources

ABFM Knowledge Self-Assessment Workgroups
All family medicine residents entering residency after 2012 are required to complete two ABFM Knowledge Self-Assessment modules prior to residency completion. WAFP hosts several workgroup sessions with local chapters throughout the year, as well as during the Annual Scientific Assembly. Click here for a list of upcoming module workgroups.

Family Medicine Resident Professional Development Seminar & Career Fair
2018 Dates: October 26-27, Valley Medical Center Conference Center, Renton, WA
Hosted by the King County Chapter, the Family Medicine Resident Professional Development Seminar and Career Fair event allows residents to become acquainted with practice position opportunities in Washington and encourages communication among potential associates as early as practical during a residency.

The Family Medicine Professional Development Seminar is specifically designed for third-year and graduating family medicine residents. Physician assistants are also invited. Attendees will learn about: different practice settings, managing a successful practice, evaluating the financial health of a practice, contract negotiation, malpractice insurance, self-marketing techniques and loan repayment programs. More information and registration available here.

Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leaders Institute
The Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute focuses on identifying family medicine residents and medical students who display leadership potential but may not have yet served in a leadership role. The AAFP Foundation wants to help expand the number of future family medicine leaders and provide training to help equip them for this important work. The Institute is a multi-faceted program that begins with a one and a half day leadership program that is held at the AAFP headquarters, following the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students. It focuses on three tracks: Policy and Health Leadership, Personal and Practice Leadership, and Philanthropic and Mission-Driven Leadership.

A scholarship of $1,000 will be provided to attend the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute and National Conference.

Other components of the program include:

  • Development and completion of a project, following the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute, that relates to your chosen leadership track.
  • A mentor, appointed by the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute staff, to provide guidance with the project.
  • Project award recipient recognition and presentations at the NCFMRS the following year (including funding to attend).
  • Best Project Award recipient recognition (and funding of $3,000) and participation in related special opportunities.

Eligibility & Application Requirements

AAFP Resources for Residents:

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