14th Annual Student & Resident Retreat: January 6-7, 2018
Icicle Village Resort, Leavenworth, WA

Online registration for the 2018 Student & Resident Retreat is now closed. If you are interested in being put on a wait list for the retreat, please send an email to info@wafp.net, as we typically receive a few cancellations. As space becomes available, additional registrants will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Escape for the weekend and enjoy the company of medical students and family medicine residents. The retreat is a weekend of activities developed by your peers featuring workshops, networking opportunities and the chance to mingle with practicing family physicians who lead seminars, and share their personal experiences about life and career as a family physician.

First held in 2004 with around 20 participants, the event has grown to become the Foundation’s most popular student/resident event with over 100 participants, and a waiting list of participants hoping to attend. There is a small registration fee which will help offset the expenses covered by the WAFP Foundation to pay for your lodging, meals and retreat activities. Significant others are always welcome.


  • The agenda for the 2018 retreat includes numerous topics for intended for medical students, including chronic pain, basic and advanced OMT, family medicine advising, transgender health, residency 101 and clerkships, casting, OB stations, IUDs, and palliative care/hospice.
  • The advanced resident track will include dermatology procedures, harm reduction, an addiction medicine course to focus on suboxone, and a session on negotiating a contract and resume review.
  • Students and residents will also have a panel discussion, a keynote presentation, networking time and a chance to enjoy the snow at a nearby resort.

See the full schedule for the 2018 Medical Student and Resident Retreat!

Previous Attendee Comments:

“I learned a lot of new and valuable information relating to Family Medicine and got to talk to other students and residents who were great resources. The retreat also heightened my interest in family medicine and got me excited to go back to medical school after the Christmas break! Will definitely attend again next year!”

“I’ve been to national conferences in Washington DC, and San Diego – THIS is by far my favorite! [It was the] most enjoyable, informative, and helpful.”

“I have planned to go into family medicine for a number of years and it was awesome to be in an environment that is so positive toward our chosen specialty.”

“Workshop presentations and Panel and Keynote were all fantastic. Thank you to all for this fantastic retreat!”

“I enjoyed the retreat and I feel like it helped to confirm that I want to pursue a career in Family Medicine. Additionally it made me think more about what I can do to affect change in my community.”

We look forward to seeing you at this fun and informative weekend!