14th Annual Student & Resident Retreat: January 6-7, 2018


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. (Early registration is strongly encouraged.) 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 retreat returned to Leavenworth where the expanded hotel allowed for more attendees and workshops. The agenda included workshops led by family physicians and family medicine fellows including OB Stations, Transgender Health, Wilderness Medicine, Basic OMT for Treating Sciatica Pain, Advanced OMT for Treating Headaches, Casting, Joint Injections, Residency 101 & Clerkships, and others.
  • The Advanced Resident Track included Rural Medicine and Telehealth, Innovations in Primary Care Models, Working With Vulnerable Populations, and Resume Review.
  • Students and residents also had a panel discussion, networking time and a chance to enjoy the snow at a nearby resort.

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!

Registration for the 2018 retreat will begin in the last quarter of 2017.