- Medical Student Leadership Opportunities
- Medical Student Activities and Scholarships funded by WAFP and WAFP Foundation
- Other Scholarships
- Medical Student Resources
Visit the Medical Student Calendar page to download any of the WAFP scholarship applications
Medical Student Co-Trustees, and Foundation Medical Student Trustee
Two Medical Student Co-Trustees represent medical student interest on the WAFP Board of Directors. Medical student trustees are voting members but share one vote during board meetings. An additional Medical Student Trustee represents medical student 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 the WAFP leadership roster.
To get involved, a medical student must be elected by the Medical Student Chapter and approved by the House of Delegates. WAFP Medical Student Board Co-trustees are elected for a one-year term. The WAFP Foundation Trustee is elected for a two-year term during odd-numbered years. Click here for more information about leadership positions and application process.
WAFP Committees for Medical Students
WAFP leadership is always interested in expanding medical student participation in its committees. The concerns and challenges faced by medical students help to orient the Academy’s priorities and agendas. WAFP also relies on medical student input to help structure a number of its ongoing programs, including the Medical 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 Medical Student Co-Trustees or WAFP staff, or visit our Get Involved page.
Medical Student and Resident Retreat
Held in early January, the annual Medical Student & Resident Retreat is a weekend developed exclusively by medical students and family medicine residents. The event draws an average of 120-140 attendees. Speakers offer practical clinical skill building workshops and broaden participants’ knowledge of issues and opportunities within a family medicine career. Speakers are encouraged to mingle with attendees throughout the weekend, to share their personal experience on being a family physician. There is also plenty of opportunity for fellowship and relaxation.
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’ll spend the afternoon meeting with legislators and relevant agency staff. The event is open to members only and is free of charge. WAFP leaders encourage all members, including medical students, to participate in this important family medicine event.
WAFP House of Delegates Meeting – Medical Student Delegates & Alternate Delegates
The House of Delegates is a one-day meeting where delegates from local chapters gather and set Academy policy for the coming year. The WAFP Medical Student Chapter is expected to have eight to 10 delegates with full voting privileges and an equal number of alternate delegates. The actual delegate apportionment will be determined on Jan. 1, per WAFP bylaws. Medical students may also submit resolutions for consideration by the House.
WAFP Annual Scientific Assembly – Medical 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 medical student/resident learning track is offered, designed specifically by medical students and residents. To apply for the medical student stipend, submit our application and academic recommendation form no later than Feb. 9, 2018.
Diverse Constituencies Scholarship
Each year, a $1,000 Diverse Constituencies Scholarship is awarded to two first-year medical students who represent a racial, ethnic or sexual minority. For the purposes of the scholarship, minority student status is defined by race as American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander; by ethnicity as Hispanic or Latino; by sexual minority as gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender (GLBT). Applications are evaluated on an interest in primary care, financial need, a personal statement and the intent to pursue a career in family medicine. Invitations to apply are sent out by the medical schools in the fall to all eligible first-year medical students.
Alfred O. Berg Medical Student Award for Excellence in Family Medicine Research
The Alfred O. Berg Medical Student Award for Excellence in Family Medicine Research is awarded each year to a fourth-year medical student attending medical school in Washington. To be eligible, the medical student must be graduating that year and already be matched in a family medicine residency program; have completed a research project including a written report; and the work must be focused on original research in the area of family medicine. Recipients for the $500 award are selected based upon scientific rigor, clear reporting, relevance to family medicine and the potential impact on patient care, policy, public health or education. Click here for nomination guidelines and nomination form.
Family Medicine Summer Research Externship Program
The WAFP and AAFP foundations have offered grants to Washington medical students who are interested in participating in Family Medicine Summer Research Externships. These are usually scheduled between their first and second years of medical school. Medical students complete independent research projects under the mentorship of family physicians in the community and at their medical school. These studies meet research requirements for graduation and the final reports may be presented at research forums or conferences. Some studies result in peer-reviewed publications. See our proposal form for more information. The deadline for submission is March 30, 2018.
Family Medicine Interest Groups
Family Medicine Interest Groups (FMIGs) provide a network for medical students interested in family medicine. The WAFP Foundation sponsors FMIG activities at UWSOM – Seattle, UWSOM – Spokane and PNWU; provides information on careers available in family medicine; and keeps members informed on issues affecting the practice of family medicine. The Foundation has plans to similarly support an FMIG program at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. The AAFP provides additional resources for FMIGs, their student leaders and faculty advisors, as well as a regional listserv to connect FMIGs in several states.
Dinner with a Doc
Dinner with a Doc is an opportunity for medical students to learn about family medicine in an informal setting; typically a physician’s home. Each dinner, co-hosted by two family physicians, is offered to four to six medical students and their significant others.
Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS)
The Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS) is held every spring in Washington, D.C. During the two-day event, participants learn about the legislative process and current priorities for family medicine, practice advocacy skills and meet with members of Washington’s congressional delegation. The WAFP Foundation awards up to $1,500 to support one medical student to attend the FMAS. To be considered, medical students must submit an application and an academic recommendation form. The deadline for applications is Feb. 9, 2018.
National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Students (NCFMRS) and
National Congress of Student Members (NCSM)
Held every summer in Kansas City, MO, the “National Conference” is organized specifically for residents and medical students. It is a phenomenal opportunity to learn about family medicine and for leadership development. 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 also have the opportunity to network with hundreds of residency programs, recruitment firms, health agencies and hospitals; and attend a variety of workshops designed to improve clinical skills. To be considered, medical students must submit an application and an academic recommendation form. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2018.
The WAFP provides 5 scholarship stipends ($850 each) to support medical student attendance at the AAFP National Conference. AAFP also offers four medical student scholarships to attend this conference: FMIG Leadership Award, 1st time Student Attendee Award, Minority Scholarship, and Scholarship for Residents and Returning Students. Interested applicants should first apply for eligible AAFP Scholarship. (AAFP applications are completed online; click here for more information.)
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Endowed Family Medicine Scholarship (for UWSOM students)
The Washington Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, in partnership with the UWSOM Department of Family Medicine staff and UW Development, fully funded a scholarship endowment that makes scholarships available to fourth-year medical students interested in matching into family medicine. The scholarship program launched in the fall of 2009 and aims to give UW medical students greater flexibility to practice in family medicine and/or in the areas of greatest need.
Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program & Scholarship
The Pisacano Leadership Foundation (PLF) (founded by the American Board of Family Medicine) seeks to advance family medicine by providing well-educated, community-minded leaders in primary care. This premier leadership program is extremely competitive. Only medical students who demonstrate a strong commitment to the specialty of family medicine are considered. In addition, each applicant must show demonstrable leadership skills, superior academic achievement, strong communication skills, identifiable character and integrity, and a noteworthy level of community service.
The Pisacano Scholars Leadership program offers many career development opportunities, as well as scholarship funding, to the future leaders of family medicine. The Pisacano Scholars participate in semi-annual Leadership Skills Development Symposia and are offered a multitude of educational programs and mentoring relationships with current leaders in the field of family medicine. The scholarship funding is designed to reimburse a portion of medical school debt incurred by the medical student by the conclusion of the Scholar’s residency in family medicine. The maximum scholarship award is $28,000. Recipients are awarded up to $7,000 per year for up to four years. Medical students who have made a commitment to the field of family medicine and who will enter their fourth year in medical school in the fall may apply. For further information visit www.fpleaders.org.
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.
General Medical Student Resources
The AAFP provides a wealth of helpful information on such topics as:
- Value & Scope of Family Medicine and Practice Options
- Navigating medical school including rotations & electives
- Residency program options
- Get connected with a Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) at your campus.