The Program

The Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute, piloted in 2015, 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. Student and resident scholars are provided a scholarship to attend the 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.
  • Best Project Award recipient recognition and participation in related special opportunities.

Seeking Family Physician Mentors

An integral component of the Institute is mentoring. After attending the Institute, residents and students will select or be assigned a mentor, who will provide guidance and support in the execution of the mentees’ projects that utilize leadership skills in one of three chosen tracks: Policy and Public Health Leadership, Personal and Practice Leadership, and Philanthropy and Mission-Driven Leadership.

The mentor will not only provide guidance and support but will serve as a role model, reflecting those leadership attributes that the program is hoping to impart.

For more information about this mentoring opportunity visit the AAFP Foundation’s website.

If interested in serving as a mentor for the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute, please contact Annette Routon at familymedicineleads@aafp.org.