The WAFP Foundation offers support for many ongoing programs and scholarships geared toward family medicine residents and medical students interested in family medicine. These include:
- Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (R/UOP).
Over the last twenty-two years, the WAFP Foundation has funded 473 students in the R/UOP program, totaling $491,800. This program provides students the opportunity to work with a family physician preceptor in a rural or underserved community for 4 to 6 weeks during the summer. It also enables the student to be an active participant in the community they are serving. Comments from both students and preceptors consistently testify to the program’s overwhelming success.
- Medical Student Training in Rural/Underserved Primary Care.
Several years ago the Foundation decided to make funds available to support medical students enrolled in programs designed to train primary care physicians to serve rural and underserved communities in Washington State. The UWSOM program known as “TRUST” has received $41,000 in support at both its Spokane and Seattle campuses through March 31, 2016. The funds are intended to offer support to help offset expenses medical students at either UWSOM or PNWU would have otherwise incurred in their pursuit of a rural or underserved community education.
- Roy Virak Memorial Family Medicine Resident Scholarship.
The WAFP Foundation has presented the Roy Virak Scholarship to an outstanding second year resident in our state for 22 years. The Residency Directors present nominations to the Foundation’s scholarship committee, which then selects the resident winner. The Virak scholarship provides recognition of outstanding work accomplished while in residency and is intended as an accolade, rather than a significant financial award. The total scholarship funding provided since its inception is $16,000. The 2016 award was presented to an outstanding young physician, Hailey Wilson, MD.
- Diverse Constituencies Scholarships.
The WAFP Foundation supports first year medical students at the UWSOM and PNWU, who demonstrate interest in minority health and primary care and plan to integrate both into their careers. The Foundation has awarded at least 48 scholarships totaling $54,250 over the last twenty-five years. The 2016 scholarship winners are Yanni Chang and Melissa Rangel, both from UWSOM.
- Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS)
The Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS) is held every spring in Washington, DC. 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 Foundation awards up to $1500 to support 1 student to attend the FMAS.
- Alfred O. Berg, MD Award for Excellence in Family Medicine Research.
The WAFP Foundation honors graduating medical students, who have matched in Family Medicine for outstanding research in Family Medicine. Seventeen students have received the award for a total of $9,000. The 2016 award winner is UWSOM graduating medical student, Dallas (Williams) Clark.
- FMIG Support.
The Foundation has supported the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) programs and other student projects at the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) since 2005. Foundation contributions to these student projects have totaled over $32,300.
- 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. Since 2004, the Foundation has provided $5,450 in support to the host physician for meal costs.
- Student & Resident Retreat .
Held in early January, students are exposed to Family Medicine during two days of workshops led by practicing family physicians and residents. Started in 2004, and sponsored by the Foundation since 2008, the event has grown steadily, and attendance averages 100-150 students and residents. Over the last 8 years, the Foundation has provided $59,445 support of this valuable pipeline activity.
- Medical Student Summer Research Externship Program.
The WAFP Foundation funds medical students who participate in summer externship programs. The funding has totaled over $85,000. Comments from those receiving these grants indicate that the research experience and process increased their interest in pursuing family medicine as a specialty. There have been no qualified or interested applicants in recent years. Click here for an externship proposal form.
- Washington Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Endowed Family Medicine Scholarship was established in partnership with the UWSOM Department of Family Medicine and was fully funded in June, 2008 ($75,000). The first scholarships were awarded in 2010. The two 4th year students receiving the scholarship in 2016 are Téah Caine and Alexandra Zaballa. Programs like this are an important step toward improving the practice of Family Medicine. By facilitating the careers of future family doctors we contribute to improving the “pipeline” of capable and committed students, and ultimately improve the quality of care to patients throughout the state.