The WAFP Foundation offers support for many ongoing programs and scholarships geared toward family medicine residents and medical students interested in family medicine. Click on one of the following links to learn more about that award. If you know which award you’d like to apply for, click here to be taken to the application!

Medical Students

Residents

Practicing Physicians

The Roy Virak Memorial Family Medicine Resident Scholarship

The WAFP Foundation awards the Virak Scholarship to one second-year resident who shows evidence of outstanding patient care and strong service to their community. Nominations are made by the faculty of Washington’s family medicine residency programs in January, and the scholarship is awarded at the Annual Scientific Assembly in May at the Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, WA, which recipients are expected to attend.

  • Eligibility: Second-year residents who are WAFP members
  • Method: Nomination by residency program director
  • Submission: Letter of recommendation from residency program director, nominee’s CV and brief essay
  • Funding: One award of $1,000, plus travel expenses to the WAFP Annual Scientific Assembly
  • Deadline: January 31, 2020
  • Determination: Award recipients selected by Foundation’s Scholarship Committee

Diverse Constituencies Awards

Each year, three $2,000 scholarships are awarded to first-year medical students who represent a racial, ethnic or sexual minority. 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. The scholarship is awarded at the Annual Scientific Assembly in May at the Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, WA, which recipients are expected to attend.

  • Eligibility: First-year medical students at UWSOM, PNWU or ESFCOM and who are WAFP members
  • Method: Application by invitation based on identification in a/several constituencies.
  • Submission: Applicants submit applications and person statements
  • Funding: Three scholarships of $2,000 (one recipient per school)
  • Deadline: January 31, 2020
  • Determination: Award recipients selected by the WAFP Diverse Constituencies Subcommittee

Family Medicine Advocacy Summit – travel award to Washington, D.C.

The WAFP Foundation provides Family Medicine Advocacy Summit Awards to pay travel expenses, registration and related fees for medical students who wish to attend the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS) in Washington, DC. During this two-day event — held each spring — recipients learn about the legislative process, hear the current priorities for family medicine, practice general advocacy skills, and meet members of Washington state’s congressional delegation.

  • Eligibility: Medical students and residents who are WAFP members and who are available to attend FMAS (event date: May 18-19, 2020)
  • Method: Application
  • Submission: Applicants submit application and personal statement
  • Funding: One travel award of up to $1,500
  • Deadline: January 31, 2020
  • Determination: Award recipients selected by the WAFP Foundation

National Conference of Constituency Leaders – Travel Award (Kansas City, Missouri)

The WAFP provides National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) Awards to pay travel expenses, registration and related fees for second- and third-year residents who wish to attend the NCCL conference in Kansas City, MO. Joining WAFP representatives from the five identified constituencies — New Physicians, Women, Minority, LGBT and International Medical Graduates — the three recipients of this leadership development award participate in matters important to the individual constituencies. Recipients are introduced to the AAFP resolution process and hear current WAFP representatives introduce, discuss and vote on resolutions to the AAFP Congress of Delegates.

  • Eligibility: Second- and third-year residents who are WAFP members (event date: April 23-25, 2020
  • Method: Application
  • Submission: Applicants submit the application form, a brief essay, confirmation of AAFP scholarship application
  • Funding: Three travel awards of up to $2,000
  • Deadline: January 31, 2020
  • Determination: Award recipients selected by the WAFP Foundation

Alfred O. Berg, MD, Award for Excellence in Family Medicine Research Scholarship

The WAFP Foundation awards Alfred O. Berg, MD, Award for Excellence in Family Medicine Research honors to graduating medical students who have matched into family medicine and provided outstanding research in the specialty.

  • Eligibility: Fourth-year students who are WAFP members, have matched in family medicine, and have completed research in the specialty
  • Method: Application with nomination
  • Submission: Applicants submit nomination form, copy of final research paper, nomination letter from faculty sponsor and any optional supporting materials
  • Funding: One scholarship of $500
  • Deadline: March 20, 2020
  • Determination: Award recipients selected by the WAFP Foundation

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.

  • Submission: Application and personal statement (event date: July 31st- August 1st)
  • Funding: The WAFP provides 5 scholarship stipends ($850 each) to support medical student attendance at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students.
  • Deadline: April 29th, 2020
  • Determination: Award recipients selected by the WAFP Foundation
  • Eligibility: Must be a student in good standing, and must have applied for the AAFP scholarship

Family Medicine Summer Research Externship Scholarship

The WAFP Foundation funds medical students who participate in summer externship programs via the Family Medicine Summer Research Externship. This scholarship supports students who wish to gain research experience in family medicine.

  • Eligibility: Medical students who are WAFP members; applicants typically have completed their first or second years
  • Method: Application
  • Submission: Applicants submit a proposal and supporting documents to the Foundation for review by the selection committee.
  • Funding: One scholarship up to $1250
  • Deadline: March 20, 2020
  • Determination: Award recipients selected by the WAFP Foundation

Vision 2020 Leadership Development Award

The WAFP Foundation offers Vision 2020 Leadership Development awards to enhance the leadership and communication skills of family physicians. WAFP members interested in increasing their effectiveness as leaders in — or advocates for — family medicine are provided funds to pay for programs, events or courses aimed at developing these skills. The award can be applied toward a training program or course of each recipient’s choice. Interested physicians may want to review available courses at the following (or other) organizations to see what may be of interest: American Association for Physician Leadership; WMSA Leadership Program; AAFP Family Medicine Advocacy Summit; Physicians for Reproductive Health Leadership Training. These are ideas only; interested physicians are encouraged to request trainings they are interested in for consideration.

  • Eligibility: WAFP members (Active membership category only)
  • Method: Application
  • Submission: Applicants submit a letter of interest, a CV, and an application form.
  • Funding: $1,500 awards available to up to six WAFP members
  • Deadline: March 20, 2020
  • Determination: Award recipients selected by the WAFP Foundation

Accountable Communities for Health (ACH) Participation Awards

In Washington, an Accountable Community of Health (ACH) is a state-recognized, cross-sectional, multi-stakeholder coalition working to improve population health in a defined geographic region. The structure of Washington ACHs varies, but they typically include several opportunities for engagement with family physicians. These opportunities include participation on boards of directors, committees and workgroups. Some of these groups are developing programs that may have a significant impact on family doctors and their patients. The WAFP Foundation has created an award intended to recognize the volunteer effort of Washington family physician participation in ACH activities, particularly during workday meetings that require them to leave their clinical practices or to add to their already busy schedules.

  • Eligibility: WAFP members who have at least 16 hours of clinical care per week during a typical week and would not otherwise be compensated by their employer for participating or have their participation be a reasonably expected responsibility of their current position
  • Method: Application
  • Submission: Applicants submit application
  • Funding: $1,500 for up to six recipients
  • Deadline: March 20, 2020
  • Determination: Award recipients selected by the WAFP Foundation

UWSOM Endowed Family Medicine Scholarship

The WAFP established the Endowed Family Medicine Scholarship in partnership with the UWSOM Department of Family Medicine in 2008 with the first scholarships awarded in 2010. Intended to encourage future family doctors, these scholarships support students who are pursuing family medicine. The scholarship is awarded at the Annual Scientific Assembly in May at the Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, WA, which recipients are expected to attend.

  • Eligibility: Fourth-year UWSOM students
  • Method: Administration and application procedure is managed by the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine
  • Submission: See procedures set out by UWSOM
  • Funding: Two students receive $2,000 each
  • Deadline: See procedures set out by UWSOM
  • Determination: Selected by UWSOM faculty

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