AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education

Leaders on the front line of health care

2016 Awards Program Book(33 page PDF)

This award, supported by a grant from Novo Nordisk, recognizes outstanding family medicine residents for their leadership, civic involvement, exemplary patient care, and aptitude for and interest in family medicine.

Question: What do the following family medicine leaders have in common?

  • Public Health Award winner
  • Outstanding Service Award winner
  • Family Physician of the Year
  • Executive Vice-President of AAFP
  • Founder of Heart to Heart International and Docs Who Care
  • Former host of “Family Practice Update” on Lifetime Medical Television

Answer: They have all received the AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education.

Of the 3,500 eligible family medicine residents, only 12 will qualify for this esteemed designation.

The Application

Complete the two-page application form(2 page PDF).

Note: All materials must be received by March 14, 2016.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Include premedical, medical school, and residency history (please explain any gaps in history)
  • Include academic honors, political/organizational activities, leadership roles, research, extracurricular, and occupational activities
  • Two-page maximum

Personal Statement

  • Why are you studying medicine?
  • Why did you choose family medicine?
  • What separates you from the other candidates?
  • Why should you receive this award?
  • Two-page maximum

Required Recommendations


Reference letter and evaluation forms (one from each representative is required):




Please send your completed application form and all supporting materials (CV, personal statement, application form, recommendation forms, and reference letters from both the program director and an AAFP active member) to:

American Academy of Family Physicians
AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education
Attn: Terresa Winch
11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway
Leawood, KS 66211-2672
Fax: (913) 906-6088

For more information about the AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, please contact:

Terresa Winch
Senior Program Coordinator
(800) 274-2237, ext. 6831