Appointed Student Positions

Student Representative to the American Medical Association – Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS)

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The AAFP sends two students to the AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) to serve as the AAFP’s delegate and alternate delegate.

Responsibilities:

  • Represent the AAFP student interests at the AMA-MSS meetings
  • Provide written and oral reports to the AAFP Commission on Education (COE) and the National Conference.
  • Attend the Education Reference Committee of the AMA House of Delegates immediately following the AMA-MSS meeting.

Benefits:

Delegate is funded to attend National Conference

Interact with AMA delegates from the AAFP

Criteria: Member of the AMA as well as the AAFP at the time of appointment
Term: One year (October 2013-September 2014). Alternate delegate may consider applying for appointment as delegate the following year.

Time Commitment away from Medical School: 12 days

Time commitment for communication and meeting preparation: Substantial the month prior to the AMA-MSS meetings

Funding: Travel expenses are reimbursed according to AAFP policy.

Required Meetings:

MeetingDatesLocation
Meeting: AMA Interim MeetingDates: November 16-19, 2013Location: National Harbor, MD
Meeting: AMA Annual MeetingDates: June 7-11, 2014Location: Chicago, IL
Meeting: National ConferenceDates: August 7-9, 2014Location: Kansas City, MO

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Regional Coordinators

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The AAFP established the National FMIG Network in 1995 as a way of improving communication between FMIGs around the country. The network consists of one elected national coordinator, five appointed regional coordinators, and local FMIG leaders.

Responsibilities:

  • Identify and maintain communication with an FMIG leader at each medical school in the region
  • Serve as a resource person for the region in providing information about the resources available through the AAFP
  • Gather information about FMIG activities from medical schools in the region
  • Assist in developing and executing FMIG network activities and/or workshops at the National Conference
  • Participate in a monthly conference call with other regional coordinators, National FMIG Coordinator, Student National Conference Chair, student member of the AAFP Board of Directors, and Academy staff
  • Benefits:
  • Work with other FMIG Regional Coordinators
  • Receive leadership training at the FMIG Regional Coordinator Training Workshop
  • Receive media training by AAFP public relations staff
  • Work closely with Division of Medical Education staff

Criteria:

  • Actively involved in an FMIG prior to appointment as a regional coordinator.
  • Be in good academic standing.

Term: Appointed by the Resident/Student Selection Committee in October and confirmed by AAFP Executive Board for one year term (January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013)

Time commitment away from medical school: Approximately 7 -8 days (includes weekends) for travel and attendance at meetings

Time commitment for communication and meeting preparation: Moderate

Funding:
Travel covered according to AAFP Travel Policy. A per diem for travel to and attendance at the required days of the meetings covers expenses (lodging and food).

Required Meetings:

MeetingDatesLocation
Meeting: FMIG Regional Coordinator Training WorkshopDates: January, 2014Location: Kansas City, MO
Meeting: National ConferenceDates: August 7-9, 2014Location: Kansas City, MO

Student Liaison to the Student National Medical Association

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In 2003, the AAFP Board of Directors approved the creation of a student liaison to the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). Established in 1964 by Howard University College of Medicine students and Meharry Medical College students, the SNMA is the nation’s oldest and largest organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. SNMA is committed to assuring that students of color are encouraged to consider and prepare for medical and scientific careers.

SNMA programs and activities are implemented by local chapters based at allopathic and osteopathic medical schools throughout the country. These programs are designed to:

  1. Serve the health needs of underrepresented communities
  2. Assure that medical services are sensitive to the needs of culturally diverse populations.

Responsibilities:

  • Disseminate information through SNMA regional directors about relevant AAFP activities
  • Provide quarterly reports to SNMA’s External Affairs Committee on AAFP activities of interest to students
  • Attend the Regional FMIG Coordinators orientation session
  • Give an annual report during the National Congress of Student Members during AAFP’s National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.
  • Participate in monthly conference calls with other student leaders

Criteria:

  • Medical student at an LCME or AOA accredited medical school
  • Member of the AAFP
  • Member of the SNMA
  • Interested in promoting family medicine in medical schools through SNMA and FMIG activities
  • Able to attend the AAFP National Conference and the SNMA annual conference

Term: January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014. The SNMA will approve the candidates and a nominee will be recommended to the AAFP Board of Directors for final approval.

Time away from medical school: 12-14 days

Time Commitment for communication and meeting preparation: Substantial

Funding: The AAFP will provide funding to attend the annual SNMA meeting and AAFP’s National Conference according to AAFP policy.

MeetingDatesLocation
Meeting: FMIG Regional Coordinator Training WorkshopDates: January, 2014Location: Kansas City, MO
Meeting: SNMA Annual MeetingDates: April, 2014Location: TBA
Meeting: National ConferenceDates: August 7-9, 2014Location: Kansas City, MO

Chapter Delegates to Resident and Student Congresses

Contact your chapter to express interest in this position.

Each year, AAFP constituent chapters elect/select one student member and one resident member to serve as chapter delegates to the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents (NCFMR) and the National Congress of Student Members (NCSM). The NCFMR and NCSM convene during the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students. The resolutions generated at these congresses influence Academy policy and activities.

Responsibilities of NCFMR/NCSM Delegates

  • Poll residents and students in your chapter prior to the National Conference for important issues your constituents would like to have addressed.
  • Organize chapter caucuses during the National Conference.
  • Attend all business sessions and assure that members of your chapter delegation attend these and related sessions.
  • Encourage submission of resolutions from your chapter delegation.
  • Attend the candidates’ forum. Attendance is imperative, as you will be casting the single vote for your chapter delegation.
  • Be prepared to discuss and act upon resolutions during the final business session.
  • Take what you’ve learned back to your chapter and educate your constituents.

Criteria: Established by each chapter. If you are interested in this role, contact your chapter executive.

Term: Through National Conference August 7-9, 2014

Time away: 4 days

Time commitment for communication and meeting preparation: Minimal to Moderate

NOTE: The AAFP does not provide funding for chapter delegates to attend the National Conference. Support is usually sought at the state and local levels.

Representatives to Annals of Family Medicine Editorial Advisory Board

Note: This position will not be appointed in 2013.

The Annals of Family Medicine is a peer-reviewed clinical research journal dedicated to advancing knowledge essential to understanding and improving health and primary care. Published in print and online six times a year, the journal seeks to identify and address important questions in health and the provision of patient-centered, prioritized, high-quality health care. It publishes original research, methodology and theory, as well as essays from reflective clinicians, patients, families, communities and policymakers.

The Editorial Board consists of more than 30 members, including a patient representative, representatives of the organizations that sponsor Annals, and other leaders in primary care, primary care research, health care, health and medical education.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend one meeting per year, usually held in the fall in conjunction with the annual meeting of the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG)
  • Help Annals develop and maintain a social media presence. This includes posting items on Annals’ Facebook page and providing input on the development of other social media activities.

Criteria:

  • A demonstrated interest in family medicine research
  • Working knowledge of social media including Facebook and Twitter

Term: One year. A nominee will be recommended to the AAFP Board of Directors with final approval by the Annals editorial team. The appointment is for one year with an option to serve a second term with the approval of the editorial team.

Time away from medical school: 4-5 days

Time commitment for communication and meeting preparation: Light to moderate. Board members may also be asked to provide input by e-mail and/or phone at other times during the year.

Required Meetings:
Annual Annals of Family Medicine Editorial Advisory Board

Funding:
Annals will reimburse the resident and student representatives for meeting expenses. Medical students and family medicine residents are eligible.

Student Representative to the AAFP Center for International Health Initiatives

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Responsibilities:

  • Represent the medical student perspective as a member of the AAFP Center for International Health Initiatives Advisory Board.
  • Participate in the program development of the annual AAFP Global Health Workshop
  • Coordinate student activities, if any, during the Global Health Workshop
  • Facilitate/moderate the Global Health Networking meeting at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students
  • Function as a global health liaison to medical students through, but not limited to, the FMIG Network
  • Disseminate global health-related messages via appropriate social media channels
  • Provide input to global health-related communications

Benefits:

  • Involved with planning the AAFP Family Medicine Global Health Workshop
  • Takes the lead in preparing and facilitating the Global Health Networking Meeting at the National Conference
  • Affords opportunities for mentoring from established leaders in global health

Criteria:

  • Must be entering second or third year of medical school
  • Demonstrate interest and involvement in global health
  • Must be in good academic standing

Term: Appointed August-September and begin two-year term at the AAFP Global Health Workshop (October 10-12, 2013).

Time commitment away from medical school: Approximately 11-12 days including weekends

Time commitment for communication and meeting preparation: Approximately 25 hours a year

Funding: Provided for CIHI Advisory Board Interim meeting attendance and Global Health Workshop attendance

Notes: The student member of the CIHI Advisory Board can only serve on the Board once. He/she is not eligible for re-election. In the future, he/she will not be eligible to serve on the CIHI Advisory Board as resident.

MeetingDatesLocation
Meeting: AAFP Global Health WorkshopDates: October 9-12, 2013Location: Baltimore, MD
Meeting: CIHI AB Interim MeetingDates: April, 2014Location: TBA
Meeting: AAFP Global Health Workshop
Dates: September 10-13, 2014Location: San Diego, CA
Meeting: CIHI AB Interim MeetingDates: April, 2015
Location: TBA