NCSC is a vehicle for special constituencies, recognized as women, minorities, new physicians, international medical graduates, and GLBT physicians, to exchange information, share experiences, and develop basic leadership skills. The conference is an opportunity for members of these underrepresented constituencies to voice their individual and group perspectives. Learn more about how special constituencies are formed(1 page PDF).
NCSC Rules of Order
How to Get Involved
- Be a chapter delegate
- Write a resolution
- Run for an elected position
- Volunteer(3 page DOC)
- Sign up for a special constituency email discussion list to connect with attendees and colleagues
What is the National Conference of Special Constituencies?
The National Conference of Special Constituencies (NCSC) serves as a platform for the different perspectives and concerns of AAFP members from underrepresented constituencies to help bring about change. Attend NCSC to help develop your voice and have it heard. Elect national officers, gain and enhance skills to become an articulate policy advocate and an effective leader, and meet others that share similar interests.
Who can participate?
Reference committees and business sessions are open to all NCSC attendees. General registrants may co-author resolutions and testify on issues during sessions, but to vote on resolutions and in most elections, you must be a chapter delegate. Contact your chapter to learn how to participate as a chapter delegate.
What is a chapter delegate?
Chapter delegates are official representatives from each constitiuency representing each chapter. All active members who meet the definition of the constituency group they will represent are eligible to serve as a chapter delegate. Chapter delegates are eligible to serve on and testify in all reference committees, vote on resolutions in the business session, and vote in the elections.
When should I plan to arrive and leave?
To take full advantage, we recommend you arrive on Wednesday, April 30 by 1:30 p.m. to attend the pre-conference sessions on leadership, change management, and health care reform and the patient-centered medical home. If this is your first time to NCSC or you are looking for a refresher, don’t miss the First-Time Attendee Orientation on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 a.m. There must be a majority present to proceed with business, so plan to stay until the scheduled conclusion of NCSC on Saturday, May 3 at 12 p.m. View the full schedule of events.
Is travel reimbursement available?
Currently, there are funds available from the AAFP to reimburse travel expenses for three representatives from each chapter for ALF or NCSC. Funding is also available from the AAFP to reimburse travel expenses for one new physician delegate from each chapter to attend NCSC. Some chapters will fund additional travel expenses. Contact your chapter to learn more.
Can I earn CME?
NCSC will not offer Prescribed or Elective credits this year; however, you may still claim enrichment credit for your time at the conference on an hour-for-hour basis. A certificate of participation is available for those who require attendance documentation.
What can I expect from NCSC?
NCSC gives you the opportunity to meet members with similar interests as well as Annual Leadership Forum (ALF) attendees. By attending NCSC, you can:
- Learn about the AAFP’s strategic priorities and how the AAFP and other key organizations address issues of importance to family physicians and the underserved.
- Receive instruction in parliamentary procedure and informed decision-making.
- Participate in special discussion groups and develop and debate resolutions on a wide range of topics.
- Network with national AAFP leadership.
- Attend educational breakout sessions.
- Hone leadership skills to use in your practice, in your community, with the media, and in advocacy for the specialty of family medicine.
What should I bring?
Bring your laptop, tablet or smart device, resolution ideas, your CV, and printed handouts (handouts are available online and in the mobile app in April). Review a checklist of items to bring with you(1 page PDF).
Thursday, May 1, 2014 - Saturday, May 3, 2014
(Preconference Wednesday, April 30, 2014)
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
Kansas City, MO