Family Medicine Leads Scholarships for National Conference

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Family Medicine Leads (FML) Scholarships to National Conference are provided by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.  Family Medicine Leads(www.aafpfoundation.org) focuses on filling the workforce pipeline with the best and the brightest, as well as supporting the development of future family medicine leaders.

All scholarships are made possible by the donations of family physicians across the country.

In 2017, 250 scholarships will be awarded to attend the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, July 27-29 in Kansas City, MO. 

The 2017 Family Medicine Leads Scholarships to National Conference application process has closed. Winners will be notified May 31, 2017.

Information

  • The number of scholarships in each category varies from year to year depending on the funding level and the number of applicants.
  • Scholarship recipients are selected by a panel of judges.
  • The $600 scholarship is intended to help reduce out-of-pocket expenses (registration, travel, lodging, meals) to attend National Conference.
  • All scholarship checks are awarded at National Conference. If you are unable to attend the Conference, your scholarship will be forfeited.

Scholarship Categories


First-time Student Attendee  

  • First-time student attendees who wish to apply for this award must complete an online application that includes two text boxes to answer the following questions: Why are you interested in family medicine? and Why do you want to attend National Conference? Each text box allows for 1500 characters (approximately 250 words). Remember, the online application does not allow you to save and return to resume the application at a later time.
  • You must be a medical student during the 2017-18 academic year to apply.  You are not eligible if you will graduate before July 1, 2017.

Scholarship for Residents and Returning Students

  • Award applicants must be a family medicine resident (first time attendee or returning) or a medical student who has previously attended National Conference.
  • Residents who wish to apply for this award must complete an online application that includes two text boxes to answer the following questions: What do you believe a career in family medicine holds for you?  and Why do you want to attend National Conference?  Each text box allows for 1500 characters (approximately 250 words).  Remember, the online application does not allow you to save and return to resume the application at a later time. 
  • Students who wish to apply for this award must complete an online application that includes two text boxes to answer the following questions: How do you feel family medicine has influenced your medical training experience?  and Why do you want to attend National Conference?  Each text box allows for 1500 characters (approximately 250 words).  Remember, the online application does not allow you to save and return to resume the application at a later time.
    • If applying as a student, you must be a medical student during the 2017-18 academic year.  You are not eligible to apply as a student if you will graduate before July 1, 2017.


Minority Scholarship Program for Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students

  • Residents (American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino) who wish to apply for this award must complete an online application that includes two text boxes to answer the following questions: Why did you choose family medicine? and Why do you want to attend National Conference?  Each text box allows for 1500 characters (approximately 250 words).  Remember, the online application does not allow you to save and return to resume the application at a later time.
  • Students (American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino) who wish to apply for this award must complete an online application that includes two text boxes to answer the following questions:  How do you feel family medicine has influenced your medical training experience? and Why do you want to attend National Conference?  Each text box allows for 1500 characters (approximately 250 words).  Remember, the online application does not allow you to save and return to resume the application at a later time.
    • If applying as a student, you must be a medical student during the 2017-18 academic year.  You are not eligible to apply as a student if you will graduate before July 1, 2017.

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Leadership Award

  • Students who wish to apply for this award must complete an online application (including contact information for your FMIG coordinator) that includes three text boxes to answer the following questions: (1) Describe a FMIG project.  What was your role in that project?  (2) How do you exhibit leadership on your medical school campus?  (3) Why do you want to attend National Conference?  Each text box allows for 1500 characters (approximately 250 words).  Remember, the online application does not allow you to save and return to resume the application at a later time.
    • You must be a medical student during the 2017-18 academic year to apply.  You are not eligible if you will graduate before July 1, 2017.
  • Award applicants are not limited to FMIG presidents/coordinators or other elected leaders. Students who are recognized for developing and orchestrating individual FMIG projects, especially new and innovative activities, are encouraged to apply.
  • Award recipients are required to attend the FMIG workshop sessions and FMIG Networking Breakfast and be willing to provide feedback to the program planners on those events.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) to apply.  Join now. 
  • You may only apply to one scholarship category each year (i.e. if you apply for first-time attendee this year, you may not also apply for minority student this year).
  • If you previously received a scholarship for National Conference, you may not apply for a scholarship in the same category (i.e. if you received a FMIG scholarship in the past, you may not apply to the FMIG category again, but you are eligible to apply for a scholarship in another category).
  • To apply for a student scholarship, you must be a medical student during the 2017-18 academic year. You are not eligible to apply for a student scholarship if you will graduate before July 1, 2017. 
  • You must be able to attend the entire National Conference (defined as arriving no later than Noon on Thursday, July 27 and leaving no earlier than Noon on Saturday, July 29).
  • You must agree to the Family Medicine Leads Scholarship Agreement(1 page PDF).

Submission Guidelines

The online application does not allow you to save and return to resume the application at a later time.  Before starting your application, have all materials and information listed below ready and in the required format.

  • Contact information
    • Please provide personal email address as medical school/residency email systems often have spam filters/firewalls that hamper the receipt of external emails.
  • Year in training (during the 2017-18 academic year)
  • Answers to questions (see specific scholarship questions in the sections above)
    • It is recommended that you type your answers in a separate document and cut and paste them into the application as you may not save your application and return to resume it at a later time.
  • E-Signature

The required online application (see links above) must be completed and submitted to the AAFP by May 1, 2017.  Winners will be notified by May 31.  If you have questions about any National Conference scholarships, contact Rachel Larsen or call (800) 274-2237, ext. 6720.

Writing Tips

  • When writing your answers, keep in mind that hundreds of applications are received and reviewed by the judges.
  • Make your application stand out and try to avoid clichés.
  • As the application is a chance for the judges to learn about you and your goals, you are encouraged to provide thoughtful and authentic answers.