About National Conference

What is National Conference?

Students and Residents love National Conference

Simply put, the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), is the prime destination for family medicine residents and medical students who want to explore all the specialty has to offer.

The AAFP has hosted students and residents at National Conference since 1973—and the tradition continues as a virtual event. We’re proud of National Conference because no other event exists that gives you the chance to interact with more than 2,500 peers, hundreds of residency programs, and leaders in the specialty—all in one convenient location.

Join Us Virtually

Register by Phone: (800) 274-2237

This unforgettable weekend, hosted every summer, gives future family physicians exclusive access to incredible resources in family medicine, including:

  • 11 hours of live workshops and Main Stage sessions
  • On Demand access to all education for 30 days after the event
  • Virtual expo hall, including the ability to schedule one-on-one appointments
  • Networking opportunities
  • 30+ relevant workshops, clinics, and procedural courses
  • 500+ exhibiting residency programs, medical missions, and employers
  • 4,000+ attendees and peers to network with

Attendees, Set Your Sights

National Conference is the destination for residents and medical students to learn more about family medicine, develop leadership skills, influence AAFP policy, explore residency programs, and connect with potential employers.

Take advantage of this opportunity to shape your career. National Conference is an action-packed event that allows students and residents to focus on their future and discover all that family medicine has to offer!  Don't miss your chance to gather with others excited about family medicine and experience National Conference for yourself.

Medical Students

Explore what family medicine is all about with programming designed to enhance your family medicine education. Prepare for clinical rotations in the current COVID-19 environment, visit one-on-one with residency programs before applying through ERAS, and get inspiration you need for transitioning to residency.


Refine clinical skills throughs sessions designed specifically for you, meet virtually with potential employers, learn about post-residency opportunities, and prepare to transition into practice with confidence.


Clinical Knowledge

Skilled workshops and educational sessions feature 30+ topics that are not only relevant to family medicine, but also important to attendees. Health care is about more than just prescribing medicine—and that’s why our clinical knowledge takeaways include topics like caring for the underserved.

Helpful Connections

Get involved with a Member Interest Group (MIG). That means forging lasting relationships with like-minded peers who challenge and support you.

Leadership Skills

As the future of family medicine, we arm you with everything you need to become champions of the specialty. You’ll hear established leaders in family medicine share inspiring messages during Main Stage presentation. Plus, you’re invited to take a stand on important matters at the Resident and Student Congresses, brainstorm with others about issues important to family medicine, and participate in resolution writing.

Future Plans

Cast your visions far into the future. More than 400 residency programs, medical missions, and employers from across the country are available and eager to meet, make connections, and support all your future goals.

Support from the AAFP

While you’re setting up your future success, don’t forget to include AAFP in your plans. We’re dedicated to ensuring a strong future for family medicine, and our medical student and resident attendees are crucial to that goal. We’re proudly able to support family physicians through every stage of their careers—from medical school and residency to retirement.

And free student membership means access to exclusive benefits, educational resources, leadership opportunities, and member interest groups to ensure success in this challenging and diverse specialty—now through graduation.