National Conference Benefits
for Medical Students

Event Focused on Medical Students

The workshops at National Conference are focused on preparing you for what’s ahead with workshops that feature learning tracks spanning clinical skills, leadership development, future career planning, and beyond. The following event is highlighted specifically for medical students this year.

Student Storytelling: A Collection of Powerful Voices
Friday, July 29 | 10:15—11 a.m.
Learn more about student storytelling

 

Morgan Weiler


“Family medicine provides a wonderful opportunity to build unique relationships between patients, physicians, and the community.”

Morgan Weiler
2022 National Conference Student Chair
 


Message from the National Conference Student Chair

When I started exploring medicine in undergrad, I was toying with the idea of pediatrics, OBGYN, and family medicine. When I started medical school, I realized family medicine combines all these wonderful specialties, and I was able to get even more familiar with it at National Conference.

I love National Conference because you can make it your own. You can choose what topic sessions you attend, what booths you explore, and what amount of time you spend during congress sessions. Like the specialty of family medicine, this event is always growing and gaining momentum to change the trajectory of health care. Whether you are looking for inspiration, new friends, career advice, new clinical knowledge, or are in need of a fun weekend to recharge, National Conference has what you are looking for.

When I attended my first conference, I was a first-year medical student. The first thing I noticed when walking down the initial hallway was the energy. I could sense the excitement, anticipation, and readiness of the staff and learners.

Take time to attend the sessions on finance, research, and work-life balance. It is so important to be prepared for the future, understand and engage in research, and learn how to be your best self inside and outside of “work.”

Most importantly, take advantage of networking. Community is powerful. The first year I attended, I knew nothing about organized medicine and had tons of questions about residency logistics. I reached out to a fellow University of Kansas School of Medicine student who was serving on the Student Congress that year. I sent her an email asking her all kinds of logistics questions and more. I also asked how I could get involved with the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Now I get to be that connection for you. Family medicine provides a wonderful opportunity to build unique relationships between patients, physicians, and the community. These relationships provide a framework to make powerful impacts geared towards bettering tomorrow and beyond.

The range of practice styles in family medicine is unmatched. There is something for all in this specialty, and you belong on this journey. I hope to see you at this year’s National Conference!

Student Benefits

Make Sense of Your Future


Step beyond the classroom
and explore what family medicine is all about. Discover the scope of practice through workshops, Main Stage sessions, and discussions.

Get Ready for Hands-On Learning


Prepare for clerkship
through educational programming designed to enhance your family medicine journey, and get a jump-start on the Match!

Prepare for a Successful Match


Invigorate your eagerness
to practice in the family medicine specialty. Hone procedural skills, visit with residency programs, and influence AAFP policy.

Set Your Plans in Motion


Get inspiration you need
to transition into residency and network with other residents going through the same experience.

   

All program years are eligible to participate in any National Conference event or programming.