Resident Benefits

Join Us in 2018!

2018 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students

August 2 - August 4, 2018
Kansas City Convention Center
Kansas City, MO

Current PGY1:
Refine your clinical skills through sessions designed specifically for residents, connect with colleagues, and influence AAFP policy in the Resident Congress.

Current PGY2: Meet with potential employers in the Expo Hall, and learn about fellowships and other post-residency opportunities. Prepare to transition into practice through resources on debt relief, employment contracts, and developing your CV.

Current PGY3: If you’re not graduating in May, join your fellow residents and meet potential employers and prepare to transition into practice.

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

Career Planning sessions

  • CV Preparation
  • Fellowships
  • Financial responsibilities
  • Contract negotiation
  • Physician wellbeing

Clinical Skills sessions

  • Concussions
  • Ultrasound
  • EKG
  • Genomics

Health Policy and Advocacy sessions

  • Promoting health equity
  • Getting involved in advocacy

Leadership Development sessions

  • Residents as teachers

Practice Management sessions

  • Direct primary care

Research sessions

  • Patient oriented evidence
  • Resident research grant presentations

A Letter From the Resident Chair


Alex McDonald, Resident Chair

National Conference is the place to expand your knowledge of family medicine. Attending is also a great way to accelerate your personal and professional career goals.

One of the best things about National Conference is the ability to connect with your peers and experts in family medicine. I encourage you to take full advantage of the Expo Hall, where you can meet with hundreds of exhibitors who are eager to get to know you and want to see you succeed. I secured fellowship and job interviews from connections I made while visiting various booths and presenters. This is a networking opportunity unlike any other, and you can count on taking major steps forward in your career.

With a first-class lineup of expert speakers and relevant educational topics, you’ll also be able to meet and learn from some amazing individuals who are masters of their craft and truly passionate about what they do. I have met mentors at National Conference who have inspired me to challenge myself and aim for new heights. I hope the same will happen for you.

I have met mentors at National Conference who have inspired me to challenge myself and aim for new heights.

— Alex McDonald, Resident Chair

I would also urge you to get involved with Resident and Student Congresses. Learning how to participate in the parliamentary process, as well as elections of resident and student leaders, at an early stage of your career, is a wonderful learning experience. You will learn to debate topics with others to build consensus. I’ve come to realize that I—even as only one person—can make a difference for my patients and the future of family medicine. Together, we can do even more.

The energy, enthusiasm, and opportunities at National Conference are unlike any event I’ve attended. I am so grateful to connect with other like-minded individuals within the AAFP and other medical organizations to advocate for patients, colleagues, and the health of our nation. I hope you are as excited as I am about all of the opportunities that await you as you prepare to add yourself to the family medicine community.

Alex McDonald, Resident Chair