2022 AAFP National Conference
Suggested Topics by Focus Area

Based on attendee feedback, resident and student suggested topics include:

Career Planning

  • Academic medicine
  • Balancing family and residency/career
  • Budgeting
  • Career opportunities in family medicine
  • Contract negotiations
  • Debt management
  • Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
  • Exam prep: USMLE Step 1/COMLEX-USA Level 1
  • Family medicine 101 (for M1-M3 students still exploring the specialty)
  • Insurance
  • Intern survival
  • Job search: interview, CV
  • Licensure
     
  • Lifelong learning
  • Organized medicine
  • Personal finance
  • Practice options
  • Professionalism
  • Residency selection
  • Retirement planning
  • Rural medicine
  • Specialty choice
  • Tax planning
  • Transitioning into residency/practice
  • Urban medicine

Clinical Skills

  • Addiction medicine
  • Alternative medicine
  • Bone/joint disease
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular medicine
  • Chronic disease management
  • Complementary and alternative therapies
  • Continuity of care and doctor-patient relationships
  • Cultural proficiency
  • Geriatrics
  • Global health
  • Disaster preparedness and recovery
  • Emergencies (surgical, medical)
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Health disparities/caring for vulnerable or underserved populations
  • Health promotion
  • Immigrant and refugee health care delivery
  • Infectious disease
  • Information management
  • Integrative medicine
  • Interdisciplinary teaming
  • Interpersonal communication
  • LGBTQ health
     
  • Lifestyle medicine/interventions
  • Medical aid in dying
  • Medical marijuana
  • Mental health
  • Minority health
  • Miscarriage management
  • Musculoskeletal/sports injuries
  • Neurologic conditions
  • New technology in medicine
  • Older adults
  • Opioids
  • Osteopathic techniques
  • Pain management
  • Palliative care
  • Patient-centered care
  • Pediatrics
  • Pulmonary conditions
  • Skin disorders
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Wellness in education and practice
  • Women’s reproductive health
  • Working with limited English proficiency patients
  • Wound care

Health Policy and Advocacy

  • Access to care and insurance
  • Accountability in health care
  • Community health
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • GME reform
  • Health and human rights
  • Health care economics
  • Health care legislation and regulations
     
  • Health care reform
  • Lobbying
  • Public health
  • Social justice issues
  • Teaching Health Centers (THCs)
  • Value of primary care
  • Workforce development

Leadership Development

  • Change management
  • Communication skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Delegation skills
  • Integrative problem solving
     
  • Mentorship
  • Public speaking
  • Team building
  • Time management
  • Values clarification

Practice Management

  • Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)
  • Coding
  • Community medicine
  • Direct primary care
  • Health technology
  • Home visits
  • Information systems
  • Medical legal
  • Models of health care delivery
  • Office design
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)
     
  • Patient education
  • Payment models
  • Population-based care
  • Practice finance
  • Practice startup guidance
  • Quality improvement
  • Social media use and patient care
  • Systems-based practice
  • Team-based care
  • Virtual practice/telemedicine
     

Research

  • Clinical research
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Positive deviance
  • Research methodology
  • Research skills