Virtual Workshops


Thursday, July 30

CV Preparation for Residents: Simple Steps for Success

Are you preparing to send your ideal curriculum vitae (CV) to employers for your job search?

  • Learn what to include in your CV and what to eliminate from it.
  • Review CV examples and get tips for preparing a successful cover letter.
  • Hear about resources the AAFP offers on career planning.

From One IMG to Another

Being an international medical graduate (IMG) may pose unique challenges during the residency search. Learn from a fellow IMG, who is currently a program director, about effective ways to navigate obstacles and challenges surrounding the Match.

  • Hear unique ways to appeal to residency programs, selection committees, and program directors.
  • Learn how to identify your strengths and effectively incorporate them within your personal statement.
  • Discover how to optimize your position as an IMG.
  • Discuss do’s and don’ts of the Match process.

Maternal Care in Family Medicine

Examine the many facets of providing obstetric care within the scope of family medicine.

  • Explore options for maternal care provision and understand the benefits and challenges of providing maternal care within the discipline of family medicine.
  • Recognize that providing maternal care is within the scope of family medicine and be encouraged by the opportunity.
  • Practice delivery maneuvers using pelvic models similar to those used in the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO®) course.

Opportunities to Advance Health Equity: Academic Family Medicine for Global Health

Family physicians are uniquely positioned to provide high-value care and education to underserved communities domestically and abroad. This discussion will provide a brief overview of global health careers and provide insight on how to engage in global heath.

  • Hear specific examples of academic family physicians providing care globally.
  • Discuss rewards and challenges of working in global health.
  • Identify opportunities to engage in global health within academic family medicine.

FMIGs 101: Essentials for Leaders

This is an essential workshop for new family medicine interest group (FMIG) leaders and those looking to ramp up FMIG activity on their campus. Meet the FMIG regional coordinators and discover what you need to know as you head into the fall.

  • Explore how your FMIG can revitalize communication, fundraising, programming, community service, and more.
  • Learn about ready-made interest group tools from the AAFP.
  • Be inspired to create and meet new goals for yourself and your FMIG this year.

Understanding and Negotiating Your First Employment Agreement

Whether the time is now or soon to come, it is important to be prepared to evaluate an employment agreement.

  • Identify the key concepts and terminology in physician employment agreements.
  • Understand the legalese present in many physician employment agreements.
  • Learn which concepts are more negotiable than others.
  • Explore differences between health system contracts and private practice contracts.

Incivility in Health Care: Strategies to De-escalate Difficult Encounters

This session will explore ways to process and de-escalate troubling encounters to prevent negative outcomes in the health care setting.

  • Learn about the rising frequency and impact of incivility in health care.
  • Assess current practices, mindsets, boundaries, and knowledge of institutional resources that can provide guidance in navigating incivility.
  • Consider specific strategies to redirect, defuse, and de-escalate difficult encounters.

Family Medicine in the Time of COVID-19: The Value of Our Specialty in Disaster Response

Learn how family physicians can anticipate, prepare for, and respond to disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Understand how the scope and flexibility of family medicine contribute to the necessity of our specialty in a disaster, using the COVID-19 pandemic as an example.
  • Review one department’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including identifying areas of critical need, contributing to the organization’s pandemic response, and making changes in inpatient and outpatient care.
  • Develop a plan for family medicine departments to prepare for future disaster response, including a potential second wave of COVID-19.

Primary Care Leadership Collaborative (PCLC) Summit Session 1:
Narrative Leadership and the Story of Self

This workshop is for student and faculty leaders of family medicine interest groups (FMIGs) participating in the AAFP’s Primary Care Leadership Collaborative initiative. Session 1 of the PCLC Summit at National Conference will continue the training that teams have been participating in this summer and prepare your team for its relaunch in August. This session will focus on narrative leadership and storytelling as powerful tools to engage stakeholders, build your community, and share your passion.

Friday, July 31

How to Be a Family Medicine Influencer IRL

When you got to medical school, other students were probably one of your biggest sources of information about how it all worked. Influencing and guiding those around you is practically built into medical student life, whether in the classroom or clinic, or even on platforms like Twitter. Channeling that energy into your passion for family medicine is an important leadership skill that will help you make lasting changes in others’ lives for years to come.

Discover what it takes to be a real-world influencer for premedical students, your peers, and your community.

  • Learn how to get people excited about family medicine and recruit leaders to your family medicine interest group (FMIG) or student chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP).
  • Explore how having and serving as a mentor can make you a more effective leader.
  • Build confidence and skills around being a go-to source of inspiration and information.

Applying to Residency: From Before Application to After Interview

Walk through the steps of applying to a family medicine residency program.

  • Gain a better understanding of how the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) application, personal statement, Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE), and curriculum vitae (CV) are used in the resident selection process.
  • Learn the basics of interviewing.
  • Hear educators from across the country talk about what programs are looking for in an applicant.

Fellowships in Family Medicine: Who, What, Where, When, and Why?

A variety of fellowships are available to family physicians for additional training in the areas of faculty development, research, sports medicine, geriatric medicine, women’s health, and more.

  • Learn about the opportunities for fellowship training in family medicine.
  • List various credentials (e.g., graduate degrees, Certificates of Added Qualifications) associated with certain fellowships.
  • Find sources of information for fellowship training.
  • Review the application and selection process.

Family Practice Stories: Teaching Professionalism Through Storytelling

Family Practice Stories, an oral history project of the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, is a collection of stories and essays by or about 48 family physicians who practiced in the mid-20th century. Using the book and its study guide, this workshop teaches professionalism, ethics, and family medicine values through storytelling and the lessons that can be learned from a prior generation.

  • List the values and basic tenets of family medicine.
  • Describe what it means to be a family physician.
  • Explain the power of teaching professionalism, ethics, and family medicine values in the context of the words and actions of family medicine's founding fathers.
  • Discuss how the practice of medicine has evolved over the past 60 years and identify contemporary barriers that challenge optimal professionalism.

Direct Primary Care (DPC): Revitalizing Patient Care to Avoid Burnout

Learn how the DPC model can lead to less burnout and more joy in practice. In addition to the oportunity for self-employment and flexible hours, this model offers less paperwork, fewer third-party interactions, more direct patient care, and a more expansive scope of family medicine.

  • Understand the definition and fundamentals of the DPC model.
  • Identify the factors most likely to contribute to physician burnout and how DPC helps decrease or eliminate them.
  • Discuss how DPC offers physicians the opportunity for enhanced self-care.

Unlearn Medicine: Expanding Your Toolkit to Address Extreme Health Care Disparities

For future family physicians committed to social justice, this session will cover practical skills for working with underserved populations, including immigrants and refugees, and people who experience homelessness, substance use disorders, human trafficking, food insecurity, incarceration, and childhood trauma.

  • Recognize the intersection of socioeconomic, physical, and mental health.
  • Integrate physical exam techniques and nonverbal communication strategies to enhance patient-physician trust.
  • Advocate for practice-level changes to improve care of underserved populations.

Hands-on Procedural Practice Using Easy-to-Create Models

Family medicine residency graduates should be proficient in a number of outpatient procedures. During this session, participants will learn how to make models using supplies from the store and clinic, observe how to perform the following procedures, and receive tips on how to practice them.

  • Practice needle and syringe use and become familiar with palpating landmarks for common joint injections.
  • Explore osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT).
  • Learn the punch technique for sebaceous cyst extraction and skin biopsy techniques (punch, shave, and elliptical).
  • Excise a sebaceous cyst using a punch technique.

The Physician Job Market and COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has affected virtually every aspect of health care, including the job market for physicians. In this session, experts from a national physician search firm will examine how COVID-19 has altered demand for family physicians and their ability to secure job opportunities nationwide.

  • Learn how COVID-19 has reshaped the job market in family medicine.
  • Explore best practices for securing a practice opportunity in today’s market.
  • Discuss how to assess starting salaries, signing bonuses, and other incentives.
  • Learn ways in which compensation structures and work conditions in family medicine are likely to change due to the pandemic.

Emerging Leader Institute Best Leadership Projects Showcase

Each year, 30 family medicine residents and medical students are selected for the AAFP Foundation Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute. This year-long leadership development program helps participants enhance their skills through mentorship, specialized training, and a self-directed project in one of three leadership tracks: Policy & Public Health, Personal & Practice, or Philanthropic & Mission-Driven. This session features presentations from the Best Leadership Project Award recipient from each track, as well as information on how to apply for this great opportunity.

Loan Repayment, Loan Forgiveness, and Money Management: What You Need to Know

Explore best practices in personal finance and money management.

  • Discuss current loan repayment plans.
  • Learn about loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.
  • Be introduced to the Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools (FIRST) program, which gives you access to tools and resources for building a budget and managing your money during medical school and residency.

Update on Sports Medicine Emergencies and Concussions

All family physicians should be familiar with sports-related injuries and health emergencies. This includes knowing the latest information about concussions and their effects on athletes. For family physicians who serve as team physicians, it is especially important to know what to expect as the “doctor on the sidelines” and be fully prepared to treat injured or suddenly ill athletes.

  • Discuss the latest diagnosis and treatment methods for concussions.
  • Discuss testing mechanisms available for student athletes.
  • Identify injuries and health emergencies that are most likely to occur at sporting events.
  • Learn how to organize a team of health care providers to cover athletes’ needs at events.

“Did My Attending Just Say That?”: 
How to Spot and Tactfully Handle Racism, Sexism, and Other Discrimination in Health Care

Medical students and residents often witness or are victims of racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination within hospital and clinic settings. Knowing how to navigate discriminatory situations is difficult but important.

  • Widen your lens for identifying discriminatory words or actions in the health care setting, including those that are implicit.
  • Practice addressing incidents of discrimination to improve your ability to navigate uncomfortable situations.
  • Identify specific changes you can make to address discrimination in your own practice.

Global Health and Family Medicine Special Interest Discussion:
Finding Your Best Pathway Into Global Health

Network with global health leaders and learn about how family medicine prepares physicians for many different roles, abroad and domestically. Also, hear from your peers about how they found their best pathway into global health.

Caring for Everyone Under the Rainbow: The Basics of LGBTQI+ Health Care

Fifty percent of those who completed the 2015 National Transgender Discrimination Survey reported having to teach their medical providers about transgender care. This workshop will provide family physicians and medical students interested in the discipline with the tools to integrate patient-centered and inclusive care for all gender diverse and sexual minority groups.

  • Give historical perspective on how health disparities arose in the LGBTQI+ community.
  • Identify the unique health care needs of the LGBTQI+ community, with an emphasis on health disparities and primary care.
  • Adapt the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) screening recommendations to accommodate gender diverse and sexual minority communities within the primary care setting.

From Residency to Faculty: Explore the Options for Your Future

Have you ever considered becoming a faculty member? This panel discussion will explore family medicine faculty roles in medical schools and residencies and debunk myths surrounding faculty positions.

  • Define work factors of personal importance.
  • Recognize advantages of choosing a faculty position as your first job.
  • Find resources to assist in preparing for a faculty role.

Patient- and Community-Centered Care in the Rural Landscape: It Is Great to Be a Small-town Doctor

Family physicians make a difference in rural communities.

  • Debunk myths, share joys, and discuss the realities of practicing rural medicine.
  • Understand how rural careers allow physicians to care for individuals within a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and in the context of their own community.
  • Discuss options for obtaining training to become a satisfied and successful rural physician.

Reproductive Health Procedures in Family Medicine

Visits for contraception, cervical cancer screening, abnormal bleeding, and vaginal discharge are common in the family medicine office setting.

  • Understand the scope of women’s health procedures performed by family physicians.
  • Practice techniques for pelvic exams and intrauterine device (IUD) insertion.
  • Discuss patient-centered language to use during reproductive health visits.
  • Identify resources for medical student and resident education.

FMIG Network Happy Hour: Annual Gathering and Celebration

Family medicine groups at allopathic and osteopathic medical schools provide vital education and inspiration. If you’re one of the leaders who helps make it all happen, it’s your time to shine. Join fellow leaders from around the country to mingle with inspiring speakers like AAFP President Gary LeRoy, MD, FAAFP, play trivia, network in breakout rooms, and have a chance to win fun prizes—it is a celebration, after all! During this event, we’ll also recognize the impressive family medicine groups that won a 2020 AAFP Program of Excellence Award.

Saturday, August 1

Patient-Oriented Evidence That Matters (POEMs): 2020 Studies That May Change Your Practice

Family physicians need to navigate the “information jungle” to make cost-effective recommendations and improve patient care.

  • Learn approaches to help achieve information mastery.
  • Review the latest important practice-changing research.
  • Understand how POEMs can be used to provide high-value, patient-centered care.

Do's and Don'ts of Residency Interviewing

The residency interview is a major factor in family medicine residency ranking decisions.

  • Learn the specific content of professional interviews to boost your confidence and optimize your performance.
  • Hear how to best handle tough questions.
  • Learn flawed responses to interview questions and how to avoid them.
  • Discuss the most helpful questions to ask during an interview to gain valuable insight and help differentiate residency programs.
  • Evaluate programs to achieve the best fit based on personal goals and interests.

Practical Approach to Reading EKGs

Learn a practical approach to reading and interpreting an electrocardiogram (EKG) in clinical practice.

  • Experience a practical and structured approach to reading an EKG.
  • Reinforce this new knowledge through interactive repetition.
  • Practice implementation of the technique with real examples.
  • Learn a new clinical skill that will amaze peers, supervising residents, and attendings.

Resident and Student Underrepresented in Medicine Special Interest Discussion

Adult psychiatrist Nicole Christian-Brathwaite, MD, will lead students and residents in a discussion on self-care and resilience in response to racial trauma. Learners will have an opportunity to share their experiences and gain insight into tools and resources to support them in medical school and residency. 

Introduction to Bedside Ultrasound: The New Stethoscope

Medical students and family medicine residents should be familiar with point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) as this technology becomes more readily available to help guide clinical decision-making and diagnosis.

  • Define POCUS and describe its uses.
  • Review general terminology pertaining to ultrasound imaging.
  • Become familiar with the different types of ultrasound transducers and their applications.
  • Learn basic knobology and scanning techniques to help optimize image acquisition.
  • Learn about the Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) Exam.

Beyond the Fourth Trimester:
Family Physicians Caring for the Entire Family From Preconception Through Childhood

Family physicians have the distinct honor of being positioned to participate in every aspect of a growing family’s medical needs, including preconception care for future parents, prenatal care, intrapartum and delivery services, postpartum care, lactation assistance, and infant and child care.

  • Develop an appreciation for the unique role fulfilled by family physicians on the continuum of maternal and child care.
  • Learn how to partner with patients to meet their parenting goals.
  • Learn about preconception care and how family physicians are perfectly positioned to provide this type of care to patients before a family achieves a pregnancy, particularly by using counseling techniques to help optimize their chances of conception.
  • Understand the role of the family physician in intrapartum care.
  • Learn how to make models for practicing cervical exams at home and understand why this skill is important.
  • Explore the role of the family physician in providing postpartum care for the maternal-child dyad and how to assess lactation. 

Improving Community Care for Military Veterans

This session will inform medical students and physicians about the unique health care needs of veterans and explain the importance of asking all adult patients, “Have you ever served in the military?”

  • Identify potential health risks associated with exposure to biological, chemical, and physical agents during military service.
  • Recognize the importance of identifying patients who have a military affiliation.
  • Identify resources to assist in evaluating veterans’ health concerns.

Telemedicine Has Arrived: Now What?

Telemedicine has been used in medical care for over 40 years, yet it took a global pandemic for it to be broadly accepted by family physicians. Rapid adoption of virtual visits by all specialties has increased the acceptance of telehealth, setting the stage for transformation of how physicians provide care for patients. This session will look at how telehealth is currently being used to care for patients and how it will change the way family physicians engage patients in the future.

  • Describe the differences between telemedicine, telehealth, and remote home monitoring.
  • Identify three potential ways a family physician may use telehealth to provide care for patients.
  • Discuss the balance of improved access to care and quality of care.

Resident and Student Underrepresented in Medicine Networking

Facilitators will lead this highly interactive forum that gives you the opportunity to ask questions, share information, and network with your peers. Learn about opportunities in family medicine. Discuss issues relevant to minorities entering medicine. Hear about and share knowledge of helpful resources that are available.  

Primary Care Leadership Collaborative (PCLC) Summit Session 2: The Art of the One-to-One

This workshop is for student and faculty leaders of family medicine interest groups (FMIGs) participating in the AAFP’s Primary Care Leadership Collaborative initiative. Session 1 of the PCLC Summit at National Conference will continue the training that teams have been participating in this summer and prepare your team for its relaunch in August. This session will focus on the use of one-to-ones to engage stakeholders and the skill and careful craft it takes to make these successful.