• AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship

    Application Deadline:

    The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is recruiting for the Vaccine Science Fellowship Program! The intent of the program is to develop a cadre of family physicians interested in, and knowledgeable about, vaccine issues, and help address the interface between public health and the family medicine community.

    This year, the AAFP has three vaccine science fellowship positions available for family physicians. The selected fellows will work with mentors to become more familiar about vaccine science and policy.

    Selected applicants will have the opportunity to gain education and practical hand-on experience through the participation of meetings with leading experts in public health and immunization, federal and state vaccine policy groups, and vaccine manufactures.

    Fellowship Description

    The purpose of the fellowship is to develop a cadre of family physicians who are interested in the science of vaccine development and production as well as vaccine policy.  This program is designed to be of assistance to those who are mid-career in their professional development. The awards will be granted to two fellows annually. Each fellow will work with mentors who are experienced in immunization policy and issues.

    • The fellowship is for one year with the commitment from their institution and/or department chair that they will allow the time to complete the fellowship. The fellowship period will be April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020.
    • Each fellow will devote approximately 10% FTE for one year (approximately 22 days), including travel to fellowship activities. A nominal stipend will be provided.
    • Mentors will be available to guide and assist with education related vaccine science, policy and family medicine. 
    • The fellows will participate on monthly conference calls to discuss immunization policies, recommendations, barriers, trends, shortages, concerns, etc.  
    • The fellows will develop a self-study project. This self-study project could be a poster presentation, articles, research projects, education outreach, etc. The project will be disseminated to the following audience: AAFP membership, public health officials, other immunization organizations, etc.
    • The fellows will be required to dedicate time for travel to be involved with vaccine related meetings (View travel schedule).  Travel costs will be covered under the fellowship. Please Note: The fellows will be required to attend one of the following Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meetings:  June 26-27, 2019 or October 23-24, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    • View information about the Eligibility Requirements & Application Submission Process.

    Developing Immunizations Expertise

    Graduates of the Vaccine Science Fellowship Program have expressed appreciation for the chance to participate in the AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship Program. The graduates of the program have been given the opportunity to develop expertise in policies and practices of immunizations, which has been applied in services to patients, their practice, and their community.

    How the Fellowship has added value to the careers of graduates of the program:

    "Engagement at the policy dimension and interaction with vaccine decision makers at the state and national levels."

    "The fellowship has changed my career!"

    "Given me the opportunity to join local and national organizations to help effect change and work to improve health outcomes in the area of vaccine science."

    Fellowship Application

    To apply for the 2020 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship, please submit the following materials to Pamela Carter-Smith, MPA:

    Application Deadline is will be announced soon.

    Graduated Fellows Involvement Includes

    Served as:

    • AAFP Liaison to the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and
    • Work Group members of ACIP
    • AAFP representatives to external immunization groups

    Post-Fellowship Activities Include

    Presentations at:

    • National Immunization Conference
    • National Influenza Vaccine Summit
    • AAFP’s annual FMX meeting
    • Society of Teacher for Family Medicine Conference on Practice Improvement
    • State chapter meetings

    Graduates of the Vaccine Science Fellowship Program


    James Loehr, MD, FAAFP (Ithaca, NY)
    Everett W. Schlam, MD (Franklin Lakes, NJ)


    John Epling, MD, MSEd, FAAFP (Roanoke, VA)
    Margot L. Savoy, MD, MPH, FAAFP (Wilmington, DE)


    Chris Lupold, MD (Lancaster, PA)
    Mary Pat Friedlander, MD (Pittsburgh, PA)


    Nina Ahmad, MD (Orlando, FL)
    Melissa Martinez, MD, FAAFP (Albuquerque, NM)


    Kimberly Stump, MD, MSc (Salem, OR)
    Amra Resic, MD, FAAFP (Palm Harbor, FL)


    Madalyn Schaefgen, MD FAAFP (Allentown, PA)
    Adora Otiji, MD, MPH (Upper Marlboro, MD)


    Elizabeth Rosenblum, MD (San Diego, CA)
    Paul Hunter MD (Milwaukee, WI)


    Jeff Moore, MD (Merrill, WI)
    Pamela Rockwell, DO (Ann Arbor, MI)


    Jennifer Hamilton, MD, PhD (Pittsburg, PA)
    Robin O'Meara, MD (Grand Rapids, MI)


    David Cope, MD (Bountiful, UT)
    John Merrill-Steskal, MD (Ellensburg, WA)


    Laura Morris, MD, FAAFP (Columbia, MO)
    Mina Khan, MD (Oneonta, AL)

    The AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship Program is funded by an unrestricted grant from Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.