Chief Resident Leadership Development Program

Chief Resident Leadership Development Program

Strong Leaders Start Here

Give your chief residents the resources they need through the AAFP’s Chief Resident Leadership Development Program—the only national program of its kind dedicated exclusively to family medicine chief residents.

During this yearlong, interactive program, chief residents benefit from:

  • An in-depth spring workshop covering leadership skills and competencies essential to performing well in their role.
  • A specialized fall workshop held in conjuction with the AAFP Family Medicine Experience, including new resources as well as valuable peer and family medicine expert connections.
  • Ongoing support and encouragement through a coaching plan, monthly newsletters, tools and worksheets, and an online chief resident listserv community.

Save the Date for 2018

Session 1: May 10-12, 2018
Session 2: May 12-14, 2018

Kansas City, MO 
Intercontinental Kansas City

Per Person Fee: $1,100.00

Contact: Sam Pener
(800) 274-2237, ext. 6707

Highlights from 2017 Program:


September 13-15, 2017
San Antonio, TX

Chief residents regroup and recharge at the fall workshop to further enhance their ability to help lead a residency program. Held during the AAFP Family Medicine Experience (formerly AAFP Assembly) September 12-16, 2017 —the family medicine event of the year—chief residents receive valuable resources and connect with family medicine experts. (Conference registration included in Chief Resident Leadership Development Program fee.)


In addition to the on-site opportunities, your chief resident will receive access to supportive resources throughout the year, including:

  • A program to facilitate working with a coach for support and encouragement
  • Worksheets for goal-setting and self-evaluation
  • Monthly newsletters for chief residents and coaches
  • Online chief resident listserv community to connect with peers


  • Why Are You a Chief Resident
  • Team Building
  • Professional Development of Self
  • Leadership Competencies
  • Leading Change
  • The Art of Principled Negotiation
  • Consultation for Success (optional)
  • Professional Development of Others
  • Ensuring Success

Get a preview of the experience.

View the May 2017 agenda »(1 page PDF)


Mark H. Greenawald, MD
Course Director
Vice Chair for Academic Affairs and Professional Development, Carilion Clinic Department of Family and Community Medicine; Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Roanoke, VA.

Stacy Potts, MD, MEd
Program Director and Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Worcester Family Medicine, Worcester, MA.

Jeri Hepworth, PhD
Director of Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center; Assistant Dean for Education at Saint Francis for the University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT.

Jason M. Valadão, MD, MA
Chief Resident, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Family Medicine Residency Program, Camp Pendleton, CA

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Email or call (800) 274-2237, ext. 6707