Student Commission Appointments

Opportunity Summary

Term: December 15, 2019-December 14, 2020

Applications are currently closed.

Focus: AAFP issues and policy

Time Commitment: Moderate (meetings, communication)

Travel: Yes

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This page provides details on the responsibilities, eligibility requirements, and amount of travel associated with this position. If you would like to apply for this position, please check the opportunity summary box to determine whether applications are currently being accepted. 

Bring the student perspective to a commission, and work on issues important to AAFP members.

Time commitment away from medical school: Approximately seven days (includes weekends) for travel and attendance at meetings

Funding: Travel covered according to AAFP Travel Policy. A per diem covers expenses to travel to and attend the meeting, including lodging and food.

Eligibility: Applicant must be a student member of the AAFP to apply for this role. All years are encouraged to apply.

Application details: Required elements of the application include: Letter of Interest; Letter of Chapter Support; Faculty Letter; Participation Form(280 KB PDF) (to be signed by dean of medical school); and a Photo. Letters and forms can be uploaded or requested through the online application system. All materials must be received by the AAFP by the application deadline. For detailed information on application materials, visit the How to Apply page. Once you're ready to begin your application, click the Apply Now button on the sidebar of this page. The application system allows users to save and return to their application before submitting it. Please note: it is important to connect with your local AFP chapter as soon as possible to express your interest in this position.

Commission on Continuing Professional Development

The scope of work of the Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD) includes:

  • AAFP CME Accreditation and Certification (of various credit categories)
  • Development, presentation, maintenance, and refinement of existing and novel CME/CPD delivery methods and modalities
  • CME/CPD aspects of Board Certification and State Licensure
  • Performance Improvement CME (PI-CME)
  • AAFP CME/CPD Curricular Framework
  • Oversight, planning, and evaluation of all AAFP-provided CME Activities (B2017)

It is composed of a chair, 12 active members, one or two Board Liaisons, one resident member, one student member, one chapter executive, and an integrative medicine consultant.

The Commission on Continuing Professional Development works directly to support the AAFP’s strategic objective on education by supporting the lifelong learning of family physicians and other health care professionals. The goals of the commission are to guide the Academy’s accreditation and provision of continuing medical education that helps learners demonstrate continuous improvements in knowledge, competence, practice performance, and patient outcomes, as well as fulfill the educational requirements for licensure and certification.

Commission on Governmental Advocacy

The scope of work of the Commission on Governmental Advocacy (CGA) includes health system reform and expansion of health care coverage, state/federal legislation, public policy, governmental regulations and regulatory agencies, FamMedPAC, grassroots efforts, and governmental workforce programs. It is composed of a chair, 12 active members, one resident member, one student member and one chapter executive. Currently, the commission has one subcommittee: State Governmental Advocacy.

The goals of the Commission are to guide the Academy's advocacy efforts before the federal government and to assist the constituent chapters in their advocacy efforts before state governments. Advocacy is one of four key priorities for the Academy, making commission membership highly sought after.

Commission on Health of the Public and Science

The scope of work of the Commission on Health of the Public and Science includes health of the public, evidence-based clinical recommendations and care, generation of new knowledge and science with dissemination and implementation, and disparities and the underserved populations. It is composed of a chair, 16 active members, one resident member, one student member and one chapter executive. The commission has the following subcommittee: Subcommittee on Health Equity, Clinical Practice Guidelines, Clinical Preventive Services and Public Health Issues.

The Commission works directly to support strategic objective 4 and especially strategy 1 of the AAFP's Strategic Plan. Members of the commission work with staff to develop and review evidence-based clinical practice guidelines: recommendations for clinical preventive services, including immunizations, and health of the public policies, including tobacco, exercise and obesity. Members also represent the AAFP to federal, medical specialty, voluntary health, and other organizations and serve on a number of advisory committees to Academy programs.

Commission on Membership and Member Services

The scope of work of the Commission on Membership and Member Services (CMMS) includes recruitment, retention, value of membership, member services, life-stage career issues, special needs, awards, international membership, urban/rural membership issues, degree of fellow, special constituencies, National Conference of Special Constituencies (NCSC) planning and chapter relations, and leadership development. It is composed of a chair, 12 active members, one resident member, one student member two chapter executives and one AAFP Board Liaison.

The goals of this Commission are to guide the Academy’s membership efforts and to assist the constituent chapters in their membership efforts.

Commission on Quality and Practice

The scope of work of the Commission on Quality and Practice is to study and develop recommendations, policies, and programs for family medicine in the following areas: health care delivery systems (e.g., PCMH, ACOs), performance measurement, practice redesign/quality improvement, privileging, health information technology, practice management, private sector advocacy, and physician payment. It is composed of a chair, 12 active members, one resident member, one student member and one chapter executive. This commission does not have a subcommittee.

The mission of the Commission on Quality and Practice is to provide a venue for the development of recommended policy related to the practicing family physician.

Meeting Schedule

MEETING DATES LOCATION
MEETING : Winter ClusterDATES : February 7-9, 2020LOCATION : Kansas City, MO
MEETING : Summer Cluster*DATES : May 29-31, 2020LOCATION : Kansas City, MO
MEETING : National ConferenceDATES : July 30-August 1, 2020LOCATION : Kansas City, MO

*--The Commission on Governmental Advocacy does not attend the summer cluster event in Kansas City. Instead, commission members meet during the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. In 2020, the CGA will participate in and meet during FMAS from May 17-May 20.

Opportunity Summary

Term: December 15, 2019-December 14, 2020

Applications are currently closed.

Focus: AAFP issues and policy

Time Commitment: Moderate (meetings, communication)

Travel: Yes

Meet Current Student Leaders

Read Annual Reports