• Student Member Commission Appointments

    The application cycle for this position is open. Applications are due September 6. 2024. Applications for this position are reviewed by the AAFP Resident and Student Leadership Screening/Selection Committee and appointed by the AAFP Board of Directors. All applicants will be notified by October 31, 2024.

    Responsibilities

    Term: December 15, 2024-December 14, 2025

    • Commission members bring strategic and innovative ideas to light to inform policy recommendations, develop new programs and projects, and streamline action
    • Commissions are appointed by and advise the AAFP board of directors (Each commission includes one resident and one medical student)

    Student commission members are appointed to the following commissions. See below for commission descriptions and specific responsibilities:


    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 Continuing Board Certification and State Licensure
    • Performance Improvement CME (PI-CME)
    • AAFP CME/CPD Curricular Framework
    • Oversight, planning, and evaluation of all AAFP-provided CME

    Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness in Family Medicine

    The scope of work of the Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness in Family Medicine includes:

    • Leverage diversity, equity, inclusiveness, and antiracism lenses to inform and guide AAFP recommendations, policies, and work addressing disparities in care, health, and workforce.
    • Inform, develop, promote, and evaluate recommendations, policies, and procedures that promote health equity, reduce health disparities, and foster inclusive person-centered care across a wide range of topics including but not limited to: Underrepresented in medicine (URiM), Gender, LGBTQ*, Ability (including physician ability), Workforce diversity, Health equity, Social ustice, Antiracism in medicine
    • Collaborate with AAFP Center for Diversity and Health Equity
    • CDEI-FM members also serve as liaisons to other AAFP commissions

    CDEI-FM members serve as liaisons between AAFP member interest groups and the commission. The MIG within CDEI-FM purview is Intersectionality in Health Care MIG.

    Commission on Federal and State Policy

    The scope of work of the Commission on Federal and State Policy (CFSP) includes:

    • Analysis of state and federal legislative and regulatory policy issues impacting family physicians, patients, and the health care system
    • Provide recommendations for potential revisions to state and federal legislative and regulatory policy issues that would have a positive impact on family physicians, patients, and the health care system
    • Production of white papers and policy position statements aimed at informing and influencing legislative and regulatory policies at the state and federal levels
    • Collaboration with reference committees at the Congress of Delegates to provide expert analysis of proposed resolutions and their alignment with and impact on AAFP legislative and regulatory policies objectives
    • Review of resolutions approved by the Congress of Delegates, National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL), and the Student & Resident Congress
    • Five-year review of relevant AAFP policies
    • CFSP members serve as liaisons between AAFP member interest groups (MIGs) and CFSP. The MIGs within CFSP purview include the following:
      • Member Interest Group on Single Payer Health Care

    Commission on Health of the Public and Science

    The scope of work of the Commission on Health of the Public and Science (CHPS) includes:

    • Develop, endorse, and disseminate evidence-based clinical guidelines and policies
    • Synthesize, evaluate, and disseminate clinical research and scientific discovery
    • Advocate for societal, regulatory, and environmental initiatives that improve health for all
    • Promote health equity and the elimination of disparities in care and health outcomes
    • Support the provision of culturally proficient, person-centered care

    Health of the Public and Science (HOPS) members serve as liaisons between AAFP member interest groups (MIGs) and HOPS. The MIGs within HOPS purview include the following:

    1. Member Interest Group on Adolescent Health
    2. Member Interest Group on Breastfeeding Medicine
    3. Member Interest Group on Climate Change and Environmental Health
    4. Member Interest Group on Global Health
    5. Member Interest Group on Integrative Medicine
    6. Member Interest Group on Intersectionality in Health Care
    7. Member Interest Group on Intimate Partner Violence
    8. Member Interest Group on Lifestyle Medicine
    9. Member Interest Group on Medical Aid in Dying
    10. Medical Interest Group on Obstetrics
    11. Member Interest Group on Oral Health
    12. Member Interest Group on Reproductive Health Care

    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
    • Member Constituencies (National Conference of Constituency Leaders [NCCL])
    • National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) Planning
    • Chapter Relations
    • Annual Chapter Leaders Forum (ALCF) Planning
    • Leadership Development
    • Member Interest Groups (MIGs)
       

    CMMS members serve as liaisons between AAFP member interest groups (MIGs) and CMMS. The MIGs within CMMS purview include the following:

    1. Member Interest Group on Physicians for Life

    Commission on Quality and Practice

    The scope of work of the Commission on Quality and Practice (CQP) includes:

    • Administrative Burden
    • Emerging Technologies and Health Data Use
    • Health Care Delivery Models
    • Health Information Technology
    • Performance Measurement
    • Physician Employment
    • Physician Payment
    • Practice Environment
    • Practice Management
    • Practice Transformation
    • Private Sector Advocacy
    • Quality Improvement
    • Scope of Practice and Privileging

    CQP members serve as liaisons between AAFP member interest groups (MIGs) and CQP. The MIGs within CQP purview include the following:

    1. Member Interest Group on Direct Primary Care
    2. Member Interest Group on Employed Physicians
    3. Member Interest Group on EMR Optimization
    4. Member Interest Group on Hospital Medicine
    5. Member Interest Group on Independent Solo/Small Group Practice
    6. Member Interest Group on Telehealth

    Commission on Education

    The scope of work of the Commission on Education (COE) includes:

    • Workforce
    • Student Interest/Student Choice
    • Student and Resident Issues
    • Curriculum
    • AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students
    • Educational Awards

    COE members serve as liaisons between AAFP member interest groups (MIGs) and COE. The MIGs within COE purview include the following:

    1. Member Interest Group on Academic Mentorship
    2. Member Interest Group on Emergency Medicine/Urgent Care
    3. Member Interest Group on Point-of-Care Ultrasound

    Application Summary

    Candidates for this position are appointed by the AAFP Board of Directors at the recommendation of the AAFP Resident and Student Leadership Screening/Selection Committee. Required elements of the application include:

    • Completed application form
    • Letter of Interest
    • Letter of support from faculty at your medical school
    • Participation form signed by medical school dean’s office
    • Support form completed by your AAFP chapter (state or constituent chapter)
    • Completed conflict of interest disclosure
    • Photo

    Letters and forms can be uploaded or requested through the online application system. For detailed information on application materials, visit the How to Apply page. It is important to connect with your local AAFP Chapter as soon as possible to express your interest in this position, as some chapters have required processes that need to happen before applying. 

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    Eligibility Criteria

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

    Time commitment away from medical school: Up to 11 days, including 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.

    Meeting Schedule

    MEETING DATES LOCATION
    AAFP Winter Cluster January 24-26, 2025 Kansas City, MO
    AAFP Summer Cluster* June 7-8, 2025 Virtual
    AAFP National Conference
    July 31-August 2, 2025 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.