• Student Member Commission Appointments

    The application cycle for this position is open.
    Applications are due September 7, 2022.

    See below for details on this role, as well as the current travel calendar associated with serving in this position. 

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

    Responsibilities

    Term: December 15, 2022 - December 14, 2023

    • 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 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

    Required elements of the application include: Letter of Interest, Letter of Chapter Support, Faculty Letter and Participation Form (signed by dean of the medical school). Letters and forms should be uploaded or requested through the online application system.  To learn more about application materials, visit the How to Apply page. Please connect with your local AAPF Chapter as soon as possible to express your interest in this position. These positions are appointed by the AAFP Board of Directors after review and recommendation by a selection committee. Candidates are notified of the selection by October 31, 2022.

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    Questions? Contact AAFP leadership staff at getinvolved@aafp.org.

    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 February 3 - 5, 2023 Kansas City, MO
    AAFP Summer Cluster* June 3 - 4, 2023 Virtual

    *--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 2021, the CGA will participate in and meet during FMAS from May 18 and 19.