• Student Member of the American Family Physician Editorial Board

    The application cycle for this position is closed. The application for the 2024 - 2025 leadership cycle will open in the spring of 2024. Information is available below for those who may be thinking about this opportunity.

    Applications for this position are reviewed by the AAFP National Research Network Advisory Group and candidates are appointed by the AAFP Board of Directors. All applicants will be notified by October 31, 2023. 

    American Family Physician (AFP) is the peer-reviewed and evidence-based clinical journal of the AAFP. AFP delivers concise clinical review articles for physicians and promotes the specialty of family medicine. While AFP is primarily focused on practicing family physicians, the journal serves as a resource for medical students. The current AFP summaries are useful to students in their pre-clinical and clinical years. As the major source of content for residency and board certification exams, AFP wants to increase medical student use of the journal. The AFP medical student representative will support the outreach of AFP to medical students to improve the visibility and rigor of the largest and most expansive medical specialty.


    Term: January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2024

    • Communicate with students nationally to share essential resources from AFP
    • Obtain medical student feedback to improve AFP
    • Network with students interested in family medicine
    • Contribute to social media presence by regular social media posting on behalf of the journal
    • Attend the AFP Editors Meeting, held just prior to the AAFP National Conference

    Application Summary

    Candidates for this position are appointed by the editor-in-chief of the American Family Physician journal.

    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
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    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. Candidates will be notified of their selection by October 31. 

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

    Eligibility Criteria

    • Demonstrated interest and involvement in family medicine through interest group or state organization
    • In good academic standing after at least one academic year of medical school

    Time commitment away from medical school: 2-3 days

    Funding: AAFP will cover travel expenses for National Conference; AFP will cover any additional expenses related to the AFP Editor’s Meeting

    Meeting Schedule

    Annual Editorial Meeting at AAFP National Conference August 1 - 3, 2024 Kansas City, MO