• Student Member of the AAFP Center for Global Health Initiatives (CGHI)

    The application cycle for this position is closed.
    This position will open for applications in the spring of 2023 for the next term, January 2024 - December 2025.
    See below for details on this role, as well as the current travel calendar associated with serving in this position.  

    Help plan the AAFP Global Health Summit, take the lead in preparing and facilitating the Global Health Networking Meeting at the National Conference, and participate in Polaris-related activities. Receive mentoring from established leaders in global health.

    Polaris is WONCA North America's Young Physicians Movement that includes medical students, residents and new physicians.


    Term: January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023

    • Represent the medical student perspective as a member of the AAFP Center for Global Health Initiatives Advisory Board
    • Participate in the program development of the annual AAFP Global Health Summit
    • Coordinate student activities, if any, during the Global Health Summit
    • Facilitate/moderate the Global Health Networking meeting at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students
    • Function as a global health liaison to medical students through, but not limited to, the FMIG Network
    • Disseminate global health-related messages via appropriate social media channels
    • Provide input to global health-related communications
    • Be a US and AAFP Student representative on the Polaris Executive Committee
    • Communicate regularly with the AAFP resident and new physician representatives to the Polaris Executive and AAFP staff, WONCA Polaris Executive from Canada and Caribbean
    • Provide an annual report to the AAFP to be submitted to the AAFP CGHI. This report will be used to inform the AAFP Board of Directors of Polaris activities
    • Participate and contribute in the Polaris Executive strategic planning process and implementation

    Application Summary

    Required elements of the application include: Letter of Interest Letter of Chapter Support Faculty Letter, Participation Form (to be signed by dean of medical school), and a 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. Note: The student member of the CGHI Advisory Board can only serve on the Board once; he or she will not be eligible to serve on the CGHI Advisory Board as a resident.

    Meet Current Student Leaders

    Read Annual Reports

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

    Eligibility Criteria

    • Must be entering second or third year of medical school
    • Demonstrate interest and involvement in global health
    • Must be in good academic standing

    Time commitment away from medical school: Approximately 10-15 days including weekends, and one hour per month for conference calls.

    Funding: Provided for CGHI Advisory Board Interim meeting attendance, Global Health Summit attendance, and one face-to-face WONCA or Polaris meeting.

    Meeting Schedule

    AAFP National Conference July 28-30, 2022 Kansas City, MO
    CGHI Board Meeting May 2022 Virtual
    WONCA Polaris Executive Meeting TBD Location Rotates
    CGHI Board Meeting May 2023 Virtual
    AAFP National Conference July 27-29, 2023 Kansas City, MO