• Student Representative to the AAFP Center for Global Health Initiatives (CGHI)

    The application cycle for this position is currently closed. Please check back in the spring of 2021 for more information on the next application cycle. Students who may be interested in this role should review position information and travel requirements below.

    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.


    • 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

    Opportunity Summary

    Term: January 1, 2020-December 31, 2021

    Focus: Global Health

    Time Commitment: 25 hours per year (meetings, communication)

    Travel: Yes

    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

    Application details: 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. 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.

    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.

    Meeting Schedule

    AAFP Global Health Summit TBD Location rotates
    CGHI Advisory Board Interim Meeting TBD Kansas City, MO
    Polaris Executive meeting (held in North America, or during WONCA World meeting) TBD Location rotates
    National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students July-August Kansas City, MO