• AAFP Board of Directors: Student Member

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

    Bring a student perspective to high-level decision-making discussions of the AAFP Board of Directors. This opportunity includes social media and public relations training, as well as unique mentoring opportunities with established leaders in family medicine.

    Read the full position description for AAFP Director for detailed information on qualifications, time commitment, and responsibilities associated with this role. 


    Term: September 26, 2021 - September 21, 2022

    • Bring the student perspective to all AAFP Board deliberations
    • Help orient other student officers to the AAFP governance and policy
    • Communicate issues of importance to the appropriate AAFP commissions
    • Coordinate the discussions of the student delegation at the AAFP Congress of Delegates
    • Attend all AAFP Board of Directors meetings as a voting member
    • Attend all Commission on Education (COE) Subcommittee on Resident and Student Issues (SRSI) meetings (voting member)
    • Attend meetings of a Commission for which you serve as a Board Liaison according to AAFP Board policy. (Students may serve as a liaison to any Commission other than the Commission on Finance and Insurance.)
    • Attend National Conference the year following election, including facilitating the candidates’ forum
    • Attend two Congress of Delegates and AAFP FMX meetings
    • Attend the National Conference of Constituent Leaders/Annual Chapter Leader Forum (NCCL/ACLF)
    • Attend other meetings as directed by the Board Chair

    Application Summary

    Candidates for this position are elected at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students. Candidates should plan to attend the virtual conference, and be available for candidate orientation. Candidates are required to deliver a 2 - 3 minute speech and participate in Q&A.

    Meet Current Student Leaders

    Read Annual Reports

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

    Eligibility Criteria

    • Entering final year of medical school at time of election
    • At least one year of national level experience in AAFP leadership (National Conference Chair, National Delegate, National FMIG Coordinator, AAFP commission member, or representative to Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) or AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees)
    • Must be in good academic standing at medical school

    Time commitment away from medical school: Approximately 45-50 days (includes weekends) for travel and attendance at meetings

    Funding: Provided for meeting attendance according to AAFP Board of Director reimbursement policies beginning the Wednesday of the first COD/FMX you attend. Once in effect, reimbursement policies cover all days required to travel for Board business.

    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). 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. 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 Board will not be eligible to later serve on the AAFP Board as resident or new physician representative.

    Meeting Schedule

    AAFP Congress of Delegates, Board Orientation September 26-30, 2021 Kansas City, MO
    AAFP Board of Directors December 7-11, 2021 Leawood, KS
    AAFP Winter Cluster February 4-6, 2022 Kansas City, MO
    AAFP Board of Directors
    February 22-25, 2022 Washington, DC
    AAFP Board of Directors, NCCL/ACLF April 25-30, 2022 Kansas City, MO
    AAFP Summer Cluster June 3-5, 2022 Kansas City, MO
    AAFP Board of Directors July 18-23, 2022 Beaver Creek, CO
    AAFP National Conference July 28-30, 2022 Kansas City, MO
    Subcommitte on National Conference Planning August 2022 Remote (video conference)
    AAFP Board of Directors, Congress of Delegates, FMX September 15-24, 2022 Washington, DC