• Student Member of the AAFP Board of Directors

    The application cycle for this position is open.
    Applications are preferred to be submitted by July 20, 2023, but will be accepted through the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students July 27-29, 2023. This position is elected at the AAFP National Conference and candidates should plan to attend. 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: October 27, 2023 - September 25, 2024

    • 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
    • Serve on the Student Leader Advisory Group with specific responsibilities to advise the Commission on Education Subcommittee on Medical Student Education and Workforce Development and the Subcommittee on Graduate Medical Education (Includes virtual meetings throughout the year, about quarterly)
    • 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 entirety of the conference. Candidates are required to be nominated at the conference, deliver a 2 - 3 minute speech, participate in a candidate Q&A, and, if elected, participate in a new officer orientation Saturday afternoon of the conference.

    Required elements of the application include:

    • Completed application form (online)
    • Letter of interest
    • Letter of support from faculty at your medical school
    • Participation form (to be signed by dean of medical school)
    • Support form completed by your AAFP chapter (state or constituent chapter)
    • Completed conflict of interest disclosure
    • 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, as some chapters have required processes that need to happen before applying.

    The application system allows users to save and return to their application before submitting it. 

    Note: The student member of the Board will not be eligible to later serve on the AAFP Board as resident or new physician representative.

    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.

    Meeting Schedule

     COD/FMX/Board Meeting October 24-29, 2023 Chicago, IL
     Board Meeting November 28-December 2, 2023 Kansas City, MO
     AAFP Winter Cluster Commission Meetings February 2-4, 2024 Kansas City, MO
     Board Meeting February 27-March 1, 2024 Washington, D.C.
     AAFP ACLF/NCCL April 15-20, 2024 Kansas City, MO
     AAFP Summer Cluster June 1-2, 2024 Virtual
     Board Meeting July 23-27, 2024 Laguna Niguel, CA
     AAFP National Conference July 31-August 3, 2024 Kansas City, MO
    Board of Directors/COD/FMX September 20-26, 2024 Phoenix, AZ