• Student Member of the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees

    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. 

    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.

    Be involved with high-level decision-making on a nonprofit board of trustees and receive mentoring from established leaders of the AAFP Foundation. The AAFP Foundation advances the values of family medicine through humanitarian, educational, and scientific philanthropy dedicated to improving health.


    Term: September 1, 2023 - August 31, 2024

    • Is a full voting member of the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees
    • Serves on the AAFP 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)
    • Attends two Foundation Board meetings following election and confirmation by the AAFP Foundation Board
    • Provides input into potential Foundation programming directed towards students
    • Serves as the Foundation’s advocate with the student membership
    • Serves on at least three Foundation committees as assigned by the Foundation President
    • Attends the National Conference. (Does NOT attend Commission on Education)

    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.

    Candidates should familiarize themselves with AAFP Foundation programs.

    Required elements of the application include: 

    • Completed application form (online)
    • 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
    • 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.

    Meet Current Student Leaders

    Read Annual Reports

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

    Eligibility Criteria

    • May be in any year of medical school
    • Does not need previous experience in a national AAFP leadership position

    Time commitment away from medical school: Approximately 15-18 days (includes weekends) for travel and attendance at meetings.

    Funding: Provided for meeting attendance according to AAFP Foundation guidelines.

    Meeting Schedule

    AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting November 15 - 17, 2023 Leawood, KS
    AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting May 17 - 19, 2024 Leawood, KS
    AAFP National Conference August 1 - 3, 2024 Kansas City, MO