• Student Liaison to the Student National Medical Association

    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.

    Applications for this position are reviewed by the AAFP Resident and Student Leadership Screening Committee and candidates are appointed by the AAFP Board of Directors. All applicants will be notified by October 31, 2023.

    In 2003, the AAFP Board of Directors approved the creation of a student liaison to the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). Established in 1964 by Howard University College of Medicine students and Meharry Medical College students, the SNMA is the nation’s oldest and largest organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. SNMA is committed to assuring that students of color are encouraged to consider and prepare for medical and scientific careers.

    SNMA programs and activities are implemented by local chapters based at allopathic and osteopathic medical schools throughout the country. These programs are designed to serve the health needs of underrepresented communities and assure that medical services are sensitive to the needs of culturally diverse populations.


    Term: January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2024

    • Disseminate information through SNMA regional directors about relevant AAFP activities
    • Provide quarterly reports to SNMA’s External Affairs Committee on AAFP activities of interest to students
    • Attend the FMIG Network Student Leader Orientation
    • Give an annual report during the National Congress of Student Members during AAFP’s National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students
    • Participate in monthly virtual meetings with FMIG Network student leaders
    • After calendar year of service, remain available to finish planning and host family medicine programming at the SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference. A new liaison will be appointed in January to take over the regular monthly activities
    • Contribute to planning and leading programming at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students
    • Serve as chair of the SNMA Specialty Interest Group for Family Medicine

    Application Summary

    Candidates for this position are appointed by the AAFP Board of Directors at the recommendation of the AAFP Resident and Student Leadership Screening Committee.

    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
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    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,

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

    Eligibility Criteria

    • Medical student in good academic standing
    • Member of the AAFP
    • Member of the SNMA
    • Interested in promoting family medicine in medical schools through SNMA and FMIG activities
    • Able to attend the AAFP National Conference and the SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference

    Time commitment away from medical school: Approximately 12-14 days (includes weekends) for travel and attendance at meetings

    Funding: The AAFP will provide funding to attend the annual SNMA meeting and AAFP's National Conference according to AAFP policy.

    Meeting Schedule

    MEETING DATES Location
    AAFP FMIG Student Leader Orientation January 5 - 7 2024 Leawood, KS
    SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference Spring 2024 TBD
    AAFP National Conference August 1 - 3, 2024 Kansas City, MO