• Student Liaison to the Student National Medical Association

    The application cycle for this position is closed.
    This position will open for applications in the spring of 2023 for the next term, January 2024 - April 2025.
    See below for details on this role, as well as the current travel calendar associated with serving in this position.

    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
    • Assure that medical services are sensitive to the needs of culturally diverse populations


    Term: January 1, 2023 - April 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 conference calls 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

    Application Summary

    Required elements of the application include: Letter of Interest, Letter of Chapter Support, Letter of Support from Program Director, and a 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. This position is appointed by the AAFP Board of Directors after review and recommendation by a selection committee, and confirmed by the SNMA Board of Directors. Candidates are notified of the selection by September 30, 2022. 

    Meet Current Student Leaders

    Read Annual Reports

    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
    FMIG Network Student Leader Orientation January 6 - 8 2023 Leawood, KS
    SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference Spring 2023 TBD
    AAFP National Conference July 27 - 29, 2023 Kansas City, MO