Student Leadership Opportunities
There are a variety of ways for medical students to make an impact in Family Medicine at both the state and national level. Watch for announcements of upcoming leadership opportunities in the weekly e-News (Family Medicine Update) and the quarterly magazine (Michigan Family Physician).
MAFP Board of Directors
Annually, the MAFP seeks an interested and dynamic medical student to serve a one-year term on the MAFP Board of Directors. As a Student Chair, your voice represents the student membership throughout the state. A Call for Nominations to the MAFP Board of Directors is released in December and is due the following spring. The Board meets four times per year at MAFP Headquarters in Okemos.
Annually, the MAFP President appoints members to each of the committees. Time commitments vary depending on the committee. Involvement in a committee is one of the best ways to move up in a leadership position and be considered for scholarships and other funding opportunities.
Delegate/Alternate Delegate to the National Congress
Each year, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan selects one student to serve as a Chapter Delegate and one student to serve as a Chapter Alternate Delegate to the National Congress of Student Members, held in conjunction with the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students in Kansas City, Missouri. Students interested in being considered to serve as a Chapter Delegate/Alternate Delegate should submit an online application to MAFP Headquarters no later than April 1. Funding assistance is provided to the selected Delegate/Alternate Delegate in the form of a scholarship to be used towards travel and lodging expenses at the National Conference.
The American Academy of Family Physicians highly values the contributions of Family Medicine residents and medical students and recognizes the importance of training future leaders within the specialty. It is one of the few specialty organizations to actively enlist resident and student members in leadership roles.