National Conference Draws Record Attendance

American Academy of Family Physicians' 2017 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students—held July 27-29 in Kansas City—convened nearly 5,100 attendees (including more than 1,140 residents and 1,690 students). That's the largest National Conference attendance on record!

From main stage and breakout sessions featuring experts spanning the Family Medicine spectrum, to Resident and Student Congress sessions, to networking in the Expo Hall and at the Michigan Reception, residents and students from Michigan and across the country had a multitude of opportunities to learn, connect and unite in building their future and advancing their specialty.

Michigan highlights of #AAFPNC...

Five resolutions written and submitted by residents and students from Michigan were either adopted, adopted as amended, or reaffirmed by the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents and National Congress of Medical Students. These resolution topics focused on inclusion of medical graduates awaiting residency positions, sex- and gender-based medicine in Family Medicine, lifestyle medicine, teen pregnancy prevention research, and end-of-life care planning. Adopted resolutions now work their way through AAFP's policymaking process, during which they will be reviewed and referred, when applicable, for further action by AAFP leaders and the AAFP Congress of Delegates when it convenes September 11-13, in San Antonio. READ MORE

Michigan was represented at the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents and National Congress of Medical Students by a full contingent: Resident Delegate Julie Blaszczak, MD, University of Michigan Family Medicine Residency; Resident Alternate Delegate Diahann Marshall, MD, Henry Ford Family Medicine Residency; Student Delegate Sway Wu, Wayne State University School of Medicine; and Student Alternate Delegate Anne Drolet, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. READ MORE

Delegates to the National Congress of Medical Students elected Michigan's Student Delegate, Sway Wu, as one of two Student Alternate Delegates to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. In this role, Sway will represent student member interests when the Congress convenes September 11-13 in San Antonio. Click here to learn about all of the student and resident leaders who were elected on July 29 by Delegates to the Resident and Student Congresses. READ MORE about Sway's national position.

Ten residency programs from Michigan exhibited in the expansive Expo Hall that featured over 525 residency programs, practice opportunities, fellowship programs, publishers, advocacy experts, medical missions, and medical products and services.

Nearly 200 students interested in training in Michigan, residents, and residency program directors, faculty, and staff attended the Michigan Reception, an informal gathering hosted annually by Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan to provide an opportunity to network and extend residency discussions held in the Expo Hall.

MAFP took to social media to share #AAFPNC highlights and help spread the #FMRevolution message on Facebook and Twitter—some of our posts and those of #MIFamilyPhysicians and #MedStudents even made AAFP's  Storify, a social media story-telling tool. Overall, there were more than 26 million #AAFPNC impressions on Twitter alone, providing a viral megaphone for increasing awareness of the value of Family Medicine.

Two students from Michigan kicked off their participation in AAFP Foundation's Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute. Congratulations to Geeth Kavya Minama Reddy (M4) of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Sirisha Yellayi (M4) of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine on being selected for this exclusive leadership skill-building opportunity! You can look forward to reading more about their experience in a future issue of MAFP's quarterly journal, Michigan Family Physician. READ MORE

Eight students and residents from Michigan received a Family Medicine Leads National Conference scholarship. This $600 scholarship provided by the AAFP Foundation helps cover out-of-pocket travel expenses for residents and students to attend the conference. Congratulations Grace Davis, Vikas Jayadeva, Eric Kim, Kate Kollars, Michael Kraft, Sara Robinson, Ashley Stantz and Randal Harris, MD!

Wayne State University School of Medicine's FMIG was recognized with a 2017 Program of Excellence Award. This award, bestowed by the AAFP Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Network, recognizes exemplary FMIG efforts to simulate student interest in Family Medicine and family medicine programming. READ MORE

Looking Ahead...

Mark your calendar for the 2018 National Conference, August 2-4, and the Michigan Reception, August 3, and watch for the 2018 Michigan Student and Resident Delegate/Alternate Delegate application period to open in early 2018.

In the meantime, if you are a medical student, register today to attend the 2017 Michigan Future of Family Medicine Conference on October 28 at Moceri Learning Center, Beaumont Hospital, Troy. In addition to learning about the breadth and depth of the specialty from practicing physicians during interactive educational sessions, getting hands-on clinical experience by participating in workshops led by residents and faculty, and connecting with residency program exhibitors from Michigan, NEW this year is an exclusive opportunity to experience Moceri Learning Center's state-of-the art simulation lab (space is limited; registration for the simulation lab is first-come, first-served so register early!) and participate in a Residency 'Speed Dating' session.

Plus, registration is open for residency programs to exhibit and participate in the Residency 'Speed Dating' session—and one spot is still open for leading a casting workshop.