Programs & Organizations

When it comes time to apply to a residency in family medicine, involvement in local, regional, and national family medicine organizations and programs will strengthen your application and show commitment to the specialty.

The following sections are below:

I) UW Family Medicine Programs
II) Local Family Medicine Organizations
III) State Family Medicine Academies
IV) National Family Medicine Organizations

I) University of Washington Family Medicine Programs

Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program (R/UOP)

R/UOP is a four-week elective immersion experience in community medicine for students between their first and second years of medical school. During their rotation, students live in rural or urban underserved communities throughout Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI), working side-by-side with local physicians. Applications are accepted beginning in December of your first year.

Underserved Pathway

The underserved pathway is one of four pathways (the others are the Indian Health Pathway, Global Health Pathway, and Hispanic Health Pathway) offered by the school of medicine, preparing students to care for vulnerable populations. Benefits of the pathway include clinical and preclinical service-learning experiences, guidance and support from a pathway mentor, opportunities to collaborate with other students interested in underserved populations, a certificate of completion, and recognition in the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE/Dean's Letter).

Targeted Rural/Underserved Track (TRUST)

TRUST seeks to provide a continuous connection between underserved communities, medical education, and health professionals within its region. The objective is to train medical students for careers working in rural and other underserved areas of Washington and Montana. Students apply to the TRUST Program through an optional section on the secondary application.

II) Local Family Medicine Organizations

UW Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)

FMIG is a medical student led organization that seeks to educate students about the discipline of Family Medicine through educational, social, and service-learning activities. A great way to develop leadership experience in family medicine is through this group.

Community Health Advancement Program (CHAP)

CHAP sponsors student-initiated and directed extracurricular community service projects and educational programs. This is another great way to gain leadership experience and learn about the field of Family Medicine.

King County Academy of Family Physicians (KCAFP)

One of only a few local chapters of the AAFP in the nation, this group hosts two meetings of its membership each year and students are welcome to attend. They also have monthly board meetings that students can attend if they desire. Interested in a leadership position? Join the Student Affairs Sub-Committee. If you'd like to attend a meeting, please email sally@kcafp.net.

III) State Family Medicine Academies

Your respective state academies offer excellent opportunities for student involvement in leadership, honors/scholarships, and mentoring/networking. See each website for more information about what the academy has to offer.

Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP)

Idaho Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP)

Alaska Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

Montana Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP)

Wyoming Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP)

IV) National Family Medicine Organizations

The organizations below offer opportunities for students in research, leadership, and honors/scholarships.. In addition to these opportunities, there are other benefits and resources available to student members.

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) *free student membership!

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)

North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG)