Leadership experience is a great thing to have when applying to residency; some student leadership opportunities available within Family Medicine are:
Leadership at the University of Washington
Students interested in leadership in family medicine can become a Family Medicine Listserv to stay current on all FMIG activities and leadership opportunities. Students in their second year can serve as coordinators for programs offered by the Community Health Advancement Program (CHAP). Please refer to the websites of the programs for more information.
Students can serve on the student subcommittee of the King Count Academy of Family Physicians (KCAFP) and help to coordinate the KCAFP-FMIG partnership.There are also a variety of opportunities to become leaders on the state level through the Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP). Leadership positions include yearlong positions as a Student Trustee and WAFP Foundation Trustee, or students can represent their peers at the WAFP House of Delegates.
A wide variety of opportunities exist for students interested in leadership within the American Academy of Family Physicians. Students can serve as their state chapter delegate to the Congress of Delegates at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students. Students can also be elected or appointed for a variety of leadership positions, most lasting 12-15 months. Some positions require you to coordinate with your state chapter to apply. If you have any questions, please e-mail the Advising Director, Tomoko Sairenji :firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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RUOP 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
The organizations below offer opportunities for students in research, leadership, andhonors/scholarships.. In addition to these opportunities, there are other benefits and resources available to student members.