“Being selected to represent Ohio as the delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians Resident Congress of Delegates was an amazing opportunity that lead me to new experiences I would have never had if I was not selected. Learning to write resolutions, networking with residents from across the country, and discussing issues important to our field of medicine was energizing. I left Missouri with a reinforced passion and realization that family medicine needs a strong voice on the political issues to protect ourselves and our patients. Not everything in Kansas City was business though, and I believe that’s what makes the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians a special group. Both the resident and student delegates went out to a country concert in downtown Kansas City, danced at a dueling-piano restaurant, and even had the self-proclaimed best chicken wings in Kansas City. These social events lead to an increased comfort level between members of the delegation and ultimately better policy discussion as we discovered we were building friendships!” Marcus Wing, DO, Resident Delegate from the Mount Carmel Family Medicine Residency Program.
The resident and student congresses serve as the official voices of residents and students within the American Academy of Family Physicians. Through these forums, resident and student members elect their national officers, advocate for a wide variety of issues and causes, and receive valuable leadership training. Many initiatives launched by residents and students are now AAFP policy. Many family medicine leaders got their start in the resident and student congresses.
Not only do the official delegates have the opportunity to attend the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Student Members in Kansas City, MO, they also have the opportunity to speak and vote on recommendations that come before the congresses for consideration and vote in the elections to select student leaders to the AAFP Board, the AAFP Congress of Delegates, and the American Medical Association.
The OAFP Foundation offers scholarships up to $1,200 in eligible expenses, paid according to the reimbursement policy, for the selected resident and student delegates and alternate delegates to attend the congresses. The delegates and alternate delegates must submit a report to the Foundation on their conference experience along with a completed expense report and receipts within 30 days of the congress to be reimbursed by the Foundation.
- Represent Ohio Academy of Family Physicians’ resident/student members at national policy making forums
- Run or apply for elected positions and other leadership opportunities in the AAFP
- Receive instruction in parliamentary procedure and informed decision making
- Participate in special discussion groups, and develop and debate resolutions
- Learn about AAFP’s strategic priorities and how the Academy and other key organizations are addressing issues of importance to residents.
- Have participated in one OAFP activity
- Be a resident/medical student in good standing with the OAFP and the AAFP
- Be a resident/medical student in good standing at their residency program/medical school
- Disclose other funding received to attend the conference (please note: other funding received by official Ohio delegates to attend the conference will be deducted from the Foundation scholarship).
- A completed resident/student application
- A current CV
- A statement of interest (no more than one typewritten page) explaining their interest in family medicine and why they wish to represent Ohio at the congress.
Preference will be given to applicants who are active in their family medicine interest group and/or who are currently serving or have served on OAFP commissions, committees, forums, or as resident/student delegates to the OAFP Members Assembly.
The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, May 17.
Please send complete application packets to:
Attn: Paige Schortgen
4075 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43214
For questions regarding delegate scholarships, please contact Coordinator of Events and Foundation Programs Paige Schortgen or call 800.743.7327.