USAFP

Leadership Opportunities

USAFP Committees

Available Positions

Member

PATHWAY TO LEADERSHIP

  • Serving on a USAFP Committee is a great way to involve yourself in the organization.
  • Committees meet virtually throughout the year and in person once at the Annual Meeting.
  • Committee service is the entry level for USAFP leadership service at the Committee Chair/Co-Chair and Board level.

NOMINATION PROCESS

Available Positions

Chair/Co-Chair

PATHWAY TO LEADERSHIP

  • Serving as a USAFP Committee Chair/Co-Chair is a great way to contribute your time and expertise to the organization.
  • Serving as a Chair/Co-Chair is an avenue to demonstrate your interest in higher level leadership at the USAFP Board and AAFP levels.

NOMINATION PROCESS

  • Committee chairs will be appointed by the President.
  • Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the President-Elect in January prior to the Annual Meeting.
  • Chairs will be appointed to an annual term and may be reappointed by the President.
  • In general, nominees for chair positions should be experienced members of their respective committees.

USAFP Board of Directors

Available Positions

  • Uniformed Services University Student Director
  • Health Professions Scholarship Program Student Director

PATHWAY TO LEADERSHIP

  • The USAFP annually selects two Student Directors to serve on the USAFP Board of Directors for a one-year term. One Director is an HPSP Student and the other is a USUHS Student.
  • Representing the student members of the USAFP on the Board of Directors is a great way to engage with senior leaders as well as medical school colleagues.
  • This position affords a USU and HPSP student the opportunity to attend Board of Directors meetings two times per year as well as the AAFP’s National Conference of Medical Students and Residents in Kansas City each summer.

NOMINATION PROCESS

  • Nominations are solicited in November.
  • The USU Student Director is solicited and selected internally by USUHS.
  • The HPSP Student Director is solicited and selected by the Resident and Student Affairs Committee.
  • The Student Directors selected will be notified in early January and informed of their duties and responsibilities for their service on the USAFP Board of Directors.
  • This is a USAFP funded position.
  • If interested, please contact the USAFP at mlwhite@vafp.org or 804-968-4436.

Available Positions

  • Air Force Resident Director
  • Army Resident Director
  • Navy Resident Director

PATHWAY TO LEADERSHIP

  •  The USAFP annually elects three Resident Directors to serve on the USAFP Board of Directors. One Director from each branch of the AF, Army, and Navy.
  • Representing the resident members of the USAFP on the Board of Directors is a great way to engage with senior leaders as well as other resident colleagues.
  • This position affords residents the opportunity to attend Board of Directors meetings two times per year as well as the AAFP’s National Conference of Medical Students and Residents in Kansas City each summer.

NOMINATION PROCESS

  • Nominations are solicited from each military FM Residency Program in early November.
  •  Each USAFP Residency Program may nominate only one candidate.
  • The USAFP Resident Director ballot will be sent to each Residency Program Director and Coordinator in early December.
  • Each Program through their Chief Resident is requested to solicit the residents in his or her program and asked to vote for their first and second choice. Each Program’s first choice must come from their respective branch of service, while the second choice may be cast for any resident regardless of service.
  • The Resident Director candidates selected will be notified in early January and informed of their duties and responsibilities for their service on the USAFP Board of Directors.
  • This is a USAFP funded position.
  • If interested in serving, please contact your Program Director or Coordinator.

Available Positions

  • President-Elect
  • Vice President
  • Secretary-Treasurer
  • Air Force Director
  • Army Director
  • Coast Guard/PHS Director
  • Navy Director

PATHWAY TO LEADERSHIP

  • Each year the members shall elect a President-Elect, Vice President and one member from each uniformed service to serve on the Board of Directors, except the Public Health Service (PHS) who shall elect a PHS Director two of each three (3) years. These Directors shall be elected to serve for a term of three (3) years.
  • Triennially, the Board of Directors shall appoint a Secretary-Treasurer for a three (3) year term. To promote Public Health Service (PHS) representation on the executive committee, uniformed PHS members will preferentially be considered for this position.
  • Prior leadership service to the USAFP and/or the AAFP is recommended. (i.e. presenting at annual meeting, serving on committee, chairing committee, etc.)

NOMINATION PROCESS

  • The USAFP Nominating Committee, with recommendations from the Board and through solicitation of interested members, selects candidates for the seven positions noted.
  • USAFP members selected as nominees would be expected to have had prior USAFP/AAFP service and/or leadership on a committee/commission, participation in the annual meeting as a Program Co-Chair, speaker, research presenter, etc. and/or demonstrated interest in USAFP leadership via another avenue.
  • The Nominating Committee shall receive and solicit nominations of candidates and ensure their eligibility and willingness to serve; thereafter, it shall prepare a slate of candidates for the offices of President-Elect and Vice President with such candidates to be members of the two services that are not represented by the incoming President.
  • At least one hundred (100) days prior to the annual meeting, the Nominating Committee shall prepare a slate of candidates (not including Resident and Student Directors) for each elective office and each impending vacancy on the Board of Directors and distribute such slate of candidates
    to all voting members of this organization.
  • This is a USAFP funded position.
  • If interested, please complete an interest form at this link.

AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL)

Available Positions

  • International Medical Graduates (IMG), from schools outside the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico
  • LGBTQ+ physicians or physician allies
  • Minority
  • New physicians (in the first seven years of practice following residency)
  • Woman

PATHWAY TO LEADERSHIP

  • NCCL is a vehicle for member constituencies, recognized as women, minorities, new physicians, international medical graduates, and LGBTQ+ physicians, to exchange information, share experiences, and develop basic leadership skills.
  • The conference is an opportunity for members of underrepresented constituencies to voice their individual and group perspectives.
  • Attending NCCL is a great way to become active on the national level through the AAFP.
  • Representatives are expected to provide the Board of Directors with a written report of the meeting.
  • If you are selected to attend for a second time, USAFP encourages you to run for a leadership position at NCCL

NOMINATION PROCESS

  • The USAFP Nominating Committee, with recommendations from the Board and through solicitation of interested members, selects five USAFP members to serve as representatives to the AAFP NCCL.
  • USAFP members selected have typically served on a USAFP Committee prior to expressing interest.
  • If interested, please complete an interest form at this link.

AAFP Commissions

(Please note that you must notify the USAFP if you are self-nominating for an AAFP Commission)

The American Academy of Family Physicians is comprised of eight commissions which are part of the governing structure of the Academy. These commissions vary in scope of work. You are strongly encouraged to review the description for each commission for which you have an interest. This is an AAFP Funded position.

Commission on Continuing Professional Development – This commission helps guide the AAFP’s credit system and its provision of continuing medical education that helps members and other health care professionals demonstrate continuous improvement in knowledge, competence, practice performance, and patient outcomes as well as fulfill educational requirements for licensure and certification.

Commission on Education – Members develop recommended policy and disseminate expertise and new information related to the education and professional development of family physicians until the residency training period is completed.

Commission on Finance and Insurance – This commission reviews various matters of the AAFP both as routine charges and upon referral from the board, other commissions and committees, or the Congress of Delegates.

Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness in Family Medicine – This commission will apply diversity, equity, inclusiveness, and antiracism lenses to inform and guide the Academy’s recommendations, policies and work addressing disparities in care, health, and the workforce.

Commission on Federal and State Policy – This commission informs and guides the Academy’s federal advocacy program and its support for constituent chapters in their advocacy efforts before state governments.

Commission on Health of the Public and Science – This commission addresses public health concerns through the development of clinical recommendations and health policies; works to advance population and community health; and develops policies that address disparities in care and health.

Commission on Membership and Member Services – Members guide the AAFP’s membership efforts and assist the constituent chapters in their efforts.

Commission on Quality and Practice – Members work to improve the practice environment of family physicians.

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AAFP Resident and Student Leadership

The American Academy of Family Physicians highly values the contributions made by family medicine residents and medical students and recognizes the importance of training future leaders of medicine. It is one of the few specialty organizations to actively enlist resident and student members in leadership roles. 

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