Government / Legislative Opportunities
AAFP Legislative Action Center -- This Web site provides ready access to contact information on congressional representatives, state and local officials and much more. Use the site to find out what's going on in Washington and to keep up-to-date on health policy legislation relevant to the public and family medicine. Send a letter or e-mail on a specific health care issue to federal or state legislators by following the directions provided on the site.
Robert Graham Center: Visiting Scholars and Fellows Program -- One of the main goals of this internship program is to provide medical student researchers with an immersion experience in the Washington scene. The focus is health policy as seen from a family medicine and primary care perspective. While the length of the internship is negotiated based on an intern's availability, it is expected to last at least four weeks. If you have an interest in research, government policy and primary care, you may want to consider doing one of your "away" rotations at the policy center.
FamMedPAC -- (Members Only) The Academy's Family Medicine Political Action Committee (FamMedPAC) works in Washington, D.C., to advocate for family physicians and elect congressional candidates who support the AAFP's legislative goals and objectives. FamMedPAC gives physicians a more powerful political presence in Washington by collecting donations from Academy members.
James G. Jones, M.D. Student Health Policy Scholarship -- Administered by the AAFP Foundation, the James G. Jones, M.D. Student Scholarship Program supports attendance by one medical student to the annual Political Leadership Institute (PLI) of the American Medical Student Association. Each family medicine constituent chapter and chapter foundation is able to nominate one medical student who actively participates in chapter activities and who demonstrates an interest in health policy. A selection committee identifies one student from the nominations to attend the PLI.
AMSA Health Policy Committee -- The American Medical School Association (AMSA) offers opportunities to get involved in health policy and coordinate activities between local chapters, partner organizations and their national headquarters near Washington, D.C.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Programs -- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has many funding opportunities available through National Program Interest Areas, which provide leadership development, training and research funding for a diverse group of health professionals. More than 80 programs exist on a rotating basis in fields ranging from health care access and policy research to long-term care and substance abuse prevention. Each program has its own Web site with funding information, eligibility requirements and application information.
Kaiser Policy Fellowships -- KaiserEDU.org is designed to provide students, faculty and others interested in learning about health policy easy access to the latest data, research, analysis, and developments in health policy. Multiple fellowships and internships are listed and contain the following information: sponsoring organization, fellowship title, location, qualifications, funding and duration, and details.