National Meetings for Students
National Conference for Family Medicine Residents & Students -- The National Conference is held annually in Kansas City, MO. Over 50 topics on clinical skills, leadership development and career planning are covered in workshops, procedural skills courses and musculoskeletal clinics during this three-day event. The National Congress of Student Members (NCSM), which convenes during the conference, offers the ideal forum for discussing issues and concerns facing medical students. The NCSM business sessions provide the opportunity to have a voice in AAFP policies and positions and to elect AAFP student leaders. Be sure to check out the National Conference Scholarship Award Program for funding opportunities.
NCSC/ALF -- The National Conference of Special Constituencies (NCSC) and Annual Leadership Forum (ALF) are held together each spring in Kansas City, MO. Special constituencies include women, minorities, new physicians, international medical graduates and GLBTs; ALF is the annual convening of chapter executives from around the country. NCSC in particular is the Academy's premier policy development event.
Family Medicine Global Health Workshop -- The AAFP's Center for International Health Initiatives (CIHI) organizes an annual conference to connect family medicine educators, residents and students and encourage the development of global family medicine. Topics include WONCA and other international organizations that can be used as resources, developing global health tracks in medical school, innovations for improving the primary care workforce world-wide and diseases in the developing world.
AMSA -- The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) hosts an annual convention where medical students from varying specialties and schools across the country come together to discuss policy, campus programming, professional development and more.
SNMA -- The Student National Medical Association's (SNMA) Annual Medical Education Conference is held each spring and attracts students and professionals from all levels of medical education. This conference is the largest gathering of under-represented minority medical students in the country.
STFM -- The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) holds three major conferences each year: the Pre-Doctoral Education Conference, Annual Spring Conference and the Northeast Regional Meeting. Medical students frequently participate in all three for mentoring and networking opportunities and programming that affects medical education.