North Carolina is well-represented with the selection of three family medicine residents and one medical student for the AAFP Foundation’s year-long leadership development institute. Erin Clark, OMS-II at Campbell, along with Megan Campbell, MD, PGY-1 at Cabarrus; (William) Miller Johnstone, III, MD, PGY-1 at East Carolina; and Jessica Lapinski, DO, PGY-1 at Duke have all received scholarships from the AAFP to participate with students and residents from around the country in this program. The Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute focuses on ensuring the future of the Family Medicine specialty by increasing the number of future Family Medicine leaders and provides training for this important role. A total of 30 participants were selected through a competitive application process.
Those selected begin their year-long leadership development at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, followed by in-depth leadership workshops held at the AAFP National Headquarters in Leawood, Kansas immediately following the conference in July. Throughout the year participants will work to complete a project relevant to one of three tracks: Policy & Public Health Leadership, Personal & Practice Leadership or Philanthropic & Mission-Driven Leadership and have the chance to win additional scholarship money to present their project at future conferences.