National Conference for Students and Residents


National Conference for Students and Residents

Richa Saraswat

AAFP’s National Conference for Students and Residents (NCSR), July 28-30 in Kansas City, was an experience to remember. The first day of the conference featured a panel of physician champions from different practice settings sharing their advocacy experiences. Drs. Natasha Bhuyan, Jennifer Brull and Zubin Damania (ZDoggMD) spoke about opportunities for students and residents to become champions of primary care.  Dr. Bhuyan shared her mantra, “Show up. Speak Out. Change the Culture.”  This rang especially true for students who face a culture in medical school that pushes them away from careers in primary care. This diverse and informative panel kicked off NCSR with a bang!

CAFP’s contingent of student and resident attendees made the most of its time at NCSR, including the election of our own Alex M. McDonald, MDs as next year’s Resident Chair of National Conference. Alex said “This event is unlike any other conference and is my favorite within the whole AAFP calendar. The energy and enthusiasm is palpable and contagious. I am extremely excited to be given the privilege and honor to be Resident Chair of National Conference in 2017. I will continue to build on this established foundation to show residents and students what family medicine is all about.” We know Alex will bring a level of enthusiasm and engagement to NCSR that will make California proud!

CAFP Foundation awarded scholarships to eight students to attend NCSR. Andrew Le, Western University, a Student Council member and scholarship recipient, was especially inspired by Dr. Wanda Filer’s speech and found himself reinvigorated to continue his advocacy for family medicine. He said, “The most rewarding experience to me was being immersed in the family medicine culture and surrounded by colleagues who shared many common interests.” Victoria Boggiano, Stanford University, was excited to enhance her interest in health policy by getting involved with the AAFP student congress activities. She went through the process of running for an elected position and found it fun and informative. Although she didn’t win, it was a great introduction to Congress activities and she is now in the process of applying for an appointed position. Victoria said “NCSR strengthened my commitment to family medicine and gave me a deeper perspective of the wide range of opportunities to make an impact in health policy as a family medicine physician.”

The Foundation hosted its annual California reception on the Friday evening of the conference. We had a jam-packed room, with California medical students, residents, residency faculty members and even AAFP leaders joining us for the informal gathering.  Overall, AAFP National Conference 2016 was a glorious success – we only wonder how next year can top it!


Richa Saraswat is CAFP’s Manager of Medical Student and Residency Relations

2016 Family Medicine Summit

2016 Family Medicine Summit

The 2016 Family Medicine Summit schedule is FINAL and registration is open! The Summit is Saturday, September 10, 8:00 am-5:00 pm, at the Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles Airport.

The day begins with a keynote address by Carol Havens, MD. Dr. Havens, a nationally-recognized speaker, is a CAFP past president and is the Director of Physician Education and Development for The Permanente Medical Group, Northern CA. She will lead a lively discussion on Generational Differences: What they mean for learning, education, communication, leadership and caring for patients. Next up, a panel on social determinants of health, featuring CAFP’s Michelle Quiogue, MD and Michael Rodriguez, MD, MPH and Ignatius Bau, JD. All three have incredible expertise to share. Our program also includes sessions on telemedicine and mobile health; getting ready to apply for residency; cultural competency; a speed dating session on “A Day in the Life” to share stories of active practice for residents; Incorporating ACE Scores into your history and physical; and preparing for the residency interview. We have included a two-hour leadership-communications workshop which guarantees fun and illuminating discussion.

The day ends with the ever popular Residency Fair and a chance to visit more than 40 California programs. Don’t miss the Summit — registration is open and you can register on-site Saturday morning. See you in LA!

FM Summit 2016 promo ad



Medical students and family medicine residents and took Kansas City by storm during the AAFP’s recent National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students on July 28-30.  The three-day NCRS featured workshops, social and networking events, an expo featuring representatives from hundreds of family medicine residencies and the resident and student congresses.

Day One’s main stage presentation featured remarks by AAFP President Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, and Family Medicine for America’s Health President and Board chair Glen Stream, MD, MBI. A Health is Primary panel discussion followed with moderator TR Reid; Jen Brull, MD; Natasha Bhuyan, MD; and Zubin Damania, MD, who performs as ZDoggMD.  ZDoggMD also debuted his new video — 7 years — for the audience.

The Expo Hall offered students the opportunity to learn about the hundreds of residency programs; 37 of California’s programs were “in the house.”  California also hosted a California Reception; more than 175 students, residents and faculty members attended and we were thrilled to have AAFP dignitaries Drs. Bob Wergin and Wanda Filer join us.   CAFP Foundation’s NCRS scholarship winners were presented their awards by Drs. Matt Varallo and Laura Doan, Residency Council leaders.

The Student and Resident congresses also conducted their final business sessions, debating more than 100 resolutions on a wide range of issues related to public health, education and more.  They also elected their leaders for next year — Congratulations to our own Alex Alex M. McDonald, MD, Kaiser Permanente Family Medicine Residency Fontana, who was elected co-convener for the 2017 National Conference.


2015 Family Medicine Summit Recap

2015 Family Medicine Summit Recap

On September 12, 2015, more than 200 students, family medicine residents and faculty members gathered in Los Angeles for the 7th annual Family Medicine Summit. The Summit is the CAFP Foundation’s annual event to engage students and residents in discussions around the clinical and social issues affecting medicine and health today and build the next generation of family medicine leaders. Coming off 2014’s successful Year of the Family Physician campaign with increasing awareness among students of the family physician’s role in advocating for community health and systems change, this year’s Summit was themed “Cultivating your FM Revolution Community.”

Kicking off the day, CAFP President Drs. Jay W. Lee and Vice Speaker Michelle Quiogue gave an inspirational keynote encouraging attendees to not only tackle the challenges facing health care, but also take advantage of support of CAFP and peers on their personal and professional journeys. Dr. Lauren Simon, chair of the Medical Students and Resident Affairs Committee, lead a panel of community medicine champions, including Drs. Charlene Hauser, a Grass Valley family physician featured in the book Upstream Doctors, Gilberto Granados, UCLA Urban Health Fellowship Director, and Christina Miller, a 4th year preventive medicine and family medicine resident. Each shared their unique path and interest in addressing the health needs of their patients, whether by lobbying to prevent the building of a fast food restaurant, working with the marginalized day laborer population or creating a new free clinic. Attendees then selected between tracks that met their interests, whether broaching the challenging topic of domestic violence, integrating nutrition counseling into clinic visits or trying their hands at Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. Students and residents also flocked to practical sessions on getting into residency, essential knowledge for the new physician and concrete steps to get engaged with local and legislative policy advocacy.

Furthering the Summit’s theme, attendees had multiple opportunities to network and build camaraderie. During the lunch session, students gathered in groups to discuss physician wellness, health technology and leadership opportunities within the Building Bridges program. Program directors and faculty met under the newly formed CAFP Residency Network to look at shared priorities in medical education. And, for the first time, CAFP also provided an opportunity for residency coordinators to meet. Finally, the day was capped off by the Residency Fair, at which students explored and got to know the diversity of Family Medicine Residency Programs in the state. This year, nearly 40 programs participated and students got a rare chance to interface with program directors in advance of their residency applications.

The 2015 Family Medicine Summit was the largest ever and we look forward to the event’s continued growth! The increased participation of students, residents, and faculty is a testament to the strength of the specialty and power of the FM Revolution. See you September 10, 2016 in LA!

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CAFP Foundation Benefit Concert

CAFP Foundation Benefit Concert

Presented by the CAFP Foundation

A benefit in conjunction with the Family Medicine Clinical Forum



April 25, 2015

5:30 pm Cocktails
6:00 pm Concert
Colonial Room

Westin St. Francis HotelThe two-hour event will be held in conjunction with the Academy’s annual CME meeting, the Family Medicine Clinical Forum. To close the first day of the meeting, the Foundation’s benefit concert will be free to all Forum registrants! Doors open at 5:30 pm and a cash bar will be available for cocktails. We’ll also be holding a silent auction and accepting donations for the Foundation. A suggested donation of $50 can be made directly to the CAFP Foundation.Use promo code NEWYEAR15 to save $20 on #FMForum15 registration. Offer ends 1/31/15!

Petty Theft

Petty Theft is comprised of six professional Bay Area musicians that have come together to pay tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Voted #1 band in Marin County for the last three years in a row!

Concert Chic (jeans and nice shirt or casual dress)


The California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation

The mission of the California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation is to advance the delivery of accessible, compassionate and comprehensive health care to the people of California by supporting the goals and projects of the California Academy of Family Physicians and securing diverse philanthropic resources in order to accomplish those goals.

All proceeds of the event will go to the CAFP Foundation and supports the future of family medicine through student scholarships, mentoring programs and student and resident focused events. Consider investing in the future of family medicine today!

Family Medicine Summit a Huge Success

Family Medicine Summit a Huge Success

Each fall, California medical students, family medicine residents and faculty members converge in Los Angeles for CAFP’s annual Family Medicine Summit. The conference provides attendees with opportunities to develop leadership skills and legislative advocacy acumen and gain clinical knowledge. The Summit is also an effective networking tool for medical students looking to launch careers in family medicine.

CAFP welcomed more than 180 individuals to the 2014 Family Medicine Summit, at which attendees were treated to a bevy of incredible programming. To kick off the Summit, the Academy tapped former New Physician member of the AAFP Board of Directors and newly elected president of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians Kisha Davis, MD, MPH to deliver the keynote address, which was both inspirational and educational. CAFP Student and Resident Council leaders then took center stage in the Building Bridges informational and planning session. This was followed by breakout sessions, which included advocacy training, transgender primary care, point-of-care ultrasound procedural workshops, mental health issues in family medicine and learning about the return on investment for residents choosing family medicine. New for 2014, we included a track specifically for family medicine residency program directors and faculty members. The highlight of these sessions was the election of Drs. Pamela Davis and Jeff Haney as Residency Network co-leaders.

The ever-popular California Residency Fair returned with more than 30 residency programs exhibiting. Students had the invaluable opportunity to meet program faculty and learn what each program is all about. Making the choice of where to complete residency training is a monumental decision, and CAFP is glad to help students through this process.

As for me, the Summit is always the highlight of the year. I think I can speak for my fellow CAFP staffers when I say that the enthusiasm and passion exhibited by students and residents is truly inspiring. I am honored to be able to work for such individuals and organize the Summit each year. I thank everyone who attended the meeting and look forward to the next Family Medicine Summit on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Hilton LAX. See you in LA!