Resident Advocate Award

Family physicians are advocates for their patients, their communities, and their specialty. To encourage the skills and interest necessary to impact the future of health care reform and of family medicine, it is critical to engage family medicine residents in advocacy efforts at local, regional, and national levels. The AFMRD Resident Advocate Award allows family medicine residency program directors to recognize a resident who has demonstrated skills and interests in advocacy, as defined by the following criteria.

Award Criteria

The award will be presented a maximum of one time per year and to one resident per year.
The awardee must be a PGY-1, PGY-2, or PGY-3.
Residency program faculty shall select their program's recipient. Awardees may demonstrate interest in legislative or regulatory advocacy, for example, through the following:

  • Completion of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) online advocacy course
  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Family Medicine Congressional Conference (FMCC) scholarship recipient or attendance
  • Evidence of participation in family medicine advocacy-related activities, such as letter writing campaigns, preparing advocacy materials, attending lobby days, or visiting, calling, or otherwise interacting with government representatives or elected officials
  • Evidence of independent efforts to build a relationship with congressional offices and/or state or local officials
  • Participation in AAFP committees or commissions on legislation or advocacy at the state or national level
  • Participation in other state or national organizations' committees or commission on legislation or advocacy
  • Presentation on advocacy given at national, state, regional, local, or residency program meetings or conferences
  • Valued as an advocacy leader by faculty and peers