BWAFP supports students to attend the National Students and Residents Conference. Students had great experience!
This was my first time attending the AAFP national conference. I was thrilled to have had this opportunity to share in the excitement of Family Medicine. In addition to attending lectures and networking events I was able to participate in a procedural workshop to further develop my suturing skills. Most inspiring for me was meeting so many physicians and medical students who share my vision of providing healthcare while serving communities. The presentations on advocacy, global health and fellowship opportunities provided a glimpse into the countless career possibilities. The AAFP conference reinforced my interest in become a Family Physician. I look forward to attending the conference again in future years.
I had an extremely positive experience attending the National Conference in Kansas City, MO, this year. Having never attending before, I was unsure of what to expect. However, from the very first day’s “new-attendee orientation” session, I felt very welcomed! The conference days featured numerous educational sessions and emphasized the flexibility and wide breath of Family Medicine practice. One of my favorites was the “Integrative Medicine: A Key Addition to the Medical Home,” which included hands-on exposure to acupuncture, manual manipulation, yoga, and mediation.
In addition, there was ample time for students to explore the many residency program booths. Meeting the residents and program directors face-to-face at these booths was certainly the most exciting and helpful part of the conference, as I plan to apply to several of these programs this year. Additionally, I enjoyed socializing with medical students and FM residents from across the country, who will soon be my colleagues. I highly recommend attending the National Conference to any medical student considering Family Medicine!
- Kanthi Dhaduvai
The AAFP National Conference was an amazing event and eye opening experience. The National Conference was the first time in my career that I was surrounded by colleagues that all had a common interest: family medicine. Before the conference, I was not aware of all of the possibilities a career in family medicine provided, ranging from preventive medicine to sports medicine to emergency medicine. As a senior medical student, the conference provided me with a great foundation for the residency application process. Not only were there information sessions on how to apply or how to prepare for interviews, but the residency exhibitions helped me select programs I felt best suited my goals as a future resident. I look forward to participating in upcoming conferences as an educational experience to further expand my knowledge and network with like-minded peers.
- Linda Alvarez
I had an amazing time at the AAFP Conference! I am very glad that I went! I learned about different aspects of Family Medicine that I did not realize were available. For example, I had the opportunity to experience Complementary Medicine first hand. The workshop included hands on experiences in meditation, yoga, and acupuncture. I was able to explore my interests and speak to like-minded individuals. It was so refreshing to be surrounded by people who think like me. I met people who are very excited to join Family Medicine and who wish to make a difference through their profession. That was a source of inspiration to me.
In addition, it was a tremendous opportunity to meet several residency program directors and residents in one place. I was able to get a feel for what the programs were about at a personal level. This is going to be very helpful for me as I embark in the process of residency applications. In summary, not only did I connect with like-minded individuals, I also learned more about myself and what sort of things I am looking for in a residency program. The National Conference is an incredible opportunity for all the medical students who are thinking of joining Family Medicine. A special Thank You! to the NYSAFP for making this opportunity a reality!