Student Leadership Opportunities
PAFP Student Assembly
Students are represented by officers on the Pennsylvania Assembly of Medical Students, which holds a yearly meeting. All Student members are welcome to attend the meeting and to vote on officers and debate resolutions. The next Student Assembly will be held Tuesday, April 23, 2012 at 8pm via Web conference call. You can connect from your desktop & cell phone! Please register to participate by emailing Molly Talley.
Student Positions within the PAFP
A Student representative serves on the PAFP Board of Directors and Students serve on commissions. The PAFP also has two voting Student delegates to the PAFP House of Delegates. The PAFP supports students’ participation in leadership positions by reimbursing travel expenses for business meetings.
The Assembly elects the Chair from nominees. There may be candidates who have served in another position, as Vice-Chair, Delegate, or Commission Representative, though this is not at all a prerequisite. In addition to planning and running Assembly meetings, the Chair represents the Student Assembly on the PA Academy Board of Directors. The Chair also sits on the Resident and Student Affairs Commission of the PAFP. In this position, the Chair helps members attend and write resolutions for the National Conference. The Chair attends the National Conference.
The Vice-Chair assists the Chair with Student Assembly meetings. In this role, the Vice-Chair should attend the Board of Directors' meetings. The Vice-Chair becomes familiar with resolution writing and attends the National Conference. He or she votes on the PAFP Resident and Student Affairs Commission. The Vice-Chair represents the Chair if the Chair is unable to attend a meeting.
The Delegates (2) voice the concerns of the Assembly's Students at the PAFP Annual Meeting and at the AAFP National Conference. They compose resolutions to address those concerns. They assist the Chair in planning the Assembly meeting.
Alternate Delegates are appointed by the Chair. Candidates are nominated from the elected Commission Representatives after elections have taken place. In these positions, the Alternate Delegates (2) attend functions with the Delegates and contribute to the resolution process. In addition, they participate with the Delegates in Resident and Student Affairs Commission meetings when possible. If a delegate is unable to serve at National Conference or PAFP Annual meeting, an Alternate Delegate will serve as a in their place.
Government and Legal Affairs Commission
(2 student reps) This Commission governs all public policy activities of the PAFP. This includes analysis of pending legislation and regulations affecting family physicians and their patients. Student members not only contribute to the GLAC meetings, but also share information with the Student leaders.
Practice Advocacy Commission
(2 student reps) This Commission works to support practicing Family Physicians in their dealings with insurers, business, and policy that affects their practice and their patients’ care.
PA IPIP Quality Initiatives, including Meaningful Use, Patient-Centered Medical Home, Residency Program Collaborative all fall under the oversight of this commission.
Member Services Commission
(2 student reps) Students on Membership Services discuss membership retention, affinity programs, credentialing, member development, recruitment, nominations, public relations, communications and social media, plus official publications such as the KP magazine and the website.
Resident and Student Affairs Commission
RSAC works on development of initiatives & events designed to support student interest in FM and support residents in training in Pennsylvania. Other commission functions: (1) Maintain active liaison with FMIGs in the medical schools in Pennsylvania; (2) Maintain liaison with the family medicine residency programs in Pennsylvania; (3) Maintain liaison with the Pennsylvania Assembly of Family Physicians Student members; (4) Maintain liaison with the Pennsylvania Assembly of Medical Student members. Note: Student Chair, Vice Chair, 2 Delegates & Alternate Delegates are automatically members of the RSAC.
At the meeting, the Student Assembly debates resolutions from Student members of the PAFP. This mirrors the resolution process that occurs at the National Conference. If passed by a majority vote of the Student Assembly, a resolution proceeds to (1) the PAFP House of Delegates, (2) a PAFP Commission, and/or (3) the AAFP National Congress of Student Members. Any student member may write and submit a resolution to the Student Assembly or the PAFP House of Delegates. What goes into writing a resolution? Check out this informative guide from AAFP to learn about that!