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Attention GAFP Members: Leadership Development at 2016 AAFP Leadership Conference/Annual Chapter Leadership Forum

May 5 – 7, 2016 – Kansas City, Missouri

Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

To:       GAFP Colleagues

From:   Mitzi B. Rubin, MD, FAAFP


If you want to get more involved in your state and national academies, being a delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Annual Chapter Leadership Forum (ACLF) and the National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) is the perfect opportunity.  Join your Georgia colleagues and network with over 300 family physician leaders from around the country at this vibrant meeting!

Thursday, May 5th – Saturday, May 7th in Kansas City, MO (Optional Pre-conference on Wednesday, May 4)

We are seeking family physicians who wish to become more involved with the Academy, both nationally and at the state-level, by attending the Annual Chapter Leadership Forum, a CME meeting that focuses on leadership development for the family physician.

ACLF is a great orientation for emerging leaders who serve, or who are interested in serving, on chapter boards. In addition, many chapters send professional staff to participate in a wide range of professional development sessions. Drawing more than 300 attendees each year, ACLF features targeted breakout sessions on chapter governance, advocacy, and communication, among other topics.

ACLF is a time to focus on — and find new ways to address — the issues that affect the members of your chapter and state, by engaging in important dialogue.

ACLF encourages participants to:

  • Make connections and share ideas
  • Learn new strategies and techniques to succeed
  • Build stronger relationships with peers and AAFP leadership
  • Refine leadership skills
  • Engage in important dialogue about chapters

The National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL), formerly the National Conference of Special Constituencies or NCSC, is the AAFP’s premier policy and leadership development event for underrepresented constituencies.

  • Create powerful platforms for change and influence AAFP policies.
  • Inspire yourself, your colleagues, and other AAFP members.
  • Lead the way for progress and improvement.
  • Voice your unique perspective and opinion with others who share common interests.
  • Build leadership skills to use in your practice and community.

NCCL helps you develop the skills to advocate for issues that are relevant to your constituency, your practice, and your patients. The conference serves as a platform for different perspectives and concerns of AAFP members from underrepresented constituencies to help bring about change.

The five constituencies with representation at NCCL are:

  • Women
  • Minorities
  • New physicians (in the first seven years of practice following residency)
  • International medical graduates (IMG), from schools outside the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) physicians

At NCCL, you will elect national officers, gain and enhance skills to become an articulate policy advocate and an effective leader, and meet others who share similar interests. Chapter delegates participate in all NCCL-specific business functions and have the opportunity to attend a variety of educational breakout sessions each day as well.

If you are chosen to be a GAFP representative to ACLF or NCCL, the Georgia Academy will reimburse your travel expenses up to $800 – $1,000* (with the submission of an expense report and receipts).

If you are interested as serving as a delegate to ACLF or NCCL please reply to this message and make a brief statement of your interest no later than Wednesday, January 13th.  All nominees will be notified in February in time to register for the “early bird” AAFP discount.

If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Fay Fulton (ffulton@gafp.org) or call 800.392.3841.