By: Jeannie Lenberg, Program Manager, Spartanburg Family Medicine Residency Program, Spartanburg, South Carolina, recounts this year’s AAFP National Conference in Kansas City.
The annual American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students was held on July 28-July 30, in Kansas City, Missouri. Residents, faculty and staff from each of the eight South Carolina family medicine residency training programs attended. The conference affords medical students and residents an opportunity to learn more about family medicine residency programs and fellowships, attend educational sessions, learn more about family medicine, and participate in several hands-on learning opportunities. Areas of focus encompassed leadership development, clinical skills, musculoskeletal clinics, procedural skills, health policy and advocacy, career planning courses and much more.
Throughout the conference, all eight of South Carolina’s family medicine residency programs stayed active at the recruiting booth, meeting medical students, potential fellows and explaining the benefits of completing residency training in South Carolina. This year approximately 300 medical students from around the country visited the booths, doubling the number of last year’s attendance. All of whom desired to learn more about South Carolina and our outstanding residency programs.
This year’s conference was a big success for each of South Carolina’s family medicine residency programs and for the residents and students who attended. I want to thank Kristin Cochran, Director of Recruitment and Student Programs for the South Carolina AHEC and Karen Turner, Trident/MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program Coordinator, for their help in the planning and organization of this year’s trip! Special thanks go out to all program faculty and residents who helped with the set up and take down at the event. It has been an honor to work with you for the past two years on this event!
For more information about the South Carolina family medicine residency training programs, please contact Kristin Cochran at firstname.lastname@example.org.