Dawn Leberknight, Curriculum Coordinator, Trident/MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program in Charleston, recounts this year’s conference
The annual American Academy of Family Physicians’ National Conference for students and residents was held July 27-July 29, in Kansas City, Missouri. Residents, faculty and staff from nine South Carolina family medicine residency training programs attended. The conference is a great opportunity for medical students and residents to learn more about family medicine residency programs and fellowships, plus attend educational sessions and workshops. Areas of focus include leadership development, clinical skills, musculoskeletal clinics, procedural skills, health policy and advocacy, career planning courses and much more.
Throughout the conference, the nine South Carolina’s family medicine residency programs stayed active at the recruiting booth, meeting medical students and potential fellows and explaining the many benefits of completing residency training in South Carolina. This year 396 attendees from around the country visited the booth.
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. We were especially excited to collaborate with our state’s newest residency programs at Grand Strand and Tidelands. I want to thank Kristin Cochran, Director of Recruitment and Retention Programs for the South Carolina AHEC, and Carleigh Wyatt, Coordinator for Self Regional Healthcare Family Medicine Residency Program, for their help in planning and organizing this year’s event. In addition, a special thanks goes out to all the program faculty and residents who were able to help with set up and break down at the event. It was a pleasure to get to know each of you, and I look forward to seeing you all again soon!