Ready to take the next step in family medicine leadership? Join the CAFP Board of Directors!
Nominations for the Board of Directors are now OPEN.
Nominees will be selected for the board by CAFP membership via electronic ballot running from mid-December to early January.
To nominate yourself or someone you know for the Board of Directors please compose a 1-2 paragraph statement explaining who you are and why you are interested in serving on the Board. Please be sure to include your city and what type of practice you are in. Your statement will appear on the electronic ballot that goes to all CAFP members.
The CAFP seeks to have a diverse Board of Directors that is representative of our full membership.
CAFP is committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion through our work and within our organization. We encourage you to include your perspective and how you can contribute to advancing that commitment. We particularly encourage physicians from rural communities and small / solo practices to run for the Board.
Nominations can be sent to Ryan Biehle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who serves on the CAFP Board of Directors?
Family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students all serve on the board.
How many Board Members are elected each year?
Four family physicians, and at least one family medicine resident and one medical student are elected each year.
What is the election process?
Candidates can self-nominate by sending a candidate statement or be nominated by a colleague. The candidate’s statement will be published on the electronic ballot, which is sent to all CAFP members to vote.
How long does someone serve on the board?
A normal term for a board director is 3 years. Officers serve one-year terms in each office.
When does the Board meet?
There are four meetings a year (January, May, August and November). New board members begin in May. The may board meeting is held on the Thursday of the CAFP Foundation Annual Summit, and all other board meetings are on a Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
What is expected of me at a board meeting?
Board members receive all board materials prior to the meeting. Members are asked to look over the materials and come ready to discuss them.
What is the time commitment like?
Board members are asked to make every effort to attend board meetings. You may call into meetings if you cannot attend in person. Board members are also frequently asked to attend CAFP events and extra meetings as they are able. In general, for board members who are not part of the leadership team (president, vice-president, etc.) the time commitment isn’t overwhelming.
Why should physicians, residents, and students want to serve on the board?
As a board member, you are a voice of leadership for your fellow physicians, residents, or students. You will be able to represent their concerns and work on real solutions to the problems family medicine faces. It is a great way to get to know the issues, get to know other physicians, residents, and students, and it is fun!
What are some of the issues we’ll work on?
Common topics now are administrative burden, payment reform, public health, graduate medical education, physician wellbeing, and protecting physician rights.