Foundation Grants for Emerging Student Leaders
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Innovation Grants for Students

Medical students or a team of students may apply for a grant up to $1,000 to fund creative and ambitious projects that lead to innovative solutions to challenges faced by patients and family physicians. Develop the leadership and clinical care skills that are important to future family physician leaders. Students must work with a family physician mentor. Students must be enrolled in a medical school located in Minnesota. Projects should focus on improving patient care and be important to family physicians

Innovation grant applications are accepted throughout the year. Application deadlines: Dec. 1, 2017, Feb. 1, 2018 and May 1, 2018.

Student Externships - David Mersy, MD Externship Program

Medical students with a passion for serving in under-resourced or rural communities—focused in family medicine—may apply to the David Mersy, MD Externship Program.

Externship application deadline: May 1, 2018

These $2,000 grants, along with a $500 mentor/host community clinic award, provide students with hands-on opportunities to explore family medicine in Minnesota’s economically challenged and rural communities through clinical observation, community projects and research. Students must work with a family physician mentor. Students and mentors must be members of the MAFP. Projects should focus on improving patient care and be important to family physicians.

Student externship applicants must complete and submit a one page proposal slide by May 1, 2018. A letter of support from the applicant’s family physician mentor is also required. Need help finding a mentor? Let us know. Email the slide application, project budget and mentor’s letter of support to lbalfour@mafp.org. Student externs will be selected and notified in a timely manner.

Application instructions for the David Mersy, MD Externship Program are listed below.

Apply for a Student Innovation Grant

  1. Check with your medical school to ask about your MAFP membership status.  Student memberships are free. Click here to join online. Students and mentors must be members of the AAFP/MAFP.
  2. Determine a project concept of interest that is important to the specialty of family medicine and patient care.
  3. $500 and $1,000 grants are available to support your project expenses.
  4. Connect with a family physician mentor. Let us know if you need help finding a mentor.
  5. Determine if this project will be submitted by a team of medical students or an individual medical student.
  6. Download the Student Innovation Grant Application PowerPoint slide and save over it to complete your application slide. Revise and redesign as needed.
  7. Submit application slide to lbalfour@mafp.org before deadline noted above.
  8. In your application include sharing your findings at requested Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) Innovation & Research Forum.
  9. Include a budget for project expenses and reasonable personnel expenses.
  10. Ask your family physician mentor to submit a one page letter of support via email to lbalfour@mafp.org.
  11. Respond to clarifying questions, if requested.
  12. Wait for response from the MAFP Foundation Board of Directors, which meets quarterly to review grant proposals.
  13. Receive funding notification.
  14. If funded, complete a grant agreement form and W-9.
  15. Begin project, complete a project status at 4 months, end project.
  16. Provide updated slide of project findings to lbalfour@mafp.org within one month of project completion.
  17. Present and share your findings at requested Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) Innovation & Research Forum.

Apply to the David Mersy, MD Student Externship Program 

Externship application deadline: May 1, 2018

Check with your medical school to ask about your MAFP membership status. Student memberships are free. Click here to join online. Students and mentors must be members of the AAFP/ MAFP.

  1. Determine location of your rural or urban externship project.
  2. Connect with a family physician mentor at rural or urban externship location. Let us know if you need help finding a mentor.
  3. Develop an 4, 6 or 8 week on-site experience which may include clinical observation, a practice-based research or community-based project.
  4. Projects should focus on improving patient care and be important to family physicians.
  5. Download the Externship PowerPoint Application Slide Template and save over it to complete your slide. Revise and redesign as needed.
  6. Submit application slide to lbalfour@mafp.org before deadline noted above.
  7. In your application include sharing your findings at requested Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) Innovation & Research Forum.
  8. Include a budget for project expenses and reasonable personnel expenses.
  9. Ask your family physician mentor to submit a one page letter of support via email to lbalfour@mafp.org.
  10. Respond to clarifying questions, if requested.
  11. Wait for response from the MAFP Foundation Board of Directors, which meets quarterly to review grant proposals.
  12. Receive funding notification.
  13. If funded, complete a grant agreement form and W-9.
  14. Begin project. Complete project. Write findings. Prepare a poster or slides for presenting your findings.
  15. Present and share your findings at requested Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) Innovation & Research Forum.
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