Foundation Grants for Emerging Student Leaders
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Innovation Grants for Students

Application deadlines: Dec. 1, 2017 and May 1, 2018.

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 the 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

Student Externships - David Mersy, MD Externship Program

Externship application deadline: May 1, 2018

Medical students with a passion for serving in under-resourced or rural communities—focused in family medicine—may apply for a $2,000 stipend, along with a $500 mentor/host community clinic award, to fund a hands-on project to explore family medicine. Projects may be observational, clinic/community based or research oriented. Students must work with a family physician mentor. Students and mentors must be members of the AAFP/MAFP. Projects should focus on improving patient care and be important to family physicians.

Apply for a Student Innovation Grant

  1. Grants are available to medical students who are active members of the AAFP/MAFP. Membership is FREE for Minnesota medical students. Check with your Department of Family Medicine about your AAFP/MAFP membership status. If you are not a member, apply online.
  2. Family Physician Mentors must also be active members of the AAFP/MAFP.
  3. Projects must focus on patient care and be important to family physicians.
  4. Consult with a Family Physician Mentor to discuss your project. Contact us if you need assistance in finding a mentor.
  5. Download the Student Innovation Grant Application PowerPoint slide.
  6. Submit a one-page application to lbalfour@mafp.org before the application deadline.
  7. A Letter of Support is required from your Family Physician Research Mentor. Email it to lbalfour@mafp.org.
  8. Click here to view a sample student innovation application.
  9. Applicants will be notified via email by the MAFP Foundation within two weeks following the application deadline.
  10. If selected, you will receive funding in a timely manner. Grant is considered taxable income.
  11. You have up to 12 months to complete the project.
  12. Upon completion, you are required to poster or present your findings at the MAFP Innovation & Research Forum held annually in Jan/Feb.

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 a 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 the application deadline.
  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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