WAFP has 2 Student postitions on its Board of Directors
Committees - We welcome Student participation on our committees.
AAFP Student and Resident Leadership Opportunities - an overview of the opportunities to get involved in a leadership position on the national level.
AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students - Once a year, family medicine leaders and educators come from across the nation to share their knowledge with family medicine residents and medical students.
Why Train in Wisconsin?
Wisconsin's Passport Program - Fourth-year medical students who set up and have formal interviews with at least four Wisconsin residency programs can apply for reimbursement for travel expenses incurred while visiting. The more programs you visit, the greater the reimbursement — up to $1,000.
Something you may be worrying about is how best to satisfy your student loan lenders while not living on ramen during your residency years. Most programs require application a few months before the grace period ends to account for processing time.
Here are some resources and programs that can help you get off on the right foot:
Income Based Repayment - Income Based Repayment (IBR) is a repayment plan for federal loans that restricts your monthly payment amount to an amount that is intended to be affordable-taking into account both income and family size. On a resident's salary you are very likely to qualify for IBR during your residency years. Under this program any remaining loans will be forgiven after 25 years and only 10 years for those who work in public service jobs such as non-profits. Most hospitals and community clinics qualify for the 10 year non-profit plan.
You must contact each of the servicers that service your loans to apply for IBR. Direct Loan borrowers can go to www.dl.ed.gov. If you are unsure who holds your loans or who your loan servicer is, you can access the U.S. Department of Education's National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) Web site at www.nslds.ed.gov.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness - The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program was established to encourage individuals to enter and continue in full-time public service employment by forgiving the remaining balance of their William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program loans after the borrower has made 120 qualifying monthly payments (beginning anytime after October 1, 2007) while employed full-time by a public service organization.
National Health Service Corps - Have a lot of medical school debt? Interested in working in a Health Professional Shortage Area and ensuring that individuals receive the care they need? NHSC may be for you! This program allows primary care physicians working full-time at an approved National Health Service Corps site to receive $50,000 toward repayment of their health professions student loans for 2 years of service and can apply for additional support for extended service - as much as $145,000 for 5 years! Applications are competitive so apply now and take advantage of this great opportunity.
Marriage "Penalty" reduced for Income Based Repayment Program as of July 1, 2010 - Under changes made to the IBR regulations that will take effect July 1, 2010, married borrowers who file joint tax returns and who both have eligible student loan debt will have their individual IBR eligibility determined based on their joint income and the combined eligible loan debt of both spouses. For couples who are both physicians and/or both have significant student loan debt this may reduce your payment substantially.
Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program: established by the American Board of Family Medicine, this program offers up to five grants per year to eligible third-year medical students.
Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships: very year, AAMC awards five scholarships to outstanding third-year medical students. You should apply as soon as the scholarship application requirements become available as the AAMC only accepts one nomination per medical school per year.
National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship: the NHSC scholarship provides funds to medical students who agree to serve from two to four years in a NHSC-approved community-based site in a high-need Health Professional Shortage Area.
Student Scholarship Search, a service of the Student Loan Network
ScholarSite, a service of the TIYM Publishing Company, Inc.
Virtual Family Medicine Interest Group - FMIGs serve to promote the broad and opportunity-filled specialty of family medicine at medical schools across the nation. The Virtual FMIG provides resources such as a web-based educational forum, an RSS feed for Medical Student News, and much more.
Frequently Asked Questions about Family Medicine - original publishd in American Family Physician, this article provides answers to many questions med students have about the specialty of family medicine such as "Why is family medicine important?" "What career opportunities will be available to me as a family physician?" and "What elements of family medicine are most rewarding?".
MedicalStudent.com - A digital library of medical information for the medical student and all students of medicine
StudentDoc.com - sites devoted to life as a medical student. Starting with your premed years, prepping for the MCAT and applying to medical schools, StudentDoc takes you through the transformative journey from student to physician.
Are you looking for more information, or have other questions? Contact WAFP via email or at (262)512-0606. We have additional resources available.