Freshman Victoria Ly of William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine received an Emerging Leader Fellowship from the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. One of 30 medical students or residents chosen to receive the award from a nationwide pool of applicants, Ly will attend the Emerging Leaders Institute of Leaders in Family Medicine (FML).
The objective of the FML Emerging Leader Institute is to increase the number of family physicians and to offer training to future leaders in this specialty.
“Honestly, I’m still quite shocked by the selection! When I got their email, I had to read it four times to make sure it was addressed to me and that it had not been sent to me in error, ”Ly said.
“It is an honor to be seen and to be invested as someone with the leadership potential to shape the future and the health of my community and my patients. I am ready to get down to work and learn from my mentor and other emerging leaders across the country to make a positive impact.
Emerging Leaders Fellows will virtually attend the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) National Conference in July to learn more about family medicine, explore residency programs, make connections and explore leadership opportunities with Congress students and residents of the AAFP. After the AAFP conference, researchers will virtually attend workshops in three leadership streams at the Emerging Leader Institute.
During the one-year program, researchers will develop and complete a Leadership Project for Reward Opportunities. An AAFP mentor family physician will serve as a role model, provide monthly counseling and support each researcher.
“We are delighted that medical student Ly has been chosen for the FML Emerging Leader Institute,” said Dr. Melissa Stephens, Associate Dean of Higher Medical Education and Population Health.
“The program aligns perfectly with the mission of the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine to equip future family physicians and primary care leaders with the skills they will need to improve the health of people through grounded health care. on value and community engagement.
Stephens is also chairman of the board of the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians.