Courtney Hudson, D.O. Selected for Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on August 10, 2015

Courtney Hudson, D.O. Selected for Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute

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The Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute is a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.

The Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader
Institute is a program of the American Academy
of Family Physicians Foundation.

Courtney Hudson, D.O. was one of 30 scholarship winners nationwide selected to participate in the inaugural Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute. Hudson is a second-year Family Medicine resident at the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, PA, and a Resident Representative to the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians Practice Advocacy Commission. As a scholarship winner, Hudson was part of intense weekend workshops and will participate in a year-long leadership development program.

The Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute is a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. It is funded by family physician donors and aims to identify Family Medicine residents and medical students who have leadership potential, but may not have served in a leadership role.

In the increasingly fragmented world of health care, a family physician’s leadership skills are more important than ever before. Communities look to family physicians for guidance on everything from proper nutrition to management of chronic health conditions to providing humanitarian aid to those in need.

“Up-and-coming leaders like Hudson have the power to transform healthcare in America – we learned as much from her as she learned from us. This opportunity helped her build her leadership skill set and should accelerate her ability to impact her patients, her community and the wider healthcare systems she will work in. We couldn’t be happier to have as a member of our first class of Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute Scholars,” says Jason Marker, M.D. AAFP Foundation President.

Hudson received a $1,000 scholarship towards travel expenses to attend both the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students (National Conference) and the AAFP Foundation Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leadership Institute. Over the course of one year, the scholarship winners will work with a mentor to complete a project related to one of three tracks: Policy and Public Health Leadership, Personal and Practice Leadership, and Philanthropic and Mission-Driven Leadership. Hudson is currently working on a project in the Philanthropic and Mission-Driven Leadership track.

“In my first year of working as a Family Medicine physician, I have really gotten the chance to start to consider what my role in Family Medicine will be in the future. I have realized that I get joy from interacting with my patients, but that it is just as important to me to contribute to Family Medicine as a whole. I believe learning from mentors in the specialty through this program is a major step in that direction,” Hudson said.

At the end of the year-long program, the projects will be evaluated and an additional $1,000 scholarship will be given to the top two medical students and the top two Family Medicine residents in each of the three tracks to attend the 2016 National Conference to present their winning projects. Finally, one Best Project Award will be named for each of the three tracks, and will provide the recipient with an additional $3,000 scholarship for participation in a designated major event related to the track.

About the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation

The AAFP Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Its mission is to advance the values of Family Medicine by promoting humanitarian, educational, and scientific initiatives that improve the health of all people. For more information, please visit www.aafpfoundation.org.

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