Kansas City, KS - Tequilla Manning is one of just 30 scholarship winners nationwide selected to participate in the inaugural Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute. Manning is a medical and Master of Public Health student at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and she is also interested in international medicine. As a scholarship winner, Manning 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 Manning have the power to transform healthcare in America - I bet we can learn as much from her as we want her to learn from us. This opportunity will help her build her leadership skill set and 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 her join us in July as a member of our first class of Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute Scholars," AAFP Foundation President Jason Marker, MD said.
Manning will receive 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. Manning will work on a project in the Personal and Practice Leadership track.
"I hope to gain knowledge and skills that I can implement in my future career as a healthcare provider for underserved populations both locally and globally," Manning 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.