The California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation was established in 1984 as the philanthropic 501(c)(3) arm of the California Academy of Family Physicians - the only organization solely committed to advocating for family medicine interests. Since its inception, the CAFP Foundation has been dedicated to advancing the specialty of family medicine through charitable efforts that boost access to learning, leadership and networking opportunities for our members.
Through philanthropy, the California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation nurtures each generation of family physicians to ensure the future of family medicine and celebrate the joy of our specialty!
The California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation believes family physicians are the key to a healthy California; therefore, we provide opportunities that support and celebrate medical students, family medicine residents and early career physicians in their family medicine journey.
The CAFP Foundation’s 2023-2025 Strategic Framework is intended to help the foundation pursue excellence by focusing on how we carry out our work and optimize our resources.
The Foundation’s governing board represents a broad range of backgrounds and has diverse experiences across many disciplines, including medicine, public health, education, law and business. Our leaders are guided by the Foundation’s mission to nurture each generation of family physicians and to celebrate the joy of our specialty.
Ron Labuguen, MD, FAAFP
Lalita Abhyankar, MD, MHS
San Francisco, CA
Anna Askari MD, MSBS
Aliso Viejo, CA
Thomas Bent MD, FAAFP
Laguna Beach, CA
Parastou Farhadian, MD
Los Angeles, CA
Scott Kessenick, Esq.
San Francisco, CA
Matt Varallo, DO
Van Nguyen, DO
Irina de Fischer, MD, FAAFP
Soomin Jung, MD
Los Angeles, CA
Amanda Helle, MS3
Pamela Mann, MPH
Phone: (415) 231-2138
Pamela oversees the organization's philanthropic programs that aim to build a strong family medicine pipeline in California. Pamela comes to CAFP with more than a decade of experience in non-profit management -- previously working on public health programs for a national government association, directing complex global health projects in Africa and India, coordinating university clinical trials research, and conducting disease control activities for state/county health departments. She has experience across multiple public health disciplines, including education, epidemiology and surveillance, maternal-child health, and infectious diseases. Pamela holds a Bachelors in Health Sciences from James Madison University and a Masters in International Health and Development from Tulane University. She completed her fellowship in Epidemiology at the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County. Outside of work, Pamela is a wine enthusiast and a great lover of music, people, stories, and riding her bicycle.
FMIGs are committed to promoting the family medicine specialty at their campus, igniting interest in primary care and inspiring students to serve their local community. We support all California FMIGs through funding and technical assistance.
How to access funds for your FMIG:
CAFP Foundation provides $400 to spend on general programming. These monies are available each academic year through a reimbursement process. No application is required. When completing the reimbursement form, please include pictures from the event, a copy of the sign-in sheet, and the receipts.
AAFP offers funding through applications to their Core Grants Program and Special Grants Program. Requirements, grant amounts and deadlines vary. If the FMIG wishes for CAFP-F to manage these funds and avoid administrative fees often associated with universities, please indicate that on your application.
All Member Advocacy Meeting
The All Member Advocacy Meeting (AMAM) provides an invaluable experience to get involved in CAFP’s legislative advocacy efforts. Each year, family physicians, residents and medical students meet in Sacramento to learn about hot-button issues in California health care; hear from experts; and participate in trainings on advocacy, messaging and leadership.
Closed as of February 5, 2024.
AAFP National Conference for Residents and Students
The AAFP National Conference is the place to energize a passion for family medicine. Immerse yourself in topics ranging from clinical skills, career planning, advocacy and leadership; and explore family medicine residency training programs from across the country. Scholarships are available to support student and resident attendance.
The Student Research Grant Program gives students the opportunity to work with a practicing or academic family physician to conduct clinical or educational research. CAFP-F provides grants in the amount of $2,500, with $500 of this amount going to the mentoring physician. Funds are distributed in 2 payments: $1,000 will be provided at the beginning of the study, and the remaining amount will be given upon submission of the final report.
CAFP-F is committed to supporting pathway projects that promote diversity in family medicine and develop a new generation of community leaders. These initiatives strengthen the family medicine pipeline from high school through medical school and residency. Currently, we help fund the following programs:
• Future Faces of Family Medicine High School Pathway Program - Ukiah Valley FMR
• Dr.EAM (Doctors Educating, Advocating, & Mentoring) Pathways - Sonoma County
• Emerging Health Advocates - Riverside/San Bernardino
• Sutter FMRP Future Faces of Family Medicine Program
If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact email@example.com.
Residency Program Directory
We invite you to explore California's Family Medicine Residency Programs and training opportunities through the CAFP Foundation Program Directory. Use the interactive map to browse photo galleries and to learn more about each program. We hope you enjoy your tour!
Get help reviewing and understanding your employment contract by a healthcare attorney. CAFP members benefit from a negotiated fee of $450, which includes (1) reviewing a contract (and related documents) from a given employer, and (2) a phone call or in-person meeting to explain and answer any questions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ACGME Family Medicine Program Search
ACGME provides detailed information on family medicine programs in California, including director/coordinator contact information, accreditation history, approved/filled positions and more. Find more information here.
We are beyond grateful for the many members, donors and funders who generously support CAFP-F’s programs and activities. Your philanthropic contributions are essential for carrying out our work. Be it scholarships, research grants, leadership training, or procedures workshops, the opportunities and content we provide require significant time, expertise and resources.
As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, the CAFP Foundation relies on financial and in-kind gifts to help us fulfill our mission. Donations enable us to develop supplemental academic, professional and social support for students, residents, and early career physicians in their journey to become family physician leaders.
Together, with a community of family physician advocates, leaders, teachers and advisors, we are committed to building a skilled, vibrant pipeline of family doctors for a healthier California!