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.

Our Mission

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!

Position Statement

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.

Strategic Framework

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.

Foundation Board of Trustees

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
Brisbane, CA

Lalita Abhyankar, MD, MHS
San Francisco, CA

Anna Askari MD, MSBS
Aliso Viejo, CA

Thomas Bent MD, FAAFP
Laguna Beach, CA

Irina de Fischer, MD, FAAFP
Greenbrae, CA

Parastou Farhadian, MD
Los Angeles, CA

Scott Kessenick, Esq.
San Francisco, CA

Van Nguyen, DO
Riverside, CA

Matt Varallo, DO
Anaheim, CA

Amanda d'Almeida, MD
Resident Representative
Santa Monica, CA

Amanda Helle, MS3
Student Representative
Clovis, CA

Soomin Jung, MD
Resident Representative
Los Angeles, CA

Executive Director

Pamela Mann, MPH
Email: cafpfoundation@familydocs.org
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.

Annual Reports

Our annual reports highlight the Foundation’s programming, signature initiatives and annual spending.


Family Medicine Resident Poster Competition
The poster competition supports California’s family medicine residents in meeting ACGME requirements for scholarly activity. Residents are invited to submit case and research abstracts that undergo a blinded review process. Of these submissions, 20 are selected to submit posters for a second round of blind review. The top 10 scoring posters are presented during a live forum, and the top two presenters, one case report and one research project, are awarded a prize.
Student & Resident Council
The council is the official student-resident voice of the Academy. By bringing students and residents together, the council promotes the exchange of ideas, builds leadership skills, pursues transformational advocacy and enriches California’s primary care workforce with a strong family medicine pipeline. Through meetings, workshops and social events, the councils not only advance family medicine interests, but also have fun celebrating the joy of our specialty. The councils are led by student and resident co-chairs, who serve as members of the CAFP Board of Directors and CAFP Foundation Board of Trustees.
Susan Hogeland Health Policy Fellowship
**Currently on hold until further notice.**
The Susan Hogeland Health Policy Fellowship provides medical students and residents with advanced legislative advocacy and mentorship experiences. With a goal of growing the number of family physicians trained in health care policy at the state and federal level, the Fellowship engages future leaders in crafting comprehensive health policies for the betterment of family physicians and patients in California.
CAFP Foundation Awards
Each year, the CAFP Foundation recognizes champions within the family medicine specialty. Members are invited to nominate an individual who has had an impact on their academic, professional and/or personal journey.

Submissions are due Monday, May 1, 2023.
PREMIER (Program sponsored REsearch in family Medicine Inland Empire Residencies) is a regional learning collaborative comprised of Family Medicine Residency Programs in the two-county region of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Our mission is to collaborate, promote, and celebrate resident scholarly activity and provide opportunities to share resources including educational faculty development and community engagement.  

Funding Opportunities

  • Family Medicine Interest Groups

    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.

  • Scholarships

    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.

  • Medical Student Research Grant Program

    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.

  • Pathways Programs

    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 pmann@familydocs.org.


Procedures Workshop for Students & Residents

Since 2014, the CAFP Foundation Procedures Workshop has been designed by California medical students and family medicine residents for medical students and residents. Over the years, the workshop has evolved to include a greater variety of procedures and has grown to welcome more attendees, including the development of an advanced-resident track. The high faculty-to-student ratio makes this workshop incredibly special for participants.

Shelly Rodrigues Chief Resident Leadership Workshop

This is a skills-based workshop for family medicine residents transitioning into their new roles as clinical leaders. Sessions are designed to be interactive and will offer incoming chiefs a learning environment for developing interpersonal communication, improving group dynamics and advancing the educational mission of their programs. 
This workshop is dedicated to former CAFP-F Executive Director, Shelly B. Rodrigues, in honor of her commitment to family medicine leadership and education.  

Family Medicine POP! The new Summit for Students & FM Residents

POP (the new Summit for Students & FM Residents) inspires a new generation of family medicine leaders by bringing together medical students, residents and faculty in the same learning community. POP provides a unique chance for attendees to make personal and professional connections, develop leadership skills, build advocacy acumen and explore California programs at the Residency Fair.


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!

Contract Review

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 cafp@familydocs.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.


Nurturing the next generation
of family physicians

By contributing to the CAFP Foundation, you support programming that directly impacts students, residents and early career family physicians.

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! 


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