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Published: July 2, 2020

CAFP Foundation Answers the Chief Residents’ Call for Tribe Building

Another COVID-19 casualty was the AAFP’s annual Chief Residents workshop – a meeting that brings together newly-selected chief residents from around the country for a workshop to prepare them for their new roles.  In May, Shelly Rodrigues got a call from Eisenhower’s FMRP program director Scott Nass, wondering if the CAFP-F would be willing to do something to replace the AAFP’s event.  The CAFP-F jumped at the chance, and with the support of an incredible master faculty and the members of the California Residency Network, launched a two-day, eight-hour workshop, covering a range of topics, with breakout rooms, pre-work, videos, and more than 75 chiefs participating.

The first four-hour session, June 20, included an opening and welcome by CAFP President David Bazzo, followed by workshops on the Kouzes and Posner leadership practices, conflict resolution and problem solving, a panel of outgoing chiefs hosted by CAFP-F president Marianne McKennett, and a closing address by Jay Lee.  Day 2, June 27, offered workshop sessions on deliberate communication, building highly functioning teams, and wellness-resilience.  The chiefs also have a SPARK community where they can share stories, ask questions, find tools/resources, and get advice from our master faculty members.  The chiefs, who are paired with a partner outside their program, and faculty will work for the next year, as a collaborative tribe, to foster success!

A huge thanks to everyone involved!  Drs. David Bazzo, Marianne McKennett, Sarah McNeil, Kim Duir, Carol Havens, Jeff Luther, Chris Flores, Walt Mills, Jeremy Fish, Jay Lee, Rob Assibey, Elizabeth Sophy, Eric Yuan, Mss. Mary Ales, MBA and Shelly Rodrigues are serving as our master faculty!  Stay tuned … we have some amazing leaders joining our ranks!

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