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The Susan Hogeland, CAE Health Policy Fellowship
The Susan Hogeland, CAE Health Policy Fellowship identifies and supports promising medical students and family medicine residents committed to family medicine advocacy. Its goal is to increase the number and quality of family medicine physicians trained in health care policy at the state and federal level by awarding scholarships to deserving medical students and residents to participate in family medicine policy creation and advocacy.
The Fellowship is endowed by the CAFP Foundation to foster generations family physicians from a wide variety of backgrounds and institutions whose leadership will inform and influence policy in California for decades to come. The Fellowship engages future family physicians in crafting comprehensive positive health policies for the betterment of family physicians and patients in California.
Our Fellows gain access to the tools, insights and diversity of mentors needed to accelerate and distinguish their advocacy activities. Because pursuing a medical degree and graduating from a residency program is intense and time-consuming in and of itself, the Fellowship provides an annual stipend to support participation in activities over the course of a year. Alumni from the Fellowship carry the unique distinction of being a Susan Hogeland, CAE Health Policy Fellow, joining a tightly knit network of visionary change agents across California.
Fellowships will be awarded annually to one medical student and one family medicine resident physician who have demonstrated their commitment to family medicine and interest in learning about and advocating for family medicine-driven health policy. The program’s stipends are intended to subsidize attendance and participation in CAFP and AAFP policy and advocacy events and activities.

The Fellowship Eligibility Criteria
The program recognizes excellence and achievement based upon a successful nomination and selection process, which includes candidates’ CAFP record and recommendations from faculty and colleagues. Demonstrated ability and potential to succeed in health policy at the local, state or national levels upon graduation from medical school and residency and a dedication to continuing or expanding their advocacy activities will also be part of the selection criteria.
The Fellowship is open to any third-fourth year medical student or second-third year family medicine resident; CAFP membership is required. The inaugural Fellows will begin work in 2019.
Fellowship Activities

  • Attend CAFP’s All Member Advocacy Meeting and Lobby Day, March 9-11, 2019, Sacramento
  • Attend AAFP’s Family Medicine Advocacy Summit, May 20-21, 2019, Washington DC, OR AAFP’s State Legislative Conference, Usually late October or early November, Location TBD
  • Spend two days shadowing CAFP Lobbyist (Sacramento), CAFP Director of Legislative Affairs or Director of Health Policy (San Francisco)
  • Participate a selection of CAFP’s Legislative Affairs Committee (LAC) or Committee on Health of the Public (CHOP) activities
  • Complete work on a policy project to be presented at the one of several CAFP venues.

Key Dates, Application Process and Scholarship Stipends:
The $3,000 stipend for this Fellowship will be paid to the student and resident fellow on a per event basis, as either a reimbursement or a pre-paid travel/registration. Details will be finalized with successful candidates.
Applications open: September 15, 2018
Applications close: December 1, 2018
Awards announced: January 4, 2019

Applications for this scholarship consist of the following items, submitted in a Word or PDF document:

  • Cover sheet
      • Applicant’s name
        Applicant’s preferred mailing address
        Applicant’s email
  • One-page essay discussing:
      • Why the applicant wishes to participate in the Fellowship program
        How the Fellowship will fill a gap in applicant’s training or experience
        Goals or plans to use the newly acquired knowledge or skills in his or her practice or community
  • Applicant’s current curriculum vitae (10 pages or fewer, please) and electronic photo
  • One letter of support from an active CAFP member
  • Letter of support from the candidate’s medical school or residency program, acknowledging the time the Fellowship will take to complete.
    The Fellowship must be completed in the year for which it is designated.

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    Susan Hogeland served as the Executive Vice President of the California Academy of Family Physicians for 27 years.

    Susan started her career in advocacy and health policy in the office of US Senator Everett Dirksen. She worked as a federal legislative analyst with the California Medical Association, then became Assistant Executive Director of the San Francisco Medical Society, overseeing all policy and advocacy work of the SFMS. In 1991, she became the Executive Vice President of the California Academy of Family Physicians. Susan is an incredible leader and saw the Academy through almost three decades of growth, change, and challenge – lead us with energy, commitment, expertise, heart and vision. She has built a nationally-recognized organization and staff, shaped leaders, forged relationships, and fought battles for family physicians and their patients.
    Susan earned her BA in political science at the University of Maryland and MA in political science at San Francisco State University. Her thesis in public policy, entitled A Case Study of Political Obstacles to California Health Care Workforce Reform, focused on California’s family physician workforce and the Song-Brown Physician Training Program.
    The California Academy of Family Physicians and CAFP Foundation established The Susan Hogeland, CAE Health Policy Fellowship on April 14, 2018.

    For more information, please contact Shelly Rodrigues, CAE, 415-345-8668 or

    The Susan Hogeland, CAE Health Policy Fellowship is supported by the California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation and these major supporters:
    Carolyn and Tom Bent Donor Directed Fund
    DiMare, Brown, Hicks, Kessler
    Horizon Pharmaceuticals
    Los Angeles Chapter, CAFP
    Sam Blockstock, CAE
    Shannon Connolly, MD
    Cynthia Cummings, MD
    Adam Francis
    Carol Havens, MD
    Douglas Henley, MD
    Shelly Rodrigues, CAE
    William Woo, MD
    American’s Physicians Group
    East Bay Chapter, CAFP
    Riverside-San Bernardino Chapter, CAFP
    California Medical Association
    Sacramento-El Dorado Chapter, CAFP
    Susan Hogeland, CAE
    Sarah McNeil, MD
    Lisa Ward, MD, MScPH, MS
    North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians
    Len Fromer, MD
    Jay Lee, MD, MPH
    Robert Bourne, MD
    Florida Academy of Family Physicians
    Apologies to any major contributors inadvertently left off our list.