What You Can Do
Thank you for believing in, supporting, and inspiring us to continue infusing the strong programs of the LAFP Foundation with fresh ideas that help us more fully achieve our mission. It is only through you that we can advance our commitment to family medicine and the people we serve.
We are proud to have earned your commitment. Your contribution makes our programs possible and your compassionate support is building the future of the specialty. You may choose to make a restricted donation to one of our programs or an unrestricted donation. Unrestricted funds provide the power to make great things happen. Our Foundation leaders gratefully use these flexible gifts for top priorities.
Make a tax-deductible unrestricted contribution to the Foundation any day.
We also know that providing a variety of ways to give is important. Listed below are additional ways you can give whether monetarily or in-kind:
Family Medicine Legacy League
Through your planned gift, you can support the Foundation and its programs.
A planned gift provides one of the most substantial and lasting means of support you can give. Planned gifts require specific planning with your financial advisor, attorney, or accountant and can provide you, the donor, with significant tax advantages.
You can make a planned gift to the Foundation through a bequest (a gift you designate in your will), living trust, gift of life insurance, or a variety of other options.
What better way to support the future of family medicine in Louisiana than to name the Foundation in your will and in your estate planning. None of us knows what the future will bring. What we do know is that people will always need the quality care provided by family physicians and family physicians will always need to have meaningful involvement with both their patients and communities, making lasting improvements in Louisiana’s quality of life.
- Make sure you have an up-to-date will (or living trust) that reflects your charitable objectives
- Contact your financial advisor (a financial planner, lawyer, or accountant) and ask for help in establishing a charitable gift
- You can leave cash, stocks, real estate, insurance policies, and personal property to charitable organizations
- You can make the Foundation a beneficiary of your life insurance, pension plan, or IRA.
The Foundation established the Family Medicine Legacy League to recognize those who make provisions through their estate. Donor recognition is given for any gift made by bequests, life insurance, charitable remainder trust, or any other type of planned gift.
The Foundation is a registered charity with www.iGive.com; and, shopping online at www.iGive.com is another way to support the Foundation’s mission to cultivate student career choice in the specialty of family medicine.
By signing up at www.iGive.com/LAFPF and shopping online at the 900+ participating retail establishments, a percentage of your purchase(s) will be donated to the Foundation – and your shopping donations are tax deductible!
“For online shoppers, this is a great way to make an extra contribution to the Foundation. It is fast, easy, and fun to watch your donations grow just by shopping online at your favorite stores,” said Foundation Executive Vice President Ragan LeBlanc.
Merchants associated with iGive are not remote, online “trunk stores,” but rather they include retailers such as Amazon, Macy’s, The Home Depot, Bed Bath and Beyond, Expedia, Orbitz, Barnes & Noble, Staples, QVC, JCPenney, and many, many more.
Try it now! Join iGive and you will be setup to support the Foundation with your online shopping. It is that simple!
Consider sharing your time and expertise by volunteering with us. You can:
Become a Preceptor
According to a 2015 survey from the American Academy of Family Physicians, of fourth-year medical students who were AAFP members revealed that 93% of respondents who matched into family medicine residency programs said strong family medicine mentors influenced their specialty choice. Conversely, of those who didn’t match in family medicine, only 60% said they had a strong mentor in the specialty.
Mentors and preceptors are key to securing the next generation of family physicians. Medical students need positive family medicine preceptors early in their medical school career to engage with them in their journey and provide them with insight into the family medicine specialty they may not otherwise receive.
However, we understand that making the choice to become an engaged preceptor may seem daunting and come with a lot of questions like: What information should I share? What procedures should I share? How will I make time in the day to see my patients and train a medical student? How will this disrupt the practice and other team members? And the list can go on. With all of these questions in mind, the Foundation has created this dedicated section to provide our preceptors with helpful information to be a successful preceptor.
This list of resources will continue to grow so please return often for updated links and information!
If you’re ready to jump in and train the next generation of family physicians, consider being a preceptor and share your time with a first or second-year medical student today.
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Resources
- Preceptor Expansion Initiative
- Primary Care Preceptor Expansion Action Plan
- Strategies to Ensure that Students Add Value in Outpatient Offices
- Teaching Physician Webinars
- The Joy of Teaching Medical Students
- The One-Minute Preceptor: Shaping the Teaching Conversation
Articles of Interest
- Finding the Right Mentor Is Worth the Quest (Leader Voices, February 25, 2019)
- True Mentors Help Students Find Where They Belong (Leaders Voices, February 4, 2019)
- Initiative Creates Efficiencies and Incentives for Preceptors: An Interview with Preceptor Expansion Initiative Chair Annie Rutter, MD
- Mentoring, Providing Opportunities for Next Generation (AAFP News, July 30, 2018)
- Pass Along Your Knowledge: Be a Mentor (Fresh Perspectives, March 27, 2014)
- Who Will Mentor the Next Generation of Family Doctors? (Leaders Voices, June 19, 2017)
- Bustling Clerkship Shows Family Medicine Is Never Boring (Leaders Voices, November 20, 2018)
- Family Physician’s Passion Catches Students by Surprise; Creative Precepting Makes Family Medicine Shine (AAFP News, June 29, 2015)
Join the Foundation Board of Directors
Share Your Story
Share your story – plain and simple. Students and residents need to hear more from family physicians about the breadth of work they do and the satisfaction a career in family medicine can bring. Whether you’re having conversations with peers and colleagues or visiting students and residents, share the things you love about what you do.