SCAFP Family Health Foundation

The purpose of the Family Health Foundation of South Carolina is to establish and administer programs that strengthen and enhance family and community medicine. The Foundation supports activities which encourage medical students to pursue family medicine as their intended specialty and supports research activities in family medicine which ultimately may result in improved patient care and better outcomes.

Our Programs Strengthen Family Medicine

The program began in 1997 and has placed more than 235 medical students in family physicians offices across the state to learn first-hand about the specialty of family medicine. The second or third year medical student receives a stipend to participate in the summer program with support coming from donations to the FHF.

The Preceptorship Program is designed to place medical students in various communities of our state and introduce them to family medicine and primary care. Medical students participate in the program during their summer break and receive a stipend fupon completion of each week they participate in the program. Please feel free to contact the SCAFF State office via e-mail or phone to inquire about this program.

Preceptors Learn About Family Medicine

A Great Summer Learning Experience
Students participate in the program during summer break, and are requested to select either a one- or two-week preceptorship. Each week a student participates in the program he/she will receive a stipend of $350.00. At the conclusion of the preceptorship, participants will be asked to provide an evaluation of their experiences and overall opinion of the program. These evaluations are kept confidential in SCAFP offices.

Placement with Physicians

The program is designed to place medical students in family physicians’ offices all across the state, with a particular emphasis on rural and small communities. Participating physicians are SC Academy of Family Physicians members with a special interest in sharing their expertise with the physicians of tomorrow. Physicians are able to report up to 20 prescribed credits of AAFP CME credit for precepting. Participants are asked to be willing to leave the university site in order to participate.

Funding and Program Stipends

Due to limited funds available, the Foundation will place students in the program on the basis of three factors: date of receipt of application; year in medical school; and dates available to participate. Also, due to the demand of the program, rising second-year students may be limited to a one-week preceptorship. Students can inquire about the program by sending questions directly to SCAFP ofices.

This anti-tobacco program is tailored for 4th & 5th grade students. Volunteers for the program are needed each year. It only takes approximately one hour to teach a class and the FHF provides the detailed curriculum. Consider volunteering today!

Students that have participated in the Tar Wars program are eligible to participate in the Tar Wars Poster Contest. A framed certificate and savings bond is presented to the state winner and their poster is submitted to the National Tar Wars Poster Contest. Details on the Contest are included in the Tar Wars curriculum packet, accessible at

Students members that participate in the Student Preceptorship Program are eligible for one of two scholarships offered to help defray expenses to attend the NCSM in Kansas City each August. This meeting energizes students about the specialty and is a worth-while experience.

This award, named for our distinguished SCAFP and AAFP Past President, Dr. Robert Taylor of Spartanburg, SC, provides a scholarship for the President’s of the Family Medicine Interest Groups to attend the SCAFP Annual Assembly. A cash award and plaque are presented at the Assembly, with the SCAFP providing housing.

Each year, housing is provided for the Resident Director to attend the SCAFP Annual Assembly. The Academy waives the Assembly registration fee for residents (and students).

Help Us Build The Family Health Foundation

Financial contributions to the Family Health Foundation help us develop and deliver programs that improve healthcare and promote family medicine. Please consider making a donation today.