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TAFP Foundation

The Texas Academy of Family Physicians Foundation supports educational and scientific initiatives of family medicine to improve the health of all Texans. Through the generous contributions of members, corporations, and friends, the Foundation is able to raise and distribute funds for medical student scholarships to future family physicians, for office-based family medicine research, for family medicine student interest group activities at medical schools in Texas, and for family medicine resident activities.

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TAFP Foundation awards 6 scholarships

posted 12.22.2016

The Executive Committee of the TAFP Foundation Board of Trustees is happy to announce another round of outstanding scholarship recipients. All year these outstanding students have worked hard and remained committed to their dreams of helping Texas communities. For a full list of Foundation scholarships available to medical students and to access the scholarship applications, visit the Medical Student Scholarship page.


Casey Leamon is a third-year medical student at Texas A&M and is the recipient of the Glen Johnson, MD, Minority Medical Student Scholarship. Leamon is enthusiastic about completing medical school, entering a family medicine residency program, and practicing medicine in an underserved rural area. He is passionate about the work programs like Health for All, which provides care for uninsured low income patients and believes that family medicine provides the best opportunity for him to be the change he wants to see in the world.

Irma Ocha is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Texas Medical Branch, is the current president of the UTMB Austin chapter, and hales from Roma, Texas. Ocha is the recipient of the Valley Chapter Scholarship and was recently accepted into the Family Medicine Residency Program at UTMB. She is passionate about helping underserved populations in Texas, has ambitions to remain in the Rio Grande Valley, and hopes to influence the next generation of physicians.

Miranda Wang obtained her Masters in Public Health from the University of Hong Kong prior to beginning medical school, is currently a fourth-year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine, and is the recipient of the South Texas Chapter Scholarship. Wang is currently the lecture chair and faculty liaison for the academic year and plans numerous events and lectures for the university’s family medicine department. She intends to use her background in public health to “emphasize prevention and management of diseases, while working with schools and other leaders to improve community health at the structural and environmental level.”

Audrey Gutierrez is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Texas Medical Branch and the recipient of the Valley Chapter Scholarship. Not only is Gutierrez interested in remaining in the area where she grew up, she is especially interested in assisting the Hispanic population face health issues – specifically diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease – that too often wreak havoc on the populations’ quality of life.

Brad Landrum is a fourth-year medical student at the Permian Basin regional campus at Texas Tech University Health and Science Center School of Medicine and the recipient of the Dr. David Pillow Scholarship, in Honor of 2001 TAFP President Justin Bartos. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, he is currently the Medical School Section Representative to the TMA Committee on Rural Health. He is excited about doing his part to provide rural Texans with healthcare in the not too distant future.

Romero Santiago is also a fourth-year medical student at UT Southwestern Medical School and is the recipient of the Patrick Leung, MD, Medical Student Scholarship. Santiago currently serves as Vice President of his school’s Family Medicine Interest Group, has served as an Alternate Delegate at TAFP’s Member Assembly, is interested in public health, and is passionate about health policy – leading him to author a resolution to prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.


Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients! Your hard work and dedication is inspiring and we look forward to seeing how you continue to shape the Family Medicine Revolution.


Student and resident support

As the future of the specialty, the educational efforts of medical students and family medicine residents are supported by the TAFP Foundation through scholarships, travel funding, and other mediums.
> View scholarships and other support for medical students
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Support for research

The TAFP Foundation provides financial support towards office-based research to benefit the specialty.
> Apply for a Foundation research grant
> Support research by donating to the Family Medicine Research Endowment

TAFP Foundation gives back

As the philanthropic arm of the Academy, the TAFP Foundation provides ways for members to give back through various programs and financial efforts.
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