Scholarship, Leadership, and Advocacy

Leadership and Advocacy Positions

Resident Leadership positions, 2021-22 academic year 

UW NURF Vice President – Joey Nelson, MD

WAFP Board of Directors Resident Trustee – Deepthi Ennamuri, MD

WAFP Board of Directors Alternate Resident Trustee – Colbey Ricklefs, MD

WAFP resident representatives for UW – Jon Staloff, MD, MSc (traditional) and Christine Davenport-Welter, MD, MPH (rural) 

KCAFP board of directors resident appointee – Erin Fredrickson, DO  

UWHA board – Colbey Ricklefs, MD, MPH

AAMC ORR Representative – Liz Brallier, MD 


Resident Awards AY2019-2020  

Student Community Service 2020 KCAFP Student Award – Liz Buck, MD (class of 2023) 

AAFP Emerging Leaders – Alex Chen, MD, Allison Cummings, MD, Jose Flores-Rodarte, MD, MPH

RHEDI Scholarship to NCFMR – Christie Miles, MD (class of 2020) 

2020 Faculty for Tomorrow Resident Scholarship – Joey Nelson, MD


Faculty Leadership positions 

Dave Evans, MD

  • Junior Co-Chair, NRHA Rural Medical Educators 
  • Board member, WONCA Working Party on Rural Health 
  • Board member, WAFP Foundation – Board member 
  • Member, UW Admissions Executive Committee 


Morhaf Al-Achkar, MD

  • Member, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Research Committee 
  • Member, UW ALACRITY Center Community Practice Board 
  • Member, American Education Research Association (AERA) Significant Contributions to Research Methodology Committee 
  • Member, North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Research Advocacy Committee 
  • Chair, Washington Academy of Family Medicine Annual Scientific Assembly Planning Sub-Committee 


Nelson Chiu, MD

  • KCAFP President 
  • WAFP HOD Delegate 


Kim Collins, MD

  • Member, STFM Family Centered Maternity Care Committee 
  • MInD-I (Maternal Infant Dyad-Initiative) Physician Champion for Well-Child Screening, UWNC Northgate Clinic 
  • Member, DFM Scholarship Fair Abstract Review Committee 
  • Member, Pediatric Population Health Workgroup University of Washington 


Pam Pentin, MD

  • Westside Trustee/Board of Directors, Washington Academy of Family Physicians 
  • UW Medicine Destination-1 Mother-Baby and Medicine Inpatient Epic Implementation Teams 
  • UW Medicine Opioid Stewardship Committee (including Acute Pain and Addiction  Subcommittees)  
  • University of Washington Medical Center Medical Quality Improvement Committee 
  • University of Washington Medical Center Medical Staff Advisory Committee 
  • University of Washington Medical Center Perinatal Event Review Team 
  • UW Medicine Compliance Committee 
  • Perinatal/Neonatal Continuous Quality Improvement Committee, University of Washington Medical Center 
  • U.S. Navy Professional School Liaison Officer (appointed by U.S. Navy Surgeon General), University of Washington School of Medicine  


Valerie Ross, MS, LMFT

Society for Teachers of Family Medicine 

STFM Special Project on Resident Wellness 

STFM Steering Committee Member for the Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship (BFEF) 

Collaborative Family Health Care Coalition 


Dave Siebert, MD 

Associate director, UW Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship 

Member, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Education Committee 

Member, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Research Committee 


Ying Zhang, MD 

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Commission on Federal & State Policy (formerly known as Government Advocacy Commission) Member  

Washington New Physician Delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL)   

House Surveyor, Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP), WA  

President, King County Academy of Family Physicians, Seattle, WA  

Abortion Task Force Member, Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP), WA  

AAFP Liaison, Washington Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP) Cluster, Seattle, WA  

NARAL Medical Advisory Committee Member, Seattle, WA 

Scholarship in Residency

Our residency requires completion of a Help Desk Answer in the R1 year AND two scholarly projects one of which must be a quality improvement (QI) project.  The QI project usually done in the R3 year. 

The ACGME requires all Family Medicine Residents to complete two scholarship projects, one of which must be a Quality Improvement project. The definition of scholarship is broad and may include the scholarship of discovery, teaching, application or integration, such as:

  1. Research 
  2. Resolutions  
  3. Curriculum development 
  4. Case studies and literature reviews 
  5. Quality Improvement 
  6. Letters to the editor 
  7. Op-ed 
  8. Patient education materials 

Residents interested in research entering their intern year are encouraged to apply to the longitudinal Research Track. Residents who may stumble upon a research interest mid-way through their residency experience can also complete an area of concentration (AOC) in Scholarship & Research.