Paul Yerkes, a second-year resident with Christiana Care Family Medicine, is one of 30 scholarship winners selected to participate in the 2017-18 Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute.

Funded by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, the initiative aims to identify and develop Family Medicine residents and medical students who exhibit leadership potential.

Scholarship winners work with a mentor to complete a project related to one of three tracks: policy and public health leadership, personal and practice leadership and philanthropic and mission-driven leadership.

Yerkes, who served eight years in the Marines, including a tour in Iraq as a combat engineer

platoon sergeant and lifesaver, will focus on a policy and public health leadership project that

addresses the mental health needs of veterans.

Yerkes received a $1,000 scholarship toward travel expenses to attend both the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Student and the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leadership Institute. He is a junior resident board member for the Delaware Academy of Family Physicians.

At the end of the FML ELI, one Best Project Award will be named for each of the three tracks. Those honorees and their work will be showcased at the 2018 National Conference.

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