Medical Fitness Fellowship

The Medical Fitness Association “Fellow” designation honors members who have demonstrated exceptional service to the Medical Fitness Association, medical fitness industry and to their local community.

Fellowship provides a means to recognize excellence, innovation and significant contributions to the medical fitness industry, and leadership in the Medical Fitness Association.

The Medical Fitness Association Fellowship is not just another membership category.  It is reserved for current members who are physicians, scientists and healthcare/wellness/fitness professionals with a demonstrated interest in medical fitness whose documented accomplishments support the stated objectives of the Medical Fitness Association.

“As I began to move over to the Marketing Department for Healthplex Associates, I was asked to become more involved with MFA.  This was a challenge for me as my background was not fitness, but accounting and business.  I am always up for a challenge so I tackled this the only way I knew how which was to get involved with the organization.  I started attending the annual meetings to better understand the mission of the organization and to meet people involved within the organization.

Leadership at MFA were so welcoming.  I expressed interest in working on committees and low and behold, I found myself co-chairing the Outcomes Committee.  I stayed with the Committee for two years and have since moved on to chair the Membership Committee.  I also starting attending my Regional Conferences (SEMFA) which proved to be tons of fun and I found this was a really good way to network with other members.  I love my chapter as it feels like one big happy family.  Because they welcomed me with open arms, I accepted the position of secretary and am now the vice-chair.

MFA has allowed me to be a speaker at the Annual Conference, my Regional Conference and the Medical Fitness Institute.  I enjoyed sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm for our industry with other members.  I encourage all MFA members to become involved.  This has been a very rewarding experience and I am humble to have been accepted as a Fellow of MFA.”

Lynn Robbins, CPA, FMFA
Executive Vice President
Healthplex Associates, Inc.

Benefits include:

  • Organizational voting privileges
  • Eligibility for Medical Fitness Association Board of Directors nominations
  • Opportunity to attend special Fellow social and educational events
  • Approval to use the initials FMFA (Fellow Medical Fitness Association)
  • Certificate indicating designation of Fellowship

Over the years, each and every member has earned points by attending events, volunteering to speak, participating on committees, and more.

Download the Fellow Checklist to see how many points you have earned!

Important Notes Regarding the Application & Submission

The annual deadlines for submitting your Fellowship application are Feb 28 and August 31.

Please read in full:

  • There is a $50 non-refundable application fee that is due upon receipt of your application.  Applications will not be considered without this fee.
  • All applications, supplemental documents and Fellow Recommendation Forms must be typed.  Applications, supplemental documents and Recommendation Forms that are not typed will not be considered.
  • Please download the Application and fill it out as completely as possible. Incomplete applications will not be considered. It is the applicant’s responsibility to gather and submit all supporting documents (Manuscript publication, article publication, reviewer for peer reviewed journal, etc.).
    Please note: there is now an online form located at the bottom of this page.
  • Forms may be submitted electronically. Please send as .pdf documents. Paper is acceptable. If a paper application is sent, please do not staple. Please use paperclips, if necessary.

General Instructions for Applying:

  • Please take a moment and download the Application, Fellow Checklist and the Fellow Recommendation Form. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact Fellows from the list below for a recommendation.
  • Compile all supplemental documents and fill out the Application electronically wherever there is “Click here to enter text”.
  • Once all documentation is complete, please send to the Medical Fitness Association office:

    Email: Fax: (910) 420-8733, Attention Fellow Review Committee

    Mail: Medical Fitness Association
    Attention Fellow Review Committee
    90 Cherokee Rd., Ste. 3A
    Pinehurst, NC 28374

  • The $50 Application fee must be submitted in conjunction with your application:

    Download the Fellowship Application Payment Form.
    The Fellowship Application Payment Form does not need to be typed.
    This form may be submitted in the same format as your application.

    Pay the fee online.
    Do not submit payment until the application has been faxed/emailed. This fee is nonrefundable.

    To pay by phone, call the Medical Fitness Association office at (910) 420-8610.

You do not need to submit the Fellow Checklist. This is for your own records.

    Fellowship Application

    Application fee is $50.

    Applicant Name *

    Email Address *

    Year Joined Medical Fitness Association *

    Medical Fitness Association Annual Conferences attended in the last 10 years (Please list years and locations) *

    List two (2) MFA Fellows who will submit recommendations on your behalf *

    Education (Please list your institutions including the institution name, your degree, and date awarded; also, please list most recent degree first) *

    List Current Certifications, Special Certificates, etc. (Please include certificate name, date issued, and expiration dates)

    Professional Experience (Please include the company, job title, and dates of employment; list the last 10 years - list most recent position first) *

    Service Points

    Service points to the Medical Fitness Association

    Active Medical Fitness Association Member (1 point for each year of active service)

    Completed full term of service on a MFA Committee (4 points per 2 year term of service)

    Completed a full term of service on a special project or task force (2 points per project or task force)

    Serve on a writing group (e.g., White paper, exam item writing, etc.) (2 points)

    Serve as a regional chairperson (5 points per year of service)

    Serve as a State Captain (4 points per year of service)

    Serve as a faculty member for the Medical Fitness Institute (4 points per session)

    Serve as a facility certification examiner (lead examiner [8 points per year]; second examiner [4 points per year])

    Achievement of a MFA individual Distinguished Service Award, Rising Star Award, or other MFA individual recognition (5 points per award)

    Attendance that a Medical Fitness Association Annual Conference (4 points per year)

    Presentation of a Medical Fitness Association Annual Conference (4 points per presentation)

    Medical Fitness Association Webinar presentation (4 points per presentation)

    Conference Assistant Program (CAP) – program includes working for a minimum of 10 hours with MFA Staff during the Annual Conference (1 point per year)

    Attendance at a Medical Fitness Association Regional Conference (2 points per meeting)

    Presentation at a Regional Conference (2 points per presentation)

    Host a Regional Conference (10 points designated to the host site to be distributed among the hosting members at the discretion of the meeting chair)

    Host a Medical Fitness Institute (10 points designated to the host site to be distributed among the hosting members at the discretion of the meeting chair)

    Attendance at a Medical Fitness Association State Networking event (1 point per meeting)

    Total MFA Service Points *

    Industry Points

    Service to the Medical Fitness Industry/Field

    Manuscript publication in a peer-reviewed journal (2 points per published paper, not to exceed 10 points)

    Published an article (first author) Related to the medical fitness industry in a lay publication of national, or international scope and (1 point per article, not to exceed 5 points)

    Write a chapter (first author) on a topic area related to Medical Fitness / Medicine in a published book (1 point per chapter, not to exceed 10 points)

    Serve as a reviewer for a peer-reviewed journal, or book, focused on topics related to Medical Fitness/Exercise Science/Medicine (1 point per year not to exceed 5 points)

    Serve on a board, committee, or task force of an organization (not Medical Fitness Association) whose mission/focus is related to the Medical Fitness Industry (1 point per year not to exceed 5 points)

    Hold an accredited certification (2 points per current certification)

    Obtain a Master’s Degree in a field related to Exercise Science, Health Promotion, Medicine, Public Health, or Health Care Administration (MBA or MHA) (5 points)

    Earn a terminal degree (PhD, MD, DO, etc.) in a field related to Exercise Science, Health Promotion, Medicine, Public Health, or Health Care Administration (10 points)

    Earn the Medical Fitness Association Fitness Facility or Medical Fitness Facility Director Certification (2 points per certification)

    Total Industry Points *

    Community Service Points

    Presented a lay lecture on a topic related to Medical Fitness (1 point per lecture, not to exceed 5 points)

    Publish an article in a local publication related to Medical Fitness (1 point per article, not to exceed 5 points)

    Leadership role in a local service organization (Rotary, Lion’s Club, Kiwanis, Junior League, etc.) (1 point per year up to 2 points)

    Leadership role in a local charitable campaign (United Way, Hospice, etc.) (1 point per year up to 2 points)

    Other Community Service (Must be approved by MFA office) (1 point per approved activity – maximum 2 points)

    Total Community Service Points *

    Grand Total Points (MFA Service + Industry + Community Service Points) *

    Please answer the following question:
    If advanced to Medical fitness Association Fellow Status, how will you exhibit your commitment to the goals and long range objectives of the organization (e.g., on which committees are you willing to serve, what service can you provide to your regional chapter, in what other capacity do you envision continuing to serve the association)? Please be as specific as possible. *

    Application fee is $50.