Member Interest Group

Rural Health

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Visit the Rural Health online community and click on "Join Group" to connect with other AAFP members who share your professional interests.

Established: July 2014

Objectives

  • Grow connections among American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) members with a distinct interest in rural health, inclusive of rural practice topics and rural medical education issues related to producing family physicians prepared for rural practice
  • Work collaboratively with the cross-commission rural group to provide grassroots AAFP member information for the use of the cross-commission rural group and the sponsoring AAFP commission
  • Increase the participation of rural practicing physicians in the AAFP
  • Articulate ongoing objectives of AAFP members with a distinct interest in rural practice and rural health by providing an annual update of the Rural Health MIG to the sponsoring AAFP commission
  • Assist the AAFP in membership recruitment and retention of rural practicing family physicians.

Long-term Goals

  • Provide an effective grassroots communication structure for AAFP members with a distinct interest in rural health, inclusive of rural practice topics and rural medical education issues related to providing continuing medical education and producing a workforce of family physicians prepared for rural practice
  • Engage and coordinate the members of the Rural Health MIG at AAFP meetings such as AAFP Assembly, as appropriate
  • Integrate the Rural Health MIG with existing AAFP structures to work collaboratively. This includes cooperating with the cross-commission rural group to provide grassroots AAFP member information and working closely with the sponsoring AAFP commission to be a resource to the work of the commission.
  • Increase AAFP membership among rural practicing physicians and other family physicians with interest in rural health, and demonstrate a recognized value of AAFP membership through the Rural Health MIG
  • Provide a resource and sounding board to the AAFP on rural health and rural practice issues through the articulation of ongoing objectives in the annual update of the Rural Health MIG to the sponsoring AAFP commission

Interested in Joining This Group?

Visit the Rural Health online community and click on "Join Group" to connect with other AAFP members who share your professional interests.

Leadership

Chair: David Schmitz, MD, FAAFP

Vice Chair: Michael Kennedy, MD, FAAFP

Secretary: Naomi Clancy, MD

MIG Information Guide

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Leadership

Chair: David Schmitz, MD, FAAFP

Vice Chair: Michael Kennedy, MD, FAAFP

Secretary: Naomi Clancy, MD