Program of Excellence Awards Recognize 10 Family Medicine Interest Groups

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Leslie Champlin
Senior Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5224

LEAWOOD, Kan. — The American Academy of Family Physicians has presented its annual Program of Excellence Awards to 10 medical school Family Medicine Interest Groups for their outstanding activities in generating interest in family medicine.

FMIGs are medical school-sponsored organizations that give students a chance to learn more about family medicine through regular meetings, workshops, leadership development opportunities, and community and clinical experiences. The Program of Excellence Awards recognize FMIGs for their outstanding performance in student involvement and retention; family medicine advocacy; community outreach and patient advocacy; and meeting their mission, vision and goals.

“At a time when our health care system is struggling with a shortage of primary care physicians, it’s imperative that medical students discover the joys — and challenges — of family medicine,” said Perry Pugno, MD, MPH, director of the AAFP Division of Education. “Family medicine is a very rewarding career, and Family Medicine Interest Groups are essential to getting the word out to medical students. They give students the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge they’ve acquired in the classroom, develop leadership skills that will serve them in their future practices and communities, and better understand the vital role that family medicine plays in our health care system.”

In addition to recognizing FMIGs for their overall performance, the Program of Excellence Awards cite a first-time applicant and programs in specific areas: community service, exposure to family medicine and family physicians, professional development, and promoting the value of primary care.

Winners of the overall 2010 Program of Excellence Award Recipients are Family Medicine Interest Groups at:

  • David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • East Tennessee State University, the James H. Quillen College of Medicine
  • Medical College of Wisconsin Family Medicine Student Association
  • Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine
  • University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine
  • Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Winners in specific categories are Family Medicine Interest Groups at:

  • Excellence in Community Service: West Virginia University School of Medicine
  • Excellence in Exposure to Family Medicine/Family Physicians: Howard University College of Medicine
  • Excellence in Professional Development: Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
  • Excellence in Promoting the Value of Primary Care: Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Award for First-Time Applicant: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group.

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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 124,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.

To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions(5 page PDF) on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website,