AAFP Program of Excellence Awards Recognize 18 Family Medicine Interest Groups

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Contact:
Leslie Champlin
Senior Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5224
lchampli@aafp.org

LEAWOOD, Kan. — The American Academy of Family Physicians has named 18 medical school Family Medicine Interest Groups as the 2014 Program of Excellence Award winners for their outstanding activities in generating interest in family medicine.

Award winners will be honored during an Aug. 8, ceremony at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in Kansas City.

FMIGs are medical school-sponsored, student and faculty-run organizations that give medical 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 organizational operation, community service, promoting the value of family medicine as primary care, promoting the scope of family medicine, exposure to family medicine and family physicians, professional development and measures of success.

"Attracting medical students to the specialty of family medicine is critical to answer the ongoing and worsening primary care physician shortage,” said Clif Knight, MD, vice president of education at the AAFP. “Excellent FMIGs such as these award winners are an important component in these efforts. They’re essential to helping medical students understand the professional challenge and satisfaction of being a family physician.

“All of this year’s award winners have done outstanding work giving 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 10 FMIGs for their overall performance, the AAFP Program of Excellence Awards cites a first-time applicant, a most improved program and six winners in specific areas: collaboration, community services, establishing a family medicine presence, exposure to family medicine and family physicians, professional development, and promoting the scope of family medicine.

Winners of the overall 2014 Program of Excellence Award Recipients are:
• F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at Uniformed Services University Family Medicine Interest Group
• Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California Family Medicine Interest Group
• The Ohio State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group
• Oregon Health and Science University Family Medicine Interest Group
• Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group
• Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at University of Iowa Family Medicine Interest Group
• Saint Louis University School of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group
• University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, Family Medicine Interest Group
• University of Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine at San Antonio Family Medicine Interest Group
• Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine Student Family Medicine Association

Winners in specific categories are:
• Special Consideration for First-Time Applicant: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group
• Special Consideration for Most Improved FMIG: The Commonwealth Medical College Family Medicine Interest Group
• Excellence in Collaboration: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College Family Medicine Interest Group
• Excellence in Community Service: Medical College of Wisconsin Family Medicine Student Association
• Excellence in Establishing a Family Medicine Presence: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Family Medicine Interest Group
• Excellence in Exposure to Family Medicine and Family Physicians: David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, Family Medicine Interest Group
• Excellence in Professional Development: University of Nebraska Medical Center Family Medicine Interest Group
• Excellence in Promoting the Scope of Family Medicine: Alpert Medical School of Brown University Family Medicine Interest Group
The winning applications are posted online to facilitate the sharing of best practices and programming ideas among FMIGs nationwide. The 2014 winning applications can be found at aafp.org/poe.

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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 115,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is nearly 214 million office visits each year — nearly 74 million more than the next largest 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 on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org(www.familydoctor.org).