AAFP Names Medical Students To National Leadership Positions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

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

LEAWOOD, Kan. — Six of the nation’s top medical students have been named national and regional coordinators of the American Academy of Family Physicians Family Medicine Interest Group network. The six will serve as consultants for the FMIGs on medical school campuses throughout the United States.

Named as national FMIG coordinator is Syed Mustafa Alavi, a third-year student at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. 

Named to be regional coordinators are:

  • Jacqueline Huynh, third-year student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine;
  • Lauren Segelhorst, second-year student at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine;
  • Carina Brown, third-year student at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine;
  • Seth Rosenblatt, fourth-year student at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences; and
  • Andrea Schuster, a fourth-year student at the University of Missouri, Columbia, School of Medicine.

In addition, the AAFP names Alice Esame, a third-year student at Howard University College of Medicine, to be student liaison to the Student National Medical Association.

The AAFP established the National FMIG Network to strengthen the on-campus organizations that focus on promoting family medicine as a career. Composed of campus faculty and student FMIG leaders, appointed regional coordinators, and an elected national coordinator, the network fosters communication among FMIGs across the country.

FMIG regional coordinators are role models for fellow students at a time when demand for family physicians is growing. The Affordable Care Act will implement significant changes in the way that health care is delivered. The reformed system will emphasize primary medical care provided in a patient-centered medical home — an approach that incorporates physician-led teams of professionals who work with the patient to prevent health problems, coordinate care and avoid preventable complications of chronic conditions.

“The health of our future health care system depends on today’s medical students. These aspiring physicians demonstrate that family medicine attracts the best and the brightest students who are committed to ensuring that everyone has access to the care they need, when they need it,” said Reid Blackwelder, MD, president of the AAFP.

“Family Medicine Interest Groups are integral to building the family physician workforce,” he continued. “They’re essential to family medicine’s Four Pillars(www.annfammed.org) vision for increasing the number of medical students who choose primary care. Our regional FMIG coordinators are key to introducing students not only to family physicians, but also to the opportunities out there for both service and leadership in their communities and their profession.”

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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 110,600 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.


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