University of Arizona College of Student Takes on National Leadership Role
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
LEAWOOD, Kan. — Jacqueline Huynh, a third-year student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, has been named a regional coordinator for the American Academy of Family Physicians National Family Medicine Interest Group Network. As coordinator, Huynh will serve as a consultant and resource for the FMIGs on medical school campuses in the 17 states — Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming — that comprise Region 1 of the network.
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.
“Family Medicine Interest Groups are integral to building the family physician workforce,” said Reid Blackwelder, MD, president of the AAFP. “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.”
As an FMIG regional coordinator, Huynh provides a role model for fellow students at a time when demand for family physicians is growing. Health care delivery is changing dramatically as provisions of the Affordable Care Act are implemented. The reformed health 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.
Huynh saw the importance of primary care and family medicine early in her life. The granddaughter of Vietnam immigrants, she helped translate during their visits to physicians, “and family doctors always gave us time to interpret” and ensure their patients understood what was being said. Her commitment to family medicine solidified when, as a volunteer in a local family doctor’s office, she saw the professional satisfaction that comes with providing care to every member of the family at all stages of life.
“I saw how family medicine fills people’s needs,” she said. “Family medicine is easiest for families because they could all see the same doctor. They all can come in at the same time and see the doctor at once. They didn’t have to go from different specialist’s office to different office.”
As co-chair of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson FMIG from 2012-2013, Huynh has coordinated procedural workshops, community health service activities and incorporated an undergraduate component to the organization. During her tenure, the FMIG won national recognition by the AAFP Program of Excellence Awards program.
In addition to volunteering with a private physician office, Huynh worked with volunteers in the postpartum and delivery departments at the Chandler Regional Medical Center from 2005 to 2011. From 2010 to 2011, she was a Vietnamese interpreter at the Wesley Community Health Center, where she also recruited other interpreters, doubling the number of volunteers. In addition, Huynh was co-founder of the Pinal County Corrections Education Program, a community service that delivered health education to inmates in the Florence, Ariz., facility.
Huynh graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry with a concentration in medical chemistry, in 2011.
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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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