FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
Senior Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5224
LEAWOOD, Kan. — Seth Rosenblatt, a fourth-year medical student George Washington University School of Medicine, has been named a regional coordinator for the American Academy of Family Physicians National Family Medicine Interest Group Network. As coordinator, Rosenblatt will serve as a consultant and resource for the FMIGs on medical school campuses in the nine states — Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands — that comprise Region 4 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, Rosenblatt 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.
The road to medicine took several turns for Rosenblatt. After completing a Master of Arts and Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University, he worked as a senior program coordinator and program officer with the Tanzania and Malawi offices of Jhpiego, an affiliate of the Johns Hopkins University which focuses on maternal and child health. During his master’s program, he traveled to the Tak Province of Thailand, where he provided health education to Burmese migrants seeking care at the Mae Tao Clinic. In addition to his overseas work, Rosenblatt served as a visiting faculty member at the Mitzvah Corps camp for teenagers with Autistic Spectrum Disorder at the URJ Kutz Camp, where he assisted in the medical management and daily care of campers with autism spectrum disorder.
The experience fed his passion for meeting all the health-related needs of people, particularly in underserved areas. A National Public Health Service Corps scholar, Rosenblatt plans to practice family medicine in an underserved urban area.
“I started working in public health, but I discovered I wasn’t using the skills I’d learned,” said Rosenblatt. “I was working with health care professionals, and I realized they had more authority and input into the decisions that were made (that affected people’s health) because they had clinical and medical knowledge.”
That realization turned Rosenblatt to medical school. His career focus has never veered from family medicine. In his work as a public health professional, “I saw the importance of threating the whole person and the whole family,” he said. “I saw the importance of being able to treat the pregnant mother, deliver the baby vaccinate the children, and taking care of everyone throughout their lives.”
Rosenblatt has been integral to the success of the GWU School of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group. On a campus that has no department of family medicine, the FMIG blossomed under Rosenblatt’s leadership as president and membership coordinator.
In addition, Rosenblatt represented the GWU FMIG and the District of Columbia Academy of Family Physicians at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, where he won the FMIG Leadership Award in 2013. He has served as student representative on the District of Columbia Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors.
Since 2010, Rosenblatt has been a volunteer with the HEALING clinic, a student-operated health service for low-income families. Since 2011, he has been a member and volunteer with the Washington D.C. Gay and Lesbian Center HIV Working Group and a student interviewer with the GWU Medical School Admission Office.
Throughout his academic career, Rosenblatt has received numerous awards, including a GWU Dean’s Scholarship award, a GWU Merit Scholarship, induction into the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, an Elliott School International Internship grant and a GWU School of Public Health and Health Services McVay Travel Fellowship. Rosenblatt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and Hispanic studies from Rice University, where he graduated cum laude, in 2004. He completed a Master of Arts degree and a Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University in 2007.
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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 120,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in five of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is nearly 192 million office visits each year — nearly 66 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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Seth Rosenblatt Named Regional Coordinator For National Medical Student Network