Stanford School of Medicine Student Named Regional Coordinator of AAFP Family Medicine Interest Group

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Monday, March 6, 2017

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

LEAWOOD, Kan. — Victoria Boggiano, a fourth-year medical student at the Stanford School of Medicine, has been named a regional coordinator for the American Academy of Family Physicians National Family Medicine Interest Group Network. As coordinator, Boggiano will serve as a consultant and resource for the FMIGs on medical school campuses in the 17 states that comprise Region 1 of the network—Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

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

“Family Medicine Interest Groups are an important part of our efforts to increase the number of students who choose family medicine as their specialty,” said John Meigs, Jr., MD, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. “They introduce students to the scope of family medicine, the expertise of family physicians, and the professional satisfaction of providing comprehensive care to an entire family over their lifetimes. As a regional coordinator, Victoria is vital to helping fellow medical students not only learn more about family medicine, but also about the opportunities out there for both service and leadership in their communities and their profession.”

As an FMIG regional coordinator, Boggiano provides a role model for fellow students at a time when demand for family physicians is growing.

Boggiano has a long history of advocating for the importance of primary care and family medicine. Before going to medical school, she spent a year as a women’s health program monitor through the AmeriCorps program, where she worked alongside primary care physicians to provide counseling to women who were pregnant or had recently given birth. During medical school, Boggiano has served as the head of both the Stanford Family Medicine Interest Group and Primary Care Progress.

She believes that the foundation of our health care system must rest in primary care.

“I’m thrilled to become a family medicine physician in the near future,” said Boggiano. “I hope to spend my career providing care to patients of all ages as well as advocating for the importance of family medicine both in the United States and abroad.”

Boggiano said she hoped to spend this year supporting and working with the FMIGs in her region. She also hopes to help students across the western United States realize the value of family medicine and the myriad of ways that the AAFP can support them.

 

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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 129,000 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 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).