FMIG Faculty Advisors

The FMIG Faculty Advisors Manual is a complete guide to advising a Family Medicine Interest Group. The handbook covers the role of a faculty advisor, basics about FMIGs, communication vehicles, programming ideas, funding opportunities, national student leadership opportunities, a yearly timeline, and more. Email Ashley Bentley, AAFP Student Interest Communications Coordinator, for a hard copy of the manual, or access it by section below.

The AAFP also publishes the FMIG Manual(31 page PDF), a guide for student leaders with information on similar topic areas geared toward them.

FMIG Faculty Advisor Manual

  1. Role of an FMIG Faculty Advisor(8 page PDF)
  2. Basic Information about FMIGs(24 page PDF)
  3. Communicating(7 page PDF)
  4. National AAFP FMIG Info(9 page PDF)
  5. Funding(8 page PDF)
  6. Leadership(11 page PDF)
  7. Awards(17 page PDF)
  8. FMIG Timeline(1 page PDF)
  9. Contacts and Resources

FAQs about FMIG Faculty Advisors

Who are FMIG Advisors?

  • Family physician full-time or volunteer faculty members of Departments of Family Medicine
  • Non-physician members of Departments of Family Medicine
  • Family Medicine residency program faculty members

What are the primary roles of FMIG Advisors?

  • To be the liaison between their department of family medicine and the students interested in family medicine
  • To support students interested in family medicine

How can FMIG Advisors support students?

  • Being informed about current issues in family medicine
  • Being available to attend FMIG meetings, state academy meetings and the AAFP national FMIG advisor meetings
  • Listening to and giving feedback about student ideas for informational programs about family medicine
  • Assisting in finding family physician speakers for local school programs
  • Informing students about state and national meetings
  • Encouraging students to apply for family medicine enrichment opportunities
  • Assisting in finding financial resources to support programming

What “best practices” with their schools/departments have been cited by FMIG advisors as most effective for their success in this role?

  • Initial agreement with the department chair on the expectations and resources available for this position – e.g., funding to attend state Academy and AAFP national FMIG advisor meetings
  • Protected time to attend student FMIG meetings
  • Open communication with the Executive Director of the state Academy about FMIG needs and activities
  • Open communication with the Dean’s office so that family medicine students will be chosen to participate on panels concerning specialty/residency choice
  • Awareness of school calendar and exam schedule to maximize attendance at FMIG events

What “best practices” concerning interaction with FMIG student leaders have been cited by FMIG advisors as most effective for their success in this role?

  • Listening and giving constructive feedback
  • Offering ideas that can work to implement student ideas
  • Encouraging peer mentoring among the students to assure future leadership