Meet the FMIG Network Student Leaders

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Network Regional Coordinators play a crucial role in connecting students with local FMIGs and helping FMIGs around the nation connect with and learn from each other.

Learn more about the Regional Coordinators and their unique experiences with FMIGs and family medicine.

FMIG Regional Coordinators and SNMA Student Liaison

RegionRegional Coordinator
Region: #1 (Western)
Regional Coordinator: Kelsey Murray
Region: #2 (Midwest)
Regional Coordinator: John Heafner
Region: #3 (Mid-Atlantic)
Regional Coordinator: Yeri Park
Region: #4 (Northeast)
Regional Coordinator: Olivia Bolen
Region: #5 (Southeast)
Regional Coordinator: Cordelia Whitlatch

FMIG Region 1 Coordinator Kelsey Murray

Region 1 -- Kelsey Murray

School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Year: MS4

About Kelsey

What is your favorite thing about family medicine?

I love that family medicine doctors give whole-person care to patients of all ages and in a variety of practice types. It's always interesting!

Why is family medicine so important to health care in the U.S. (and the world)?

Whole-person, preventative, comprehensive care should be the standard, not fragmented specialized care!

What do you hope to accomplish in your position this year?

I hope to encourage other FMIG student leaders in their roles across the U.S. and empower them to promote the specialty of family medicine at their medical schools.

What have you gained from AAFP leadership as a student?

I have gained an appreciation for leaders at all levels – local FMIG leaders at their medical schools, students and residents involved in state and national leadership positions, and for family medicine doctors who are involved in leadership. Also, the AAFP has so many resources for everyone at any stage of their career and works so hard to advocate for and support family medicine physicians and students.

FMIG Region 2 Coordinator John Heafner

Region 2 -- John Heafner

School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Year: MS3

About John

What is your favorite thing about family medicine?

I would have to say that my favorite aspect of family medicine is its focus on primary prevention. Family practitioners are positioned very well in the healthcare system to help maintain health over long periods of time rather than treating or reversing disease. My passion has always been preventive health, so that is one of the many reasons that I want to practice family medicine.

What do you hope to accomplish in your position this year?

This year I hope to better connect FMIGs at different medical schools. I want to hold forums for FMIG leaders to share their thoughts and ideas about promoting family medicine. I also plan to work with each FMIG to think of and plan creative new ways to get medical students excited about family medicine.

FMIG Region 3 Coordinator Yeri Park

Region 3 -- Yeri Park

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Year: MS4

About Yeri

What is your favorite thing about family medicine?

My favorite things about family medicine are the ability to provide continuity of care and the diversity. In family medicine, you are able to provide the preventative, acute, and chronic services for each patient's well-being. Not a single day is the same in this field and not all practices are the same. You can deliver babies, do a variety of procedures, focus on sports medicine, and have a broader scope of practice.

What do you hope to accomplish in your position this year?

I hope to bring together different FMIGs in my region and increase membership in the different groups by sharing of great programming ideas.

FMIG Region 4 Coordinator Olivia Bolen

Region 4 -- Olivia Bolen

Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine
Year: MS3

About Olivia

Why is family medicine so important to health care in the U.S. (and the world)?

Not all of the chronic health issues that arise within our society can be solved with medicine alone. It is through advocating preventative health education and lifestyle modification that we, as current and future physicians, will promote better health among our communities. It is through having care providers that will look at the disease and their patient holistically that the best diagnoses and care will occur. Who better to provide this education and care than the physicians that see their patients on a regular basis and know the most about their patients’ lifestyles, and thus the barricades to necessary modifications? Family medicine allows for better disease prevention and management because it is all-encompassing and provides greater access to wide patient populations. Without a strong emphasis on family medicine within our society, we will not be addressing the underlying health issues that are causing the large incidences of chronic disease.

What do you hope to accomplish in your position this year?

Being fortunate enough to attend the 2015 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students, I was able to get involved in many of the FMIG sessions that were offered. During the sessions, I communicated with other FMIG leaders regarding what they do to make their FMIGs great, and how they have overcome challenges that they face in their schools. I learned so much having been able to feed off of my fellow FMIG leaders, and I hope that in my term as an AAFP FMIG Network Regional Coordinator, I can propagate these conversations even further. I will help FMIG leaders and members all around the U.S. communicate and bounce ideas off of one another, aid each other in overcoming challenges, accomplish successful events, and so much more. Because we are a strong network, I believe it is my duty to facilitate these conversations between FMIGs so that they not only have strong memberships, but that their members learn about how great family medicine is and the vast opportunities available to them within the medical field as well.

FMIG Region 5 Coordinator Cordelia Staab

Region 5 -- Cordelia Whitlatch

Residency: In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program
Year: PGY1

About Cordelia

What is your favorite thing about family medicine?

My favorite thing about family medicine is the broad scope of care that family physicians provide. I love that a family physician can deliver babies, take care of centenarians, and do so much in between! Family physicians also have the awesome privilege to focus on patients’ health as a whole and provide continuity of care throughout their lives.

What have you gained from AAFP leadership as a resident or student?

One of the things I feel most fortunate about, from my time in leadership positions with the AAFP, is the chance to get to know so many amazing people. All of the AAFP leaders are extremely passionate about family medicine, serving their patients and communities, and effecting positive change in the healthcare landscape. They really are an inspiring group to be around! I have also gained a lot of leadership experience, which will make me a better family physician in the future, as well as a better leader.

SNMA Student Liason Brittany Watson

SNMA Student Liaison -- Brittany Watson

Residency: Carolinas Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program
Year: PGY1

About Brittany

What is your favorite thing about family medicine?

Continuity. Having the privilege to get to know and grow through life with patients and their families is a gift.

What do you hope to accomplish in your position this year?

I hope to increase collaboration between FMIG and SNMA chapters in an effort to expose medical students to diverse and underserved communities, and promote family medicine to underrepresented minority medical students.