Meet the FMIG Network Student Leaders

The FMIG Network Regional Coordinators can help you with family medicine and FMIG-related questions. Learn more about the Regional Coordinators and their unique experiences with family medicine.

Regional Coordinators and SNMA Student Liaison

Region 1 -- Kelsey Murray

Email: kelsey.murray@osumc.edu
Hometown: Berea, Ohio
School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Year: MHA/MS3
Follow Kelsey on Twitter: @doctorakelso21(twitter.com)(twitter.com)

Why did you decide to go to medical school?
I was always a very curious person and loved reading. With my love of science that I discovered during high school and college, and my passion for community service, medicine just seemed like a natural fit, and several influential mentors agreed and encouraged me to pursue medicine.

How/why did you get involved with your FMIG?
I got involved with my FMIG from the very beginning of first year through attending meetings, giving a brief talk on "What is a Patient Centered Medical Home," and writing for the FMIG newsletter. I also had the opportunity to attend National Conference as an M1. The next year, I continued to be involved as President, working with a great team of students, and I'm proud to say that this year our FMIG won an Overall Program of Excellence award.

What about family medicine do you wish every medical student understood?
I wish that every medical student understood how diverse family medicine is, and how many options there are. I'd like med students to know that family docs deliver babies, perform minor procedures, do hospital medicine, and treat people of all ages and with all types of medical issues.

What’s your favorite thing about family medicine?
My favorite thing about family medicine is the diversity and variety – I won't ever get bored. You have so many options throughout your career. I also love the relationships you get to form over time with patients.

Region 2 -- Krystal Foster

Email: krffz6@health.missouri.edu
Hometown: Jefferson City, Missouri
School: University of Missouri School of Medicine
Year in School: MS4
Follow Krystal on Twitter: @KrystalFMIG(twitter.com)

Why did you decide to go to medical school?
I chose to go to medical school because I knew I wanted a rewarding yet challenging career. I hope to help my patients lead the highest quality life possible, and I enjoy working through problems and learning about the human body. Medicine combines the best of caring and lifelong learning.

How/why did you get involved with your FMIG?
I became actively involved with my FMIG during first year of medical school and have been throughout the past four years. I wanted a volunteering outlet during medical school and to network with other students interested in family medicine and family medicine residents and faculty, and my school's FMIG provided all these opportunities and more!

What about family medicine do you wish every medical student understood?
Family medicine is a flexible, rewarding, and challenging career. The broad scope of training allows you to tailor your practice to focus on what you are most interested in, whether it be obstetrics, sports medicine, geriatrics, or a broad scope including all of these!

What is your favorite thing about family medicine?
Family medicine provides the best avenue for continuity of care and preventative care. Family physicians provide health care to several generations within a family and the long-term physician-patient relationships built help patients make the best decisions for themselves in regard to their health and well-being.

Region 3 -- Tricia Minton

Email: mintontb@mail.uc.edu
Hometown: Hamilton, Ohio
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Year in School: MS3
Follow Tricia on Twitter: @MintT90(twitter.com)

Why did you decide to go to medical school?
While I was studying biomedical engineering as an undergraduate, I realized that I was more interested in medicine than engineering. I loved the idea of forming relationships with patients and knew medical school was the best next step for me. Once I was in medical school, I realized that I couldn't be happier in any other profession.

How/why did you get involved with your FMIG?
I explored several specialties during my first year of medical school, and every experience pointed me back toward family medicine. I have a habit of searching for leadership positions when I am passionate about something, so I looked into my school's FMIG. Over the course of my second year, I expanded the events offered by my FMIG and looked into further leadership with the AAFP. I'm so excited to be an FMIG Network Regional Coordinator!

What about family medicine do you wish every medical student understood?
I wish that every medical student understood the variety of opportunities offered by a career in family medicine. Family physicians have more flexibility than any other specialty, both in terms of career focus and practice location (rural, urban, global). I wish more medical students understood that family doctors can do procedures (dermatology, colonoscopies, Ob/Gyn) and that family medicine is on the forefront of health care reform.

What's your favorite thing about family medicine?
My favorite thing about family medicine is that family physicians can play a role in every aspect of a patient's life. Family physicians can do everything from delivering babies to caring for elderly patients in the hospital. Family physicians see their patients both when they are well and when they are in need of acute care. I also love that family physicians are so in tune with what changes need to be made to move our health care system in the right direction.

Region 4 -- Megan Ohmer

Email: megan.ohmer@usuhs.edu
Hometown: Daytona Beach, Florida
Medical School: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Year in School: MS2
Follow Megan on Twitter: @megan_0710(twitter.com)(twitter.com)

Why did you decide to go to medical school?
I've always enjoyed science, and in high school I began to gravitate toward the medical field, where I realized that medicine would be the best way for me to serve others and touch many lives, as well as a way to directly use science to help others.

How/why did you get involved with your FMIG?
Initially, I got involved with my school's FMIG because it is one of the most active groups on campus and one of the only student organizations that offers community service opportunities. When I was looking for a leadership opportunity at my school, I jumped at the opportunity to help lead our FMIG to provide these opportunities to other students interested in serving our community. I also had begun to realize that family medicine directly aligned with my personal vision of myself as a physician, and I wanted to help others gain exposure to family medicine, so that they may consider that career path as well.

What about family medicine do you wish every medical student understood?
I wish every medical student understood that good family physicians do so much more than write referrals to specialists! Family physicians have a special role to have a long-lasting, personal relationship with their patients, and also to have a working knowledge of whatever medical issues or concerns they may have. Even if a patient's disease goes beyond their scope and the patient sees a specialist, the family physician still has a crucial role as the "quarterback" of their patient's care and their advocate through the whole process.

What’s your favorite thing about family medicine?
I love how much family medicine embodies the idea of caring for the whole person, and not just a particular disease entity. I love the relationships that family physicians can build with their patients and the ability to serve as their advocate and help them navigate the health care system. I also love the diversity in patient populations and disease processes that only family medicine offers.

Region 5 -- Kaci Larsen

Email: KRL0003@uab.edu
Hometown: Mount Olive, Alabama
School: University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
Year in School: MS3
Follow Kaci on Twitter: @KaciFMIG(twitter.com)

Why did you decide to go to medical school?
When I was in high school, I volunteered at Children's Hospital in Birmingham, AL. I helped tutor cystic fibrosis patients and watched physicians make significant differences in the patients' lives through medicine and compassion. I decided at that time I wanted to make an impact on those around me. That, combined with my love for science and the human body, led me to my decision to attend medical school and become a physician.

How/why did you get involved with your FMIG? 
Coming into medical school, I knew I wanted to practice rural medicine. I was exposed to my school's FMIG through the Rural Medicine Program. As part of a program that focuses on placing primary care physicians back in the rural setting, I was educated on the different specialties and decided family medicine was the best fit for me. Knowing this, I got involved with my FMIG chapter.

What about family medicine do you wish every medical student understood?
I wish every medical student understood the scope of practice in family medicine. Want to do procedures? You can! Love sports medicine? Do it! Like obstetrics? Deliver babies! The opportunities in family medicine are endless.

What’s your favorite thing about family medicine?
My favorite thing about family medicine is diversity. Family medicine gives the physician the opportunity to create bonds with people of all ages and backgrounds. As a family doctor, you can impact a patient's health and emotional well-being, while also impacting the community they live in. Not to mention, the variety of medical issues that one encounters as a family physician will always keep your interests piqued.

SNMA Student Liaison -- Alice Esame

Email: aliceesame@gmail.com
Hometown: Madison, Alabama
School: Howard University College of Medicine
Year in School: MS4
Follow Alice on Twitter: @AliceSNMA(twitter.com)

Alice has been a member of the executive board of the Student National Medical Association since her first year at Howard University College of Medicine, most recently serving as president. Through her involvement with SNMA and her school's FMIG, she has worked on free health care initiatives in the Washington, DC area. As the AAFP Student Liaison to the SNMA, Alice will communicate opportunities between the groups in support of her goal of using family medicine to help fix health care disparities.

Why did you decide to go to medical school?
My mother was a midwife growing up, which made medicine the first career I was ever exposed to. I saw the impact that my mother had in our community and wanted to be just like her. When I got older and really began to appreciate what it meant to be healthy, it became my goal to prevent people from getting sick.

How/why did you get involved with your FMIG?
I joined my FMIG so that I could learn more about the opportunities available in family medicine and in turn share what I'd learned with my peers.

What about family medicine do you wish every medical student understood?
I wish that every medical student understood that there are endless opportunities to be a stellar physician in family medicine. Family medicine isn't only medication refills. It is the core of medicine that presents a daily challenge to be an all-encompassing physician depending on which patient walks into your office that day.

What’s your favorite thing about family medicine?
The continuity of care. Being able to take a mother through her pregnancy and then care for both her and her child is very special. No other physician can have that effect on a family.