Meet the FMIG Network National Coordinator
The FMIG Network National Coordinator supports and facilitates the work of the five Regional Coordinators to develop and strengthen FMIGs on medical school campuses across the country. He or she is also a member of the AAFP Commission on Education, as well as its subcommittee on National Conference Planning. The National Coordinator is elected at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, and serves a one-year term.
Read how National Coordinator Kelsey Murray plans to use her passion for family medicine to strengthen the FMIG Network and inspire students to choose family medicine.
2016-2017 National Coordinator
School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
"When you have seen one family doctor, you have seen one family doctor. There are so many different opportunities available for family doctors in a wide variety of practice settings. The world is your oyster!"
— Kelsey Murray
Why do you think family medicine is important?
Family medicine is the backbone of America’s health care system. Family doctors see 1 in 5 office visits in America. It is important to have a personal physician who knows about more than one organ system and cares for you and your whole family. They see patients of all ages, genders, backgrounds, and in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, and ERs, including in rural and urban underserved areas. Family medicine training equips physicians to both manage and prevent chronic diseases.
What do you enjoy most about family medicine?
I love connecting with families and forming longitudinal relationships with patients. I also enjoy the variety seen in family medicine – I will never be bored! My favorite part about family medicine is how family doctors care for the whole person – every organ system, social determinants, and emotional and mental health.
How did you get involved with your FMIG on campus and what made you stick with the group and pursue a student leadership role?
I got involved in my school’s FMIG as a first year student because I knew I was interested in primary care. I enjoyed hearing family physicians speak on a variety of topics from their diverse backgrounds and practices. I started as a student leader in my local FMIG where we worked together to host events on the breadth and variety of family medicine physicians. As a new FMIG leader, 3 years ago I was at National Conference at the celebration event when amidst the music my very own regional coordinator Carina suggested I apply for an appointed position.
These past two years, I have heard about the amazing FMIGs across the nation, and have brainstormed, problem-solved, and networked with students, faculty, and staff. I have had the chance to host Family Medicine on Air episodes (such as the one with Dr. John Parks about global health), learn about social media campaigns, and answer FMIG leaders’ questions. Additionally, I’ve helped plan FMIG events at National conference the last 2 years such as FMIG Basics and FMIG Best Practices. I have enjoyed encouraging student leadership and interest in family medicine across the nation. It energizes me to help students develop passion for family medicine, which will hopefully translate into student choice.
Why do you think the FMIG Network is important?
I appreciate how supportive the AAFP is of student leaders and I continue to learn about new resources at the AAFP that we pass along to students. The network is a great place for FMIG leaders to connect with each other and with student leaders in the AAFP to learn from each other and share best practices. It is always fun to meet other students who are also passionate about family medicine!
What do you hope to accomplish in the upcoming year as National Coordinator?
I hope to strengthen our existing relationships with the medical schools, state chapters, and SNMA and AMSA, and form new relationships with the new medical schools. I would love to see more students attend National Conference and at least one student from each state participate in the Student Congress sessions at the conference. Another goal is to have more FMIGs applying for an AAFP Program of Excellence Award. Our new FMIG Network online communities will be a great way to connect students and share information, and I am excited to see how this will grow over the next year.
What do you recommend to other students who are considering student leadership roles?
We need more passionate student leaders such as yourselves to be leaders in your local schools and help us foster the next generation of family doctors caring for our country! I would encourage anyone who is interested to learn about the various roles and then apply. It is a great way to get more involved with family medicine, network in your field, and further develop your leadership skills.
What do you wish all medical students understood about family medicine?
When you have seen one family doctor, you have seen one family doctor. There are so many different opportunities available for family doctors in a wide variety of practice settings. The world is your oyster! There are many paths to take in a career in family medicine and you can find or design your ideal practice to fit your interests!