Jacqueline Huynh (email@example.com) is an MS4 at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson.
"Family medicine is the one field that encompasses all ages and all organ systems, allowing its practitioners to practice anywhere and everywhere."
— Jacqueline Huynh
Why do you think family medicine is important?
Family medicine is important because it’s the foundation of preventative health in providing more comprehensive health care and improved health outcomes in our nation. This specialty is unique in its approach to patient care. Family medicine requires an astute understanding of all organ systems and caring for patients of all ages. Family practitioners are ideally situated to be healthcare providers patients turn to when they are healthy to establish a health baseline, and the providers patient can return to for more chronic disease and counseling. The field of family medicine remains crucial to America’s health because of its comprehensive nature. Its variability and diversity allow it to best address the population’s needs, especially with the Affordable Care Act and current ongoing concerns regarding physician shortages
What do you enjoy the most about family medicine?
I love family medicine and chose family medicine because of its comprehensive yet diverse nature for practicing. I will care for patients literally from womb to tomb, and have the capabilities to practice in emergency medicine, sports medicine, obstetrics, geriatrics, and more!
How did you get involved with your FMIG on campus and what made you stick with the group and pursue a student leadership role?
After time spent as the FMIG leader at my local school chapter as a MS2, I was motivated to share my knowledge about the scope of practice, flexibility, and variety it provides with my peers. I wanted to reach out to a larger audience, and with the encouragement of the previous FMIG Region 1 Coordinator and my school, I applied and became the Region 1 coordinator. I chose to run for FMIG National Coordinator because I wanted to continue to share the virtues of family medicine with other students and continue to educate medical students about family medicine’s broad scope of practice! The FMIG network had been a wonderful resource to me as a student leader and I wanted to continue improving and evolving it!
Why do you think the FMIG Network is important?
The FMIG Network is an amazing resource for school-to-school collaboration. It allows students to exchange ideas, brainstorm, and network. It’s an excellent way to learn how to lead an FMIG, run a workshop, or encourage students that there are others out there with a similar passion! The FMIG Network also helps the AAFP interact with, support and understand current student needs so they may in turn help provide resources such as the FMIG Funding Initiative.
What do you hope to accomplish in the upcoming year as National Coordinator?
As National Coordinator, my primary goal is to continue to strengthen and expand the FMIG network, working with the AAFP staff and the regional coordinators. I plan to help local programs gain better access to available resources, and help develop the appropriate resources, such as thematic Family Medicine on Air episodes. I plan to help new FMIGs and branch campus FMIGs strengthen their own programs while helping current programs become more robust! In addition, I plan to actively seek student concerns and opinions and incorporate these into the programming and resources provided by the AAFP. My end goal is to spread the word about the virtues of family medicine and all it has to offer so more students will be willing to Match into family medicine!
What do you recommend to other students who are considering student leadership roles?
Be confident! Make your voice heard! Go for it! I have found being a student leader and advocating for my peers very rewarding. The AAFP has several different opportunities, but don’t limit your leadership to us! Get and stay involved with your local FMIG chapter and spread the word about family medicine! It is better to have tried and failed than to not try and live all your days regretting and wondering “what if?”
What do you wish all medical students understood about family medicine?
Family medicine is the one field that encompasses all ages and all organ systems, allowing its practitioners to practice anywhere and everywhere. Although it is very diverse, the field is flexible enough for each physician to tailor the practice to their own preference. Practicing family medicine is an intellectual challenge; the diverse population and problems serve as a stimulus to keep learning and striving to do our best by our patients.
If you had not chosen medicine, what would you do with your life?
I would teach. I still plan to teach as a physician, but if I had not chosen medical school, my subject matter and target audience would be slightly different. I would teach pre-school or kindergarten; I’m rather fond of finger-painting, silly nursery rhymes, and hand turkeys.
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