FMIG Network National Coordinator Profile
I think family medicine reflects how the world actually operates. The world doesn’t operate in the sense of all adults or all children or only pregnant women, it operates as a community of many different types of people...I love the community, I love the culture, I love the patients, and most of all I love what family medicine stands for, which is members of the world taking care of each other.
— Lauren Kendall
Lauren Kendall, 2012-2013 National Coordinator
Lauren Kendall (email@example.com) is an MS4 at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. She has been involved in her school's FMIG since her first year, and through her leadership efforts has helped increase group membership and activity.
How did you decide to pursue family medicine?
I just really feel at home in family medicine. I love the community, I love the culture, I love the patients, and most of all I love what family medicine stands for, which is members of the world taking care of each other. When I learned that is what family medicine is all about I decided this is something that I would love to be part of for the rest of my life.
Why do you think family medicine is important?
I think family medicine reflects how the world actually operates. The world doesn’t operate in the sense of all adults or all children or only pregnant women, it operates as a community of many different types of people. I think family medicine appreciates that and thrives by supporting that. In doing so, it also empowers the members of the community to keep themselves healthy and to make better lives for themselves at the same time.
What do you enjoy the most about family medicine?
The thing I enjoy the most about family medicine is seeing patients many times over a long period of time. I really love seeing people change for the better and learn more about themselves. I love helping them to realize how much strength they have within themselves. I really like to see changes over long periods of time and really get to know patients.
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 actually got involved with my FMIG because a friend of mine suggested that I join the group. I ended up sticking with it and pursuing a leadership role when I realized family medicine was the place for me and this was a community I wanted to be a part of, and that a lot of my fellow students didn’t realize this fact yet. I wanted to help them recognize the value of family medicine.
Why do you think the FMIG Network is important?
I think that FMIGs’ best resources are in fact each other. In addition, all members of FMIGs are going to be each other’s colleagues in the future. Forming a network early on is a great way to get involved and to get to know your future colleagues and strengthen and empower each other in the world of family medicine. It’s also a great way to share ideas.
What do you hope to accomplish in the upcoming year as National Coordinator?
I hope to be a very welcoming leader for members of FMIGs and I hope to show medical students interested in the field that they have a very large support network that is happy to help them in whatever way they need. I think it’s important for students to get involved in the local, state, and national levels and I would like to help encourage other students to do so.
What do you recommend to other students who are considering student leadership roles?
I would say to them that they should definitely go for it. It’s a blast and they shouldn't ever feel intimidated or too busy because everyone has something to offer. Of course the family medicine community is very welcoming.
What do you wish all medical students understood about family medicine?
I wish that all med students understood the wide variety of opportunities available to them. Through family medicine, you can practice almost anything, any setting, work with any type of population. The variety in lifestyles is also very different. Family medicine is anything you want it to be and I wish students could see that more clearly because I think it could really benefit them in their career choice. It’s true. I really feel that way.
If you had not chosen medicine, what would you do with your life?
I would open an animal shelter. I’d love to open one of those wildlife preserves where they have injured owls and other wild animals. Dogs could stay there too, and cats, and baby bunnies…whoever, anyone could stay there.
I would also travel the world to taste cheese. And, I have always wanted to go around the world and find, in all the major places people go, the best spots in each of those places to watch the sunset.