Communication Tools for FMIGs
Communicating with your classmates and faculty is key to having a successful FMIG. One FMIG saw their membership grow just by advertising events two weeks in advance and having their events at the same place and at the same time every month. Another FMIG sent text messages to members to remind them about upcoming meetings and events.
Spreading the Word on Campus
- Check to see if your school’s e-mail system allows class-wide or school-wide e-mails. This is a great way to advertise your programming and meetings.
- Use school bulletin boards for posters and postcards. You can request free postcards and posters from the AAFP.
- Set up a website or a blog to communicate with members and potential members. Many platforms are free.
- Advertise your meetings and events in student newsletters. Some schools have weekly e-mail newsletters that are sent to all students.
Additional Communication Tools
AAFP FMIG Listservs
In addition to communicating with students through conferences, mailings and handouts, the AAFP also has five regional Listservs specifically for FMIG members and student leaders. These are a great way to stay in touch with the AAFP and FMIGs in your region, and to gain information about best practices.
Some tips for using the Listservs:
- Always check the “to” field to make sure you’re sending the message to the right listserv (or individual).
- Don’t write in all caps.
- Make sure your message is appropriate for the audience. Does the message apply to all students in the region, or just students at a particular medical school?
FMIG on Social Media
Connect with the FMIG Network and interact with other family medicine students and AAFP leaders.
Family Medicine Handouts and Brochures
The AAFP has a variety of family medicine handouts and brochures that FMIGs can use to promote the specialty and their student group. These are great for student organization fairs or for introducing new students to the group.
Regional Coordinators and National Coordinator
Your regional coordinator is a great resource for information about the AAFP and FMIG Network. Don’t hesitate to contact any Regional Coordinator about programming ideas, FMIG events or other questions you may have about your FMIG.