Planning interesting and engaging meetings is a big part of having a successful Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG). After determining your FMIG’s goals, your group may want to brainstorm about possible programming ideas that help achieve these goals. For some FMIGs, these range from community service projects to clinical skills workshops.
Often, FMIG programming usually falls into one of these categories:
Cover Important Topics
Lunch & Learns/Dinner Presentations: Whether your FMIG chooses to have a discussion or a presentation, lunch & learns and dinner presentations are a great way to attract new members and to keep your current members involved. A couple of ideas include:
Strolling Through the Match Presentation: The AAFP can provide your FMIG with Strolling Through the Match books and a customizable PowerPoint presentation. Order free books through the AAFP catalog. Some FMIGs choose to make this a series of presentations.
Family Medicine on Air Episodes: These recordings of our series of live social media events give medical students a chance to learn about hot topics in health care from family medicine leaders -- all in 15 minutes or less.
Learn and Practice New Skills
Clinical skills workshops give students an opportunity to learn and practice procedural skills.Your FMIG may want to recruit some residents to help with the demonstrations, and to act as patients, if needed.
Examples of suitable workshops include:
Give Back to Your Community
Some FMIGs have made a commitment to performing one community service project a month, others only commit to one service project per year. These types of projects don’t always have to require a major time commitment from all FMIG members. Community service projects can range from volunteering at a clinic to sending holiday cards to elderly residents of a nursing home or collecting canned food for a local food pantry. Community service projects are also a great collaborative activity with other organizations on your campus that have similar mission statements such as AMSA, SNMA, LMSA or others. Some examples of service projects include:
Get to Know the Specialty
The social aspect of an FMIG allows members to forge friendships with students who have similar interests.
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