Family Medicine On Air
Family Medicine On Air is a series of live social media events that gives medical students across the country a chance to learn about hot topics in health care from family medicine leaders -- all in 15 minutes or less. Each episode streams live on Google Plus and YouTube and is archived so that you can view it later or even stream to share with your medical student colleagues at an FMIG event.
Episode 8: Celebrating World Family Doctor Day
Family physicians have the skills and training to improve the health of people and communities beyond national borders. Hear from Dr. John Parks, a family physician working in Malawi, in this 15-minute episode. Dr. Parks also answers medical students' questions about global health.
- Read more about Dr. Parks and World Family Doctor Day in AAFP News.
- Search the AAFP's directory of residency programs that offer international rotations.
- Browse the AAFP's list of organizations that accept medical students and residents for international service.
- Explore opportunities to engage in global health at the Family Medicine Global Health Workshop. Network, learn, and train with current and aspiring global health advocates.
- Join Polaris, the North American young doctors' movement.
- Get data on the global status of family medicine using the interactive World Health Mapper. The tool displays and compares country-level health indicators as maps, tables, and/or charts, and offers a better understanding of the worldwide impact of family medicine. Read more about Dr. Parks’ work on the World Health Mapper here.
- Learn about ways that you can begin to nurture your interest in global health and prepare for international service.
- Join the Global Health Member Interest Group and foster support for AAFP member interest in global health activities, networking, and collaboration.
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Pilot Episode: Q&A with Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Past AAFP President Reid Blackwelder, MD, answered students' questions on topics such as direct primary care and patient satisfaction metrics, and offered advice to students who are interested in family medicine.
Episode 1: What Med Students Need to Know About the Patient Centered Medical Home
Dr. Blackwelder discusses what you need to know about this emerging practice model, and how it provides comprehensive primary care for all patients.
Episode 2: What Med Students Need to Know About Direct Primary Care
AAFP Board Chair Reid Blackwelder, MD, discusses direct primary care, an evolving model of care that can lower overall health care costs and allow physicians to spend more time with their patients.
Episode 3: What Med Students Need to Know About Cost of Care
AAFP President Robert Wergin, MD, discusses the cost of care and its implications on individual patients and the health care system as a whole. He also explains how family medicine is helping to reduce costs through its focus on preventive and team-based care.
Episode 4: What Med Students Need to Know About Immunizations
AAFP President Robert Wergin, MD, explains why immunizations -- a part of a family physician's everyday workload -- are vital to long-term health. Dr. Wergin also answers questions from medical students, including how to address some of the misconceptions about vaccinations.
Episode 5: Global Health and World Family Doctor Day
Kyle Hoedebecke, MD, co-founder of the North American young doctors' movement Polaris, explains in this video why family medicine is the perfect fit for students interested in global health.
Episode 6: Changemaking in Primary Care
Glen Stream, MD, MBI, board chair of the Family Medicine for America's Health Initiative and its Health is Primary campaign, discusses the evidence for needed change in the US health care system and the crucial role of primary care. Medical students can learn what they need to know about changemaking in primary care and how they can get involved.
Episode 7: What Med Students Need to Know About Gun Violence
AAFP President Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, discusses the role family physicians can play in helping to reduce gun violence in their communities. Reflecting on her experiences with victims of gun violence, Dr. Filer also explains why it is a public health issue and a "social contagion," how to counsel patients about gun safety, and the public health measures around gun control and gun violence that currently exist.