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 2: "What Med Students Need to Know About Direct Primary Care"

AAFP Board Chair Reid Blackwelder, MD, will discuss 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.

Supplemental Resources

  • Use this list of discussion questions(1 page PDF) to supplement and deepen your learning and understanding of direct primary care and its potential impact on how patient care is delivered by family physicians and other primary care practitioners. This activity is meant to follow viewing of the episode.
  • Read this handout on physician payment reform(2 page PDF) to learn how different payment models incentivize particular aspects of care delivery.

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Archived Episodes

Access archived episodes on the FMIG Network YouTube channel(

  • Pilot Episode(

    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

    Dr. Blackwelder discussed what you need to know about the patient-centered medical home model and how it provides comprehensive primary care for all patients.