AAFP Program of Excellence Awards Recognize 16 Family Medicine Interest Groups

Monday, June 27, 2011


LEAWOOD, Kan. — The American Academy of Family Physicians has named 16 medical school Family Medicine Interest Groups as the 2011 Program of Excellence Award winners for their outstanding activities in generating interest in family medicine.

Award winners will be honored during a July 29 ceremony at the AAFP National Conference for Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in Kansas City.

FMIGs are medical school-sponsored organizations that give students a chance to learn more about family medicine through regular meetings, workshops, leadership development opportunities, and community and clinical experiences. The Program of Excellence Awards recognizes FMIGs for their outstanding performance in FMIG operation, community service, promoting the value of primary care, exposure to family medicine and family physicians, professional development and measures of success.

“Family medicine interest groups are essential to helping medical students understand the professional challenge and satisfaction of being a family physician,” said Perry Pugno, MD, MPH, vice president of education and the AAFP. “All of this year’s award winners have done outstanding work in giving students the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge they’ve acquired in the classroom, develop leadership skills that will serve them in their future practices and communities, and better understand the vital role that family medicine plays in our health care system.”

In addition to recognizing 10 FMIGs for their overall performance, the AAFP Program of Excellence Awards cites a first-time applicant, a most improved program and four winners in specific areas: community service, exposure to family medicine and family physicians, professional development, and promoting the value of primary care.

This year’s awards were the most competitive, with more interest groups submitting applications than any other year, according Pugno. The awards have been given for more than a decade.

Winners of the overall 2011 Program of Excellence Award Recipients are Family Medicine Interest Groups at:

  • David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine
  • Pennsylvania State College of Medicine
  • Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa
  • University of Minnesota Medical School – Twin Cities Campus
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine
  • University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Winners in specific categories are Family Medicine Interest Groups at:

  • Excellence in Community Service: University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Excellence in Exposure to Family Medicine/Family Physicians: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Excellence in Professional Development: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
  • Excellence in Promoting the Value of Primary Care: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Award for First-Time Applicant: University of Alabama School of Medicine – Huntsville Regional Medical Campus
  • Most Improved FMIG: University of Louisville School of Medicine

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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 136,700 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the largest medical society devoted solely to primary care. Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.  To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.familydoctor.org(familydoctor.org).