The Ohio State University College of Medicine Student Named National Coordinator for Medical Student Network
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Monday, March 6, 2017
American Academy of Family Physicians
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LEAWOOD, Kan. — Kelsey Murray, a fourth-year MD/Masters of Health Administration student at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, has been named national coordinator for the American Academy of Family Physicians National Family Medicine Interest Group Network.
As national coordinator, Murray works with regional FMIG coordinators across the United States to develop and strengthen FMIGs on medical school campuses. She also will be a member of the AAFP Commission on Education, as well as its subcommittee on National Conference Planning.
The AAFP established the National FMIG Network to strengthen the on-campus organizations that focus on promoting family medicine as a career. The network is composed of campus faculty and student FMIG leaders, appointed regional coordinators, and an elected national coordinator. It is designed to foster communication among FMIGs across the country.
“Family Medicine Interest Groups are an important part of our efforts to increase the number of students who choose family medicine as their specialty,” said John Meigs, Jr., MD, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. “They introduce students to the scope of family medicine, the expertise of family physicians, and the professional satisfaction of providing comprehensive care to an entire family over their lifetimes. As national coordinator, Kelsey is vital to helping fellow medical students not only learn more about family medicine, but also about the opportunities out there for both service and leadership in their communities and their profession.”
Murray has been involved in an FMIG since her first year as a medical student. She is passionate about promoting family medicine and primary care, especially in underserved areas.
“I love the breadth and variety of family medicine, the whole-patient approach, and the continuity family physicians have with their patients,” Murray said. “I also love pediatrics and obstetrics. Furthermore, primary care physicians play a crucial role in the future of health care.”
Murray was an FMIG Network Regional Coordinator for the past two years. During that time she recorded several FMIG Leaders Series webinars, led several FMIG events at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students, and connected monthly with schools in her region.
“My goals this year as the national coordinator are to continue to strengthen the FMIG Network and its partnerships, help leaders connect with AAFP, encourage student leadership, and increase student attendance at national conference,” she said.
In addition to being active in the FMIG network and the AAFP, Murray is involved in her state AFP chapter. She has conducted research in family medicine and participates in Women in Medicine events.
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