University of Alabama, Birmingham, School of Medicine Student Named Regional Coordinator of AAFP Family Medicine Interest Group

Monday, March 6, 2017

Leslie Champlin
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237, Ext. 6252

LEAWOOD, Kan. — Chandler Stisher, a second-year medical student at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, has been named a regional coordinator for the American Academy of Family Physicians National Family Medicine Interest Group Network. As coordinator, Stisher will serve as a consultant and resource for the FMIGs on medical school campuses in the eight states that comprise Region 5 of the network—Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.

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 a regional coordinator, Chandler 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.”

As an FMIG regional coordinator, Stisher provides a role model for fellow students at a time when demand for family physicians is growing.

Stisher is currently a Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Scholar and is part of a team of residents and students actively working to identify factors that affect student choice of family medicine.

“Through personal experiences over the past year, I have become much more passionate about why students choose family medicine and, more importantly, why they don’t,” Stisher said. “With a growing need for primary care physicians, I want to help increase the number of students who pursue a primary care specialty, especially family medicine.”

Stisher completed his Bachelor of Science degree in biology at the UAB. He also earned his certificate of completion in the Rural Medicine Program through Auburn University. The Rural Medicine Program was established to create a pipeline program for students from rural areas of Alabama to help develop their interest in primary care and family medicine. In addition, he is working to complete a Master of Public Health degree from the UAB School of Public Health.


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