Meet the FMIG Network Student Leaders

The Regional Coordinators of the Family Medicine Interest Group Network play a crucial role in connecting students with local FMIGs and helping FMIGs around the nation connect with and learn from each other. Additionally, the FMIG Network includes two liaisons who help FMIGs collaborate with the Student National Medical Association and the Latino Medical Student Association. A National Coordinator oversees the objectives and activities of the FMIG Network.

Learn more about the Regional Coordinators and SNMA and LMSA liaisons and their unique experiences with FMIGs and family medicine.

Regional Coordinators | SNMA and LMSA Student Liaisons

RegionRegional Coordinator
Region: #1 (Western)
Regional Coordinator: Michelle Do
Region: #2 (Midwest)
Regional Coordinator: Kate Nowakowski
Region: #3 (Mid-Atlantic)
Regional Coordinator: Chase Mussard
Region: #4 (Northeast)
Regional Coordinator: Louisa Howard
Region: #5 (Southeast)
Regional Coordinator: Wesley Minor

[Michelle Do]

Region 1 -- Michelle Do

Medical School: California Northstate University College of Medicine

What is your favorite thing about family medicine?

I admire the way family medicine offers endless opportunities to better serve patients and the community: opportunities to practice a large breadth of medicine, opportunities to advocate for diverse and underserved populations, and opportunities to create meaningful, long-lasting relationships with patients of all ages. There is a unique, thriving passion for care instilled in the spirit of family medicine which I believe will be essential in improving the state of medicine now and in the future.


[Kate Nowakowski]

Region 2 -- Kate Nowakowski

Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

What is your favorite thing about family medicine?

My favorite thing about family medicine is the dedication to communities. Whether it's a family, a neighborhood or a city, family docs think about what can improve health for everyone and work hard to make it happen. Informed by trusting, longitudinal care in a variety of realms and empowered by multidisciplinary teams, family medicine can change the health care landscape!

 


[Chase Mussard]

Region 3 -- Chase Mussard

Medical School: East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine

What is your favorite thing about family medicine?

Family medicine is full of so many opportunities and ways to mold you own career and that is my favorite part of the specialty! I appreciate most the vast foundation of knowledge that training in family medicine provides. It truly sets you up to the be "the" primary care physician, capable of treating the largest variety of patients and medical problems possible! Whether by patients young or old, male or female, and in communities large or small, family docs will always be needed, and be needed everywhere!


[Louisa Howard]

Region 4 -- Louisa Howard, MA

Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

What is your favorite thing about family medicine?

I love that family medicine is rooted in holistic, preventative, community-oriented, long-term care. It requires physicians to connect through sustaining relationships, learning the patient's full story in order to adequately address symptoms. I am very passionate about integrative medicine as well as women's health, and family medicine provides the ideal path to pursue my specific interests while positively impacting a diverse patient population. I am also inspired by the advocacy-focused mission of family medicine, and I hope to use my degree in bioethics to impact future health care policy changes. 


[Wesley Minor]

Region 5 -- Wesley Minor

Medical School: University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

What is your favorite thing about family medicine?

My favorite thing about family medicine is how much you are able to do! I like a little bit everything, and I think family medicine is the perfect fit for that. You can deliver a baby in the morning, take care of an 80-year-old patient in the afternoon, and go be the team doctor that evening. You are also able to set your practice up with whatever interests you, and I think that is a huge benefit to family medicine!

 


[Kethelyne Beauvais]

SNMA FMIG Liaison -- Kethelyne Beauvais

Medical School: East Virginia Medical School

What is your favorite thing about family medicine?

My favorite thing about family medicine is the general kind, supportive nature of the field towards learners and the ability for innovative thinking to impact patients of all ages and backgrounds. I also enjoy the unique role that family medicine has in addressing social determinants of health to improve communities we serve. From academic and sports medicine to conducting a parent-baby check-up in one visit, a family medicine physician could take various paths to positively impact their patients and community. 


[Heidy Sasvin]

LMSA FMIG Liaison -- Heidy Sasvin

Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

What is your favorite thing about family medicine?

My favorite part about family medicine is that the patient always comes first, regardless of the situation. This has allowed us to build a trustworthy and long lasting relationship with our patients across generations.