FMIG Presentation Center

Show others the value of Family Medicine

Presentation Resources

Giving a presentation on family medicine to medical students? We’ve put together this resource center to help you successfully tell the story of the specialty and answer the questions that most often come up as students consider their career options.

There are many ways to deliver an effective talk. The most memorable ones include personal reflections and narratives, as well as research to support your key points. In addition to using the high-quality information and visuals provided, you can draw creativity from the videos and podcast episodes on this page. 

Consider sharing a relevant brochure or handout at the end of your talk, and be sure to ask for attendees to complete a presentation evaluation(1 page PDF) to gain useful feedback for yourself. Printing out AAFP student membership(145 KB PDF) applications and having them available to fill out is also suggested, as students can join for free and access many benefits. 

Cover Important Topics

Slide Decks   

Browse each slide deck to find the information that’s right for your audience, then mix and match content to build your ideal presentation. You can also use our templates to create new slides. For inspiration on how to use these materials, watch the AAFP webcast "What is Family Medicine?". The hosts use storytelling to engage their audience and adapt slides from this resource to deliver a compelling talk.

At the bottom of this page are suggested resources to help you in building new information on a variety of topics in family medicine and primary care. The central presentation, Meet Family Medicine, also includes extended notes to help guide your talk. 

Take a Peek at Family Medicine

Videos and Webcasts

Sometimes you just have to see it for yourself. These must-watch videos make a great addition to a talk about family medicine by introducing a number of meaningful insights, experiences, and creative approaches to thinking about the specialty. 

Featured Webcast: What is Family Medicine?

Use the AAFP's "What is Family Medicine?" webcast as a source of inspiration for your next presentation.

You can also show this one-hour webcast during an FMIG watch party. The family physician hosts share personal stories and cover trends, training, and more in the specialty. The webcast is an easy way to introduce medical students to the specialty.  

Hear from the experts


Get inspiration for your presentation by listening to interesting conversations about family medicine on the American Family Physician podcast. Each of these episodes features interviews with people who have unique perspectives on the specialty. After your talk, send these links to students who you think will connect with what they hear.

AFP Podcast: Interview with Dr. Sydnee McElroy

This bonus episode features an interview with family physician Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy, co-hosts of the popular podcast "Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine."

AFP Podcast: Interview with Jamie Katuna

This episode features an interview with medical student and spoken word artist Jamie Katuna, the creator of the "Primary Care Dreams" viral video.

AFP Podcast: Interview with J. Lloyd Michener, MD

This episode features an interview with J. Lloyd Michener, MD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University. Dr. Michener is co-founder of the Practical Playbook, which aims to build collaboration between primary care and public health to "achieve population health improvement and reduced healthcare costs."

AFP Podcast: Interview with John Meigs, MD, FAAFP, President of the AAFP

This interview with John Meigs, MD, FAAFP, former President of the American Academy of Family Physicians and family physician in Centreville, Alabama, covers expected changes in healthcare in 2017 and beyond, how students and family physicians can become more engaged.

Get to Know the Specialty

Resources for Further Research

In the slide sets above, we’ve shared some of the best research on the real-world impact of family medicine and primary care. Here are several papers and other resources to start you off on your own inquiry if you have more questions about family medicine and want to add other relevant content to your presentation.

Online Resources

AAFP Family Medicine Facts

AAFP Policies

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)(

Robert Graham Center(


Hopkins KD, Sinsky CA. "Team-Based Care: Saving Time and Improving Efficiency." Fam Pract Manag. 2014;21(6):23-29.

Kozakowski S, Becher K, Hinkle T, Blackwelder R, Knight C Jr., Bentley A, Pugno PA. "Responses to Medical Students' Frequently Asked Questions About Family Medicine." Am Fam Physician. 2016;93(3):online.

Petterson SM, Liaw WR, Phillips RL Jr., Rabin DL, Meyers DS, Bazemore AW. "Projecting US Primary Care Physician Workforce Needs: 2010-2025." Ann Fam Med. 2012;10(6):503-509.(

Shi L. "The Impact of Primary Care: A Focused Review." Scientifica (Cairo). 2012;2012:432892.(

Starfield B, Shi L, Grover A, Macinko J. "The effects of specialist supply on populations' health: Assessing the evidence." Health Aff. 2005;97:284.(

Starfield, B.F.; Shi, L.F.; Macinko, J. "Contribution of primary care to health systems and health." Milbank Quarterly. 2005;457:3.(

Stephens GG. "Family Medicine as Counterculture." Fam Med. 1989;21:103-9.(

Stephens, G. Gayle. The Intellectual Basis of Family Practice. Tucson, AZ: Winter Pub. Co.; Kansas City, MO: Co-sponsored and distributed by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation, 1982.(

World Health Organization (WHO) Document on Primary Care(

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We welcome your feedback on the materials presented on this page. Please contact Marselle Bredemeyer with your comments or questions.

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We welcome your feedback on the materials presented on this page. Please contact Marselle Bredemeyer with your comments or questions.