Students involved in a Family Medicine Interest Groups can benefit from sharing events and efforts with other groups on campus that promote primary care.
Among the national partners of the AAFP are the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA). These organizations are partnering to bring local and national visibility to students interested in family medicine. Unique opportunities now exist to encourage FMIGs, LMSA, and SNMA chapters to partner in primary care and family medicine events.
The mission of these partnerships is:
If you have questions about any of these collaborations, or want to tell us how your FMIG collaborates with members of your school's SNMA or LMSA chapter, contact the AAFP student liaisons to the SNMA and LMSA.
National Primary Care Week
Each year the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and sponsoring organizations work together to organize National Primary Care Week (NPCW). NPCW is typically held during the first week of October.
Students from various health professions, not just medicine, are encouraged to participate and take advantage of networking opportunities and improving their understanding of primary care and its broader impact on communities. Through NPCW community service events, students can get involved in the political process by encouraging funding for community health centers and coverage for the uninsured.
Interested but need help funding an event? AMSA offers microgrants for NPCW programs. Check out AMSA's National Primary Care Week page for information about this grant and for a suggested list of programs.
SNMA and LMSA chapters and FMIGs have the opportunity to host a number of events together. Throughout the year, monthly health-related themes (e.g., National Nutrition Month, National Primary Care Week, etc.) can easily be incorporated into events sponsored by both groups. Some ideas are: