Family medicine interest groups have a lead role in promoting National Primary Care Week (NPCW), an annual event for celebrating and highlighting the importance of primary care. Each day of NPCW allows your FMIG or primary care group to raise awareness about a unique aspect of family medicine at your school.
Family medicine is an essential part of the primary care workforce. In fact, more family physicians practice primary care in the U.S. than any other specialty. Not only that, family physicians best match the geographic makeup up communities in the U.S., meaning many underserved communities rely on their family doctors as a lifeline.
The goal of NPCW is to engage physicians-in-training, students across the health care spectrum, and the general public on the indispensable role of primary care in our health care system through special programming and communications.
NPCW activites are an opportunity for student groups to help others learn about, experience, and spread awareness of primary care’s pivotal role in the U.S. health care system. These efforts can happen at school, in the community, and across social media.
Learn more about National Primary Care Week and the theme for this year's NPCW on the AMSA website.
What is race? Does someone's race indicate something biological, or is race a social construct? Why are health disparities often distributed by race? Mansi Shah, MD, led a presentation to interrogate these questions, explore the implications and consequences of racism in medicine and on health, and share strategies for improving racial inequities.
All week, @the_aafp on Instagram invited family physicians from around the country to take over the account to give a behind-the-scenes look at a specialty where no two days are alike. Watch what happened during the takeovers in the AAFP account's NPCW highlight.
Three family doctors kicked off National Primary Care Week for the American Medical Student Association. Drs. Tameka Howell, Maureen Murphy, Jessica Triche, and Shannon Dowler hosted a panel discussion entitled “Primary Care in the Community: Stories of Passion, Impact, and Change.”
If the scheduled week isn’t ideal for your campus, celebrate NPCW when it would have the biggest impact.
Contact your American Medical Student Association chapter and other campus groups to see if they'd like to collaborate on an event. AMSA is the organization that sponsors NPCW, and they typically choose a theme for the week or even for each day of the week.
Primary care benefits everyone, everywhere, and it takes many health professionals and physicians to make this care happen. That makes NPCW the perfect time to expand the network of students and organizations you usually work with.
Organize events on your medical school campus that focus on primary care, and that define and highlight family medicine’s key role. Here are some ideas:
Your family medicine specialty group, AMSA chapter, or other student organization may be eligible to receive funding for special National Primary Care Week programming. Read about the Family Medicine Student Organization Grant Program to see what funding opportunities are available.