Planning interesting and engaging meetings is a big part of having a successful Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG). After determining your FMIG’s goals, your group may want to brainstorm about possible programming ideas that help achieve these goals. For some FMIGs, these range from community service projects to clinical skills workshops.
Lunch & Learns/Dinner Presentations: Whether your FMIG chooses to have a discussion or a presentation, lunch & learns and dinner presentations are a great way to attract new members and to keep your current members involved. A couple of ideas include:
Strolling Through the Match Presentation: The AAFP can provide your FMIG with Strolling Through the Match books and a customizable PowerPoint presentation. Order free books. Some FMIGs choose to make this a series of presentations.
Family Medicine Presentation Resource Center: Use the videos, powerpoints, podcast episodes, and resources in this new presentation hub to give a talk about the specialty from a variety of angles.
Give your FMIG the flexibilty to try new things and respond to what's happening in medicine now by mixing up your programming from year to year. FMIG leaders can find purpose through creativity. To get started in planning innovate programs and projects, take a look at your FMIG's mission statement, talk to your members about what interests them most about becoming a physician, and consider collaborating with other student groups that share similar interests.
Examples of innovative programs include:
Examples of suitable workshops include:
Some FMIGs have made a commitment to performing one community service project a month, others only commit to one service project per year. These types of projects don’t always have to require a major time commitment from all FMIG members. Community service projects can range from volunteering at a clinic to sending holiday cards to elderly residents of a nursing home or collecting canned food for a local food pantry. Community service projects are also a great collaborative activity with other organizations on your campus that have similar mission statements such as AMSA, SNMA, LMSA or others. Some examples of service projects include:
Review the FMIG Program of Excellence (PoE) winning profiles to discover what the best FMIGs are doing.