• Connect With Your FMIG Network Leaders

    We’re stronger together. To find an FMIG near you or to collaborate with other FMIGs in your region and achieve shared goals, connect with your FMIG Network leaders.

    2020-2021 National Coordinator

    The FMIG Network National Coordinator supports and facilitates the work of the five Regional Coordinators to develop and strengthen FMIGs on medical school campuses across the country. He or she is also a member of the AAFP Commission on Education, as well as its subcommittee on National Conference Planning. The National Coordinator is elected at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, and serves a one-year term.

    Hannah Christine Smith

    School: East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine

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    Regional Coordinators | SNMA and LMSA Student Liaisons

    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.

    Region 1 -- Hannah Christine Smith

    Medical School: East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine

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    What do you hope to accomplish in your role?

    As FMIG Network regional coordinator I am most excited to learn from the FMIG Leaders and medical students in region 1 who are interested in family medicine. I hope to support FMIGs and share the stories of their service and advocacy for family medicine, working together to empower medical students. The AAFP and FMIG Network are here to support students throughout all years of medical school and I hope to help students take advantage of each diverse opportunity. National Conference impacted my career path as a future family doctor and as an advocate for my community, and I hope more medical students will have the chance to get involved with the AAFP at National Conference early in their medical career.

    Region 2 -- Brynn Wright

    Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine--Wichita

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    What do you hope to accomplish in your role?

    My goal for this year is to strengthen the FMIG network in order to promote the value of family medicine, recruit aspiring family physicians, and provide resources to campus leaders. I hope to personally connect with each FMIG in my region to see how the AAFP can best assist them in their mission and goals. I believe family medicine allows physicians to utilize a vast range of medical skills and knowledge each day and gives them the opportunity to truly connect with their patients through the ups and downs of life. It is my desire to spread this knowledge of and passion for family medicine in schools across the region.

    Region 3 -- Shelby Owens

    Medical School:  Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

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    What do you hope to accomplish in your role?

    I'm so excited for the opportunity to serve as a connection between the larger AAFP body and the FMIGs in my region! This year I'm looking forward to sharing resources and opportunities with my region's FMIGs, promoting family medicine at the local, state, and national level, and developing the leadership and networking skills of others as well as myself. 

    Region 4 -- Rebecca Stoll, MS

    Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

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    What do you hope to accomplish in your role?

    As a Regional Coordinator, I hope to inspire other student leaders who love family medicine to share their passion for family medicine with others. I hope to strengthen and grow existing FMIGs by ensuring that members have all of the resources and tools they need to get their communities excited about family medicine. In addition, I plan on working hard to ensure that each allopathic and osteopathic medical school in my region has a FMIG, and that each group is aware of all the FMIG Network and the AAFP have to offer.

    Region 5 -- Merkle Moore

    Medical School: Eastern Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine

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    What do you hope to accomplish in your role?

    FMIGs play a very important role in motivating and educating future family medicine physicians. As an FMIG regional coordinator, I would like to give medical schools the resources to encourage students to explore the career opportunities in family medicine. Specifically, I hope to be able to help bring a variety of speakers to schools across my region.

    SNMA FMIG Liaison -- Mikaela Moore

    Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

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    What do you hope to accomplish in your role?

    As the FMIG-SNMA liaison, I hope to further strengthen collaboration between the SNMA and the FMIG network by ensuring that minority students are aware of the resources available to them through these organizations. By identifying and addressing the needs of those underrepresented in medicine, I hope to encourage more minority students to choose family medicine as we work towards 25x2030. 

    LMSA FMIG Liaison -- Deanna Gonzalez

    Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine

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    What do you hope to accomplish in your role?

    Through my role as the AAFP student liaison to the LMSA, I hope to promote recruitment and retention of Latinx students in medicine. I am fortunate to be able to provide a voice for underrepresented medical students, advocate for health equity, and educate on the health issues that the Latino community faces. I am looking forward to the opportunity to pursue my passion for promoting the advancement of Latinx students, patients, and underserved communities.