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Use the map and Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Network leader information below to connect with FMIG leaders, resources, and events in your area.
The Family Medicine Interest Group Network National Coordinator is elected at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students and serves a one-year term. In this role, the National coordinator supports and facilitates the work of regional and international Coordinators and interest group liaisons to develop and strengthen FMIGs on medical school campuses across the country.
"This year, I want to continue sharing my passion for family medicine. This will entail working towards the development of a strategic plan that will carry into the future with a clear vision and the important role the FMIG Network plays in inspiring the next generation of family physicians. I look forward to creating a voice and safe space for underrepresented minorities to help promote diversity and student interest in the specialty. Lastly, I want to continue addressing the shortage of family physicians by working with the AAFP to encourage interest in the field through my involvement with the Family Medicine Champion Curriculum training program. As your National Coordinator, it is my role to help support you and your FMIG, so I invite you to contact me with any questions."
Family Medicine Interest Group Network Regional Coordinators play a crucial role in facilitating collaboration and connections between students and local FMIGs. Regional coordinators communicate with FMIG leaders at each medical school in their respective region, serve as a resource for information about the AAFP, and assist with FMIG programming.
"My medical passions include mentorship and health equity, and it is my goal to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion in the specialty of family medicine so that academic and clinical environments are inclusive, accessible, and welcoming for underrepresented medical students (URM). In this role, I hope to expand knowledge of family medicine to URM nationally and to emphasize how this specialty, at it’s core, is a launchpad for patient advocacy through management and prevention of chronic health conditions and preventable diseases, many of which primarily affect populations of color and underserved communities. Ultimately, through the cultivation of opportunities that expose SNMA members to mentorship, networking, education and advocacy opportunities, I hope to enhance student understanding of family medicine, the AAFP, and the breadth of family practice resources that are available."
"My goal as one of the FMIG Regional Coordinators is to bring a sense of belonging and collaboration among students interested in Family Medicine across the Midwest region and Nationally. I hope that by facilitating this collaboration among FMIG groups, we can collectively build a stronger future for family medicine."
"My goal is to grow student interest in the field of family medicine by increasing collaboration between regional FMIG chapters. Through this position, I hope to share opportunities offered by the AAFP and to encourage student involvement. I’m excited to share my enthusiasm for family medicine and to build the community of medical students interested in this amazing field."
"My goal is to help bring FMIG chapters within the Northeast region to a new level of excellence by 1) working with local FMIG leaders to showcase the diversity of practice in family medicine, 2) increasing medical student membership to the AAFP, and 3) boasting overall enthusiasm and commitment to this wonderful specialty."
"I hope to connect with FMIG leaders, learn of what FMIGs are doing across the region, assisting the FMIG leaders with resources or ideas for activities, and communicate with other AAFP leaders/staff over supporting the mission of AAFP."
"As the FMIG network IMG Coordinator, my primary focus is to expand outreach to students and organizations, showcasing the diverse and welcoming nature of the field of family medicine. Throughout my role, I aim to create an inclusive environment where international medical students and their organizations feel supported and valued. By offering various networking, professional development, and educational resources. Additionally, providing mentoring resources to assist individuals in navigating their unique paths. I hope with these various resources and opportunities to foster a sense of community and collaboration within the FMIG network. I am grateful to the AAFP for allowing me to take on this new and exciting role."
The FMIG Network includes two liaisons who help FMIGs collaborate across student interest organizations. In this role, liaisons work to connect medical student members of the AAFP with activities and initiatives in the SNMA and LMSA, respectively. Liaisons are closely involved with the Family Medicine Interest Group Network, and participate in regular meetings and projects with this collaborative.
In 2003, the AAFP Board of Directors approved the creation of a student liaison to the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). Established in 1964 by Howard University College of Medicine students and Meharry Medical College students, the SNMA is the nation’s oldest and largest organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. SNMA is committed to assuring that students of color are encouraged to consider and prepare for medical and scientific careers.
Learn more about the SNMA Liaison role
Learn more about SNMA.
"In my role as Student Liaison to the Student National Medical Association, I am eager to further support the relationship between SNMA members and the AAFP. I aim to do this by facilitating intentional mentorship within family medicine, cultivating collaborative and inclusive environments, expanding awareness of available resources, and increasing opportunities for firsthand exposure to the diverse field of family medicine. Additionally, I hope to further prepare all medical students to provide compassionate care to diverse communities, particularly those that have historically been medically underserved and underrepresented."
During the fall of 2016, executive leadership from the LMSA and the AAFP FMIG Network discussed opportunities for collaboration to accomplish shared goals, including workforce diversity in primary care, community organizing, advocacy for improving vulnerable patient populations, and developing leaders in primary care.
The Latino Medical Student Association exists to unite and empower current and future physicians through service, mentorship, and education to advocate for the improved health of the Hispanic & Latina/o/x community in the United States.
Learn more about the LMSA Liaison role
Learn more about LMSA
"As a son of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation medical student, I hope to promote interest and expand on opportunities that will motivate others to serve underrepresented communities through a career in family medicine. I look forward to strengthening the collaborative efforts between the AAFP and LMSA to support medical students, especially those who identify as Hispanic or Latino/a/x, on their path to becoming primary care physicians."