• FMIG Well-being Champion Program

    Medical professionals are more prone to stress, burnout, depression, and suicide. Now you can help do something about it.

    Become a Well-being Champion and guide fellow students to a healthier state. Help them build skills to create a culture of well-being and overcome the numerous challenges they face in the classroom and clinical setting.

    While applications are currently closed, you can still register to join the events listed below to get involved today!

    How It Works

    Well-being Champions receive training to produce and facilitate workshop sessions at their medical schools. The sessions cover six specific wellness topics that comprise the Your Bridge to Better series.

    • Suicide Prevention (In collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
    • Resiliency
    • Burnout prevention
    • Substance use prevention
    • Building trust and cultivating relationships
    • Indebtedness

    Champions meet virtually on a regular schedule and in person twice a year to develop skills in instruction, training, curriculum development, and programming. 

    Mentorship and training are provided by past Well-being Champions and family physician experts in education and well-being.

    Help Your Peers, Build Leadership Experience

    In addition to supporting their student peers and positively contributing to their communities, by participating in the FMIG Well-being Champion program, students receive tangible benefits including:

    • Access to training, evidence-based strategies, and necessary resources (toolkits, educational tools, etc.)
    • Leadership skills
    • Strengthened CV in preparation for the Match
    • Excellent networking opportunities

    Schedule Your Session

    Are you a Champion and ready to schedule a Your Bridge to Better session at your institution? Download the Facilitator Guide.

    Then, follow the link to schedule with the AAFP. 

    After completing the form, you will receive an email containing:

    • Session registration confirmation
    • Advertising materials
    • PowerPoint Presentation
    • Notes
    • Accompanying participant worksheets


    Watch This Space!

    Be on the lookout for a new Your Bridge to Better train-the-trainer opportunity available on demand, set to launch in early August.

    2022 Well-Being Champions Cohort

    • Halimah Hamidu-Egiebor, Central Michigan University College of Medicine, MS-4
    • Lauren Hisatomi, California North State University College of Medicine, MS-3
    • Khevna Joshi, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, MS-3
    • Aryanna Thuraisingam, Campbell University, School of Osteopathic Medicine, MS-3
    • Joanna Bernatowicz, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, MS-3

    2023 Well-Being Champions Cohort

    • Megan Hanley, Albany Medical College, MS- 1
    • Samantha Hicks, Charles Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, MS-2
    • Rabia Khan, Ross University School of Medicine, MS-3
    • Rosalie Mattiola, University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine, MS-3
    • Blaise O’Malley, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, MS-1
    • Dana Shefet, East Carolina University, MS-2
    • Evan Starr, Contributor, California North State University College of Medicine, MS-4
    • Molly Stegman, Penn State, MS-1
    • Randy Tsai, David Geffen School of Medicine, MS-1 

    Contact us

    If you have questions about the FMIG Well-being Champion program or the application, please email Nicole Johnson at njohnson@aafp.org


    Physician Health First: Building Resiliency Intersectionally During Graduate Education (BRIDGE) is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,200,002 with zero percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.