Family Medicine Interest Group earns AAFP award

Date: Friday, July 20, 2018

For the sixth year in a row, the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine has received the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) overall Program of Excellence Award.

The FMIG is one of only 10 recipients in 2018 to earn an overall award, which acknowledges their work to grow the family medicine workforce. The overall awards are given “based on demonstration of well-rounded exemplary FMIG activity and operation.”

Group of students

Members of the Family Medicine Interest Group on Match Day 2018, after learning where they would do their family medicine residencies.

UI medical students involved in FMIG engage in activities that include:

  • Procedure clinics
  • Lunch meetings with guest speakers
  • A physician-student mentoring program
  • Tar Wars tobacco-free education programs for children
  • STEM community service events
  • “Speed dating” career roundtables
  • Professional development sessions
  • Chief Rounds with residents
  • A residency interview workshop

“The mission of our group is to create and provide a variety of programming in order to expand medical students’ understanding of and interest in family medicine, prepare the next generation of compassionate, competent leaders in the field, and build networks and relationships to connect medical students with practicing family physicians for further professional development,” says Keely Burke, co-president of FMIG and a fourth-year medical student. 

AAFP will present the award Aug. 3 at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.