CMU Resident Earns Best Leadership Project Award

Aug. 8, 2022 - Congratulations to Mohammed Aamir Saiyed, MD—a second-year resident at Central Michigan University Family Medicine Residency in Saginaw—whose Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute (ELI) project was selected as a 2021-2022 Best Leadership Project Award winner.

AAFP Foundation presented the award to Dr. Saiyed at American Academy of Family Physicians’ 2022 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students, held July 28-30, in Kansas City, Missouri.

The year-long ELI focuses on ensuring the future of the Family Medicine specialty by increasing the number of future Family Medicine leaders and provides training for this important role. The course include in-depth, in-person workshops, a project management session, assignment of a family physician mentor, and the opportunity to complete a leadership project related to the scholar's interests.

Dr. Saiyed’s project within ELI’s Personal & Practice Leadership track focused on designing and implementing the CMU Family Medicine Residency Sports Medicine Track.

According to the needs statement on Dr. Saiyed’s poster, which was elected for presentation at National Conference, “The Central/Mid-Michigan area needs primary care physicians with enhanced training in musculoskeletal and non-operative orthopedic medicine to promote safe physical activity and healthy diet in order to tackle rising rates of obesity and diabetes in adults and adolescents.”

Saginaw’s adult obesity rate of 36.5% exceeds the state’s rate of 32%, while 16% of Saginaw-area high-schoolers are obese—a rate that is higher than both the state’s and nation’s of 16.75% and 14.8%, respectively, for this age group. Saginaw residents with diabetes nears 35%, significantly higher than Michigan’s rate of 22.5%.

The new CME Family Medicine Residency Sports Medicine track, as designed by Dr. Saiyed in partnership with his residency program director, Amandeep Dhaliwal, MD, provides education, training, and exposure to primary care sports medicine experiences that surpass the required core education and training during residency. Its curriculum includes eight weeks each of core and elective rotations, event/game coverage under the supervision of a dedicated sports medicine faculty mentor, research and scholarly activities, and monthly didactics and journal club discussions.

Community outreach—giving back to the community—is also a large focus of the curriculum. Residents within the track spend time representing the CMU Family Medicine Residency program at local sporting events, as well as educating community members on healthy lifestyle practices focused on nutrition, safety, and preventive healthcare.

“Coupled with MIDOCs, this track will allow [family medicine] residents with roots in Saginaw to stay local, rather than go out of state, for the training and experience needed to deliver highly effective musculoskeletal and sports medicine care in the community setting,” said Dr Saiyed.

The curriculum is also designed to prepare participating residents to purse a sports medicine fellowship program for extended training.

For information about participating in a future AAFP Foundation Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute cohort as a resident or student, or serving as a faculty mentor, click here.