Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan Investments are Advancing Your Specialty

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Nov. 29, 2022 - Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan (FMFM) is the philanthropic arm of Michigan Academy of Family Physicians. As a charitable, non-profit, public organization, FMFM relies on donations to support its mission of advancing the family medicine specialty in our state. Below is a snapshot of how FMFM utilized donations this year.

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FMFM Offers Quality, Relevant, Accessible CME

In 2022, FMFM hosted 11 in-person, virtual, and on-demand CME events, including the popular Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo and four Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA) group studies. These 11 events offered a total of 96.25 CME credits to help family physicians meet AAFP membership and state medical licensure requirements.
“Thank you to our staff members for an impressively well-run meeting and being terrific hosts! Great education + relaxation + networking = rejuvenated doctor!!!” ~ Lauren Oshman, MD, MPH, FAAFP
“The MAFP conference is a wonderful opportunity to network with amazing Family Medicine Physicians working in academics, clinical care, research, and striving towards diversity, equity, and inclusion. My family and I look forward to attending the 2023 conference at Grand Traverse Resort!” ~ Frank Animikwam, MD

FMFM Supports Family Medicine Interest Groups

Family Medicine Interest Groups (FMIGS) are key to providing opportunities for medical students to learn about and experience family medicine, outside of formal curriculum. FMFM granted a total of $5,000 to the FMIGs at four medical schools in Michigan that applied for funding, to support their activities during the 2022-2023 academic year. As of Oct. 31, 2022, 20% of the MAFP membership was comprised of medical students exploring and/or committed to family medicine.
“The funding really helps our FMIG chapter host a greater variety of family medicine events and more events in person. The physician subspecialty panel hosted in September had over 50 students who attended in person, and another 10-15 who logged into Zoom. Feedback from students included that they hadn’t realized how many career opportunities there are within family medicine and they definitely want to attend more FMIG events to learn more about careers in family medicine." ~ Oakland University William Beaumont University School of Medicine FMIG

FMFM Provides Leadership Training

With a grant from AAFP Foundation, FMFM is hosting "Strengthening Family Medicine Champions" on Dec. 3, a one-day leadership training event for MAFP Student Ambassadors and student leaders at Michigan FMIGs. For the 2022-2023 academic year, 15 medical students spread across all of Michigan’s seven medical schools are serving as MAFP Student Ambassadors, championing the specialty and the Academy.

FMFM Funds Meetings with Residency Programs

After being installed as MAFP President in July 2022, Glenn Dregansky, DO, FAAFP has been traveling the state to meet with leadership, faculty, and residents at our state’s family medicine residency programs, sharing his vast experience of practicing family medicine and highlighting how the Academy supports its members. Dr. Dregansky’s goal: to visit all 39 programs before his 1-year term concludes in August 2023. This work is amplifying that of the 31 MAFP Resident Ambassadors. As of Oct. 30, MAFP’s resident market share exceeded 96%, with 35 of the 39 programs achieving 100% resident membership.

FMFM Awards Hands-on Clinical Externships

With matching grants from AAFP Foundation, FMFM awarded $2,000 each to two medical students for participating in 4-week clinical externships to experience family medicine, first-hand, by training under the guidance of a family physician (each mentor received a $500 stipend). Click here to learn more—and, if you’re a first-, second-, or third-year medical student, consider applying for a 2023 externship; applications are due Feb. 1.
After spending the month of August at a federally qualified health center in Detroit, marked by “amazing clinical experiences” and “so may firsts,” Angelina Palacios of Wayne State University School of Medicine shared, “I love that family medicine encompasses the care in all stages of life and can’t wait to establish long lasting and life-long relationships of trust and understanding with my patients.” 
Justin Abadejos of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine found his month shadowing Richard Bryce, DO, FAAFP at CHASS and Detroit Street Medicine as “nothing short of amazing” and an experience that “absolutely cemented” his desire to choose family medicine.

FMFM Hosts the Annual Student Conference

Now in its ninth year, FMFM’s 2023 Michigan Future of Family Medicine Conference & Residency Connection showcased the specialty for 100 medical students. Highlights included four clinical workshops, three interactive panel discussions with practicing physicians and residents, and a residency connection fair with 20 of the state’s family medicine residency programs.
"It’s a wonderful opportunity to network on a more intimate level. I loved seeing some familiar faces from previous conferences and meeting new ones."
“The conference helped answer questions I had about the Match process and it better prepared me for the future."
"Attending this conference confirmed I made the right decision to choose family medicine.”

FMFM Awards Event Scholarships

In 2022, FMFM awarded 24 scholarships to family medicine residents and medical students for attending AAFP’s National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students in Kansas City, MO, the Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, and the Essential Evidence Update Conference, where they gained valuable information and made important connections for opening doors to the future. This FMFM investment totaled $12,625.
"I was elated and so glad to accept this scholarship, thank you so much! I think it's so great that you have a program like this that members can donate to for students and residents to benefit from, truly." ~ Tara Aziz