By Amy McKenzie, MD, MBA (Washington Township), President, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan
As a physician committed to the specialty of Family Medicine, you may be wondering how you can help strengthen and advance our future. MAFP's philanthropic arm, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan (FMFM), has the answer.
Generous donations from Family Physicians like you impact FMFM's ability to offer Continuing Medical Education for practicing physicians, support residents throughout their training, and provide medical students with opportunities to explore the unique qualities of our chosen specialty. It is through this work that FMFM and donors like you are impacting the future of Family Medicine.
Donations Make an Impact
Donations over the course of 2017 enabled our Foundation to...
Host 5 CME events, offering a total of 56.5 credits, including Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo, three Knowledge Self-Assessment Study Group sessions, and our one-day, interactive wellness conference, Eat, Sleep, Rock & Roll to Vitality.
"I look to MAFP for valuable CME experiences because the educational programming is high quality." — Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo attendee
"Attending the Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo is an excellent way to get exposure to different perspectives of Family Medicine, gain valuable education, meet like-minded individuals, and experience what organized medicine has to offer on a variety of levels. Time and money can be barriers to attending the conference, however; especially for medical students and residents, as I recall from my own past experience. Although I can do nothing to relieve the time crunch, if making a donation to Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan eliminates the financial obstacle so that students and residents can participate in an excellent conference, I am happy to contribute!" — Tama Abel, MD, FAAFP (Ann Arbor)
Fund 1 student externship, made possible by a matching grant from AAFP Foundation. Second-year medical student Adam McMillan spent the month of June shadowing Peter Schmidt, MD at Bellin Health in Iron Mountain. Under Dr. Schmidt's mentorship, Adam received direct patient care experience, reviewed charts, discussed the plan of care after each visit, and took part in patient follow-up.
"This externship gave me the best clinical learning experience that I have had so far in medical school." — Adam McMillan, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Award 9 scholarships to resident and student members to attend Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in July.
"The conference was, hands down, my favorite experience thus far into my medical journey. I learned so much from the variety of sessions and the direct interaction with physicians that the conference provided." — Tyler Ledy, Central Michigan University College of Medicine
"It was great to meet fellow residents and medical students who are as passionate about Family Medicine as I am, and to connect with experienced physicians to discuss different avenues for practicing once I am out of residency." — Melinda Cusack, MD, PGY-2, Midland Family Medicine Residency Program
Host the 4th annual Michigan Future of Family Medicine Conference, during which Family Physicians, Family Medicine residency program directors, faculty, staff, and residents showcased the breadth and depth of the specialty for 120 medical students.
"I loved this conference! It got me really excited about Family Medicine, even though I already was pretty excited about it, and I thought the speakers were fantastic." — Catherine Gilligan, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Award 4 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students scholarships, which funded attendance of MAFP resident and student members as delegates representing MAFP. The Foundation also hosted the annual Michigan Reception at National Conference, providing the opportunity for nearly 200 medical students, residents, Family Medicine residency program directors, and staff to talk in a casual and fun atmosphere about training opportunities in Michigan.
"My experience at the 2017 AAFP National Conference was simply amazing and possibly the very thing I needed to solidify my commitment to Family Medicine. This was my first national conference in any professional arena, and the saying that 'first impressions are lasting' held true. This conference was a career changer." — Diahann Marshall, MD, Henry Ford Hospital / Wayne State University Family Medicine Residency and MAFP's 2017 Resident Alternate Delegate to National Conference
Award a total of $6,000 to Family Medicine Interest Groups at six medical schools in Michigan to support their 2017-2018 academic year activities aimed at increasing student interest in Family Medicine.
"MAFP truly values student members' perspectives and invests in and provides resources, tools, leadership opportunities, and educational experiences for exploring Family Medicine." — Olivia Bolen, fourth-year student, Central Michigan University School of Medicine and Student Member of MAFP Board of Directors
More Funding = More Impact
The quality, coordinated, cost-effective care that Family Physicians provide is critical to the health of patients and fiscal health of our state. Despite being the in-demand specialty, there are not nearly enough Family Physicians in our state to meet healthcare needs today and in the future. That's why I donate and volunteer my time to Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan—so I can directly impact its mission of building a strong future for our specialty.
You, too, can impact the future of Family Medicine by making a donation to Family Medicine of Foundation of Michigan. Donations received by December 31 are fully tax-deductible for 2017.
Thank You for Making an Impact!