This year, MAFP turned 70, and we want to finish our celebration strong! As 2018 comes to a close, please consider being among the 70 individuals to donate $70 or more to MAFP's philanthropic arm, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan. Generous donations from Family Physicians and friends of Family Medicine impact FMFM's ability to support residents during their training, provide opportunities for medical students to explore the unique qualities of the specialty, and offer Continuing Medical Education for practicing physicians. It is through this work that FMFM and donors like you are advancing Family Medicine in Michigan with the goal of ensuring that every Michigander has access to a Family Physician.
Donations Make an Impact
Donations over the course of 2018 enabled our Foundation to...
Host 10 CME events, offering a total of 89 credits, including the annual Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo, two Knowledge Self-Assessment Study Group sessions, and seven seminars focused solely on Michigan's new opioid prescribing laws.
Of the Legalities & Realities: Michigan Opioid Laws to Live By seminar held in Rochester Hills in August, Glenn Taylor, MD said, "Judge Jodi brings tremendous passion and a fresh perspective to the national controlled substance epidemic. Her specific knowledge of the numerous new Michigan prescribing laws provided more insight into the intent of these laws. As both a Family Medicine department chair and a medical compliance officer, her unique insight has given me numerous new tools to help educate and protect physicians regarding this current and very hot topic."
Fund 1 student externship, made possible by a matching grant from AAFP Foundation.
Following her first year of medical school, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine student Michelle Fedorowicz spent one month training under Srikala Yedavally-Yellayi, DO at the Beaumont Health Family Medicine Center in Troy. From helping at a local high school sports night and seeing patients in the hospital, to participating in OB visits and with procedures, Michelle said the experience opened her eyes to the comprehensive scope of Family Medicine. "My commitment is still to primary care, and even more so to Family Medicine."
Award scholarships to resident and student members to attend the Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo in Kalamazoo in July.
"Participation in the MAFP annual conferences has been beneficial for several reasons. including great CME opportunities, networking, location/travel, and personal enjoyment. For CME, the lecture programming has always been informative and timely. Topics tend to be diverse with an appeal to the entire spectrum of primary care. I especially enjoy hearing from experts on the subject matter and the lively Q&A back and forth from the Family Medicine community," said David Eisinger, MD, MPA, Ascension St. John Hospital Family Medicine Residency.
Host the 5th 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 nearly 100 medical students.
"At its core, Family Medicine is about compassionate, all-encompassing, patient-centered care, and this conference truly helped promote those values. At the end of the day, I left feeling inspired and encouraged, and my experience helped me further realize that I truly want to be a Family Medicine Physician," said Sara Robinson, third-year Central Michigan University College of Medicine student.
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 medical students, residents, Family Medicine residency program directors, and staff to talk in a casual and fun atmosphere about training opportunities in Michigan.
"Serving as Michigan's student alternate delegate is a major milestone in my medical school career. I finally felt I was able to help make a difference for my future patients on the policy front. Writing and defending resolutions was the first of many experiences I want to have working with my fellow future Family Physicians to help make real everlasting change," said Alec Ludwig, fourth-year student at Michigan State University of Michigan College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Award a total of $6,000 to Family Medicine Interest Groups at six medical schools in Michigan. This funding supported 32 events/activities over the course of the 2017-2018 academic year, which were aimed at increasing student interest in Family Medicine.
"We are incredibly grateful for the funding, and we feel that it truly did help inspire our fellow students to not only go into Family Medicine, but stay in Michigan as well," said the student leaders of Central Michigan University College of Medicine's Family Medicine Interest Group.
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 to meet healthcare needs today and in the future. By donating to Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan, you can directly impact its mission of building a strong future for the specialty of Family Medicine and a healthy Michigan.
Donations received by December 31 are tax-deductible for 2018.
Thank You for Making an Impact!