MAFP Hosts Student Conference as 2023 Match Cycle Gets Underway

Sept. 26, 2022 - Best wishes to medical students applying to family medicine residency in the 2023 Match cycle! The ERAS application period opened on Sept. 7 and residency programs began reviewing applications on Sept. 28. Next up is virtual interviewing, which runs from late November to mid-January; submitting rank order lists by March 1; and Match Week, which begins on March 13 and culminates with Match Day on March 17.

This year, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan hosted its ninth annual Michigan Future of Family Medicine Conference & Residency Connection on Sept. 17—one month earlier than in the past. Feedback from students, especially fourth-year students, and residency programs was that this date was ideal, providing timely networking for 2023 applicants and programs.

“This was a great conference and wonderful opportunity to network with students,” said Nicholas Schenk, MD, program Director, ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital Family Medicine Residency.

ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital Family Medicine Residency was one of 20 programs from Michigan that participated in the Residency Connection portion of the conference, ranked by students as the top reason they attended the conference.

Other conference highlights included hands-on clinical workshops featuring punch and shave biopsies, casting, point of care ultrasound, and gynecological procedures, taught by residency and medical school faculty and residents.

To round out the conference agenda, practicing family physicians and residents shared insights, via Q& A panel discussions, on the wide variety of careers available within family medicine, preparing for residency interviewing, and overcoming health inequities.

Students shared:

“This helped in seeing all the different ways of being a family physician.”

“It helped answer questions I had about the Match process and better prepared me for the future.”

This conference is a mini version of the AAFP National Conference. It’s a wonderful opportunity to network on a more intimate level.”

“Attending this conference confirmed I made the right decision to choose family medicine.”

Thank you to University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine for serving as this year’s medical school co-host; Southeastern Michigan Academy of Family Physicians for sponsoring the conference; and Holli Neiman-Hart, MD, FAAFP, program director at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency in Battle Creek, for sponsoring the lanyards.

Stay tuned to for the date and location of the 2023 Michigan Future of Family Medicine Conference & Residency Connection.

To help students prepare for all things related to applying for residency, AAFP publishes its annual Strolling Through the Match guidebook. This comprehensive guide is updated each year with the latest statistics and information to ensure students have everything they need to successfully navigate the journey to residency, including virtual interview advice. Click here to download a digital copy for free. Click here to order a printed copy (members enjoy free shipping).