Mentorship, Career Guidance Identified as "Hot Topics" for Residents

On March 27, MAFP hosted a Member Mixer, sponsored by Southeastern Michigan Academy of Family Physicians, for a small group of Family Medicine residents in Novi to learn how they would like their Academy to support them through residency and beyond.

Seven residents from Ascension Providence Family Medicine Residency, three practicing physicians, and MAFP's Director of Business Development & Operations Michael Macias took to the whirlyball court after an informal discussion of how MAFP can best support resident members. The "hot topics" of mentorship and career guidance were high on the list.

This is the second Member Mixer that MAFP has hosted. The first, sponsored by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), was held in January at the home of George Mogill, MD, FAAFP—MAFP's oldest member who was recently named a 2018 Crain's Health Care Hero in recognition of the decades he devoted to caring for others. Following wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres, a small group of Family Physicians discussed their perspectives on precepting. There is widespread agreement that there aren't nearly enough primary care preceptors in Michigan or across the country to provide students hands-on opportunities with patients in real-world settings. To address this threat to the sustainability of America's medical education system, STFM has launched a precepting expansion initiative.

Are you interested in hosting a Member Mixer at your home, office, or other venue for a small group of local physicians, residents, and/or students? Contact Michael Macias at mmacias@mafp.com.