Resident and Student Outreach Bolstering Family Medicine

Focused on Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan’s mission to advance the specialty through, in part, increasing resident and student interest in Family Medicine, MAFP staff regularly visit residency programs and Family Medicine Interest Groups at medical schools across the state to talk about the rewards a career in Family Medicine bring and how the Academy supports residents and students in their journey to becoming Family Physicians.

Most recently, on April 12, Michael Macias, Director of Business Development & Operations, and Matt Black, Legislative Liaison, visited Central Michigan University Family Medicine Residency in Saginaw, led by program director Delicia Pruitt, MD. A highlight was seeing past student members, including Olivia Bolen, MD, a 2018 graduate of Central Michigan University College of Medicine, who is now in her first year as a CMU Family Medicine resident and serves as resident member on the MAFP Board of Directors.

Upon learning on Match Day 2018 that she matched to the CMU Family Medicine Residency program, Dr. Bolen said, "I am excited for the rigorous residency training that will prepare me to be the full scope family physician that I aspire to be."

The following week, on April 17, Michael and Dana Lawrence, Director of Communications, talked with students active in Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine's Family Medicine Interest Group.

“Meeting current and potential student and resident members of the Academy is always fun and exciting, especially when you ask how many are committed to Family Medicine and lots of hands shoot up,” said Dana. “Ensuring residents and students know AAFP and MAFP are here to support them with resources, networking and scholarship opportunities, and educational events that provide forums for exploring the specialty is important to the future of Family Medicine. Nothing is more rewarding than talking with students and residents who aren't very familiar with the Academy and they get inspried by all of the opportunities available to them as members. Students are especially excited to learn that membership is free.”

If your FMIG or residency program would like MAFP staff to come talk to your students or residents, or you would like to coordinate an MAFP Member Mixer for a small group of members to network while wine tasting or playing whirlyball, for example, and learning a little bit about financial planning, loan reimbursement options, or other hot topics, contact Michael at mmacias@mafp.com or 517.664.9082.