Greene County News
FAIRBORN — The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recognized the Family Medicine Interest Group of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine as one of its 2016 Program of Excellence Award winners.
This is the second consecutive year that the Wright State group has received the award.
Family Medicine Interest Groups (FMIGs) from 17 medical schools were recognized, including ones from Ohio State University College of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine and Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. Award winners were honored on July 29 during the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in Kansas City.
FMIGs are medical school-sponsored, student- and faculty-run organizations that give medical students a chance to learn more about family medicine through regular meetings, workshops, leadership development opportunities and community and clinical experiences. The Program of Excellence Awards recognizes FMIGs for their efforts to promote interest in family medicine and family medicine programming.
The Boonshoft School of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group received the award for its activities in generating interest in family medicine. In 2015-2016, the Wright State group offered medical students a careers-in-family-medicine program, a short-term family medicine shadowing program, a family medicine-focused book and writing club, a mentoring program for pre-clinical medical students and a program to help students preparing to match into a residency in family medicine.
Committed to community service, members of the group implemented The Ladder, a new mentoring program in Dayton for at-risk youth interested in health care careers. They also volunteered in STEPS, a multidisciplinary group of medical, pharmacy, nursing, psychology and physician assistant students that utilizes motivational interviewing techniques to encourage better health and wellness choices among residents at the men’s, women’s and family shelters in Dayton. They also volunteered at Reach Out of Montgomery County, a nonprofit organization that provides health care services, including prescription assistance, to the underserved and medically uninsured population in Montgomery County.
Story courtesy of Wright State University.