Friday, December 3, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Fall Dinner Forum

Dr. Swofford spoke about OB and women's health

The Fall Dinner Forum at Jack's Gourmet Restaurant was an excellent occasion for students to learn about the variety of opportunities in Family Medicine!  There were 18 students in attendance representing all four classes.  The evening kicked-off with a delicious dinner of grilled chicken alfredo or bacon wrapped pork tenderloin.  Dr. Sarah Swofford began the forum speaking about her passion for women's health and the advantages and challenges of incorporating obstetrics into her family practice.  Our department chair, Dr. Steven Zweig, followed with his experiences in geriatrics explaining how working with the aging population can be just a rewarding as bringing a new life into the world.  He also addressed palliative care issues and the new directions within the department regarding palliative care in our hospital.  Sports medicine in family practice was addressed by our guest Dr. Chris Farmer, an MU alum who has worked with the Springfield Cardinals, Missouri State University athletes and has recently joined the Columbia Orthopaedic Group as one of their primary care specialists.  The evening rounded out with Dr. Richelle Koopman speaking on her experiences in clinical research and addressing questions regarding differences in private practice versus academic medicine.  In addition to our speakers, we were also joined by Dr. Amanda Allmon and Dr. Peter Koopman.  Special thanks to all our speakers and the dinner forum committee, Shannon Hutson, Linsey Monaghan, Matt Simmons, and Haley Wolf, for making the evening a great success!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Casting/Splinting Workshop

The casting/splinting workshop was held on November 2, 2010.  9 FMIG members attended and listened to Dr. Jack Wells speak about some common musculoskeletal injuries that family physicians are likely to see and the clinical management of such conditions.  Students then practiced making splints for one another.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Grand Rounds Lunch - 11/3/10

Grand Rounds Lunches have started again.  Our first lunch of the semester was today, and there was a large turnout.  Guests enjoyed tacos and taco salads.  Thank you to all who contributed to make this fundraising event possible.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fall Dinner Forum

When:  Tuesday, November 9th at 6:30 pm
Where: Jack's Gourmet Restaurant, 1903 Business Loop 70 E
What:   Discussion will explore "What is family medicine?" and several physicians will speak about the variety of opportunities available in family medicine, such as practicing obstetrics, geriatrics, and sports medicine.

Space is limited to 25 students so please RSVP to Haley Wolf ( as soon as possible.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Bone Marrow Drive

The FMIG bone marrow drive with Be The Match was a great success - lots of young and diverse donors joined the registry!  A total of 30-35 people joined at the drive.  We also heard some powerful stories from people who have been personally affected by diseases requiring bone marrow transplant. 

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped plan, staff, and joined the registry!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Terrortoma Canned Food Drive

The Terrortoma Canned Food Drive will not be held this year.  Terrortoma is on a Friday night, and Halloween itself is on a Sunday night.  It was decided that people may not appreciate us showing up on Friday evening unexpectedly.  There are still plenty of opportunities to participate, and if you want to be more involved in one of our many projects, let one of the chairs (Amanda, Linsey, or Trevin) know.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Marrow Drive Volunteers

Primary contact:  Lane Wilson

Tables and chairs:  Alex Zweig and Meryl Sundy

Flyers (also helping with tables and chairs):  Kendal Geno and Janelle Riley

Campus group contact:  John Cummins

Various:  Taylor Collier, Veronica Conaway, Shannon Hutson

Staff at drive:  lots of pre-med students

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Health Screening at the Harbor House

FMIG continued its commitment to service last week (9/15/10) at the Harbor House.  The Columbia, MO Harbor House is a Salvation Army-funded shelter that provides recovery & work programs, as well as emergency and transitional housing.  Every other month, Harbor House welcomes a service team from FMIG to provide blood sugar and blood pressure screenings to its residents.  On Wednesday, we had a great time, and saw about 30 residents and their children.

Special thanks to Kate Williams, Joedd Biggs, Kristina Anderson, and Suman Vaddi for their time.

Monday, September 6, 2010

FMIG Leadership 2010-2011

Chairs:  Trevin Mayabb, Linsey Monaghan, and Amanda Shipp

Secretary:  Marianne Lopez

Treasurer: Rebekah Nevel

Service Chair: Bridget Gruender

AAFP: Ashley Millham

M4 representatives:  Sarah Bradley, Emily Orscheln, Lincoln Sheets, Lane Wilson, Haley Wolf

M3 representatives:  Natalie Abert, Kristina Anderson, Blake Corcoran, Kristen Cozad, Rehab Mojid, Vanessa Welbern, Kate Williams

M2 representatives:  Taylor Collier, Kendal Geno, Janelle Riley

M1 representatives:  Veronica Conaway, John Cummins, Chase Ellingsworth, Shannon Hutson, Meryl Sundy, Kevin Walker, Alex Zweig

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Bone Marrow Drive

The bone marrow drive has been officially scheduled for October 13th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the hospital lobby.  We will need at least 5 volunteers at the event at all times.  We also need help with set-up and clean-up.

About the Be The Match Registry (formerly National Marrow Donor Program Registry):
  • There are over 7 million people on the registry.
  • Minorities are underrepresented on the registry.  As much as 80% of African-Americans who need a bone marrow transplant never find a match.
  • When people on the registry are called and told they are a potential match for someone needing a bone marrow transplant, more than 50% back out and do not donate.

About joining:
  • A simple cheek swab is needed to join the registry - they will use the sample to determine your HLA type
  • Once you've joined the registry, you will be on it until your 61st birthday unless you remove yourself (which you can do at any time) or develop a medical condition making you ineligible for donation.
  • You can't join if you have blood diseases, cancers, autoimmune diseases, immune deficiencies, or back disease such as disk herniation (don't know why on that one).
  • You will get a donor card with an identification number.  You will be able to update your contact information online, which is important when you're on the registry!
If one is asked to donate:
  • There are two methods of donation, bone marrow aspiration (from iliac crest) or peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) filtration.
  • PBSC filtration is performed by first giving the donor a five day course of filgastrim, then filtering the stem cells out of the blood and returning the rest of the blood to the donor.
  • The method of donation is up to the physician performing the transplant, over 80% of the time PBSC is chosen.
  • Studies have not shown a clear benefit over one method or the other to either donor or recipient.
  • If you are a preliminary match for someone, you will be contacted and asked if you are still willing to go through the process.
What are the chances of being asked to donate?
  • It largely depends on your HLA type.  Most people are never asked to donate though.
For more information, go to