Wednesday, April 24, 2013

AAFP National Conference: Register NOW!

The AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students (August 1-3, Kansas City, Missouri) is the place to explore, learn, and connect for the next chapter of family medicine. Some of the many benefits of attending include:

  • Educational Programming: Attend workshops, procedural skills courses, and more such as applying to residency and interpreting an ECG.
  • Expo Hall: More than 300 family medicine residency programs in the same place, saving you the hassle and expense of visiting each one.
  • Health Care Transformation: Fantastic speakers who share the ins and outs of their careers in family medicine as well as the role and impact family medicine will have in future health care system changes.
  • Leadership opportunities: Expand your leadership skills by participating in the Student Congress.
  • Connections: Family medicine leaders, physicians, residents, and medical students from all over the country who share a passion for family medicine

The advance registration deadline is June 27th and allows you to save $50. In the past, the Family Medicine department has provided reimbursement money for those attending the conference. We ask that you apply for a scholarship for the chance to help offset the cost to the department and our local FMIG chapter: If this is your first time attending the conference, you can fill out the first year attendee form:

You must fill out a scholarship application to be eligible for reinbursement by the department! These scholarship applications are due by May 1st. To learn more and to register for the conference, please visit Once you have registered and filled out a scholarship, please forward your confirmation and application to me ( so we can put you on the reimbursement list.

Please note these important deadlines:
May 1 – Apply for a $600 scholarship to attend National Conference
June 27 – Advance registration deadline (save $50)
July 3 – Housing reservation deadline
Contact Sarah Kapala, FMIG co-chair, @ for more information!

OBGYN Workshop

On April 2, FMIG held an interactive workshop to highlight the variety of procedures a family physician can do in the OBGYN field.  MU family physicians Amanda Allmon and Amanda Swenson came and shared their expertise!  We practiced IUD insertion on pelvic models, and learned how to repair perineal lacerations by suturing on beef tongues.  We raised a few eyebrows up in the SIM center, but we definitely learned a lot :)
Be on the lookout for more sweet FMIG workshops next year!!

Ready, Set, Fit!

For the first time, our FMIG chapter implemented the Ready, Set, Fit! national AAFP initiative to encourage physical fitness in elementary students.  On April 5, 2013 eight awesome M1 volunteers ran sessions in four different 3rd grade classrooms, teaching the students about the benefits of living an active life and ways to be healthy.  The kids LOVED it, and the med students had a great time too:)
For information about volunteering for Ready, Set, Fit next year, email Lindsey Bauer or Emily Milford, our new community outreach chairs!