Family Medicine Interest Group

The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) at Case Western Reserve University/UH Cleveland Medical Center focuses on educating medical students who are considering primary care about the many opportunities in family medicine.

FMIG organizes family physician speaker panels that allow family physicians to describe their diverse practices to medical students. FMIG also orchestrates social events between family medicine residents and medical students to allow residents to share their perspective on their pursuit in family medicine. Students from FMIG attend the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians annual retreat where they learn about the current issues and future directions of family medicine from physicians and residents.

Additionally, FMIG organizes teaching workshops that better prepare first- and second-year medical students for their clinical rotations, such as a Heart Sounds Workshop that allows students to practice their cardiac auscultation and diagnostic skills. Other events often include an office procedures workshop and talks by a variety of family physicians.

FMIG Activities and Events

The FMIG sponsors several activities that attract large numbers of students, including the highly successful, annual Primary Care Residency Fair, offering students a broad exposure to residency training programs throughout the region. The FMIG also sponsors a graduation dinner for FMIG students, faculty and fourth-year students who have matched in family practice. Other events include an office procedures workshop, talks by a variety of family physicians and a graduation dinner.

Free Membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians

Students in the FMIG are eligible for free membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians. The Ohio Academy will pay the dues for a medical student's first two years. This membership includes a free subscription to American Family Physician (a $40 value), a bimonthly resident/student newsletter and other benefits.

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