The AAFP Foundation help ensures the future of Family Medicine by providing financial support to Family Medicine Interest Groups (FMIGs). FMIGs exist at U.S. allopathic medical schools to enhance student interest in Family Medicine. FMIGs provide resources, programming and scholarships to National Conference to students interested in the specialty of Family Medicine.
The AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees, with your support, has committed to provide $75,000 annually to fund this initiative.
Through your financial support, more than 142 FMIGs were eligible to receive funding. The activities funded reach out to and engage students on the front line. As of 2011, FMIGs can complete a community service or advocacy project to qualify for funding. One community service project that received funding was the Huntsville Campus FMIG. The Very Hungry Caterpillar/Summer of a Million Books program engaged third- and fourth-grade students. Throughout the program, five medical students and two faculty members partnered with the North Alabama Medical Reserve Corps, Reach Out America and Read Alabama, and the North Huntsville YMCA to read to 80 toddler and preschool children and discussed healthy eating choices. A segment of the children were also given full physicals.
Your support of the AAFP Foundation has enabled FMIGs to host specific programs on their respective campuses:
In addition, your support has allowed for the creation of the FMIG Network and an annual survey of FMIGs. The survey demonstrates that students attending FMIG events in their first and second years of medical school often have the sole purpose of discovering, "What is Family Medicine?"