The U of M Medical School, Duluth Campus was recently recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians as one of 18 medical school student Family Medicine Interest Groups to win the 2020 Program of Excellence Award for exemplary efforts to grow and support interest in family medicine. 

Medical students and faculty were honored during the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students on Friday, July 31, where they gathered virtually across the country to network with each other, hear addresses by family medicine leaders and to learn which schools won the PoE Awards. 

FMIGs are student-run organizations that create opportunities for students to learn about and experience family medicine outside of their medical school curricula. FMIGs host social events, workshops, leadership development opportunities, community service and clinical experiences. These award-winning groups are breaking new ground with important initiatives such as starting pipeline programs for students who are underrepresented in medicine and serving their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U of M Medical School, Duluth Campus was recognized as a Program of Excellence for its Excellence in Group Operation and Professional Development. These efforts extend far beyond the national award to improving the future of family medicine and building the vital primary care physician workforce. 

"I want to thank the members and leadership of the Duluth Campus Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) as well as the officers who have been recognized for their effort in making our group a program of excellence”, said Raymond Christensen, MD, FMIG faculty advisor and associate professor. “Our current Program Coordinators, Kate Krasaway and Natasha Jauss, including other staff have been especially important in supporting FMIG and its work."

The AAFP publishes winning applications to share best practices and innovative programming ideas with other FMIGs and family medicine educators nationwide. To learn more about the FMIG Network Program of Excellence Award, visit here.