FMIG – Family Medicine Interest Group


Co-Presidents Lauren von Zabern & Rebekah Fitzpatrick
Co-Treasurers Catie Elko

Welcome to the Family Medicine Interest Group!

The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) at the University of Florida College of Medicine has a mission to expose medical students to all of the diverse opportunities within primary care. The FMIG hopes to provide students with the resources to explore family medicine and gain more insight on its overall impact within our health care system. There will also be several opportunities to interact with colleagues and family physicians, who will be able to provide more insight on this specialty.

Some of the FMIG events for this academic year include:

  • Lunch Meetings (topics including fellowships, rural vs urban practices, international work, and more)
  • Wine and Cheese Night
  • Procedure Workshops

What is Family Medicine?

Family medicine is a medical specialty that provides ongoing, comprehensive health care for the individual in the context of the family and community, encompassing all ages, genders, organ systems, and disease entities. It is a specialty that undoubtedly influences every patient we, as future professionals, will encounter.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, “Family medicine is a three-dimensional specialty, incorporating (1) knowledge, (2) skill and (3) process. Although knowledge and skill may be shared with other specialties, the family medicine process is unique. At the center of this process is the patient-physician relationship with the patient viewed in the context of the family. It is the extent to which this relationship is valued, developed, nurtured and maintained that distinguishes family medicine from all other specialties (1992) (2011 COD).”

Family Medicine Residency & Fellowship

Upon completion of medical school, individuals interested in family medicine must complete a three-year residency at an ACGME-accredited program. Once residency training is complete, individuals are eligible to pursue a family medicine fellowship, which can range from six months to two years.

The different fellowships include:

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Faculty Development
  • Geriatrics
  • International Medicine
  • Obstetrics
  • Preventative Medicine
  • Research
  • Rural Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Substance Abuse

Shadowing Opportunities

Please contact one of the FMIG co-presidents for shadowing opportunities in:

  • General Medicine
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Women’s Health
  • Rural and Urban Underserved Medicine
  • Preventative Medicine

Future Events

  • Sports Medicine Talk
    • Mid to late September
  • Primary Care Week
    • October 7-11
    • Specific event dates TBD
  • Wine and Cheese Social
    • Mid October
  • More events coming soon including:
    • Mythbusters: Family Medicine Edition
    • Procedure Clinics

Other Resources