OHSU School of Medicine Receives AAFP Program of Excellence Award

09/09/02    Portland, Ore.

Interest group is recognized for its efforts to stimulate student interest in family medicine

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine's Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) has received the American Academy of Family Physicians' (AAFP) Program of Excellence Award for the fifth consecutive year. The OHSU FMIG is the only group to receive this honor every year since the award's inception. The award was presented at this year's AAFP National Conference of Resdient and Student Members in Kansas City, Mo.

"It's quite an honor," said Anita Taylor, M.A.Ed., associate professor of family medicine in the School of Medicine, and faculty adviser to the OHSU FMIG. "The FMIG has a challenge to perform new and innovative community service projects each year in order to be competitive for this award."

The Program of Excellence Award recognizes exemplary efforts in stimulating interest in family medicine through infrastructure, student involvement and retention, family practice advocacy, community outreach, and patient advocacy.

The aim of the Family Medicine Interest Group is to provide information about family practice to medical students and encourage more students to choose it as a specialty.

In addition to the Program of Excellence Award, Marc Carey, fourth-year OHSU medical student, was elected student director to the AAFP board of directors, the highest honor an AAFP student member can receive. As a voting member of the board, Cary will represent 20,000 AAFP student members.

The AAFP comprises more than 93,500 family physicians, family practice residents and medical students nationwide, and is the only medical specialty organization devoted solely to primary care.

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