Family Medicine Interest Group

FFMIG studentsMIG students mentor high school students

The Family Medicine Interest Group invited students from Woodburn and North Salem high schools to spend March 27 learning about healthcare education at OHSU.  The 29 students who visited have "self-identified" as being interested in sciences and healthcare.  The majority of the students are minority - primarily Hispanic - and 85 percent are underserved and low income.  FMIG partnered with Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and invited guest speakers David Martinez, OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion; and Melissa Yates, PhD, student advisor at Portland State. 

Tim Herrick, M.D., and Rebecca Cantone, M.D., from The Rural College at OHSU joined the afternoon workstations, where the high school students learned to listen for heart beats and breath sounds.  The students also learned how to take blood pressures.  

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The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is a group of medical students who share an interest in a career in the specialty of Family Medicine.


FMIG offers a wide a variety of activities for medical students throughout the year.  These includes hands-on workshops (such as suturing, circumcision, maternity care, sports medicine), lectures (topics have included Family Medicine and Politics, Changes in Health Care Systems, and Residency Interview Preparation) and student social events.

OHSU FMIG is the recipient of the 2014 and 2015 Program of Excellence Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians for outstanding leadership and outreach.


Many opportunities are available for leadership through FMIG at the local, state and national levels, including:

  • FMIG offices, such as co-chair, class representative, membership chair and committee chairs

  • Membership on AAFP committees (national level)

  • Membership on OAFP committees (state level)

  • Delegate roles at state, regional and national meeting