Family medicine residents and students embraced the theme of this year’s National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students (National Conference), You + Family Medicine. This year’s conference was the most attended to date surpassing last year’s number of registrants by more than 300 and continues to be the place to learn about family medicine!
Attendees engaged in sessions encouraging them to get actively involved in changing the health care landscape in America. Selected participants for a pilot of the Primary Care Leadership Collaborative (PCLC) program got a jumpstart on this. Congratulations to the family medicine interest groups (FMIG) from the Northeast Ohio Medical University and The Ohio State University College of Medicine for being selected to participate. In-person training to implement a local initiative and to develop “change makers” began July 26. This project is credit to partnerships between the American Academy of Family Physicians, Family Medicine for America’s Heath (FMAHealth) and Primary Care Progress. Throughout eight hours of training lead by Primary Care Progress, students, college faculty, and national coaches developed skills in relational leadership, storytelling, and achieving a shared purpose. Each of the 12 schools chosen for this innovative work is now back in their communities planning and taking action toward next steps. We look forward to witnessing the works of advocacy for family medicine at the local level.
- Resident Delegate Valerie Good, MD, Grant Family Medicine Residency, Columbus, OH, (PGY2)
- Resident Alternate Delegate Selim Sheikh, DO, The Ohio State University Family Medicine Residency, Columbus (PGY2)
- Student Delegate Elana Curry, The Ohio State University College of Medicine (M2).
- Student Alternate Delegate Yang Sheng, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (M4).
Each delegate participated passionately in the congress sessions through writing and giving testimony to resolutions, serving on reference committees, and voting on resolutions and national leadership positions. Thank you to the delegation for proudly representing your peers in Ohio!
Visit the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians’ website for ways to get involved with the Academy at the state and local levels. Contact Coordinator of Events and Foundation Programs Paige Schortgen with any questions.