The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians Joy of Medicine Workgroup is proud to offer members another year of valuable wellness topics as part of its “Wellness Wednesdays” series. And, they are available for FREE as a member benefit!
If you have not participated in the past, Wellness Wednesdays is a structured, bi-monthly webinar series focused on enhancing professional and personal wellness through the joy of medicine. Sessions are scheduled on a Wednesday during the typical lunch hour, 12:15-1 p.m. EST.
The first session of the year is set for Wednesday, February 20, from 12:15 – 1 p.m. EST and is titled, “Precepting: Finding Joy in Teaching the Next Generation.” The session will be led by Christina Kelly, MD, a family physician in North Carolina. Dr. Kelly was an integral team member on the workforce education and development team with the Family Medicine for America’s Health initiative. She currently works with medical students and family medicine residents at F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD, and the Womack Army Medical Center Family Medicine Residency.
She is actively involved in the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), serving as a member of the AAFP Commission on Education. Dr. Kelly completed her family medicine residency and obstetrics fellowship at Tacoma Family Medicine in Tacoma, WA, and graduated medical school from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health.
Why a focus on precepting, you ask? According to a 2015 survey from the AAFP, of fourth-year medical students who were AAFP members, 93% of respondents who matched into family medicine residency programs said strong family medicine mentors influenced their specialty choice. Conversely, of those who didn’t match in family medicine, only 60% said they had a strong mentor in the specialty.
Mentors and preceptors are key to securing the next generation of family physicians. Medical students need positive family medicine preceptors early in their medical school career to engage with them in their journey and provide them with insight into the family medicine specialty they may not otherwise receive.
Join us on Wednesday, February 20, to learn more about the important role you can play in teaching the next generation of the specialty and how spending even the smallest amount of time with a medical student can re-energize your passion for family medicine.
New in 2019, the Wellness Wednesdays series will be offered to all AAFP chapter members as well as members from the Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition. We’re taking our series nationwide and expanding our topics and speakers for each session. Don’t miss it!
If you have any questions about this session or the series overall, please contact Kaitlin McGuffie or call 800.742.7327.