Family Medicine Student Resources


Family Medicine as a Career

Family Medicine offers a unique career with a focus on building relationships with patients, families, and communities. Our door in the Rowell Building is always open if you have questions. We are enthusiastic about supporting you on your journey. Below is a list of websites with more information about Family Medicine as a career.

FMIG - The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)
is a student run organization which seeks to provide a forum where medical students interested in family medicine learn about, address, celebrate, and integrate themselves into this dynamic specialty. If you have questions about this interest group and/or family medicine stop by our office in 235 Rowell Building.

AAFP - The American Academy of Family Physicians
The American Academy of Family Physicians website and journal are great resources for those practicing or interested in Family Medicine. The website covers medical school programming, information about careers in family medicine, residencies and residency application, conferences, Family Medicine Interest Group Guide and student opportunities for academic, clinical, leadership and scholarly activities. Membership and journal subscription are free to medical students through the department. Clinical research and relevant healthcare policy changes are frequent topics. Every summer, AAFP sponsors a national medical student/resident conference and congress. Students represent UVM at the congress, visit an extensive residency fair, present their scholarly work and/or attend educational sessions.

AAFP Brochures and Handouts - A page devoted to medical students' areas of interest, including residency, family medicine interest group activities, and resources. Included on this page is a link to:
Response to Medical Students' Frequently Asked Questions About Family Medicine. This article, developed by a number family medicine organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), hopes to answer common questions from medical students about the specialty of family medicine. It covers topics like scope of practice.

VTAFP - The Vermont chapter of the AAFP and is an active group of family physicians in the state who are committed to advocating on behalf of the state's family physicians and promoting health among Vermonters. VTAFP strives to protect the importance of the physician/patient relationship within the health care system, promote a positive practice environment and assist in the development of a unified voice on public policy issues that affect the health of Vermonters. VTAFP actively support medical student involvement in their organization and participation at local and national meetings.

STFM - Society for Teachers of Family Medicine -The Society for Teachers of Family Medicine's vision is to become the indispensable academic home for every family medicine educator. It provides resources for those looking to follow (or contribute to) the scholarly activities of educators, doctors and students working to optimize and implement Family Medicine education curricula across the United States. STFM holds conferences throughout the year. The UVM Department of Family Medicine supports student presentations at these meetings.

FMEC - Family Medicine Education Consortium - The Family Medicine Education Consortium is a great way to connect with Family Medicine educators, clinicians, residents and and students. This regional organization desscribes itself as an incubator, convener and catalyst that connects those interested in improving the health of the community by strengthening family medicine/primary care services and medical education. They host a student-focused fall meeting that provides medical students with an opportunity for professional development, presentation of research or scholarly projects, and networking. Student participation is supported by generous scholarships from FMEC and UVM Department of Family Medicine for participation and travel to this meeting.

PCPCC - Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative - A resource to learn more about patient-centered primary care and the Patient-Centered Medical Home initiative.

AMSA Primary Care Interest Group - This website developed by the American Medical Student Association as a resource for information on primary care and family medicine for medical students.

Primary Care Progress - A non-profit network of primary care providers, trainees and educators dedicated to revitalizing primary care. This network is united by a new vision for revitalizing the primary care workforce pipeline through inter-professional collaboration and strategic local advocacy that promotes primary care and transforms care delivery and training in academic settings.