Student Programs

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  • Family Medicine Interest Group

    Our student FMIG meets for lunch on the first Wednesday of each month and is usually sponsored by community hospitals, local family physicians, and others who are interested in encouraging students to pursue a career in Family Medicine.

    FMIG uses money generated by fundraising efforts to send students to various conferences and to support philanthropic efforts.  By providing lunch for FMIG meetings, these kind donations make it possible for students to interact with the representatives from the various sponsors, thus exposing them to opportunities in Family Medicine that are different from those found in an academic institution.

    Our interest group has repeatedly won the Program of Excellence Award from the AAFP and has been involved in a plethora of community service activities, including the Jackson Free Clinic and the Ronald McDonald House.

    On the second Wednesday of each month, FMIG officers meet to conduct the business of the chapter. Topics of discussion often include potential speakers and sponsors for monthly lunch meetings, service project ideas, clinical skills workshops and planning for the annual recruitment fair and banquet.

    Additional support for our meetings also comes from the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians. In addition to being one of our lunch meeting sponsors, the Academy also sponsors a booth at the annual residency fair. A huge asset to our recruiting efforts, the MAFP pays the AAFP membership dues for each student who also joins FMIG. Officers also participate in the annual MAFP meeting in Destin, FL. 


    2015-2016 Officers

    • President - Susan Frichter, M4
    • Vice President - Andrew Brown, M4
    • Secretary/Treasurer - Jennie Thomas, M4
    • Community Service Chair - Jessica Douglas, M4
    • Residency Fair and Meeting Coordinator - Amanda Cooley, M3
    • M4 representative - Summer Bailey
    • M3 representative - Brock Bank
    • M2 Representative - William Casey
    • M1 Representatives - Emily Ousterhout and Gary Hodge

    Students get a peek into potential career avenues

     FMIG residency fair 
    Pittman, Robinson-Taylor
     Davis, Hailey-Sharp 
    Hailey-Sharp, Davis, medical students

    Dr. Shannon Pittman, left, associate professor and residency director of family medicine, talks with second-year medical student Kendra Robinson-Taylor about UMMC's Family Medicine Program, and family medicine residents Dr. Anna Marie Hailey-Sharp and Dr. William Davis speak to medical students about residency program options during the 2014 Family Medicine Interest Group Residency Fair Sept. 24 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.  

    Medical students and residents also visited with different health care organizations to preview potential employment opportunities.