AAFP recognizes School of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group

Members of the School of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group include: (front row, left to right) Kenneth Tan, MS 6, Ruth Pitts, MS 6, and Dylan Werth, MS 6; (back row) Leela Magavi, MS 6, Mahesh Rajamani, MS 5, George Harris, M.D., faculty sponsor, and Allison Klapetzky, MS 6.

The American Academy of Family Physicians will present the UMKC School of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group with the 2011 Program of Excellence Award for Professional Development during its national conference July 28-30 in Kansas City.

The award is one of five special recognition categorical awards given annually by the AAFP in addition to its overall performance awards to recognize the achievement of promoting the values and philosophy of family medicine.

George Harris, M.D., M.S., professor and assistant dean for Years 1 and 2 medicine, is the faculty advisor for the SOM’s Family Medicine Interest Group, which serves to generate interest in family medicine through regular meetings, workshops, leadership development opportunities, and community and clinical activities.

The Program of Excellence Awards recognize Family Medicine Interest Groups for their outstanding performance in student involvement and retention, family medicine advocacy, community outreach and patient advocacy, and meeting their mission, vision and goals.

The School of Medicine group is highlighted on the AAFP awards website, where a biography of the group notes that its goal “has been to make Family Medicine ‘cool’ again.” The group will also be featured in the program book for the upcoming national convention. This is the second year in a row that the School’s FMIG has been recognized by the AAFP. Last year the group received a special categorical award for first-time applicant.

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