Family Medicine Interest Group

You thought you knew primary care...

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The UNC-FMIG is an organization dedicated to students interested in a career in Family Medicine as well as other primary care disciplines. UNC has a nationally renowned program in family medicine and we provide a foundation for the students to interact and learn from the excellent family physicians and residents staff here. In addition we support community involvement activities in preventive medicine, medical skills enhancement, and leadership roles for students wishing to be involved in primary care. Furthermore we provide an opportunity to learn more about the opportunities available in the field of family medicine. By organizing various community projects, scheduling educational speakers, offering skill building sessions and attending conferences, our members acquire the qualities needed to become strong voices in policy and community leadership, as well as competent, compassionate physicians.


Upcoming Events:

1.  EKG Workshop
Tuesday, December 1 at noon
Room:  TBA
Fine-tune your EKG skills in this workshop taught by Family Medicine residents.  Learn how to apply your knowledge to cases in a primary care context.  Lunch will be provided for the first 30 who sign up.  We’ll send out a Sign Up Genius link as the time gets closer.  Stay tuned!

2.  NCAFP Winter Weekend
December 3 – 6, Asheville, NC
The NCAFP Winter Weekend is fast approaching!  Perks of attending:  networking with other students and faculty from around the state, hearing talks about innovations in primary care, practicing hands-on skills workshops, and exploring Asheville.  Plus — with support from the NCAFP and UNC Family medicine, this experience can be FREE for students!  
IMPORTANT - We need you to sign up before NOV 13th to secure enough funding to cover the conference fee and accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Please sign up on the Google Doc link below.  
Click here to sign up: 
In order to be reimbursed for the cost of the conference, it is important that you register for AAFP/NCAFP, which is free for medical students. Become a member here. You will also need to register for the conference separately (you will be reimbursed the $25 registration fee in Asheville). Register here.
Also, on the google doc, please be sure to indicate if you will need accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Asheville, and if you are interested in carpooling
We will send out an additional email later to help organize ourselves into cars and hotel rooms based on your preferences and schedules.  

3.  Movie / Dinner Night
Wednesday, November 4. Dinner starts at 5:30 pm, movie starts at 6:00 pm.
Bondurant G100
COGIG and MSFC have graciously invited FMIG to join them for a Movie and (Free) Dinner event! 
- Watch “Blessed Fruit of the Womb,” a 25 min film about the fight for reproductive rights and freedom in Guatemala.
- Engage with speakers from Ipas, an international NGO dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortion.
- Enjoy free Med Deli and good company!
If you will join us for dinner (and a movie) PLEASE RSVP so we can order enough food: See you there!
Generously sponsored by the Population Connection Action Fund.  Speaker panel featuring:  Rebecca Harrington (National Field Director, Population Connection) and Laura Schoedler (Clinical Affairs, Ipas).

4.  MOMS program
From Sydney Hartsell, MS2:
Announcing a new UNC SOM program: Carolina MOMS: Medical students Offering Maternal Support! The program is almost ready to begin a pilot with a small group of interested MS1s who can provide feedback. We are recruiting YOU!
In a nutshell, Carolina MOMS partners first and second-year med students with expectant mothers as an additional source of one-on-one support and health resource navigation. 
This is not a shadowing experience, but an opportunity to make a very real one-on-one connection with a patient *as a supporter,* not a care provider. You will learn about pregnancy and birth from the perspective of a mother! All MS1s are welcome and you do not have to know anything about babies!
Questions? Interested in participating in the pilot?
Contact Sydney Hartsell

Clinical Correlates Workshop Series, Fall 2015 - Spring 2016.
Topics: X-Ray: Common Fractures, EKGs, Women's Health, Respiratory Diagnosis & Therapy, Smoking Cessation

Tar Wars - Service Opportunity, Spring 2016
Anti-tobacco outreach for 4th and 5th grade students 

Family Medicine National Speaker, Spring 2016

Pisacano Leadership Foundation Scholarship - Students entering their fourth year of Medical School in the Fall of 2016. Application Deadline March 1, 2016
Details HERE.

Past Events:

2015 Family Medicine Cookout on August 20, 2015, 5:30-7pm, UNC Family Medicine Building (patio outside, second floor entrance). 
Meet Family Medicine Faculty, Residents, and other medical students!
View photos of our 2014 FMIG Cookout with Family Medicine faculty, residents and interested students on August 21, 2014 HERE!

FMIG Introductory Lunch Meeting: Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 12pm, Bondurant G030.

FMIG Lunch talk, September 10th, MacNider 322: Beat Steiner, MD, MPH: Innovative Mental Health Integration Into Primary Care. Co-sponsored by Psychiatry Interest Group (PSIG) and FMIG

October 27, 2014, 12-1pm: Lunch talk on Direct Primary Care (DPC) by Dr. James Breen from Moses Cone Family Medicine, MacNider 321

November 18, 2014, 12-1pm: "Point of Care Imaging in Family Medicine: CXRs and Head CTs," led by Rachel Hines, MD, MacNider 321

NCAFP Winter Family Physicians Weekend in Asheville, NC, December 4-7, 2014. IMPORTANT - We need you to sign up before October 15, 2014 so that we can be sure to secure enough funding to cover the conference fee and accommodation at the Renaissance. PLEASE SIGN UP HERE. In order to be reimbursed for the cost of the conference, it is important that you register for AAFP/NCAFP, which is free for medical students. You will also need to register for the conference separately (you will be reimbursed the $25 registration fee in Asheville). Also, on the Google doc, please be sure to indicate if you will need accommodation at the Renaissance Hotel in Asheville, and if you are interested in carpooling.

May 5, 2015, 12-1pm: X-Ray Workshop: Point of Care Imaging Workshop. Brush up on your radiology skills in this workshop for primary care imaging! Family Medicine residents will teach us how to identify basic point of care diagnoses for common fractures. Bondurant 2020.

2015 Family Medicine Day, Saturday, May 16th in Raleigh, NC

Tar Wars

Our Community Outreach program is entitled Tar Wars.  It is an educational program that teaches 5th graders about the detriments of smoking. This is a minimal time commitment and a fantastic experience. This program should be underway in the schools in February. For scheduling information, contact Jock Moore.  For more info, please contact Jock and/or visit the Tar Wars website at


Contact Us

If you have questions, comments, or would like to be on our e-mail list, please contact any of presidents.


Other Links

North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of Family Physicians

Virtual FMIG

UNC School of Medicine

UNC Department of Family Medicine

Association of Clinicians for the Underserved