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Group of family medicine students win national award

FMIG Members at the 2019 Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Race (Photo courtesy of Rylie Wada)

For the first time, the University of Hawaii at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) has been recognized nationally for its student-led family medicine interest group (FMIG) by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

the JABSOM Student organization was selected as one of 18 medical schools to win the 2020 Program of Excellence award for its exemplary efforts to develop and sustain interest in family medicine. In addition, JABSOM was one of only two schools in the country to receive a cash prize of $ 600.

Among FMIGS’s efforts include a school supplies drive, thrift store, and bake sale to support homeless awareness and education, Tar Wars smoking prevention education for elementary school students, and the Hawaii Inter-Island Coalition for Primary Care Pathways, a new program to address the growing shortage of doctors on the islands. These efforts are helping to improve the future of family medicine and build a vital workforce of primary care physicians in the Hawaii.

“Our JABSOM-FMIG students, especially the board of trustees, work incredibly hard each year to serve our community and promote primary care to current and prospective students. I am so happy that they are finally recognized for their amazing work and I am extremely proud of them all! ” noted Jill omori, FMIG faculty advisor and associate professor of family medicine and community health.

“I hope the JABSOM The community can be proud of this award with us and continue to support us in our efforts to promote family medicine and improve the lives of members of our community, ”said EunYoung Parkpresident of FMIG and a 2023 MARYLAND candidate.

FMIG creates opportunities for students to learn and experience family medicine outside of their medical school programs through organized events, workshops, leadership development opportunities, community services, and clinical experiences. These award-winning groups are breaking new ground with significant initiatives such as launching pipeline programs for under-represented medical students and serving their communities during the COVID-19[female[feminine pandemic.

Learn more about the JABSOM website.