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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Family & Community Medicine
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Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)

The Department of Family and Community Medicine works closely with the Feinberg School of Medicine's Family Medicine Interest Group, which is led by Feinberg medical students.


  • To expose students to the interaction between primary care and the medical community
  • To help students gain a better understanding of determinants of health and how they can be approached from a primary care standpoint
  • To build awareness about the specialty of family medicine and primary care, and connect students with University and Community leaders in this area
  • To begin to develop the skills required to become a family medicine physician through experiential and classroom learning
  • To provide students access and exposure to community health centers, and help them to understand the role they play in patient health care

Primary Care Journal Club

The Department and the Family Medicine Interest Group also support the Primary Care Journal Club, a collaborative co-curricular project that brings together medical students and family physicians to review recent publications in the highest-impact medical journals. The student-faculty teams work together in an effective and efficient process to identify POEMs (Patient Oriented Evidence that Matters) for family medicine and other primary care specialties. Participant collaboration occurs in small and large group formats with an emphasis on time-saving, electronic and on-line techniques.  All interested students and clinical practitioners are welcome to join.

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