November 6, 2014
A delegation of 18 students and graduates from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) participated in the annual meeting of the Family Medicine Education Consortium, held in Arlington, VA in October.
The consortium exists to connect professionals and students committed to strengthening primary care and family medicine in the northeast region of the United States. The meeting provides a forum for participants to share information about educational, clinical, policy, and research issues affecting primary health care. It also provides networking opportunities, including a special program for employers seeking to hire family physicians and a residency fair geared to medical students preparing to enter the 2015 Match.
“As a family medicine physician, I was pleased to see so many of our students express an interest in this field,” said Heidi Chumley, M.D., executive dean and chief academic officer of AUC. “A career in primary care can be incredibly rewarding and this was a unique opportunity for our students and graduates to connect with like-minded individuals.”
Sixty-five AUC graduates secured residency positions in family medicine programs in the 2014 residency match. Joy Checa, M.D., a clinical research fellow at AUC who was in attendance, believes an increase in the number of family medicine practitioners is the answer to the United States’ need for primary care physicians. “This specialty requires a unique skillset and allows a physician to play an active role in a patient’s health over the course of many years,” she said. “It was rewarding to learn about current research in the field and to hear more about the future of healthcare and the interesting career options available to family physicians.”