Student Interest Groups

Our department faculty are sponsors for several student interest groups:

  • Family Medicine Interest Group
  • Global Health Alliance
  • CONMIGO

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)

Mission Statement:
“Our mission is to inspire interest and develop understanding of Family Medicine and Primary Care among medical students through advocacy, community service and leadership development.” 
   -Adopted by FMIG leaders June 2004

FMIG works to increase student awareness of and promote family medicine as a career opportunity. Students involved with UK’s FMIG work closely with the Department of Family & Community Medicine to schedule and host monthly presentations aimed at increasing exposure to practicing physicians specializing in Family Medicine, providing guidance and mentorship on the path to Family Medicine and addressing important issues facing in primary care.

The FMIG group meets every 2nd Tuesday (except during December/January) and topics are announced in advance to the medical class by email from the student leaders.

Current student leadership group. Elections are held every April.

  • Presidents: Katharine Freeman and Charity Eko
  • Vice President: Xiao Wang
  • Secretary: (Sara) Emily Bachert
  • Treasurer: Claire Fletcher
  • Community Service: Mary Kate Greenwood
  • Upperclassmen Programs Coordinators: Laura Dewalt, Piper Seyfrit, Kayla Suma
  • Faculty Advisors: Dr. Ginny Gottschalk and Dr. Carol Hustedde

Global Health Alliance

The Global Health Alliance (formerly International Federation of Medical Students' Association) is an interprofessional group of students interested in global health issues. For more information on GHA, contact Dr. Samuel Matheny, MD, GHA faculty advisor and Assistant Provost for Global Health Initiatives.

Current student leadership group. Elections are held every April.

  • President:  Mary Kate Greenwood
  • Vice President:  Sorna Kamara
  • Secretary:  Amanda Su
  • Treasurer: Dustin Stephens
  • Community Service:  Alexandra P. Hall
  • International Liaison: Nana Sarpong
  • IFMSA/STSG Art Auction Chairs:  Sarah Czack and Sam Beavin (M2s)
  • Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Samuel Matheny

CONMIGO: An Interprofessional Multicultural Advocacy Group

CONMIGO began as a Medical Spanish Interest group in 2009 within the CoM but expanded to include issues of health and patient advocacy over the next year. This involved getting interprofessional perspectives on the challenges that multicultural and limited English proficiency (LEP) patients face in navigating our health system. Students now work across multiple colleges and educational programs to understand and learn how to address issues bridging the medical and LEP communities and to contribute to meaningful physician-patient relationships.

Group meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month from 12-1p in Nursing 504 and include
guest speakers on a variety of topics related to culture and health.

For more information, contact CONMIGO student Stella.Achenjang@uky.edu