AAFP Program of Excellence Awards recognize College of Medicine

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has named Penn State College of Medicine as one of 16 medical school Family Medicine Interest Groups to receive the 2011 Program of Excellence Award for their outstanding activities in generating interest in family medicine.

Award winners will be honored during a July 29 ceremony at the AAFP National Conference for Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in Kansas City.

FMIGs are medical school-sponsored organizations that give students a chance to learn more about family medicine through regular meetings, workshops, leadership development opportunities, and community and clinical experiences. The Program of Excellence awards recognize FMIGs for their outstanding performance in operation, community service, promoting the value of primary care, exposure to family medicine and family physicians, professional development and measures of success.

“Family medicine interest groups are essential to helping medical students understand the professional challenge and satisfaction of being a family physician,” said Perry Pugno, vice president of education at the AAFP. “All of this year’s award winners have done outstanding work in giving students the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge they’ve acquired in the classroom, develop leadership skills that will serve them in their future practices and communities, and better understand the vital role that family medicine plays in our health care system.”

This year’s awards were the most competitive, with more interest groups submitting applications than any other year, according to Pugno. These awards have been given for more than a decade.

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Last Updated July 20, 2011