Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)

The mission of UA COMP FMIG is to:

  • Serve the community

  • Inspire students to pursue family medicine

  • Prepare leaders for the future of healthcare


  • Serve the community by volunteering, educating, and leading. We will volunteer with underserved populations, educate peers and the community through outreach, and provide opportunities for leadership and advocacy.

  • Inspire medical students to pursue family medicine and contribute to the future of the healthcare system through mentorship, relationship building, and camaraderie amongst medical students, residents, physicians, and the community. We will expose members to the specialty of family medicine, host hands on clinics to teach relevant procedural skills such as suturing and casting, encourage student involvement in FMIG and community activities, host discussions on current topics in family medicine, and form relationships with family doctors and local family medicine residency programs.

  • Prepare medical students for the future of family medicine through exposure to full spectrum family medicine, dispelling myths, and educating students about continuity, coordination, and comprehensive care. We will host lunch discussions with local physicians, volunteer, and develop leaders.

Club Leadership

Student Leaders:

Erin Howard, Class of 2025

Amy Arias, Class of 2025

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Sarah Coles, Assistant Professor - Family, Community, and Preventive Medicine

Past Leaders:

Natalie Alteri, Class of 2024

Fran Buranday, Class of 2024

Jessica Dong, Class of 2024

Prathima Harve, Class of 2024

Amaris Tapia, Class of 2023

Karishma Kothari, Class of 2023

Merrion Dawson, Class of 2022

Alec Smith, Class of 2022

Cecilia Cruz, Class of 2021

Cornel Popescu, Class of 2021

Kaitlyn Simmons, Class of 2021

Club Activities 2021:

Fall 2021:

  • Career Night Meet and Greet

  • Primary Care Advocacy Town Hall

Spring 2021:

  • Navigating Social Determinants of Health and Telemedicine Lunch Talk

  • Lung Cancer in the Outpatient Setting Lunch Talk

Past Club Activities 2016-2019

Spring 2019 Family Medicine Subspecialties Panel

Casting Clinic

Family Medicine Community Volunteering Day

October 2018 Primary Care Week

-Settings and Practices in Primary Care Lunch Panel

-Full-Spectrum Family Medicine SIM night

-Stations including: Suturing, Skin shave and punch biopsies, Circumcision, Knee aspiration

-Full-Spectrum Family Medicine at the Neighborhood Christian Clinic Lunch Talk

-Plus advocacy from the AzAFP

-Community Health Lunch Talk with Dr. Connie Tucker and Dr. Jonathan Cartsonis

October 15-18, 2018

August 2018 Family Medicine Mixer

October 2017 Primary Care Week

October 16-20. 2017

August 2017 Family Medicine Happy Hour

August 10, 2017

April 2017 Casting Clinic

April 27, 2017

November 2016 Suturing Clinic

November 2, 2016 5:30-7PM

October 2016 Primary Care Week!

Lunch talks and events all week long

FMIG, PIG, Geriatrics, OB/GYN, IMIG

October 24-28, 2016

October 2016 Primary Care Week: Rural and Underserved

State and National Loan Repayment Programs

October 25, 2016 12-1PM

October 2016 Primary Care Week Breakfast

October 26, 2016 7:30-9AM

October 2016 Primary Care Week: Miracle of Modern Medicine

Dr. Steven Brown, Program Director of University of

Arizona - Phoenix Family Medicine Residency

October 26, 2016 12-1PM

May 2016 Family Medicine Night

MS4 Family Medicine Match Panel

May 4th, 2016 12-1PM

Previous FMIG Events

Clinical Skills Night: Casting Clinic

Students learned upper and lower extremity casting and splinting, led by

Dr. Sarah Coles, Dr. Jake Anderson, and residents and faculty

from Phoenix residency programs!

Family Medicine Happy Hour

FMIG kicked off the 2017-2018 school year with a family medicine

mixer - students enjoyed appetizers at Mi Amigo's while

mingling with faculty and residents and learning more about family medicine!