The Institute at the AAFP National Conference

August 19, 2018

From August 2-4, 2018, several Institute for Family Health staff members attended the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in Kansas City, MO.  The conference is a place for residents and medical students to learn more about family medicine, explore residency programs, and connect with potential employers.

Dr. Anita Ravi, MD, MPH, MSHP, who founded and leads the Institute’s PurpLE Clinic, participated in the highly-attended Friday “main stage” panel at the conference. Dr. Ravi, an emerging leader in the field of health and trafficking, was joined by other accomplished family physicians who shared their experiences, advice and passion for primary care.

Dr. Ravi had some inspiring words for aspiring family doctors, saying that she defines family medicine as “specializing in the health of the community.” She encouraged the audience to “hand over the power” of their degrees to help their patients, and to think outside of how family medicine is traditionally perceived.You should ‘picture yourself in family medicine,’” she said, referring to the name of the conference, “but you should not let other people put the frame on that picture.” You can see the entire main stage session on the AAFP website.

Institute faculty and residents from our Mid-Hudson, Harlem and Downtown residency programs were on hand throughout the conference to talk with medical students interested in becoming family physicians. Recruitment for the class of 2022 is now underway, and we’re looking forward to welcoming some of the talented students we met into our dynamic residency programs next year.

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