School of Medicine

Department of Family Medicine

Student Interest Groups

Family Medicine Interest Group

The Department sponsors the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG). This student-led organization provides students at all academic levels with an opportunity to develop an understanding of Family Medicine and the role of the family practitioner in his or her community. Specific activities are planned for students at various academic levels that address issues that they identify as important to them.

FMIG is for anyone interested in learning more about the practice of family medicine. We strive to inform students about the opportunities associated with a career in family medicine and to keep them informed about current issues faced by the specialty. Our meetings allow students to interact with both their fellow classmates and guest speakers associated with the field of family medicine including practicing family physicians, family medicine program educators, and representatives from Louisiana family medicine residency programs. Members also have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the community by taking part in TAR WARS, a program that allows medical students to educate 4th and 5th grade students in local schools about the danger and risks associated with tobacco usage.

Faculty Advisor:

Pamela Wiseman, MD
Susan M. Leary and Richard A. Culbertson Professorship
Vice Chair of Undergraduate Education, Family Medicine


Rural Medicine Interest Group

The mission of the Rural Medicine Interest Group (RMIG) is to encourage the practice of medicine in rural communities for the benefit of the underserved. The bulk of the membership consists of students enrolled in the LSUHSC Rural Scholars Track, but membership is open to all medical students interested in the practice of rural medicine.

Faculty Advisor:

Emilio A. Russo, MD  FAAFP
Chair, LSUHSC Committee on International Educational Experience
Brian P. Jakes Professor of Rural Health Care
Vice-Chair of Clinical Affairs
Associate Professor, Clinical
Program Director, LSU Rural Family Medicine--Bogalusa


Many FMIGs use handouts to explain the specialty of family medicine.  Please click here to access resources from the AAFP.