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Member Interest Groups

Member Interest Groups (MIG) provide an avenue for IAFP members across all levels (active, life, resident and student) to connect and collaborate on a topic of interest or situation of common ground. Think of it as a club, rather than a committee.  Only IAFP members may join Member Interest Groups.   IAFP approved MIGs will have the opportunity to meet face to face at IAFP's annual meeting, or at other IAFP sponsored events to be determined. 
MIGs may be formed based on geographic region or a special interest. The bylaws, rules and/or regulations of such groups shall be subject to the approval of the IAFP Board of Directors and shall be consistent with the Bylaws of the Academy and AAFP.  MIGs must have a purpose that connects to the IAFP strategic plan. Each MIG is also required to develop SMART goals and submit updates regularly to the Board. 

Login to your profile and then you can join any MIG by subscribing to the corresponding E-list. Simply hover over "My Features" and click "E-lists. " You can subscribe by switching the E-list to "On" to subscribe and "On" for e-mail delivery so that new messages come directly to your inbox.  

You may also want to investigate the many member interest groups offered by AAFP. 

Existing Member Interest Groups

Women in Leadership Interest Group Co-Chaired by Janice Benson, MD and Emma Daisy, MD
Support family physician women leaders in Illinois through mentoring and discussion groups, both in face-to-face meetings and virtually.  

Report of 2018 activities

  • A webinar on wellness/burnout. Kristina Dakis, MD.  
  • A dinner meeting on the "Joy of Medicine" with Kathleen Mueller, MD as the speaker June 14.
  • A webinar on ‘teaming in practice’.  Two possibilities are Molly Hillig Rodriguez of Empower Yourself Coaching and Lucy Zielinski of Lumina Health Partners
  • Plans for both an educational pre-conference as well as a networking event at the IAFP annual meeting.

Direct Primary Care Interest Group - Chaired by Deborah Chisholm, MD - Note:  AAFP also has an MIG on this topic)
Are you in a Direct Primary Care (DPC) model or interested in learning more about them? (Note: AAFP has an existing member interest group on this topic)
2018 Activities

  • Host a webinar featuring Risheet Patel, MD, past president of Indiana AFP. He started a DPC last year, Fishers Direct Family Care in northeastern Indianapolis suburb.  Tentatively scheduled for a Thursday lunchtime webinar in June.
  • Continue our advocacy to get DPC recognized by Illinois Department of Insurance.
  • Discuss how to provide support to DPC practices (those already underway and those getting underway or contemplating getting underway).  
  • Host a webinar on ‘teaming in practice’.  Two possibilities are Molly Hillig Rodriguez of Empower Yourself Coaching and Lucy Zielinski of Lumina Health Partners
  • Talk with BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois about provision of wrap-around insurance for DPC patients after DPC is recognized by Illinois Department of Insurance.

FPs in FQHCs (Federally Qualified Health Centers) Chaired by James Valek, MD
Open to all members who are employed by FQHCs or interested in working in this setting. Provides a forum for identifying issues of concern to FPs in FQHCs.

At its October 2017 meeting, the FQHC MIG had these discussions:
• Behavioral health and primary care integration – the need for child psychiatrists is great everywhere. Workforce pipeline is constricted as child psychiatrists must first go through adult psychiatry residency before specializing in child psychiatry.
• Is there a possibility to develop Behavioral Health fellowships?
• University of Chicago ECHO project could be template for clinical training for FPs in FQHCs
• Hepatitis C diagnosis and treatment is good business for FQHC’s

2018 Activities

  • Held webinar on Feb. 22 focusing on Hepatitis C diagnosis, treatment and coding with 21 attendees.  It is in the process of being archived and will be available here soon.  
  • University of Chicago ECHO project could be template for clinical training for FPs in FQHCs, see http://www.echo-chicago.org/
  • Survey on physician recruitment and retention at FQHCs

Reproductive Health Care - Chaired by Kristina Dakis, MD and Tabatha Wells, MD (Note:  AAFP has an existing member interest group on this topic).  

This MIG has the following goals
1) providing comprehensive reproductive health and maternity care services and incorporating these services into their practices
2) advocating for patient access to comprehensive, evidence-based reproductive health and maternity care in Illinois
3) mentorship of Illinois medical students and residents interested in careers caring for women and their children

2018 Activities

  • Held a conference call April 23 to discuss what resolutions members would like to bring forward to NCCL and if anyone wants to bring any forward within Illinois as well.
  • Provided education for our members and will be coordinating with Midwest Access Project and the Reproductive Health Access Project Chicago Cluster (which includes all reproductive health providers not just family medicine providers.)
  • Provided reproductive health educational sessions at Family Medicine Midwest.

From the MIG - My Journey in Reproductive Heath Advocacy Blog. 

Food as Medicine - chaired by Amber Alencar, MD - NEW, established April 21, 2018

Access to healthy foods, nutritive value awareness, and meal preparation education are just some of the challenges facing people with complex health problems. Join us as we explore the Food is Medicine movement through:
• support of patients with limited access to healthy foods through clinic-based food pantries
• education for health care professionals about the role of food in medicine
• support for ourselves as busy professionals with healthy food choices


1. Share best practices and challenges among medical clinics that have a food pantry or are associated with a food pantry.
2. Educate family physicians about the role of food in medicine through sharing information on conferences and other educational opportunities
3. Host events that include tips on healthy meal preparation for busy professionals and their families

Background- Learn more about existing food pantries powered by family medicine residencies
UI-Pilsen in Chicago
SIU Center for Family Medicine clinic food pantries – State Journal-Register story
West Suburban “Eat and Be Well” food pantry video

2018 plans

  • Teleconference call in first three months to discuss possible MIG activities
  • IAFP Annual Meeting,
  • Potential to submit abstract for Food Is Medicine Workshop at Family Medicine Midwest

Urgent Care - Katie Raschka, MD - Chair

Objective: Provide support to family physicians who practice or wish to practice in urgent care settings by the
following activities:
  • Provide monthly discussions on-line or via teleconference/web on the following topics:

Is your practice fully or partially Urgent Care?
What challenges and opportunities are you facing in your practice?
Managing volumes?
Expanding your procedural skill set?
Personal leadership development?

  • Coordinate our state MIG activities with those of the AAFP Emergency Medicine/Urgent Care MIG and recruit Illinois AFP members on the AAFP MIG to the Illinois MIG
  • Assist the IAFP in membership recruitment and retention of family physicians who practice in an urgent care setting

The MIG will meet in-person at IAFP educational meetings
Upcoming Meetings: IAFP Annual Meeting, Fri., Oct. 26, Elmhurst Hospital

How does a member interest group work?

  • A staff coordinator is appointed to assist the MIG with logistics.
  • All MIG members will need to subscribe to the designated email list (you can do this via www.iafp.com and log into your profile)
  • The MIG is not board-directed, but self-directed
  • The MIG may request funding from the IAFP Board of Directors for specific activities.
  • The MIG shall report to the IAFP Board of Directors twice annually
  • The MIG may suggest policy and programming recommendations directly to the IAFP Board of Directors for consideration. 
  • The IAFP Board of Directors can vote to dissolve a MIG for not submitting reports or lack of participation (less than 10 IAFP members).
  • The IAFP Board of Directors cannot consolidate or dissolve MIGs for any other reason. 
  • Those MIGs requesting to be consolidated with another MIG must be approved by the IAFP board prior to being consolidated.

How can I start up a new MIG?

Proposals to create a MIG must be submitted to the IAFP Board of Directors for consideration at one of its four meetings each year.

The board uses the following criteria when reviewing a MIG application

  • Focus is consistent with the IAFP’s definition of a MIG (i.e. Forum of IAFP Active Members who have shared professional interests). 
  • Furthers the IAFPs strategic objectives.
  • Does not duplicate groups represented by the current Board-appointed committees and task forces. Membership is limited to Illinois members, but MIG members should not be employed by a single entity (for example Advocate Medical Group family physicians). 
  • Does not duplicate categories that currently exist.
  • Does not substantially overlap the goals or objectives of any existing MIG.
  • Conflicts of interest for the MIG officers have been disclosed and there are no significant conflicts.

 How do we move from a proposed MIG to an official MIG?

  1. A proposed MIG must have ten (10) or more IAFP Active members signify their desire to join the MIG. The application must be submitted to the IAFP Board of Directors and approved at one of the four board meetings each year.  Click here to see the schedule of board meetings.
  2. Each MIG must annually identify a chair and vice chair and identify those leaders to IAFPs Executive Vice President, Vince Keenan.
  3. All members of the MIG need to submit a conflict of interest/disclosure form to the IAFP staff coordinator.

 What do I need to do next?  Use this form to submit your idea for a Proposed Member Interest Group



Last Updated on Thursday, June 13, 2019 01:31 PM