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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.  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.  

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)
At its November 2016 meeting, the DPC MIG set their 2017 goals:
• We will do a survey of members to determine where they are on the continuum of DPC: from interest, to planning, to implementing.
• Share DPC vendor information: Legal, accounting, other
• We would like to investigate state legislation that would allow Illinoisans to use their Health Savings Accounts to pay for DPC services.
• We would like to talk with BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois about provision of wrap-around insurance for DPC patients.

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. For 2017, sharing innovations in practice is the goal.
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? Perhaps this idea could be submitted to AAFP.
• University of Chicago ECHO project could be template for clinical training for FPs in FQHCs, see http://www.echo-chicago.org/
• Hepatitis C diagnosis and treatment is good business for FQHC’s
One action item from the meeting:
• Webinar for the group on Hepatitis C diagnosis, treatment and coding scheduled for Thurs., Feb. 22, 12 noon

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

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.

Members may sign up for an existing MIG or an IAFP committee using one simple online form.  

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