PDF Print Email

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. 

Read through all the information below and you'll find the online sign-up form at the bottom!

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. 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 Careyana Brenham, 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.  

Reproductive Health Care - Chaired by Kristina Dakis, MD and Tabatha Wells, MD (approved by the board May 17, 2017)- (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.

Proposed Member Interest Groups - These groups will be offered for approval by the IAFP board on May 17 if they have at least 10 IAFP members who are Type Active (student and resident members are not used in the count for a proposed group, but may join any group once established by the Board).  

Special Constituencies - Chaired by Lubna Madani, MD.  The special constituencies recognized by AAFP are:  Women, New Physicians, Minority Physicians, International Medical School Graduates and Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender community. 

Young Faculty - Chaired by Johnny Tenegra, MD. If you are in a faculty position during your first seven years after residency or in your first seven years of being in a faculty position (no matter how many years it’s been since your residency), join this member interest group. The goals are to network, participate in faculty development, and advocacy. This MIG will form a support group outside of peers at the residency program; and help you to develop your own teaching and leading style. This MIG may meet face-to-face at the following: 

  • STFM Annual Conference, May 5-9, San Diego
  • AAFP National Conference, July 27-29, Kansas City
  • FM Midwest Conference, October 6-8, Rosemont
  • IAFP Annual Meeting: October 5, Rosemont

Lifestyle Medicine - Proposed by Ashwani Garg, MD (Note:  AAFP has an existing member interest group on this topic)

This group has the following goals:

(1) to serve as a forum for discussion of topics around the new field of lifestyle medicine (for more info go to lifestylemedicine.org) and to assist members in education in this field, by connecting with like minded groups, and obtaining certification in this field (newly formed board American Board of Lifestyle Medicine)
(2) to serve as a forum for integrative medicine, to assist members in obtaining credentials in this field by others who are certified, and to discuss evidence based topics in complementary and alternative medicine. Connect with like minded groups in Illinois to and to share info about meetings where we can learn these techniques.
(3) to serve as a forum for topics of physician burnout as it is far too common. Many techniques and principles of integrative/lifestyle can be applied to ourselves such as mindfulness techniques to help heal from the stress and suffering that we experience every day. After it's said "doctor heal thyself"
(4) have a resource list for students and residents of training programs that incorporate these techniques into their curricula or have faculty members who are experts in these fields

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.

How can I start up a new MIG?
Applications 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 membership 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.

What do I need to do next?

Members may sign up for an existing MIG, join on to support the establishment of a proposed MIG or submit an idea for a new MIG.  All of this can be done using one simple online form.