Halloween Conference Treats Students & Residents with Learning, Networking Opportunities


Amidst pumpkins, costumes, and sweet treats, medical students and Family Medicine residents from Michigan, neighboring states, and Canada convened at the Crowne Plaza in Lansing on Halloween for a day of hands-on learning and networking at the 2015 Michigan Future of Family Medicine Conference.

“The MAFP Foundation hosted this conference to provide students and residents with an opportunity to explore the diversity of Family Medicine, to learn first-hand from practicing Family physicians what it’s really like to be a family doctor, and to showcase the excitement and tremendous sense of fulfillment that a career in this specialty creates,” said Dr. Leanne Swiderski (Garden City), vice chair of the Foundation's Student & Resident Education Committee, which planned the conference.

We heard from attendees that...

"The panels were awesome!"

"This was an excellent conference..informative and useful."

"I was impressed with the comprehensive information about the Academy, medical networking, and procedures."

"I loved the hands-on workshops!"

"It was nice that the conference was not as great of a time commitment as other conferences, making it easier to take time out of my schedule to come."

“On behalf of the planning committee, I would like to thank all of the presenters, panelists, exhibitors, and workshop leaders for sharing their time and expertise," said Dr. Swiderski. "A big thank you also goes out to the students and residents for choosing to spend their Halloween with us, and for engaging in the conference by asking questions during the panel discussions and general sessions, exploring the Family Medicine career opportunities right here in Michigan, and taking part in the hands-on outpatient clinical procedures workshops.”

As MAFP President Kim Yu, MD, FAAFP said to the medical students and Family Medicine residents during her #MiFFM15 opening remarks, “We need you to go boldly into the future of Family Medicine.”

If you were not able to attend the conference, you can get a snapshot of the day by looking through the photo album posted on Facebook and reading the #MiFFM15 tweets on Twitter. If you aren’t following @MIFamilyDocs on Twitter yet, we’d love to connect with you.

If you did attend the conference, please feel free to tag yourself in the Facebook photos, and to tweet about your experience at the conference using the hashtag #MiFFM15.