Mentoring & Networking


During preclinical years many students meet mentors informally through their family medicine preceptorship or R/UOP placement, or through Dinner with a Doc events. Attending Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Workshops allows students to interact with physicians from local family medicine residencies; other FMIG events highlight local family physicians.

Many family physicians that are active in local, state, or national academies are happy to mentor students interested in family medicine. Consider attending a meeting of your local medical academies (King County Academy of Family Physicians or Washington Academy of Family Physicians).

The Underserved Pathway includes a longitudinal mentoring component specifically for students interested in careers caring for underserved populations.

During clinical years, students find mentors through family medicine clerkships or sub-internship (Sub-I) experiences.

The college faculty has many family physicians – if your assigned mentor is not a family physician, consider contacting a mentor in your college who is.

Big Sky College – Dr. Christina Tanner

Rainier College – Dr. Sharon Dobie

Wind River College – Dr. Lynn Oliver

Denali College – Drs. Raye Maestes and Diane Timberlake

Snake River College – Dr. Misbah Keen

Columbia River College – Drs. David Losh and Lisa Erlanger


Meeting other medical students interested in family medicine and meeting current family medicine residents can help you build a network of like-minded colleagues. Attending FMIG events can help you meet fellow medical students that share your interests, and FMIG workshops partner with local family medicine residencies to allow students and residents to connect.

The UW Department of Family Medicine holds an open house each April and invites all people associated with family medicine to participate; an excellent networking opportunity.

In addition to academy meetings, the WAFP Student and Resident Retreat (January) and Scientific Assembly (May) are ideal for networking. Attending the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students in July is another way to connect with colleagues from across the country. There are scholarships available to support student attendance at these events.