Faces in Family Medicine

Faces in Family Medicine (FIFM) is a Family Medicine mentorship program for pre-med and medical students. KAFP members volunteer to be mentors and represent the broad scope and modes of family medicine in the state of Kansas.

The ultimate goal is to expose students to the many different, energetic, vibrant, and authentic faces of family medicine, and promote the selection of family medicine as their specialty.

Who can participate?

  • KAFP Members
  • KUMC Kansas City, Salina, and Wichita first and second year medical students
  • Junior and senior pre-med students at a select Kansas Regents University each year

How does it work?

FIFM has two major components to the program to help showcase the many faces in family medicine and provide direct student-mentor communication throughout the academic year.

Group Mentorship Dinner

To kick off the year, KAFP-Foundation hosts a FIFM dinner at each campus (free to students and mentors).  At this dinner, mentors rotate around the room from table to table “speed dating style,” sharing their face of the specialty.

One-on-One Mentoring

For more direct communication throughout the academic year, FIFM pairs each student with a practicing family physician to be their mentor.  Mentors and students are encouraged to communicate via email, phone, text message, facebook, or may even arrange a face-to-face meeting or shadow experience.

How do I participate?

Student online application – open fall 2018

Mentor online application – open fall 2018

Applications will be reviewed and accepted students/mentors will be paired with a mentor/student for the academic year.

Expectations for participation:

  • Students will attend their respective campus dinner
  • Mentors will attend at least one dinner
  • Four points of contact throughout the academic year

Student-Mentor pairings can communicate as much or as little as they wish.  A minimum of four contacts is expected.

KAFP provides monthly talking points to encourage communication between students and mentors.


Contact Michelle Corkins, mcorkins@kafponline.org, with questions.