PCOM Well-Represented at 2022 FMEC Annual Conference
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PCOM Well-Represented at FMEC Annual Conference 
Students Take Home Awards

September 23, 2022

Recently, a group of students, faculty and alumni from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine traveled to Arlington, Virginia, to attend the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC) annual conference. PCOM’s presence was felt at the three-day event, as the delegation from the College was the largest of the schools in attendance.

The mission of FMEC is “to improve the health of the nation by strengthening family medicine and primary care to meet its full potential.” The theme for this year’s meeting was “Unleashing our Family Medicine Superpowers,” recognizing the strengths, accomplishments and potential of family medicine. Events at the annual meeting included prominent speakers, a residency fair, networking opportunities and an awards ceremony.

Taylor Rider (DO `23)Taylor Rider (DO `23) and Briana Krewson (DO `23) were recipients of the 2022 FMEC “This We Believe” Creative Writing Contest. As shared in the FMEC Annual Conference program, the “This We Believe” Awards were modeled on the successful “This I Believe” project, as heard on National Public Radio. The contest was designed to offer physicians, physicians-in-training, and medical students engaged in Family Medicine organizations, the opportunity to express their core beliefs about serving others​​.  Ms. Rider won for her piece titled “The Jack of All Trades,” and Ms. Krewson won for her piece titled “Harmonious Silence.”

Briana Krewson (DO `23)“For me, this award serves as external validation. When I started my medical school journey, I originally wanted to go into surgery. It allowed me to declare that I’m one hundred percent focused on family medicine,” said Ms. Rider. Fellow award winner Ms. Krewson shared, “This contest gave us the space to talk about why primary care is so important and to share those values and lessons in a group where they resonate.” Ms. Krewson also took third place in the 2022 FMEC Creative Writing Awards for her prose piece titled “Sky.”

Ms. Krewson and Ms. Rider are both actively involved in PCOM’s Gold Humanism Honor Society, serving as President and Community Service chair. They also plan to pursue residencies in family medicine, participating in the 2023 Match. Based on the 2022 Match data from the Philadelphia Campus, family medicine was the second most popular specialty after internal medicine.

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