Family Medicine Midwest Plenary Sessions

Did you miss any of our dynamic Plenary Sessions at FMM 2023? The recordings are now live on the FMM YouTube Channel! 

 Opening Plenary
Friday, September 29, 2023 | 1:00 – 2:15 pm
The Essence of Family Medicine

Presented by
Richard D. Feldman, M.D., FAAFP
Program Director Emeritus and Senior Medical Education Advisor, Franciscan Health Family Medicine Residency Program, Indianapolis, IN

• Describe the history and origins of family medicine
• Explain who were the grassroots practicing founding fathers of our specialty
• Discuss the core values and basic tenets of family medicine
• Define the concept of "mindfulness of presence" with patients and explain its importance in family medicine
• Explain in what way developing relationships with one's patients defines the essence and uniqueness of our specialty

Plenary for Students
Saturday, September 30, 2023 | 12:25 – 1:25 pm
Family Medicine: Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Moderator: Safiya McNeese-Ruffin, MD
Associate Program Director, Director of SIU Alton Family Medicine Obstetrics & Women's Health


  • TBA: Alexis N. Acernese, MD, Chief Resident Physician, PGY-3, Rush Copley Family Medicine Residency Program, Aurora, IL
  • Advocacy & Leadership: Adjoa Kusi-Appiah, MD, North Memorial Resident, University of Minnesota, Minnesota, MN
  • Gender-affirming care: Christine Knight, MD, Family Physician, PrimeCare West Town Health Center, Chicago, IL
  • IMG experience: Mena Metias, MD, Core Family Medicine Faculty, SIU Alton Family Medicine Residency, Alton, IL

• Celebrate the diversity of a career in Family Medicine
• Provide practical pathways to hone specific passions within family medicine
• Offer story-telling and real-life accounts of diverse journeys to Family Medicine
• Create a safe-space to discuss questions regarding Family Medicine in current climate.

Plenary for Physicians & Residents
Saturday, September 30, 2023 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Family Medicine: Oh, the Places I’ve Been

Presented by Carl Earl Lambert, Jr., MD, FAAFP, Illinois Family Physician and Director of Family Medicine Leadership Program, Rush Medical College

• Share lessons learned throughout the career of a practicing family physician.
• Highlight trends in student interest in family medicine
• Recognize ways to help bolster interest in undergraduate medical education.

Closing Plenary
Sunday October 1, 2023 | 9:35 – 10:35 am
The Past, Present, and Future of Healthcare: The Evolving Role of the Family Medicine Physician
Presented by José R. Sánchez, President and Chief Executive Officer of Humboldt Park Health (HPH)& Illinois Governor’s Health Care Reform Implementation Council member.


  1. Understanding the Historical Evolution: Together, we will review the historical context of family medicine, its origins and development over time, and explore how societal shifts and healthcare reforms have shaped the role of family medicine practitioners. 

  1. Analyze the Current Landscape: we will consider the current state of healthcare and family medicine, addressing factors such as patient demographics, technological advancements, interdisciplinary collaboration, and policy changes that impact the role and responsibilities of family medicine practitioners today. 

  1. Explore Future Trends: Delve into emerging trends and innovations that are expected to influence the future of healthcare and the role of family medicine practitioners. We will consider the rise of telemedicine, genomics, personalized medicine, and population health management.