The American Academy of Family Physicians has named the Keck School of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group among the winners of its 2013 Program of Excellence Awards.

The Keck School group was among 10 recipients nationally that were honored for outstanding activities in generating interest in family medicine.

Jo Marie Reilly, MD, associate professor of clinical family medicine and faculty advisor to the group, noted it was the only ‘overall’ program in the state to be recognized nationally — and was specifically noted for its community service.

FMIGs are medical school-sponsored, student and faculty-run organizations that give medical students a chance to learn more about family medicine through regular meetings, workshops, leadership development opportunities, and community and clinical experiences.

The Program of Excellence Awards recognize FMIGs for their outstanding performance in organizational operation, community service, promoting the value of family medicine as primary care, promoting the scope of family medicine, exposing residents to family medicine and family physicians, professional development and measures of success.