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We're Thankful for …

Nov 14, 2017 - With the holidays approaching, we asked some of our new physician bloggers what they are thankful for in their practices. Here is what they shared.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171114fp-thankful.html

In Wake of Disaster, Family Physicians Can Help

Nov 7, 2017 - Our nation has been hit by a recent flurry of terrifying events. Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., ponders how family physicians can help patients cope in the aftermath.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171107fp-trauma.html

Could Better Coping Skills Curb Rampant Drug Use?

Oct 30, 2017 - A record number of Americans died of drug overdoses in 2015. Venis Wilder, M.D., ponders how family physicians can help.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171030fp-coping.html

Viral Response to #MeToo Shines Light on Need for Change

Oct 19, 2017 - In light of the #MeToo phenomenon, we asked our new physician bloggers to share their perspectives on the pervasive nature of sexual harassment and assault in our society.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171019fp-metoo.html

Do Disease-of-the-Month Campaigns Lead to Overscreening?

Oct 16, 2017 - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., questions whether disease-of-the-month campaigns might contribute to overscreening and overdiagnosis.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171016fp-diseasemonth.html

But I Already DID Refer You to an 'American' Doctor

Oct 9, 2017 - More than one-fourth of U.S. physicians were born in other countries. Kimberly Becher, M.D., examines the difficulty of getting some white patients to accept referrals to minority subspecialists.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171009fp-race.html

Continuity and Coordination of Care Long-Term Care Facilities

Oct 4, 2017 - Read about AAFP's position on continuity and coordination of care in long-term care facilities

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/care-facilities.html

Technology Tools and Trends for Better Patient Care: Beyond the EHR -- FPM

Oct 1, 2017 - From remote monitoring of chronic diseases to virtual assistants in the exam room, technology will improve practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0900/p28.html

Up in Smoke: Western Fires Pose Public Health Hazard

Sep 29, 2017 - Melissa Hemphill, M.D., writes that the wildfires scorching the Pacific Northwest are a public health hazard, and the threat is getting worse each year.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170929fp-fires.html

Resolution No. 307 (Illinois B) - Direct Primary Care (DPC) Demonstration Project -- ...

Sep 25, 2017 - This resolution asks that the American Academy of Family Physicians work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and/or state Medicaid officials to set up a pilot project which demonstrates the value and outcomes that a panel of patients within a region receives through a ...

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/governance/congress-delegates/2017/resolutions2/illinois-b.mem.html

2017 Resolutions -- Congress of Delegates

Sep 25, 2017 - Resolutions submitted for the 2017 Congress of Delegates.

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/governance/congress-delegates/2017/resolutions2.mem.html

How a Bill Becomes a Wall

Sep 25, 2017 - Through words and drawings, Anita Ravi, M.D., illustrates how the Graham-Cassidy bill currently under consideration in the Senate could make health care worse.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170925fp-grahamcassidy.html

Telemedicine Advances Outpace Common Sense Regulations

Sep 19, 2017 - Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes that her clinic has implemented a novel way to use telemedicine. But for many physicians, barriers remain.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170919fp-telemedicine.html

What Should We Tell Parents About Concussions, Contact Sports?

Sep 13, 2017 - Despite an abundance of research regarding head injuries, counseling parents and young athletes about the risks of contact sports is complicated.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170913fp-concussions.html

Halting Health Studies Harms Patients, Hinders Physicians

Sep 5, 2017 - The Trump administration recently halted a study on the health consequences of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia. It wasn't because the process had been deemed safe.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170905fp-minestudy.html

Health Care Debates Don't Have to Be Heated

Aug 29, 2017 - Politicians discussing health care policy could take a lesson from a couple of family physicians who recently debated the merits of the direct primary care model without resorting to insults.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170829fp-debate.html

How Do I Deal With a Racist Patient?

Aug 21, 2017 - With racism a frequent topic in the news recently, we asked our new physician bloggers how racism has affected them in health care settings.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170821fp-race.html

I Had to 'Unlearn' Medicine to Treat Vulnerable Patients

Aug 14, 2017 - New physician Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., relates in words and spare drawings why some of the advice she was taught to give doesn't apply to the patients she is expected to help.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170814fp-unlearning.html

Start by Viewing Transgender Patients as People -- Not 'Burdens'

Aug 3, 2017 - Discrimination against transgender people is precipitated by viewing patients with dollar signs over their heads, rather than simply seeing them as people.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170803fp-transgendercare.html

FPs Can Influence Rape Culture by Talking About Consent

Jul 31, 2017 - Natalie Hinchcliffe, D.O., writes that as doctors for both victims and perpetrators of rape, family physicians are uniquely positioned to influence rape culture.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170731fp-consent.html

I Bounced Back From Burnout by Setting Boundaries, Priorities

Jul 24, 2017 - Late last year, Kimberly Becher, M.D., reached a point where she thought the only thing in life she was doing well was patient care. She had to make changes at work and home to fight off burnout.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170724fpbounceback.html

Yoga, Volunteerism Help Medical Student Battle Burnout

Jul 19, 2017 - Medical students are no strangers to burnout. Anna Askari, a fourth-year medical student at Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, says she's often felt burnt out. Askari recently spoke with AAFP News about how she copes with stress and burnout and how she plans to ...

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20170719burnout-askari.html

Hospital Shooting Raises Questions About Safety, Mental Health

Jul 14, 2017 - Are physicians safe at work? Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center residency graduate Kurt Bravata, M.D., reflects on the recent shooting at his training program site.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20170714fp-shooting.html

Patients Trust Social Media, so Be Their Trusted Source

Jul 7, 2017 - With more than 3 million followers and counting, Mikhail Varshavski, D.O., makes the case for using social media to reach patients with health messages.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/patients_trust_social_media_so.html

Embracing Whole-Person Care Key to Beating Burnout, Says FP

Jul 5, 2017 - Jamie Osborn, M.D., a married mother of two, relied on spirituality to help her regain a sense of balance after leaving her post as director of a fast-paced family medicine residency.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20170705burnout-osborn.html

Mixed Emotions: Reflections on Finishing Residency

Jul 3, 2017 - Recent graduate Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes that completing residency and saying goodbye to her patients was bittersweet.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/mixed_emotions_reflections_on_finishing.html

Primary Care Needs -- and Deserves -- More Research Dollars

Jun 28, 2017 - More research is needed in primary care, but proposed federal budget cuts threaten to make evidence-based resources and guidelines even harder to come by.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/primary_care_needs_and_deserves.html

Physicians Offer Hands-on Advice on Launching a DPC Practice

Jun 26, 2017 - Panelists who spoke during the 2017 Direct Primary Care Summit offered guidance for physicians who might be considering the innovative practice model but are unsure how to proceed.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170626dpcstartuptips.html

Embracing DPC Takes Dedication, Sacrifice, Says Physician

Jun 23, 2017 - To be the kind of physician she wanted to be, Julie Gunther, M.D., knew she had to change the way she practiced medicine. And that's just what she did.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170623dpcpractice.html

Putting Patients at the Center of My 'Clinic of the Future'

Jun 20, 2017 - Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., wanted more than just a bigger space for his new clinic. He wanted it to help patients feel more comfortable and more engaged.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/putting_patients_at_the_center.html

Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog

Jun 20, 2017 - Blog updates on the issues affecting family medicine from the perspective of new physician members of the Academy

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives.html

Crackdown on Undocumented Immigrants Poses Broad Health Risks

Jun 8, 2017 - Increased enforcement of immigration laws is affecting the health of undocumented immigrants and may have unintended consequences for others, too.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/crackdown_on_undocumented_immigrants_poses.html

Stay Kind, Stay Connected, Stay Well: Advice for New Residents

Jun 5, 2017 - As first-year family medicine residents prepare to start their new programs, our new physician bloggers offer the benefit of their experience.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/stay_kind_stay_connected_stay.html

I Referred My Patients to Subspecialists; So Why Did They See NPs?

May 30, 2017 - Barriers abound when rural patients are referred to subspecialty care. Kimberly Becher, M.D., says a new trend is making it even more challenging.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/i_referred_my_patients_to.html

Resolution No. 311 (Co-Sponsored H) - Support for Independent Practices -- 2016 ...

May 23, 2017 - This resolution asks that the American American Academy of Family Physicians prepare a policy statement explicitly supporting family physicians in private practice, and be it further that the American Academy of Family Physicians update and supplement its existing educational materials ...

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/governance/congress-delegates/2016/resolutions/cosponsored-h.mem.html

CMS Selects Four New Regions to Expand CPC+ Initiative

May 23, 2017 - Primary care practices in Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and part of New York can apply for round two of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus initiative.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170523cpcplus.html

It's Complicated: What We Wish Legislators Knew About Health Care

May 22, 2017 - Health care truly is complicated. We asked our new physician bloggers what policymakers need to understand if they're going to help create a better system.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/it_s_complicated_what_we.html

FAQ on the CPC+ Initiative -- Practice Management

May 19, 2017 - Get answers to the frequently asked questions regarding the CPC+ initiative.

Practice Management : Practice Transformation

https://www.aafp.org/practice-management/transformation/cpc-plus/faq.html

Disease Outbreak Shows What -- and Why -- We Can Learn From Mistakes

May 16, 2017 - When physicians failed to follow the principles of evidence-based medicine, it exacerbated a pertussis outbreak in Kentucky. Gerry Tolbert, M.D., writes that doctors must learn from such mistakes.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/disease_outbreak_shows_what_and.html

AAFP News - May 15, 2017 - American Family Physician

May 15, 2017 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0515/p614.html

I Filled My Prescription Against Burnout at the Gym

May 8, 2017 - Getting in tune with your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being is key to treating burnout. Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., writes that she did all three at her local gym.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/i_filled_my_prescription_against.html

I'm Invited to a Patient's Wedding; Should I Save the Date?

May 2, 2017 - How would you respond to a patient's invitation to a social event? Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., examines the conflict family physicians face when deciding the right thing to do.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/i_m_invited_to_a.html

Direct Primary Care Model Gains Momentum in Multiple States

Apr 21, 2017 - State legislatures are making it easier for both physicians and patients to choose the direct primary care practice model.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170421dpcstates.html

Speaking Same Language Doesn't Guarantee Being on Same Page

Apr 20, 2017 - Differences in dialects mean that even when physicians and patients share a common language, barriers to clear communication may still exist.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/speaking_same_language_doesn_t.html

Twins Multiply Challenges -- and Rewards -- of Breastfeeding

Apr 17, 2017 - Beth Oller, M.D., shares her insights from one of the hardest things she's ever done: breastfeeding twins.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/twins_multiply_challenges_and_rewards.html

FPs Can Lead in Treating Transgender Patients With Dignity

Apr 11, 2017 - Transgender patients need protection from discrimination in health care. Family physicians can help ensure they receive it.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/fps_can_lead_in_treating.html

Go Ahead, I'm Listening

Apr 11, 2017 - From your comments on AAFP News stories and blog posts to responses to annual surveys, the Academy is listening. Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines how to make your voice heard.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/go_ahead_i_m_listening.html

Sorry, I'm Too Busy for Your Busy Work

Apr 4, 2017 - Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that physicians are spending too much time defending their inboxes against busy work from payers and pharmacies.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/sorry_i_m_too_busy.html

What to Do When Experienced Colleague Is Wrong? Speak Up

Mar 27, 2017 - Young physicians often defer to more experienced colleagues when there are differing opinions. The problem, Peter Rippey, M.D., writes is that sometimes the more experienced physician is wrong.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/what_happens_when_experienced_colleague.html

AHCA Won't Help Patients Who Need It Most

Mar 22, 2017 - We asked our new physician bloggers how the American Health Care Act would affect their patients. Most said the legislation would hurt the poor, the elderly and the disabled.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/ahca_won_t_help_patients.html

End-of-Life Care: Managing Common Symptoms - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2017 - Physicians should be proficient at managing symptoms as patients progress through the dying process. When possible, proactive regimens that prevent symptoms should be used, because it is generally easier to prevent than to treat an acute symptom. As swallowing function diminishes, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0315/p356.html

Mastering the Art of Communication Takes Compassion

Mar 14, 2017 - Whether delivering a difficult diagnosis or bridging actual language barriers, Kurt Bravata, M.D., writes that clear communication is critical to patient care.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/mastering_the_art_of_communication.html

FP Brings Family Medicine Perspective to NQF Committee

Mar 9, 2017 - Brian Forrest, M.D., has seen first-hand why it's so vital that bodies such as the National Quality Forum's Cardiovascular Standing Committee benefit from the expertise of family physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20170309forrestqanda.html

Primary Care Needs a Raise -- All of Us

Mar 6, 2017 - Family physicians and the rest of the primary care team deserve better compensation. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes that investing more money in primary care would benefit not only physicians, but also their patients, staff and communities.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/primary_care_needs_a_raise.html

I'm Standing Up for Direct Primary Care

Feb 24, 2017 - Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., knows legislators won't significantly improve our health care system on their own. Success requires persistent grassroots advocacy, and family physicians need to be a part of that.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/i_m_standing_up_for.html

Out of Control: What I Learned From 36 Hours in Labor

Feb 21, 2017 - Physicians like to be in control in health care settings, but Beth Oller, M.D., says doctors -- like all patients -- relinquish much control when they are admitted to a hospital.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/out_of_control_what_i.html

Why Do We Adopt Evidence-based Data at a Snail's Pace?

Feb 15, 2017 - It takes nearly two decades for the U.S. health care system to adopt new evidence-based findings. Kyle Jones, M.D., ponders the problem.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/evidence_based_information_is_adopted.html

Patients Have Plenty to Teach a New Attending Physician

Feb 6, 2017 - After undergraduate school, medical school and residency, new physician Luis Garcia, M.D., says he still can learn a lot from his patients.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/patients_have_plenty_to_teach.html

The State of Family Medicine: 2017 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2017 - With tremendous change taking place in health care, the mood among family physicians is anxious, but there are reasons to be hopeful.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0100/p26.html

Trusted Relationship Allows Patients to Confide Horrors of Abuse

Jan 27, 2017 - Detecting abuse can be difficult. Venis Wilder, M.D., writes that continuity of care and a level of trust can help patients share their painful stories.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/trusted_relationship_allows_patients_to1.html

AAFP Applauds Bill to Ease Direct Primary Care Payment

Jan 24, 2017 - Federal lawmakers who are aware of the growing interest in the direct primary care model have again introduced legislation supporting its expansion.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170124dpcbill.html

After Hitting the Wall, How Do I Bounce Back?

Jan 23, 2017 - Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that just three years out of residency she already is experiencing symptoms of burnout, but she has some ideas about how new physicians can cope.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/after_hitting_the_wall_how.html

AAFP Webinar Examines Health Policies of Trump, New Congress

Jan 18, 2017 - The AAFP will host a free webinar next week to help members navigate the new landscape after President Donald Trump takes office and members of the 115th Congress get down to work.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170118govwebinar.html

Don't Throw Away Your Shot to Make the World Better

Jan 16, 2017 - What can physicians learn from a Broadway musical? Gerry Tolbert, M.D., writes that Hamilton provides some important lessons about language and being willing to take a stand.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/don_t_throw_away_your.html

Why Do Women Docs Get Better Results (and Lower Payment)?

Jan 10, 2017 - A recent study found that female physicians achieved better outcomes than men. We asked married practice partners Beth Oller, M.D., and Mike Oller, M.D., for their thoughts on gender and medicine.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/why_do_women_docs_get.html

No, I'm Not 'Settling' for Family Medicine

Jan 9, 2017 - Lauren Abdul-Majeed writes that misconceptions about family medicine are toxic for medical students and negatively affect an already inadequate primary care workforce.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/no_i_m_not_settling.html

Direct Primary Care Is a Sensible Workforce Solution

Jan 3, 2017 - John Bender, M.D., M.B.A., writes that contrary to misconceptions, the direct primary care model is an ideal strategy to ensure our nation has a robust family medicine physician workforce in the long run.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/direct_primary_care_is_a.html

Can Increased Awareness Trump Cyberbullies?

Jan 3, 2017 - Melania Trump has pledged to combat cyberbullying as the nation's first lady. Natasha Bhuyan writes that this important issue demands increased awareness.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/can_increased_awareness_trump_cyberbullies.html

Screen for Alcohol Abuse During Holiday Season

Dec 21, 2016 - The holidays aren't happy for many Americans. Lynne Lillie, M.D., writes that now is an excellent time to screen for alcohol abuse.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/screen_for_alcohol_abuse_during.html

Old Issues, New Year: A Look Back (and Ahead)

Dec 20, 2016 - AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin reflects on some key health care issues from 2016 and looks ahead to the new year.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/old_issues_new_year_a.html

Can a Sense of Gratitude Make You Happier?

Dec 20, 2016 - Stressed out? Melissa Hemphill, M.D., writes that keeping a record of the things that bring you joy could make you healthier and happier.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/can_a_sense_of_gratitude.html

State Legislative Tracker

Dec 15, 2016 - AAFP State Legislative Tracker

Advocacy : Track and Discuss the Issues

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/track/state-tracker.mem.html

Power of Diagnosis: Delivering Bad News Is Just the Beginning

Dec 12, 2016 - Telling patients they have HIV infection is hard. Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., writes that helping patients understand they can live life with a serious illness can be even more difficult.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/power_of_diagnosis_delivering_bad.html

Gallows Humor Is No Laughing Matter

Dec 2, 2016 - Does physicians' use of so-called gallows humor impact patient care and/or physician burnout? Kyle Jones, M.D., writes that it just might.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/gallows_humor_is_no_laughing.html

FPs Can Shape Social Determinants of Health Outside Clinic

Nov 29, 2016 - Social factors can influence health more than medical advances. Stewart Decker, M.D., writes that family physicians have the perspective and influence needed to address social determinants of health beyond the exam room.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/fps_can_shape_social_determinants.html

Ensuring Appropriate Care When Views of Physician, Patient Collide

Nov 28, 2016 - Patients often forget that physicians are people with their own beliefs, and ethical dilemmas can arise when these beliefs conflict with a patient's medical needs and wishes. Kimberly Becher, M.D., considers how to preserve both the dignity of physicians as well as appropriate care for ...

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/ensuring_appropriate_care_when_views.html

Doing My Part to Help Physician Workforce Reflect Diverse Population

Nov 22, 2016 - When minority physicians treat patients of the same minority group, patient satisfaction often improves and care is more culturally proficient. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of minority doctors in our health care system.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/doing_my_part_to_help.html

Community Finds Right Prescription to Fight Hunger

Nov 14, 2016 - More than 15 percent of Oregonians live below the federal poverty level -- more than the national average. And a recent poll found that 28 percent of those who visit food pantries worry about where their next meal will come from. Now, a simple screening tool, a healthy teaching kitchen ...

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/community_finds_right_prescription_to.html

Girl Power: Moving Toward Balance in Physician Workforce

Nov 8, 2016 - Women make up more than half of the U.S. population but only about one-third of the physician workforce. However, among the younger generation of physicians, more women are entering the pipeline. In fact, this year marked the largest increase in a decade in the number of women enrolling...

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/girl_power_moving_toward_balance.html

Aggressive Family Medicine Advocacy Planned for Upcoming Congress

Nov 2, 2016 - The AAFP will be closely tracking four issues of great importance to family physicians when legislators return after the election to finish the work of the 114th Congress.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161102advocacyoutlook.html

Treating Elderly as Treasures Improves Empathy, Care Quality

Oct 28, 2016 - Every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65. By the time the last baby boomers reach that age in 2030, 18 percent of the U.S. population will be 65 or older. Unfortunately, some people have difficulties when it comes to providing care for the elderly, whether it is because of the complexity of ...

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/treating_elderly_as_treasures_improves.html

Team-based Care Aids Response to Pain Crisis

Oct 26, 2016 - Thousands of patients with chronic pain needed help after several pain clinics in Washington closed this summer. Helen Gray, M.D., writes that a team-based approached, including working with clinical pharmacists and registered nurses who serve as care managers, allowed her practice to ...

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/team_based_care_aids_response.html

Member Interest Groups (MIGs)

Oct 19, 2016 - Member Interest groups provide a forum for AAFP active members to address common concerns. Join an existing group or apply for designation as an AAFP member interest group.

Membership : Involve

https://www.aafp.org/membership/involve/mig.html

Could Self Care or Telehealth Curb Overuse of Health Care?

Oct 14, 2016 - More Americans now have health insurance, but there is a still a physician shortage. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., ponders solutions to overconsumption of health care.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/could_self_care_or_telehealth.html

Will You Be Prepared When Disaster Strikes?

Oct 11, 2016 - Whether you live in an area that is vulnerable to hurricanes or other natural disasters, there are steps family physicians can take to help patients and families, as well as their own practices and communities, prepare for the worst.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/will_you_be_prepared_when.html

Patient Preference, Priorities Should Matter

Oct 3, 2016 - Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that the latest book by Atul Gawande, M.D., reinforces what she practices: Patients' priorities must be considered in care decisions.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/patient_preference_priorities_should_matter.html

In Defense of Direct Primary Care -- FPM

Oct 1, 2016 - Direct primary care will continue to grow because it empowers price transparency, quality, and patient satisfaction.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0900/p12.html

Is Direct Primary Care the Solution to Our Health Care Crisis? -- FPM

Oct 1, 2016 - While attempting to solve one problem, DPC may be exacerbating other serious problems in our health care system.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0900/p10.html

Beating the Prior Authorization Blues -- FPM

Oct 1, 2016 - Getting insurer approval for treatment can take hours out of your week. Here are some ways to reduce the pain.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0900/p15.html

The Unexpected Challenge of Motivational Interviewing -- FPM

Oct 1, 2016 - Successful use requires us to change our thinking about ourselves.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0900/p9.html

Mental Health Resources Lacking in Opioid Crisis Fight

Sep 28, 2016 - At a time when opioid abuse is skyrocketing, mental health resources needed to address the epidemic are in short supply, writes Gerry Tolbert, M.D.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/mental_health_resources_lacking_in.html

House Bill to Expand Direct Primary Care Wins AAFP Support

Sep 27, 2016 - Lawmakers in the House introduced a bill that would change the tax code so the direct primary care model is not treated as a health plan or insurance.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160927dpcbill.html

Physicians Explore Office of the Future Exhibit

Sep 27, 2016 - A new exhibit called the Office of the Future drew family physician interest during the AAFP's 2016 Family Medicine Experience.

AAFP News : News From 2016 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2016-congress-fmx/20160927officeoffuture.html

2016 Family Medicine Experience

Sep 20, 2016 - Talk a walk through the 2016 Family Medicine Experience (FMX) with videos produced in advance and on site.

Events : Family Medicine Experience (FMX)

https://www.aafp.org/events/fmx/about/past-future/2016fmx.html

Community Response to Disaster Shows Beauty of Rural Practice

Sep 19, 2016 - An epic flood ravaged her town, but what Kimberly Becher, M.D., remembers most are the selfless acts of kindness that helped her patients put their lives back together.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/community_response_to_disaster_shows.html

FMIG Family Medicine Programming Ideas -- Family Medicine Interest Groups

Sep 15, 2016 - Find ways to promote the Family Medicine specialty from previous FMIG Program of Excellence Award winners.

Med School and Residency : Family Medicine Interest Groups

https://www.aafp.org/medical-school-residency/fmig/lead/programming/poe-ideas/fmeducation.html

Physicians Making Eye Contact with Patients Is Important - Letters to the Editor - ...

Sep 15, 2016 - ...doctors, all of whom talk to me over their shoulders while tapping computer keys or stand behind the protection of a scribe. Only my direct primary care physician sits and looks me in the eye when we are talking. ROBERT B. TAYLOR, MD, FAAFP Portland, Ore. E-mail: taylorr@ohsu.edu...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0915/p418a.html

Death in the Family: It's OK to Let Go

Sep 14, 2016 - Relatives often turn to physicians with medical questions. Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., addresses the difficulty of providing insight and comfort when a family member is dying.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/death_in_the_family_it.html

AAFP Applauds Introduction of Legislation to Support Direct Primary Care

Sep 13, 2016 - AAFP Applauds Introduction of Legislation to Support Direct Primary Care

Press Center : News Releases and Statements

https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2016/aafp-applauds-introduction-of-legislation-to-support-direct-primary-care.html

Our Country Is Hungry for the Message of Family Medicine

Sep 13, 2016 - After more than 200 days on the road, AAFP President Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., reflects on a whirlwind of meetings with legislators, policymakers, payers, media and medical students.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/our_country_is_hungry_for.html

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