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Share the Art of Medicine by Embracing the Role of Mentor

Nov 7, 2019 - As the breadth of medical education expands, Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that physicians should make time to teach students the basic skill of building relationships with patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191107lv-precepting.html

Burnout by Numbers

Jan 21, 2020 - Recent surveys and studies paint a bleak landscape regarding physician burnout. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes in this In The Trenches blog post that the continued shortcomings of electronic health records are the prime driver.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200121itt-ehr.html

Welcome to Family Medicine; the AAFP Is Here to Help

Jun 2, 2020 - Third-year residents are wrapping up their training. Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., the new physician member of the AAFP Board of Directors, offers advice on how the Academy can be an invaluable resource at this critical career stage in the Leader Voices Blog.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200602lv-newphysicians.html

Medicine, Media and the Need for a Physician's Perspective

Sep 16, 2015 - Medicine, Media and the Need for a Physician's Perspective

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

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

We're Getting the Media to Spread the Word About Family Medicine

May 26, 2016 - We're Getting the Media to Spread the Word About Family Medicine

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

Let People Taste Family Medicine and They'll See Our Value

Nov 15, 2019 - AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that family medicine has been undervalued too long, a perception that the Academy is taking big steps to change.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191115lv-lobster.html

Guidance Steers 2021 Match Around COVID-19 Obstacles

Jun 4, 2020 - New recommendations aim to ensure a successful 2021 family medicine residency match process that overcomes hurdles thrown up by the pandemic.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200604covidmatch.html

Veteran FP Expanding His State's Physician Pipeline

Jun 8, 2020 - Under the direction of John Mitchell, M.D., the number of family medicine residency positions in Mississippi has more than doubled in eight years, and more new programs are in development.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200608fdf-mitchell.html

The Value of Family Medicine: Stating the Obvious to the Oblivious

Sep 9, 2014 - The Value of Family Medicine: Stating the Obvious to the Oblivious

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

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

Reclaiming Family Medicine's Broad Scope Benefits Everyone

Oct 9, 2018 - AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the debate about family medicine scope of practice shouldn't focus just on midlevel providers, but also on subspecialists.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20181009itt-scope.html

Outside the Box: Integrative Medicine Might Just Expand Your Comfort Zone

Aug 19, 2014 - Outside the Box: Integrative Medicine Might Just Expand Your Comfort Zone

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

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

We Are the Solution: Let's Spotlight Family Medicine's Value

Oct 23, 2014 - We Are the Solution: Let's Spotlight Family Medicine's Value

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

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

Now's the Time: Speak Out to Support Primary Care

Jun 25, 2019 - In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights two primary care issues being debated by Congress and explains how you can help them advance.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190625itt-hcbills.html

My Message to Students: Why Family Medicine Matters

Jun 19, 2019 - Marking the sixth anniversary of his graduation from residency, Kurt Bravata, M.D., reflects on what he wishes every first-year medical student knew about family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190619fpwhyfm.html

Family Medicine on the Right Course

Sep 23, 2013 - Family Medicine on the Right Course

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

Taking Aim at the High Deductibles That Drive Off Patients

May 28, 2019 - A new coalition co-founded by the Academy aims to realign the incentives and design of health care, writes AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190528itt-consumersfirst.html

On the Hill: Academy Promoting Family Medicine's Perspective

Mar 6, 2015 - On the Hill: Academy Promoting Family Medicine's Perspective

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

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

Curious About the ABFM Pilot? Here's My Experience So Far

Mar 4, 2019 - Family physicians have long clamored for an alternative to the high-stakes continuing certification exam. In this Leader Voices Blog post, Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., offers her perspective on the Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment pilot.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190304lv-fmcla.html

New Hampshire AFP's Mentoring Activities Entice Students, Residents to Choose Family ...

May 31, 2013 - Until last year, when she spent a month practicing obstetrics in a rural clinic in Uganda, Mary Moreno, M.D., a family medicine resident at the New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency Program in Concord, N.H., never fully understood the breadth and scope of family medicine. By...

AAFP News : Chapter Spotlight

https://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20130531newhampshirechapter.html

The Economics of Our Health Care System Are Horrifying

Jan 7, 2020 - Millions of Americans are forgoing health care because of cost while others are accruing staggering debt to pay for care. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Management and Policy Shawn Martin examines a growing crisis in this In the Trenches blog post.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200107itt-economics.html

The Immeasurable, Cascading Effects of Primary Care

Apr 22, 2020 - Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that family physicians in outpatient settings are playing a vital role during the pandemic by keeping patients out of hospitals.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200422fp-covidprimarycare.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

A Needed Role Model and Advocate for Family Medicine

May 11, 2020 - Family physician Andrea Anderson, M.D., has helped her specialty take root at a school that had lacked a family medicine presence.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200511fdf-anderson.html

The Votes Were Cast. What Does It Mean for Family Medicine?

Nov 20, 2018 - AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin sets the stage for an analysis of the 2018 midterm elections and looks at Wall Street's growing interest in health care.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20181120itt-postelection.html

AAFP Immunization Materials Help Keep FPs Informed

May 1, 2020 - The Academy recently mailed laminated, full-color copies of the 2020 adult, childhood/adolescent and catch-up immunization schedules developed by the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to all active members.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200501immschedules.html

Steering Family Medicine Through Storm Toward Sunlight

Sep 24, 2019 - In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., recaps his year as president and the work the Academy is doing on issues of importance to family physicians.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190924lv-cullenyear.html

COVID-19: Lessons Learned So Far

Apr 28, 2020 - In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior VP for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers three key observations on family medicine and the pandemic.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200428itt-covidlessons.html

Are You Kidding Me? We Need More Primary Care Physicians

Mar 19, 2019 - A recent commentary in The American Journal of Medicine suggests that primary care be left to nurse practitioners and physician assistants. In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin points out the ...

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190319itt-workforce.html

COVID-19: The AAFP Is Working to Keep You Informed, Prepared

Mar 17, 2020 - As COVID-19 spreads, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the resources the Academy is making available and the steps it is taking to help family physicians prepare for the pandemic.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200317itt-covidefforts.html

You Earned That Raise; Here's How to Keep It

Nov 26, 2019 - Subspecialists are fighting a CMS final rule that would boost Medicare primary care payment by 12%. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin asks family physicians to join the Academy in protecting the win.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191126itt-payincrease.html

Make Your Voice Heard; Take the Member Survey

Apr 17, 2019 - The AAFP Member Satisfaction Survey plays a key role in directing Academy resources to meet family physicians' needs. AAFP President-elect Gary LeRoy, M.D., urges members to take advantage of this opportunity to make their voices heard.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190417lv-satisfaction.html

Lessons in Negotiation: Saving OB Training During Pandemic

Jun 16, 2020 - When COVID-19 threatened to disrupt maternity care training at a Seattle hospital, leaders from three family medicine residency programs rallied to find a solution. Read more in this FPs on the Front Lines blog post.

AAFP News : FPs on the Front Lines: Meeting the Challenge | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200616fl-covidob.html

Spread the Word: Teaching Health Centers Deserve Support

Mar 7, 2019 - Bills have been introduced in Congress that would authorize funding for the teaching health center program. Resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., makes the case for supporting the model, and tells others how they can help.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190307lv-thcgme.html

Data in (Direct) Primary Care: Striking the Right Balance

Jun 24, 2019 - In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Allison Edwards, M.D., writes that the health care system has done a poor job of measuring quality overall, but says that direct primary care can start over with a blank slate.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190624fp-dpcmeasures.html

AAFP NRN/Graham Center Surveys Track COVID-19's Effects

May 29, 2020 - Results from a series of weekly surveys from the AAFP National Research Network and the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care demonstrate the COVID-19 pandemic's effects on family physicians and their practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20200529covidsurveys.html

From 'Unnecessary' to Indispensable

May 4, 2020 - Hima Ekanadham, M.D., and her family physician colleagues -- once deemed unnecessary by their institution -- are playing vital roles at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200504fdf-ekanadham.html

AAFP Rallies Support for Family Medicine on Capitol Hill, Works to Protect, Promote FP ...

Jan 3, 2013 - In 2012, the AAFP continued to push for the elimination of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and for fundamental payment reform that would better recognize and reward the provision of primary care and family physician services. At the same time, the AAFP strove to protect and ...

AAFP News : 2012: Year in Review

https://www.aafp.org/news/2012-year-in-review/20130103yirgovtadvocacy.html

Invest in FPs and Maybe Insurance Won't Cost as Much as a Car

Sep 17, 2019 - In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin makes the case that the most prudent place to invest any single health care dollar is in family medicine.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190917itt-investfm.html

STI Screening Is Critical as Number of Cases Skyrockets

Oct 23, 2019 - As the number of reported cases of sexually transmitted infections continues to climb, Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., addresses the need to screen for STIs and not shy away from difficult conversations. Read more in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191023lv-stiscreening.html

Social Media Influencers or FPs: Who Do Patients Trust?

Sep 3, 2019 - Michael Richardson, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that physicians can overcome the spate of false and misleading health reports that consumers find on social media by emphasizing the doctor-patient relationship.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190903fp-socialmedia.html

Medical Education Community Makes Concerted Call for Changing the System

Jan 5, 2012 - As the nation faced growing recognition of the expected shortage of primary care physicians in 2011, the medical education establishment responded with a concerted call for change. The increased attention to the lack of family physicians and other primary care physicians needed to meet ...

AAFP News : 2011: The Year in Review

https://www.aafp.org/news/2011-year-in-review/20120104yireducation.html

Early Thoughts on the 2019 Fee Schedule

Jul 31, 2018 - AAFP staff members are reviewing the 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule. In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares some initial reactions based on the Academy's early evaluation of the proposal.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180731itt_feeschedule.html

It's Still the Prices, Stupid

Jul 17, 2018 - High drug prices are driving dramatic increases in health care costs. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks at how HHS and the AAFP are responding.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180717itt_drugs.html

For New Intern, the Future Is Challenging -- and Bright

Sep 4, 2019 - In this Leader Voices Blog post, recent medical school graduate Chandler Stisher, M.D., shares the challenges of transitioning from student to intern as well as his excitement for what lies ahead.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190904lv-newintern.html

AAFP Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund to Benefit Family Medicine

Apr 16, 2020 - The AAFP Foundation this week announced the establishment of a COVID-19 relief fund to provide assistance to family physicians, their practices and patients.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200416fdtnrelieffund.html

Letting Life Take You by Surprise Can Stave Off Burnout

Sep 5, 2018 - Physicians have the highest suicide rate in the nation. Kurt Bravata, M.D., ponders the need to recharge our batteries and reinforce the things that drew us into health care.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180905fp-engage.html

Putting My Broad-scope Training to the Test

Aug 27, 2018 - Tate Hinkle, M.D., and his primary care colleagues tested the limits of their broad-scope training when a wave of subspecialists left their small, rural community.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180827fp-subspecialists.html

AAFP Delivers Strong Advice to Reduce Maternal Morbidity

Apr 20, 2020 - The AAFP recently sent a detailed response to a Senate Finance Committee request for information on how to improve the nation's maternal morbidity and mortality rates.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200420maternalrfi.html

Reflections on a Decade of Change

Dec 10, 2019 - Positive and sometimes negative, the 2010s saw massive shifts in health policy. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks back at the issues he thinks made the biggest impact.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191210itt-lookback.html

Being a Family Physician Requires 'Courageous' Commitment

Jan 3, 2018 - Aroha? In this Leader Voices Blog post, Gary LeRoy, M.D., describes the courage and commitment needed to succeed in family medicine.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180103lv-aroha.html

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