General Sessions

Think about old problems in a new way during the Assembly General Sessions. Hear three national speakers discuss meaningful tools, technology, and mindsets designed to help you thrive. Meet the newly installed AAFP President Robert Wergin, MD, FAAFP, and AAFP Family Physician of the Year in these engaging sessions hosted by AAFP Executive Vice President/CEO Douglas Henley, MD, FAAFP.

All sessions will be held in the Ballroom, Level 3,  in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. CME credit will be offered for each session.

Family Medicine for America's Health

Wednesday, October 22

Join newly-installed AAFP President Robert Wergin to hear about the launch of Family Medicine for America's Health, a collaborative effort by the nation's eight leading family medicine organizations.

The strategic effort will drive the transformation of our specialty and the health care system around us, with support from a national communications campaign to advocate for primary care and the values of family medicine.

Wednesday, October 22
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care

Explore the digital-medical revolution with cardiologist Eric Topol, MD, author of the definitive book, The Creative Destruction of Medicine. Tour of the advances in medical technology and hear how they will transform health care and the business of health care. He will also discuss the thrill of working in such exciting times—and the urgency of not being left behind.


Thursday, October 23
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Health Care in an Information Age: How Doctors, Nurses and Consumers Can Make One Another Better

Enjoy this rare opportunity to hear bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and social critic Anna Quindlen. Known for balancing the political with the personal, Quindlen paints a more realistic picture of modern life by placing national affairs alongside people’s daily lives.


Friday, October 24
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Closing Session:
Burnout, Happiness and Finding Your Path in the Midst of Change

What most affects your personal well-being and health? How can you begin to recognize the signs of professional exhaustion? Gain insights and tips from Dike Drummond, MD, a family physician who, as a business coach, works with physicians and others to prevent and recover from job burnout.