2017 News

Saturday, September 16th
  • General Session keynote reviews practice-changing research from past year

    Milk is good. Diet soda makes you fat. Daily exercise has no more benefits than exercising twice a week. Drinking 15 to 21 alcoholic beverages a week for men has better outcomes on all-cause and cardiovascular mortality than not drinking. Those surprising tidbits were just part of the dizzying array of research shared by Friday General Session keynote speaker Frank Domino, MD, in his talk "Top Ten Updates in Evidence-Based Medicine."

  • 2018 Family Physician of the Year asks colleagues to build skills to treat chronic pain, addiction

    "Do common things uncommonly well." Gerard J. Hevern, MD, FAAFP, first heard these words from his football coach, a Franciscan brother at St. Francis Prep in Brooklyn, N.Y. This famous Henry J. Heinz quote became a unifying theme in his life and career, and it also served as the unifying message of Hevern's acceptance speech as the 2018 Family Physician of the Year.

  • Dermatoscopes lead the way in the future for skin cancer detection

    Technology is paving the way to more-efficient skin cancer diagnoses in the office setting. Richard Usatine, MD, FAAFP, reviewed the latest diagnosis and treatment options available for basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma during his "Skin Cancer Update: For the Family Physician” CME session Friday morning at FMX.

  • Open access: Being there for patients without burning out

    Patients want access: Can they get health care when they need it? Jean Antonucci, MD, provided an overview of ways to lessen roadblocks to care during the CME session "Tools for Improving Access and Continuity" on Friday at FMX.

Friday, September 15th
  • President Q&A

    AAFP President Michael Munger, MD, of Overland Park, Kan., can relate to his family physician colleagues regardless of their work environment. That's because of the variety he's experienced in a medical career spanning more than three decades.

  • Popular Top Ten Session Moves to the Big Stage

    It wouldn't be FMX without the annual "Top Ten Updates in Evidence-Based Medicine" session. In the past, attendees have needed to arrive early to secure a seat to hear Frank J. Domino, MD, summarize the key lessons of the past year.

  • Chopra’s Keynote Offers Directions to Well-Being for Family Physicians

    Why are family physicians more prone to burnout or stress? "Because you are like the shock absorbers of the entire medical community," said Deepak Chopra, MD, during his address, "Future of Well-being," during Wednesday's General Session.

  • Who, What, Where | Kyle Sheets, MD, FAAFP

    Kyle Sheets, MD, FAAFP, received the AAFP Humanitarian Award this week. Sheets has been in private practice for 17 years in Muleshoe, Texas, a town of about 5,000 northwest of Lubbock. Before this year's FMX, Sheets talked about a person, place, and thing that greatly impacted his career. Answers have been edited for clarity and length.

  • Session Navigates the Challenges of Syncopal Episodes

    On Thursday morning, Michael Braun, DO, FAAFP, RFPHM, gave a how-to overview regarding evaluating patients who experience syncopal episodes in order to determine cardiac or non-cardiac causes and provided suggestions on preparing diagnostic plans for patients who present with neurocardiogenic forms of syncope.

  • Location, History Matters When Dealing with Abdominal Pain

    When it comes to diagnosing abdominal pain, a history and physical trumps all, according to the presenter of Thursday morning's "Abdominal Pain and Acute Abdomen Emergent and Urgent Care: A Case and Evidence-based Tour of the Scenery Around the Neighborhood."

  • Child and Pediatric ADHD Management: Managing ADHD in Clinic and in Schools

    Ravi Grivois-Shah, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine and Medical Director for both the Alveron Family Medicine Clinic and the Mobile Health Program, has presented on Attentiondeficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at FMX since 2014 and before that in residency programs. He won't call himself an ADHD "expert," as his practice is general family medicine, but he has found ways to incorporate effective diagnosis and treatment.

  • Immunization Update: What's New?

    David Glenn Weismiller, MD, ScM, FAAFP, is a professor at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas School of Medicine and part of the UNLV Medicine Faculty Practice. He directs both the AAFP Board Review Express® Live Course and the Board Review Self-Study online. He has worked with the AAFP for more than two decades.

  • Obstetric Care Today

    David Weismiller, MD, ScM, FAAFP, who directs the AAFP Board Review Express® Live Course, has provided Maternity care for 25 years. He started this year as a professor at the new University of Nevada-Las Vegas School of Medicine and provides full scope care as part of UNLV Medicine.

  • AAFP honors best of family medicine at Fellowship Breakfast

    The AAFP will honor more than 160 new Fellows of the American Academy of Family Physicians during a special ceremony attended by peers and Academy leadership. Friday morning’s Fellowship Breakfast is from 7:00-8:30 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. (NOTE: This event is only for new Fellows being conferred.)

Thursday, September 14th
  • AAFP unveils Physician Health First at General Session

    Wednesday's opening General Session served as the official launch for the AAFP's new Physician Health First (PHF) initiative—a program devoted to reversing the trend toward physician burnout by improving family physician well-being and professional satisfaction.

  • Who, What, Where | John J. Frey III, MD

    John J. Frey III, MD, former chair and emeritus professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, will receive the John G. Walsh Award for Lifetime Contributions to Family Medicine during FMX 2017. Before boarding a plane to San Antonio, Frey talked about a person, place, and thing that greatly impacted his career. Answers have been edited for clarity and length.

  • Family Physicians can Help Their Migraine Patients Find Relief

    IN THE GENERAL POPULATION, 93 percent of men and 99 percent of women experience headaches. With all of those aching heads, family physicians are perfectly suited to diagnose, treat, and prevent headaches in their patient population.

  • Motivational Interviewing Gives Patients the Power to Lose Weight

    Jill Grimes, MD, FAAFP, a physician at the University of Texas University Health Services in Austin, and Frank Domino, MD, professor and pre-doctoral education director, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worchester, discussed how to use motivational interviewing during an office visit at Wednesday morning’s “Obesity Management: Motivational Interviewing for Weight Loss and Exercise” CME session. They also offered advice on healthy eating and how to bill properly for obesity counseling.

  • Becoming a More Relaxed, Healthy Physician: Reducing Frustration and Increasing Fulfillment

    Jay Winner, MD, FAAFP, founder and director of the Stress Management Program for Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, CA, started teaching stress-reduction classes to patients and others in 1992 and now lectures about stress and burnout. He’s spoken at FMX in the past on teaching patients to reduce stress and how to improve office efficiency to reduce burnout. Last year in Orlando, Winner also spoke on a topic similar to his current lecture. Because of the importance of the material and popularity of that lecture, he was asked to publish articles on the subject in the two most recent issues of Family Practice Management. Winner’s website—StressRemedy.com—has many free resources, including 14 guided relaxation exercises. He’s also the author of Relaxation on the Run.

  • Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease: Providing Quality Care to Patients with Dementia

    Brian Unwin, MD, FAAFP, is associate professor of internal medicine, at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and section chief, geriatrics and palliative medicine, at Carilion Clinic. He was the Department of Defense representative to the National Alzheimer's Project Act while he served in the military, and was the AAFP representative to the Dementia Management Update Quality Measures Set Work Group in 2013 and in 2015. He has presented at FMX on related topics in the past.

  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology

    Jennifer Brull, MD, FAAFP, has a solo practice in Plainville, Kan. She was a HIT Fellow for the Ofce of the National Coordinator and also recognized as a Hypertension Control Challenge Champion by the Centers for Disease Control. Brull has presented several cardiovascular- focused sessions at FMX through the years. "One of my clinical passions is achieving balanced blood pressure control in my patients, so I feel very comfortable in that area of medications," she said. "On the other side, I often have to stop and look up new medications or doses when it comes to guideline-directed medical therapy and anticoagulation, so it was a nice refresher to look at everything in detail as I prepared for the lecture."

  • Valvular Heart Disease

    Suraj Achar, MD, FAAFP, is a professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California, San Diego, and practices family medicine and sports medicine in the San Diego area. He has presented at FMX and Assembly for about a decade. This summer, he competed with the United States Medical Soccer Team in the World Medical Football Championship in Austria.

  • San Antonio's spirit on display at this year's VIP Benefit

    There's still time to reserve your place at this year's AAFP Foundation VIP Benefit in the Briscoe Western Art Museum.

Wednesday, September 13th
  • Focused On Well-Being

    Welcome to San Antonio and FMX 2017! We gather here as the AAFP celebrates its 70th Anniversary of working with you to improve the health of patientas, families, and communities in the United States and beyond. Enjoy and become inspired with the many interactive, immediate, and customizable learning and networking opportunities at FMX.

  • Who, What, Where | John Saultz, MD

    John Saultz, MD, received the Thomas W. Johnson Award for Career Contributions to Family Medicine Education this week at FMX. Saultz chaired the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland for 17 years before stepping down in 2016. He still teaches and provides full-scope patient care.

  • Sessions To Help with MACRA

    If you see Medicare patients, the time to deal with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is here. The AAFP is offering several CME sessions and other learning opportunities at FMX designed to help family physicians better understand and get paid for performance under MACRA.

  • Contraception Management: Updates and Complexities in Contraceptive Care

    Sarah McNeil, MD, leads the reproductive health curriculum for Contra Costa Family Medicine in California, and Martha Simmons, MD, is assistant professor of family medicine and community health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. McNeil and Simmons, the AAFP's Reproductive Health Care Member Interest Group vice chair and secretary, respectively, presented on this same topic at last year's FMX in Orlando.

  • Capture that DX! For More Appropriate Reimbursement: ICD-10 Documentation Made Simple

    Marian J. Wymore, MD, CPC, CRC, is a longtime family physician and provider documentation improvement consultant with ICD-10 and risk Marian J. Wy MD, CPC, CR adjustment coding certifications. She realized she could help translate what she knew about coding into more clinically relevant and doctor-friendly terms. She teaches physician documentation improvement to audiences nationally, including provider groups, coders, health plans, and medical group leaders.

  • Female Sexual Dysfunction: Demystifying the Secret Garden

    Phyllis MacGilvray, MD, FAAFP, is Vice Chair of Medical Student Education at UT Health-San Antonio in addition to being a family physician. Her experience has found that female sexual dysfunction is an under-recognized condition and one that physicians struggle to discuss with their patients. Some of that can be attributed to the lack of training physicians have in this area, she said.

Tuesday, September 12th
  • Office of the Future: Back by popular demand, double in size & more expert advice

    Created by the Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation, Office of the Future is an interactive innovative experience. Through partnership with the AAFP, this exhibit has grown to include resources galore! "While last year was all about inspiring, this year we want to extend the experience to really empower family physicians," said Theresa Wilkes, AAFP Medical Informatics Strategist.

  • Tips For New (And Longtime) Attendees

    We asked three of AAFP's most active and enthusiastic members what they do to get the most out of FMX. What comes to mind if somebody asks, "Why does FMX matter?"