As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

"As We See It" uses messages from AAFP leadership, editorials and other opinion pieces to update you on Academy advocacy and other key topics, often including "inside story" information to help you better understand the Academy's actions. From time to time, individual AAFP members may be invited to share their views on issues via guest opinions. As We See It online also is the home for letters to the editor.

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New Gadgets Show Promise for Future of Medicine

April 10, 2014 04:05 pm — As a physician with a technological bent, I'm constantly looking for new gadgets to add to my arsenal and enhance my practice. From hand-held, two-lead, smartphone-based electrocardiography machines to USB otoscopes, I have played with and used a number of tools in practice that hold the potential to change medicine, especially primary care, as we know it.

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Recent "As We See It" Stories

04/09/2014 — When I was first elected to the AAFP Board of Directors four years ago, I was fortunate to find a mentor waiting for me. Reid Blackwelder, M.D., would often give me pointers about how I could be more effective in contributing to the Board's deliberations. Sometimes it was an encouraging email, or he might pull me aside to say, "You made a good point on this issue, but you need to be more succinct."

04/08/2014 — With our broad, extensive training, family physicians have opportunities beyond working in family medicine practices. Family docs are working in geriatrics, sports medicine, long-term care facilities, urgent care clinics and hospice care and as hospitalists, administrators, researchers and more.

04/04/2014 — If anyone had told me I would be faculty five years ago, I would not have believed it. I actually may have thought he or she was a little bit weird because I had no intentions of working in a residency program. My supposedly well-thought-out, short-term plan ended at getting a job at a clinic in a community where I could make a difference. Well, so much for the best-laid plans.