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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Family Leave Policies Failing U.S. Families

April 29, 2015 02:52 pm — Ample evidence shows that paid family leave improves outcomes for parents and babies, but the United States lags behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to supporting families on this issue.

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Recent "As We See It" Stories

04/27/2015 — At East Tennessee State University's Quillen College of Medicine, medical students, pharmacy students and residents are receiving team-based training, resulting in improved team-based care.

04/24/2015 — With nearly half the states allowing the sale of medical marijuana, AAFP Vice Speaker Javette Orgain, M.D., M.P.H., says physicians should be able to have informed conversations with patients about potential risks and benefits.

04/22/2015 — Family physicians don't always share their success stories. Health is Primary presents an opportunity to change that and show our specialty's value to payers, patients, policymakers and press.

04/22/2015 — When Gerry Tolbert, M.D., asked a depressed patient what she does for fun, it dawned on him that physicians -- saddled with stressful jobs and demanding schedules -- should be asking themselves the same question.