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.

Like what you read in As We See It? Beg to differ? Have an issue you think As We See It should address? E-mail your ideas -- and your letters to the editor -- to aafpnews@aafp.org. Or, take advantage of the comments feature shown on each story page to air your views.

Doctors Need the Straight Dope on Medical Marijuana

April 24, 2015 09:09 am — 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.

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Recent "As We See It" Stories

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.

04/15/2015 — Breastfeeding (or not) is a choice. It's up to physicians to ensure that mothers have the information and resources they need to make an informed choice and to offer support to those who need it.

04/14/2015 — The thousands of letters and phone calls AAFP members sent legislators paid off when Congress repealed the fatally flawed Medicare sustainable growth rate formula, writes AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D.