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.

Former AAFP Director to Lead Academy's Medical Education Efforts

April 16, 2014 01:36 pm — I've lived my whole life in Indiana. My children -- like the three generations before them -- grew up here as well. Those children, now adults, still live near us here in Indianapolis. My education and training -- from Ball State University to the Indiana University School of Medicine and the family medicine residency at Community Health Network -- all happened in the Hoosier State.

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Recent "As We See It" Stories

04/10/2014 — 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.

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.