American Academy of Family Physicians Launches Initiative Focusing on Caring for America’s Aging Population
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 02, 2003
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
Components of ACF 2004 will include a continuing medical education (CME) video, articles in the AAFP’s peer-reviewed clinical journal American Family Physician, a detailed educational booklet, patient education handouts, a CD-ROM of ACF 2004 program elements, events at national CME meetings, Web site discussions and online CME.
“The Annual Clinical Focus, coupled with other educational offerings, provides cutting-edge information to enhance family physicians’ current care of our country’s older population. Members of the Academy must obtain 150 hours of continuing medical education every three years. Participation in this program helps them reach that goal,” said Norman B. Kahn Jr., M.D., AAFP vice president of science and education.
The AAFP’s 55th Scientific Assembly is being held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans this week. Hundreds of courses, lectures and original research findings will be presented to more than 3,500 family physician attendees from across the country. Numerous sessions are offered in conjunction with ACF 2004, including the following lectures, “Sex After 60,” “HRT Dilemma” and courses such as “Caring Without Curing: It’s Okay to Die” and “Family Centered Care of the Elderly for Home, Office and Hospital.”
Topics relating to ACF 2004 will be featured during the following 2004 AAFP national educational meetings: Case Studies in Family Medicine (Feb. 26-28), Selected Internal Medicine Topics for Family Physicians (March 10-14), Women’s Health in Primary Care (May 19-22), Skin Problems and Diseases (June 15-20), Geriatric Medicine (Sept. 29-Oct. 3), and Emergency and Urgent Care (Oct. 28-31).
Annual Clinical Focus 2004: Caring for Americas Aging Population was developed in cooperation with the AARP, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Geriatrics Society, American Heart Association, National Cancer Institute and National Institute on Aging.
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