Milk is good. Diet soda makes you fat. Daily exercise has no more benefits than
exercising twice a week. Drinking 15 to 21 alcoholic beverages a week for men has
better outcomes on all-cause and cardiovascular mortality than not drinking.
Those surprising tidbits were just part of the dizzying array of research shared by
Friday General Session keynote speaker Frank Domino, MD, in his talk "Top Ten
Updates in Evidence-Based Medicine."
"Do common things uncommonly well."
Gerard J. Hevern, MD, FAAFP, first heard these words from his football coach, a Franciscan brother at St. Francis Prep in Brooklyn, N.Y. This famous Henry J. Heinz quote became a unifying theme in his life and career, and it also served as the unifying message of Hevern's acceptance speech as the 2018 Family Physician of the Year.
Technology is paving the way to more-efficient skin cancer diagnoses in the office setting.
Richard Usatine, MD, FAAFP, reviewed the latest diagnosis and treatment options available for basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma during his "Skin Cancer Update: For the Family Physician” CME session Friday morning at FMX.
Patients want access: Can they get health care when they need it?
Jean Antonucci, MD, provided an overview of ways to lessen roadblocks to care
during the CME session "Tools for Improving Access and Continuity" on Friday at
AAFP President Michael Munger, MD, of Overland Park, Kan., can relate to his family physician colleagues regardless of their work environment. That's because of the variety he's experienced in a medical career spanning more than three decades.
It wouldn't be FMX without the annual "Top Ten Updates in Evidence-Based Medicine" session. In the past, attendees have needed to arrive early to secure a seat to hear Frank J. Domino, MD, summarize the key lessons of the past year.
Why are family physicians more prone to burnout or stress? "Because you are like the shock absorbers of the entire medical community," said Deepak Chopra, MD, during his address, "Future of Well-being," during Wednesday's General Session.
Kyle Sheets, MD, FAAFP, received
the AAFP Humanitarian Award this
week. Sheets has been in private
practice for 17 years in Muleshoe, Texas, a
town of about 5,000 northwest of Lubbock.
Before this year's FMX, Sheets talked
about a person, place, and thing that greatly
impacted his career. Answers have been
edited for clarity and length.
Braun, DO, FAAFP,
RFPHM, gave a how-to
in order to determine
cardiac or non-cardiac causes and provided
suggestions on preparing diagnostic
plans for patients who present with
neurocardiogenic forms of syncope.
When it comes to diagnosing
abdominal pain, a history and physical
trumps all, according to the presenter of
Thursday morning's "Abdominal Pain and
Acute Abdomen Emergent and Urgent Care:
A Case and Evidence-based Tour of the
Scenery Around the Neighborhood."
MD, Clinical Associate
Professor, Family and
and Medical Director for
both the Alveron Family
Medicine Clinic and the
Mobile Health Program,
has presented on Attentiondeficit/
(ADHD) at FMX since 2014
and before that in residency
programs. He won't call
himself an ADHD "expert,"
as his practice is general
family medicine, but he has
found ways to incorporate
effective diagnosis and treatment.
David Glenn Weismiller,
MD, ScM, FAAFP, is a
professor at the University
of Nevada-Las Vegas
School of Medicine and
part of the UNLV Medicine
Faculty Practice. He directs
both the AAFP Board Review Express® Live
Course and the Board Review Self-Study
online. He has worked with the AAFP for
more than two decades.
David Weismiller, MD, ScM, FAAFP, who directs the AAFP Board Review Express® Live Course, has provided Maternity care for 25 years. He started this year as a professor at the new University of Nevada-Las Vegas School of Medicine and provides full scope care as part of UNLV Medicine.
The AAFP will honor more than 160 new Fellows of the American Academy of Family
Physicians during a special ceremony attended by peers and Academy leadership.
Friday morning’s Fellowship Breakfast is from 7:00-8:30 at the Grand Hyatt San
Antonio. (NOTE: This event is only for new Fellows being conferred.)
Wednesday's opening General Session served as the official launch for the AAFP's new Physician Health First (PHF) initiative—a program devoted to reversing the trend toward physician burnout by improving family physician well-being and professional satisfaction.
John J. Frey III, MD, former chair and emeritus professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, will receive the John G. Walsh Award for Lifetime Contributions to Family Medicine during FMX 2017.
Before boarding a plane to San Antonio, Frey talked about a person, place, and thing that greatly impacted his career. Answers have been edited for clarity and length.
IN THE GENERAL POPULATION, 93 percent of men and 99 percent of women experience headaches. With all of those aching heads, family physicians are perfectly
suited to diagnose, treat, and prevent headaches in their patient population.
Jill Grimes, MD, FAAFP, a physician at the University of Texas University Health Services in Austin, and Frank Domino, MD, professor and pre-doctoral education director, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worchester, discussed how to use motivational interviewing during an office visit at Wednesday morning’s “Obesity Management: Motivational Interviewing for Weight Loss and Exercise” CME session. They also offered advice on healthy eating and how to bill properly for obesity counseling.
Jay Winner, MD, FAAFP, founder and director of the Stress Management Program for Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, CA, started teaching stress-reduction classes to patients and others in 1992 and now lectures about stress and burnout. He’s spoken at FMX in the past on teaching patients to reduce stress and how to improve office efficiency to reduce burnout. Last year in Orlando, Winner also spoke on a topic similar to his current lecture. Because of the importance of the material and popularity of that lecture, he was asked to publish articles on the subject in the two most recent issues of Family Practice Management. Winner’s website—StressRemedy.com—has many free resources, including 14 guided relaxation exercises. He’s also the author of Relaxation on the Run.
Brian Unwin, MD, FAAFP, is associate professor of internal medicine, at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and section chief, geriatrics and palliative medicine, at Carilion Clinic. He was the Department of Defense representative to the National Alzheimer's Project Act while he served in the military, and was
the AAFP representative to the Dementia Management Update Quality Measures Set Work Group in 2013 and in 2015. He has presented at FMX on related topics in the past.
Jennifer Brull, MD, FAAFP, has a solo practice in Plainville, Kan. She was a HIT Fellow for the Ofce of the National Coordinator and also recognized as a Hypertension Control Challenge Champion by the Centers for Disease Control.
Brull has presented several cardiovascular- focused sessions at FMX through the years. "One of my clinical passions is achieving balanced blood pressure control in my patients, so I feel very comfortable in that area of medications," she said. "On the other side, I often have to stop and look up new medications or doses when it comes to guideline-directed medical therapy and anticoagulation, so it was a nice refresher to look at everything in detail as I prepared for the lecture."
Suraj Achar, MD, FAAFP, is a professor of family medicine and public health at the University of
California, San Diego, and practices family medicine and sports medicine in the San Diego area. He has presented at FMX and Assembly for about a decade. This summer, he competed with the United States Medical Soccer Team in the World Medical Football Championship in Austria.
There's still time to reserve your place at this year's AAFP Foundation VIP Benefit in the Briscoe Western Art Museum.
Welcome to San Antonio and FMX 2017!
We gather here as the AAFP celebrates its 70th Anniversary of working with you to improve the health of patientas, families, and communities in the United States and beyond. Enjoy and become inspired with the many interactive, immediate, and customizable learning and networking opportunities at FMX.
John Saultz, MD, received the Thomas W. Johnson Award for Career Contributions to Family Medicine Education this week at FMX. Saultz chaired the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland for 17 years before stepping down in 2016. He still teaches and provides full-scope patient care.
If you see Medicare patients, the time to deal with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is here. The AAFP is offering several CME sessions and other learning opportunities at FMX designed to help family physicians better understand and get paid for performance under MACRA.
Sarah McNeil, MD, leads the reproductive health curriculum for Contra Costa Family Medicine in California, and Martha Simmons, MD, is assistant professor of family medicine and community health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. McNeil and Simmons, the AAFP's Reproductive Health Care Member Interest Group vice chair and secretary, respectively, presented on this same topic at last year's FMX in Orlando.
Marian J. Wymore, MD, CPC, CRC, is a longtime family physician and provider documentation improvement consultant with ICD-10 and risk Marian J. Wy MD, CPC, CR adjustment coding certifications. She realized she could help translate what she knew about coding into more clinically relevant and doctor-friendly terms. She teaches physician documentation improvement to audiences nationally, including provider groups, coders, health plans, and medical group leaders.
Phyllis MacGilvray, MD, FAAFP, is Vice Chair of Medical Student Education at UT Health-San Antonio in addition to being a family physician. Her experience has found that female sexual dysfunction is an under-recognized condition and one that physicians struggle to discuss with their patients. Some of that can be attributed to the lack of training physicians have in this area, she said.
Created by the Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation, Office of the Future is an interactive innovative experience. Through partnership with the AAFP, this exhibit has grown to include resources galore! "While last year was all about inspiring, this year we want to extend the experience to really empower family physicians," said Theresa Wilkes, AAFP Medical Informatics Strategist.
We asked three of AAFP's most active and enthusiastic members what they do to get the most out of FMX. What comes to mind if somebody asks, "Why does FMX matter?"
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