If you’re looking for inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. This year’s dynamic lineup is excited to share how they transformed their own blueprints, pushing beyond their limitations to find long-lasting success—and how you can, too.
Spend your days with each of them. You’ll return to practice feeling charged and eager to break new boundaries for your patients, your practice, and your specialty.
After keynote presentations end, keep the conversation going. Join a panel of AAFP members, facilitated by AAFP leaders, as they discuss ways to implement keynote lessons into practice on topics covering health equity, patient care in a post-COVID world, and the hybrid approach to care.
JONES, MD, MPH, PhD
Family Physician //
Access to health care isn’t the same for all. The COVID-19 pandemic shined an even larger spotlight on the inequalities related to social determinants of health (SDOH) during the recent crisis. Widely recognized as an anti-racism thought leader and activist, Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, will discuss the important role family physicians play in reducing health inequities across the country. You’ll leave ready to break through SDOH barriers in your community to ensure better health for all.
Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, is a family physician, epidemiologist, and past president of the American Public Health Association whose work focuses on naming, measuring, and addressing the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of our nation and the world.
Jones is currently a presidential visiting fellow at the Yale School of Medicine in the Department of Medicine and the Office of Health Equity Research; will serve as the 2021-2022 University of California San Francisco presidential chair; and was the 2019-2020 Evelyn Green Davis Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
She taught six years as an assistant professor at the Harvard School of Public Health (1994 to 2000), served 14 years as a medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is currently an adjunct associate professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine and an adjunct professor at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.
Jones’ allegories on “race” and racism illuminate topics that are otherwise difficult for many Americans to understand or discuss. Recognizing that racism saps the strength of the whole society through the waste of human resources, she aims to mobilize and engage all Americans in a National Campaign Against Racism.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 | 8–8:30 A.M. (CT)
Start your Wednesday morning with our panel of health equity advocates. Be here as they discuss family medicine’s role in reducing health inequities as well as strategies that you can implement into your own practice.
Panel facilitator (1): Danielle Jones, MPH, PHD, AAFP Director of the Center for Diversity and Health Equity; AAFP member panelists (2–4): Andrea Westby, MD; Keisha Harvey Mansfield, MD; and Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, MD, FAAFP
Best-selling Author //
The global pandemic irrevocably changed the world and uprooted many industries, including health care. Yet the crisis provided a positive opportunity as well—the chance for our family medicine specialty to reimagine its future in a post-COVID world. Relying on optimism, best-selling author Simon Sinek will challenge you to shift your mindset by thinking differently about the changes you can make to support the transformation of health care now and into the future.
Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together.
Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek has devoted his professional life to help advance a vision of the world that does not yet exist; a world in which the vast majority of people wake up every single morning inspired, feel safe wherever they are, and end the day fulfilled by the work that they do.
He shares his ideas through his books:
A trained ethnographer, Sinek is fascinated by the people and organizations that make the greatest and longest lasting impact in the world. Over the years, he has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate, and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. He has devoted his life to sharing his thinking in order to help other leaders and organizations inspire action.
Sinek may be best known for popularizing the concept of WHY, which he described in his first TED Talk in 2009. That talk went on to become the second most watched TED Talk of all time, and is still in the top five with over 50 million views. His interview on millennials in the workplace broke the internet in 2016. With over 80 million views in its first week, it has now been viewed hundreds of millions times. This led to Sinek being YouTube’s fifth most searched term in 2017.
His unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership have attracted international attention. From the airline industry to the entertainment industry, from finance to fashion, from big business to entrepreneurs to police forces, Sinek has been invited to meet with a broad array of leaders and organizations in nearly every industry. He has also had the honor of sharing his ideas with multiple agencies of the US government and with the senior-most leaders of the United States Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Army, and Coast Guard.
Sinek is an adjunct staff member of the RAND Corporation, one of the most highly regarded think tanks in the world. He is also active in the arts and in the non-for-profit world (though Sinek prefers to call it the for-impact world).
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 | 2:15–3 P.M. (CT)
The pandemic permanently changed the way you practice medicine. Tune in to hear how other family physicians are adjusting in this post-COVID world, how it’s transformed the way they deliver care, and how you can make positive changes in your practice moving forward.
Panel facilitator (1): Julie Wood, MD, MPH, FAAFP, AAFP Senior Vice President for Research, Science, and Public Health; AAFP member panelists (2–5): Jay Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP; Alexa Mieses-Malchuk, MD, MPH; Carl Lambert, Jr., MD; and Beth Oller, MD
CBS News Sr. Medical Correspondent
The family medicine specialty is known for making medicine personal. Patients aren’t just people you treat—they’re family. Nevertheless, in today’s tech-driven world it’s become harder to balance personal interactions with bulky EHR updates. Tara Narula, MD, knows the balancing act all too well, but insists that to treat the whole person, you must also continue to draw upon the importance of human connection. She’ll remind you why hearing patient’s share their own personal story improves not only health outcomes, but also leads to healthier communities.
Tara Narula, MD, is a board-certified cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, an assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine, Hofstra/Northwell and a CBS News senior medical correspondent.
She also serves as the associate director of the Women’s Heart Program at Lenox Hill Hospital. She contributes to various CBS News broadcasts and platforms, including CBS this Morning, CBS Evening News, CBSN, and CBS Sunday Morning. She has been a frequent contributor to O, Oprah Magazine.
She joined Lenox Hill Heart & Vascular Institute of New York in 2010 and provides outpatient consultative care. She is additionally board certified in nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, and internal medicine. After graduating from Stanford University with degrees in economics and biology, she was founder and CEO of her own small business, Sun Juice Inc. Subsequently she obtained her medical degree at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, where she graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha Society Honors. Narula completed her residency in internal medicine at Harvard University/Brigham and Women's Hospital and her fellowship training in cardiology at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. Narula is currently a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.
She serves as a member for both the NYC Go Red for Women Committee and is a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association. She is a recipient of the 2019 WomenHeart Nanette Wenger Award for Media and the Super Doctors Award for NYC 2014–2020. Her interests include women's health and prevention.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 | 9:30–10 A.M. (CT)
COVID-19 accelerated the use of telehealth services in practices across the country. Listen in as our panelist discuss why value-based care requires a balance of both telehealth and in-person visits—and how you can find the right mix of services for your practice, too.
Panel facilitator (1): Stephanie Quinn, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement, and Policy; AAFP member panelists (2–4):Natasha Bhuyan, MD; Scott Boyens, MD, FAAFP; and Steve North, MD
Family Physician //
Professor & Author
Thanks to advancing technologies and ever-changing clinical guidelines, the health care industry is continuously evolving. How do you keep up? FMX fan favorite Frank Domino, MD, is back to break down the latest evidence-based clinical recommendations for your family medicine practice. His jam-packed presentation translates the latest and best medical literature into care strategies to help you provide high-quality, evidence-based care to your patients.
Frank Domino, MD, is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester. He is the author and editor of the new The 5-Minute Clinical Consult; author and editor of the new Manual Medicine for Allopathic Providers, a easy to use handbook/video series of manual procedures we can use in the office; editor of a weekly evidence-based practice update, which reviews clinically relevant articles; and the host of the "Frankly Speaking About Family Medicine" podcast.
Domino is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed his residency at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, New Jersey, where he was the chief resident.