Main Stage Sessions

Big Ideas Start Here

Gain fresh insights from four dynamic keynote presentations, ranging from topics on COVID-19 and racial disparities to advocacy efforts, medical myths, and evidence-based medicine, that will leave you feeling inspired and empowered to return to office. In addition, AAFP leadership will address new realities in family medicine and what the Academy is doing to move the specialty forward.

Tuesday, October 13 | 6–7:30 p.m.

New President Address

Ada Stewart

Ada Stewart, MD, FAAFP

AAFP President

New AAFP President Ada Stewart, MD, from Columbia, SC, will share what led her to pursue family medicine and various leadership roles within the Academy and medical profession. Stewart will also address her goals as president over the next year and emphasize the impact she hopes to leave on the AAFP and the family medicine specialty. 

Mobilizing for Health Equity

Uché Blackstock, MD

Uché Blackstock, MD

Founder & CEO, Advancing Health Equity

Bias and racism are everywhere—even in health care. Activist Uché Blackstock, MD, breaks down the historical and current-day context of health inequities, including how the Coronavirus has exposed the world to racial health disparities. Blackstock will also shed light on the important topics of diversity, equity, an inclusion in an effort to impact modern health care practices.  

Wednesday, October 14 | 3–4:30 p.m.

Health care: Remixed

Timothy Caulfield

Timothy Caulfield

Professor of Health Law & Science Policy
Author of “Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?”

In the era of internet searches and insta-filtered glamour, misinformation on health and wellness is everywhere. What’s credible? What’s not? Health science expert, Netflix star, and bestselling author Timothy Caulfield, amplifies the importance of evidence-based medical research as he debunks a variety of harmful celebrity falsehoods by breaking down their pseudoscience myths.

Special Guest Speaker

Uché Blackstock, MD

Anthony Fauci, MD

Leading infectious disease expert

For months, he’s played a lead role in the United States’ response to the coronavirus pandemic. Now the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, MD, will deliver a state-of-the art lecture on the latest developments in COVID-19 science and how they impact your work on the frontlines of health care. Be there as he discusses the historical impact of COVID-19, steps to instill patient trust as information and our understanding of COVID-19 evolve, and more. 

Thursday, October 15 | 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Political Panel | Navigating the Health Care Landscape

In this pivotal year for America, leading political health care experts will offer a dynamic presentation around the 2020 Presidential Election and the health care landscape in 2021 and beyond. Hear both sides of the political aisle reflect on the health care system and what the future holds for family medicine.

Moderator – Jennifer Haberkorn

Staff writer, Los Angeles Times

Haberkorn covers Congress in Washington, DC. She has reported from Washington since 2005, spending much of that time roaming the halls of the U.S. Capitol. Before arriving at The Times, Haberkorn spent eight years at Politico writing about the 2010 health care law, a story that took her to Congress, the states, health care clinics and courtrooms around the country. She also covered Congress and local business news for the Washington Times. Haberkorn is a native of the Chicago area and graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.

Dean Rosen

Panelist – Dean Rosen

Partner, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas

Rosen is one of Washington’s foremost experts on America’s complex health care system—and a master of both the politics and policies that shape it. With more than two decades of experience developing and advancing health policy initiatives on Capitol Hill and in the private sector, Rosen has been named a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill. He advises a wide range of health care stakeholders, from established players to startups trying to gain a foothold in Washington, DC. Immediately prior to becoming a partner at Mehlman Castagnetti, Rosen served as chief health policy advisor to Majority Leader Bill Frist, MD (R-TN), where he helped pass legislation related to Medicare prescription drug benefits, public health preparedness, and patient safety.

Chris Jennings

Panelist – Chris Jennings

Founder and President, Jennings Policy Strategies Inc.

Jennings is an over 30-year veteran of the White House, Congress, and the private sector. He served for nearly nine years as the Senior Health Care Advisor to both President Obama and President Clinton. For a decade, he was a policy advisor for three Senators on the Senate Aging and Finance Committees, including David Pryor and John Glenn. From his positions, Mr. Jennings has helped pass, enact and implement the ACA, CHIP and numerous other health reforms. He currently is President of Jennings Policy Strategies (JPS), a nationally respected health care consulting firm.


AAFP Advocacy Update

Stephanie Quinn

Stephanie Quinn

Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy 

As the family medicine landscape continues to change, Stephanie Quinn, the AAFP’s senior vice president for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy, will share what the Academy is doing in Washington, DC—on behalf of its members and the specialty—to move the specialty forward. 

Friday, October 16 | 8:30–10 a.m.

Top 10: Evidence-based Medicine Updates (CME available)

Frank J. Domino, MD

Frank J. Domino, MD

Professor/Pre-Doctoral Education Director, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School, Worcester

In health care, change is the only constant. Each year, you’re faced with legislation and technology that continue to push the specialty in new directions. How do you keep up? Back by popular demand, Frank J. Domino, MD, offers insight on implementing evidence-based practice recommendations. This jam-packed presentation provides a clinical perspective and understanding on how medical statistics can help translate the best medical literature into patient care.