AFP Podcast Wins Innovative Program Award

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Megan Moriarty
Public Relations Strategist
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LEAWOOD, Kan. -- The American Family Physician Podcast has won the STFM Innovative Program Award, honoring excellence in the development of an original educational program or activity for family medicine residents, students or faculty.

Presented in Washington D.C., during the annual conference of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the award recognizes a broad interpretation of innovative family medicine programs that have had a significant, positive impact on family medicine education. Nominations were screened and the STFM Board of Directors made the final selection.

The AFP Podcast is a collaborative endeavor of American Family Physician, the number one medical journal in primary care, and the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Family Medicine Residency. Started in 2015, the podcast is regularly downloaded more than 50,000 times per month, and is a top 10 medical podcast on iTunes. It passed the 1,000,000 download mark in April 2018.

“It is a huge honor to win this award from STFM,” commented Steven R. Brown, M.D., program director and professor at the University of Arizona – Phoenix Family Medicine Residency, who accepted the award. “The podcast is an example of how collaborations in the family medicine community can lead to great things. Our podcast team at the University of Arizona – Phoenix is so grateful for the support of American Family Physician and the AAFP. We are also grateful to the family medicine physicians, residents, and medical students who listen.”

This is not the first honor for the AFP Podcast, having won an Excel Award last year from Association Media & Publishing. The podcast has been described as a showpiece for the family medicine specialty and represents the best qualities of family medicine: excellence, accessibility and joy in work.

The podcast promotes evidence-based learning and informs listeners about the specialty of family medicine. It began as a resident initiative and has featured a total of 12 third-year residents throughout three seasons so far. The program has a national impact and provides exposure for the specialty of family medicine.

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Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 134,600 physicians and medical students nationwide, and it is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year – more than any other specialty. Family physicians provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and cost-effective care dedicated to improving the health of patients, families and communities. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing and personal patient-physician relationship where the family physician serves as the hub of each patient’s integrated care team. More Americans depend on family physicians than on any other medical specialty.

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