Thousands of enthusiastic family physicians, their guests and others flocked to San Antonio for the 2017 Congress of Delegates and Family Medicine Experience Sept. 11-16.
The Kansas AFP has seen four of its members become AAFP presidents, and three gather for a photo during the 2017 Congress of Delegates in San Antonio. Left to right, new President Michael Munger, M.D., of Overland Park, 2017-2018; Ernie Chaney, M.D., of Belleville, 1981-1982; and Rick Kellerman, M.D., of Wichita, 2006-2007. George "Ned" Burket Jr., M.D., of Kingman, 1967-1968, died in 2008. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
2017 Congress of Delegates Speaker Javette Orgain, M.D., of Chicago, and Vice Speaker Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., of Oregon, Wis., both seated middle stage, keep a tight rein on the proceedings of the Congress' business sessions. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
After hearing his name called, AAFP President-elect John Cullen, M.D., of Valdez, Alaska, barely has time to take a breath before his FP colleagues begin pointing him in the right direction. Cullen and his wife, Michelle, clasp arms as they are marched to the dais by sergeants-at-arms Adebowale Prest, M.D., of Hebron, Md., (left) and Yvette Oquendo-Berruz, M.D., of Columbia, Md. (Chris Crawford/AAFP News)
Outgoing AAFP President John Meigs, M.D., of Centreville, Ala., offers a congratulatory handshake to AAFP President-elect John Cullen, M.D., just moments after election results are announced near the conclusion of the 2017 Congress of Delegates. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
After reciting the installation oath at the 2017 Congress of Delegates, AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., bows his head to receive the President's Medal from new AAFP Board Chair John Meigs, M.D. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
The lights dim and the audience awaits the action about to begin during the opening ceremony of the AAFP's 2017 Family Medicine Experience. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
Academy CEO and EVP Douglas Henley, M.D., aims a T-shirt launcher into the crowd during the finale of the AAFP's 2017 Family Medicine Experience opening ceremony. "Family Medicine -- Strong as Ever" is emblazoned on the shirt Henley is wearing and sharing. The experience was something he said he's always wanted to do. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
Family physician Shaun Dekutoski, M.D., of Phoenix, scans the tiny physician photos that make up an experiential project dubbed the "Well-being Wall" -- located in the Physician Health First booth in the Expo Hall -- before adding her own picture and message about what makes her strong. The AAFP launched the Physician Health first initiative during the opening ceremony on Sept. 13. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
Social Media Highlights from 2017 Congress of Delegates and FMX
Meet the New AAFP President
Learn about new AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., of Overland Park, Kan. After more than three decades in practice -- both as an independent practice owner and as an employed physician -- Munger can relate to what his FP colleagues are going through.
2018 FPOY Honored
2018 Family Physician of the Year Gerard Hevern, M.D., of Suncook, N.H., has spent much of his professional life caring for patients with addiction disorders. He was honored during the 2017 Family Medicine Experience for his work in treating addiction and providing pain management services, as well as for training other health care professionals to tackle the opioid crisis.
Physician Health First
AAFP Senior Vice President for Education Clif Knight, M.D., introduces Physician Health First, the first-ever comprehensive initiative devoted to boosting the well-being and professional satisfaction of family physicians. Discover why the Academy has made improving physician well-being its mission and how the AAFP is working to reverse the trend toward family physician fatigue and burnout.
The EveryONE Project
By establishing its Center for Diversity and Health Equity, the AAFP is taking a lead role in the struggle to overcome widespread health inequities. Learn about The EveryONE Project, the Academy’s new initiative to confront health disparities head on.