Thousands of enthusiastic family physicians, their guests and other attendees flocked to New Orleans for the 2018 Congress of Delegates and Family Medicine Experience Oct. 8-12.
Delegates and alternate delegates from each of the AAFP's chapters and constituencies pay close attention during a business session of the AAFP's 2018 Congress of Delegates. Participants gathered in New Orleans for the Oct. 8-10 event. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
General registrant James Bell, M.D., of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, testifies during a reference committee hearing at the 2018 Congress of Delegates. Bell, a family physician who has practiced hospice and palliative medicine for more than 30 years, sought to clarify wording in a resolution that addressed medical aid in dying. (Chris Crawford/AAFP News)
Newly named AAFP President-elect Gary LeRoy, M.D., of Dayton, Ohio, is overcome with emotion as he is embraced by supporters just seconds after hearing election results at the 2018 AAFP Congress of Delegates in New Orleans. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
On the final day of the 2018 Congress of Delegates, outgoing AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., of Overland Park, Kan., (left) administers the oath of office to John Cullen, M.D., of Valdez, Alaska, the Academy's incoming president. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
Incoming Board Chair Michael Munger, M.D., of Overland Park, Kan., installs members of the 2018-2019 AAFP Board of Directors on the final day of the 2018 Congress of Delegates. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
The show is about to begin as attendees eagerly take their seats for the opening ceremony of the AAFP's 2018 Family Medicine Experience in New Orleans. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
AAFP CEO and EVP Douglas Henley, M.D., warms up the overflow crowd of family physicians and other attendees at the during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Family Medicine Experience in New Orleans. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
Angel Mattos, M.D., of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, gets an assist from a family member as he receives a standing ovation during the opening ceremony of the AAFP's 2018 Family Medicine Experience. Mattos, who will celebrate his 100th birthday in December, graduated from medical school in 1949 and was named an AAFP Fellow in 1972. He has attended the annual meeting for more than 50 years. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., of Brooklyn, N.Y., shows off her prize during the opening ceremony of the AAFP's 2018 Family Medicine Experience: a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan "Health Has No Zip Code." Academy CEO and EVP Douglas Henley, M.D., used a launcher to fire the shirts into the crowd. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
Social Media Highlights from 2018 Congress of Delegates and FMX
Meet the New AAFP President, John Cullen, M.D.
Learn about new AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., of Valdez, Alaska. The Academy's newest leader is a true pioneer, steeped in frontier medicine and well-acquainted with the rewards -- and challenges -- of practicing full-scope family medicine in a remote area.
2019 FPOY Honored for Compassion and Commitment
2019 Family Physician of the Year Will Cooke, M.D., of Austin, Ind., spent more than a decade as the only physician in a tiny rural town the CDC once called "ground zero" for the worst drug-related HIV outbreak in U.S. history. He was honored during the 2018 Family Medicine Experience not only for his efforts to curtail that epidemic, but also for his ongoing work in tackling the opioid crisis that threatened to cripple this small community.
Putting the Hurt on Administrative Burden
Technology may be amazing, but electronic health records -- not so much. Watch AAFP Senior Vice President for Education Clif Knight, M.D., and Senior VP of Advocacy, Practice Enhancement and Policy Shawn Martin take on EHRs in this Office Space parody. Then tune in to hear about how the Academy is working to simplify administrative processes(play.vidyard.com) for family physicians.
Get the Latest on The EveryONE Project
Danielle Jones, M.P.H., manager of the AAFP's Center for Diversity and Health Equity, outlines the past, present and future of the Academy's groundbreaking work to overcome widespread health inequities. Learn about the latest iteration of The EveryONE Project toolkit, a key component of the AAFP’s initiative to confront health disparities head on.