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Monday Nov 13, 2017

Tell Congress Not to Compound Student, Resident Debt Burden

The AAFP is pushing back on a provision of the House tax reform bill that would eliminate a tax deduction for interest paid on student loans.

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Posted at 01:30PM Nov 13, 2017 by Alexa Mieses, M.D., M.P.H. | Comments [0]

Monday Nov 06, 2017

Get a Clue: Pandemic Board Game Runs Risk of Snubbing FPs

Board game enthusiast and medical student John Heafner, M.P.H., writes that subspecialists shouldn't have a monopoly on the limelight in popular culture.

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Posted at 02:56PM Nov 06, 2017 by John Heafner, M.P.H. | Comments [0]

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017

Let Us Focus on Patients, Not Paperwork

The AAFP has been advocating hard for a reduction in the administrative burden that gets in the way of patient care. A new CMS initiative may be a step in the right direction.

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Posted at 01:00PM Oct 31, 2017 by Michael Munger, M.D. | Comments [0]

Friday Oct 13, 2017

Planning Ahead: Let's Talk About Death

Dying in America has changed with medical technology, but our comfort level in talking about it has not. Leonard Reeves, M.D, discusses helping patients plan ahead.

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Posted at 01:00PM Oct 13, 2017 by Leonard Reeves, M.D. | Comments [0]

Thursday Oct 05, 2017

A Conversation About Violence as a Public Health Crisis

Violence has become a public health crisis. Ending the ban on federal funding for research on violence involving firearms would be a good first step in addressing the problem.

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Posted at 12:30PM Oct 05, 2017 by Michael Munger, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday Oct 02, 2017

AAFP's NCCL Set Me on Leadership Path

Benjamin "Frankie" Simmons III, M.D., the new physician member of the AAFP Board of Directors, writes that his leadership path began at the National Conference of Constituency Leaders, and he encourages others to follow.

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Posted at 05:23PM Oct 02, 2017 by Benjamin "Frankie" Simmons III, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday Sep 25, 2017

Rural Practice Stretches Our Skills, Supports Our Families

Only 3 percent of final-year residents are interested in practicing in small towns. AAFP President-elect John Cullen, M.D., of Valdez, Alaska, makes the case for why they should.

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Posted at 05:23PM Sep 25, 2017 by John Cullen, M.D. | Comments [0]

Thursday Sep 21, 2017

Dire Situations Can Bring Out the Best in People

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Robert Raspa, M.D., reflects on the willingness of people to help others in need.

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Posted at 05:02PM Sep 21, 2017 by Robert Raspa, M.D. | Comments [0]

Wednesday Sep 13, 2017

One Good Look at Vast Scope of Family Medicine, and I Was Hooked

New AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., was working as a hospital orderly when exposure to family medicine residents changed his path.

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Posted at 12:00PM Sep 13, 2017 by Michael Munger, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday Sep 11, 2017

Everyone Should Realize FPs Are the Quarterbacks of Medicine

Family physicians are the quarterbacks of the health care team, so why do they get treated like kickers? Too many payers and policymakers still fail to appreciate the vital role FPs play in the health care system.

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Posted at 11:36AM Sep 11, 2017 by John Meigs, M.D. | Comments [0]

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