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Tuesday Aug 02, 2016

FMX Offers Something for Every Family Physician

I attended my first AAFP annual meeting in 1984 when it was known as Scientific Assembly. I was just a few years out of residency and went, in part, to receive the degree of AAFP Fellow. Of course, I also took advantage of the CME and was truly impressed by both the number and quality of sessions offered and by the scope of the expo hall.

I've been coming back ever since.

© 2016 Tiffany Matson/AAFP

Physician learners monitor an ultrasound during the 2015 Family Medicine Experience (FMX) in Denver. The 2016 FMX, which will be Sept. 20-24 in Orlando, Fla., will offer more than 125 CME sessions and an expo hall that boasts more than 350 exhibitors.

This year's event -- now known as the Family Medicine Experience (FMX) -- will offer more than 125 CME sessions Sept. 20-24 in Orlando, Fla. FMX faculty are practicing family physicians who are experts in their field, and content is vetted by family physician volunteers to ensure it is evidence-based, unbiased and relevant to our practices.

No other meeting offers as much variety, quantity and quality of CME -- designed by and for family physicians -- all in one place. Whatever you're interested in, you can find something there you didn't know, ought to know and need to know. The FMX CME schedule is updated every year with input from members to ensure that we hit on hot topics -- from clinical issues such as the Zika virus and pain management -- to important payment issues, including the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

For the first time, family physicians can earn an entire year's worth of CME credit with the addition of FMX On Demand.  The online library, which is included with registration, gives attendees access to 25 of this year's FMX sessions for two years. That means we can earn 35 live credits in Orlando and 25 enduring CME credits with On Demand. It also should make planning an FMX schedule easier when two interesting live sessions overlap.

What else is new this year? Here's a look:

  • Ask the Expert -- One-hour Q&A sessions featuring more than a dozen faculty members are back. Now the sessions, which cover a wide range of topics, will offer CME credit.
  • Out and About -- The popular offsite learning format returns with something new. The Adolescent Sports Injury and Office Emergency session at Nemours Children's Hospital and the Advanced Cardiac Life Support session at Florida Hospital Nicholson Center will both include simulations. An additional registration fee is required for these sessions.
  • Practice Change Series -- This new format includes an interactive lecture, an interactive workshop with your peers and facilitated translation to practice. Participants will be enrolled in a virtual online community after FMX to continue learning from each other.
  • Panel discussions -- These moderated discussions with faculty experts will include Q&A sessions. Some of the topics are motivational interviewing, collaborative care and risk-stratified care management.
  • Coding information -- All our interactive clinical sessions will include a billing and coding slide that outlines how to code for the relevant disease state.
  • Patient perspective -- Hear from expert faculty on how a disease, clinical practice or diagnosis has touched the life of a patient, and how that has affected the way they treat patients in our interactive lectures.

We'll also hear from great speakers, such as surgeon, researcher and author Atul Gawande, M.D., during our general sessions. I'll have the honor of being Dr. Gawande's opening act Sept. 21.

Of course, once you have gained new insights through the CME and learning opportunities at FMX, you'll need to find out how to implement that learning back home. FMX offers these solutions. I worked in a solo, rural practice for more than 30 years. When I needed to make an investment in my practice, the expo hall was always a good place to start. When I was looking for an electronic health record system, for example, I wanted to talk to numerous vendors and see what they had to offer all in one place. This year the FMX expo hall will feature more than 350 solution-based companies.

New this year is the Office of the Future, a showcase of technology and tools that you won't want to miss.

It can't be overstated that FMX also is about community. More than a dozen member interest groups will meet to discuss the issues they care passionately about. There also will be a reception for all the member interest groups on Sept. 22.

FMX will feature social and networking events for new physicians, our member constituency groups and supporters of the AAFP Foundation. And, like that convocation that brought me to my first annual meeting more than 30 years ago, we will welcome a new class of AAFP Fellows.

Finally, we'll cap a great week with FMX Celebration; we have reserved the entire Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park the evening of Sept. 23.

As a former speaker of the AAFP Congress of Delegates (COD), I also would like to mention that the Academy's policy-making body will be meeting Sept. 19-21 in Orlando. Each chapter can send two delegates and two alternate delegates to the Congress. Delegates typically are physicians who have played leadership roles in their chapters. It's worth noting, however, that although only delegates may vote during COD business sessions, any Academy member present may speak and give testimony during reference committee hearings.

It's also important to note that FMX attendees who register by Aug. 17 save $100 on registration.

I hope to see you in Orlando.

John Meigs, M.D., is president-elect of the AAFP.

Posted at 11:40PM Aug 02, 2016 by John Meigs, M.D.

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