It has been nearly three years since the AAFP launched the Leader Voices Blog with the goal of improving communication between Academy leaders and members.
During that time, we've posted more than 200 blogs on a wide range of topics affecting family medicine. We've let you know about Academy meetings with legislators and meetings with payers. We've talked about the challenges facing small practices and a host of clinical issues.
AAFP directors -- who come from small private practices, big group practices, academia and everywhere in between -- have shared deeply personal stories about where they practice and why. We also have shared stories of our own personal health crises.
And we've seen spirited debate on some controversial topics, such as gun violence.
Although this blog's readership numbers have been steady, the online conversation has grown quiet. We missed a few opportunities to respond to comments earlier this year, but we're committed to doing better going forward. Some of you, no doubt, grew frustrated with a technical issue we experienced this spring with our comments field. That problem has been resolved.
To paraphrase past AAFP President Glen Stream, M.D., M.B.I. -- who had the vision to use this tool to create a two-way conversation between leaders and the members we are elected to serve -- we're listening. And we value your feedback.
The landscape in medicine remains quite active and rapidly changing, and your Academy remains engaged on your behalf. This blog is an opportunity for all members to not only hear what the AAFP is doing, but to be heard by sharing your opinions in the comments field. Tell us what you think -- good or bad -- about the issues we face and how the Academy is addressing those issues.
Start today. We’re listening.
Michael Munger, M.D., is a member of the AAFP Board of Directors.