Adopted resolutions and substitute resolutions will, according to the AAFP’s policymaking process, be reviewed and referred, when applicable, to AAFP leadership for further action.
Delegates adopted a substitute resolution that called for the AAFP to support curricular reform aimed at “increasing student awareness and education of evidence-based treatment modalities for substance use disorder and reducing stigma against people who use drugs.”
A reference committee report acknowledged that the regulatory issues related to prescribing buprenorphine for opioid use disorder been considered at length by the AAFP’s Congress of Delegates, Board of Directors and the Commission on Federal and State Policy and that the Academy is advocating for the removal of barriers to treatment. However, the committee asked the AAFP to go further to support medical student access to education.
The student reference committee heard mixed testimony about recognizing gender-affirming care as a core competency in residency training and medical school. The committee noted in its report that the Academy already supports gender-affirming care and offers a recommended curriculum guideline for residents that addresses many of the aims of a resolution that was submitted on the subject, and the AAFP also provides members with “toolkits, resources, webinars and continuing medical education opportunities on this topic.” In fact, a similar resolution was reaffirmed as existing policy in this year’s National Congress of Family Medicine Residents. The student reference committee, however, wanted the AAFP to do more to support medical student access to education on gender-affirming care. Ultimately, delegates passed a substitute resolution that called for the Academy to create specific policy recommending that medical students receive education on gender diversity and gender-affirming care.
The resolution also called for the Academy to encourage the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Review Committee for Family Medicine to acknowledge the full spectrum of gender diversity in the creation of the next family medicine residency program requirements.
Delegates adopted an amended resolution that called on the AAFP to reaffirm the importance of frequent patient conversations regarding advance care planning and the creation of living wills and care planning documents. It also urged the Academy to promote the importance of documenting patient preferences in national databases and EHRs.
The Congress also voted to