• Register for April 7-9 AAFP Well-being Conference Livestream

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    (Editor's Note: The early-bird deadline has been extended to March 29. Register today and save!)

    March 24, 2021, 1:05 p.m. News Staff As if tackling the various daily challenges that are part and parcel of practicing family medicine wasn’t hard enough, the added burden of battling COVID-19 throughout the past year has taken a significant toll on physicians’ physical and emotional health. As a result, it has become even more critical for family physicians to make a point of practicing self-care if they want to stay focused on caring for their patients.

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    Fortunately, the AAFP has plenty of resources to help. Preeminent among them is the Academy’s Physician Health and Well-being Conference, offered this year as an April 7-9 livestream, so you can stream it on any device you choose. Now in its fourth year, the conference invites family physicians to join with their peers to explore evidence-based solutions to cultivate well-being, bolster professional satisfaction and rediscover the joy of practice.

    As the only national event focused solely on physicians’ wellness needs, this innovative conference will empower participants to

    • assess their current state of well-being;
    • identify personal areas of need to address chronic stressors in practice; and
    • develop an individualized action plan to improve, promote, and/or maintain a positive state of well-being.

    More than two dozen breakout sessions cover an extensive range of topics ― from tips for taming a practice’s EMR inbox and managing documentation burden to leveraging the power of team-based care and exploring culinary medicine. Sessions are categorized to reflect their alignment with one or more of the five elements of the family physician ecosystem that impact career satisfaction and physician well-being: health care system, organization, practice, individual and physician culture.

    In addition, nearly a dozen main-stage events featuring nationally recognized experts tackle issues such as combating incivility in health care and embracing advocacy as an expression of self-care. Among other standout presentations, AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., of Columbia, S.C., will update conference participants on the Academy’s ongoing efforts to lessen physicians’ administrative burden and prevent burnout, facilitate family physicians’ entry into leadership positions, and reform a broken American health care system.

    The conference is a logical outgrowth of the AAFP’s Physician Health First initiative, which launched in 2017. As the key entry point to the initiative’s vast resource collection, the Academy’s Physician Health First portal offers members support and guidance as they plan and pursue their individual paths to well-being.

    The AAFP has reviewed the Physician Health and Well-being Conference and deemed it acceptable for up to 18 Online-only, Live Prescribed CME credits. Family physicians interested in attending the conference should note that many of the educational activities involve blended learning, so they may wish to spend some time before the event viewing videos that complement the live interactive sessions. There also will be opportunities during the event to view the accompanying video materials.

    You deserve this. Don’t miss this chance to relax, rejuvenate and rediscover your passion. Register before the March 28 early-bird deadline to save.