Upcoming Virtual Town Hall

AAFP Invites Member Input on Family Medicine's Future

January 22, 2014 03:52 pm News Staff
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As family medicine continues the process of examining the challenges and opportunities that face the specialty today and defining a path forward in the context of a rapidly changing health care landscape, your voice is keenly important. An upcoming series of virtual town hall meetings being convened as part of the Family Medicine for America's Health: Future of Family Medicine 2.0 (FFM 2.0) project will give you a chance to add your voice to this crucial discussion.

The first of those virtual town hall events is scheduled for Jan. 29 from 8-9 p.m. EST, and practicing family physicians from across the country are invited to participate.

Led by AAFP Past President Glen Stream, M.D., M.B.I., of La Quinta, Calif., the group will discuss family physician responses to the question: What are the three issues that will be most critical to address in the strategic plan so that family medicine can achieve the triple aim of better health, better care and lower costs?

FFM Background

As was the first Future of Family Medicine project that launched more than a decade ago, FFM 2.0 is an effort of the Family Medicine Working Party, which consists of the following organizations:

  • American Academy of Family Physicians,
  • American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation,
  • American Board of Family Medicine,
  • Association of Departments of Family Medicine,
  • Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors,
  • North American Primary Care Research Group and
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

The groups already have made significant progress in considering a number of key questions facing the specialty today:

  • What are the core attributes of family medicine today in the context of an apparent decline in the scope of services and clinical care provided by many family physicians?
  • How will family medicine respond to the challenges of an evolving health system?
  • Is there a need for curricular reform for medical school education and residency training, such as potentially moving from three to four years of residency training?
  • How can the specialty best communicate to relevant stakeholders the value and benefits of family medicine -- that is, the important role family physicians play in the evolving U.S. health care system?

Read more about the progress the project has made to date in updates published last year in September, October and December.

Going Forward

The research and planning phase of the FFM 2.0 project is expected to be completed by April, and then work begins to implement a five-year, action-oriented strategic plan that addresses the issues most critical to family medicine and provides a role for the seven family medicine organizations. The project also will include a family medicine communications platform that aligns with stakeholders' expectations, perceptions and emotional attachments, along with a plan to communicate the value and benefits of family medicine.

Don't miss this opportunity to play a role in making all that happen. Those who wish to participate in the Jan. 29 virtual town hall event can register online(transformed.adobeconnect.com).

Two additional meetings will be held in late February and March, although precise dates and times are yet to be determined. Each meeting will be recorded and archived and can be accessed from the AAFP website.