The AAFP's biggest event of the year is almost here -- the 2017 Family Medicine Experience (FMX), to be held Sept. 12-16 in San Antonio. The Academy's website describes FMX as the "gathering place for physicians to be empowered by -- and for -- family medicine."
Despite the devastation Hurricane Harvey caused in Houston and other parts of the state, San Antonio officials have told the AAFP they are ready to welcome family physicians to their city.
Those officials have confirmed that the storm did not impact the city's convention center and hotels that are earmarked for FMX attendees. The AAFP will provide additional information to FMX registrants as it becomes available.
On-site registration will be available at the Henry B. González Convention Center for last-minute decision-makers.
For family physicians already gearing up for FMX -- and those who might need a gentle nudge -- here's a glimpse of some of the week's highlights and activities. Attendees can
- choose from more than 300 CME sessions;
- utilize FMX on Demand, an online library with access to key sessions presented during the week that includes online synchronized slides and audio, and CME credit tracking;
- attend the general sessions and be energized by the words of nationally recognized speakers Deepak Chopra, M.D., (see more below) and Frank Domino, M.D.; and
- be on hand to celebrate the AAFP's 70th anniversary with family physicians from across the country.
And a special heads up: Don't miss the Office of the Future, an exhibit in the Expo Hall that is back for a second year by popular demand, but with a new twist. The Case Study Showcase features short videos -- shot by family physicians in practice -- that detail innovative solutions to practice challenges.
Physician Health First Launch
Perhaps the most prominent event taking place at the 2017 FMX will be the official launch of Physician Health First -- the Academy's physician well-being initiative.
AAFP Senior Vice President for Education Clif Knight, M.D., will unveil the initiative as part of the official opening of FMX on Sept. 13. He'll describe for attendees all the features already in place to support this AAFP priority -- made possible in part with support from the AAFP Foundation -- and will invite attendees to visit the Physician Health First booth located in an area of the convention center designated as "The Hub."
Many of the resources available in the booth are a result of the AAFP's work with Medscape, a nationally recognized source of clinical news and health information.
Knight will show family physicians a brand-new web portal designed just for AAFP members as an entry point to embracing their own well-being and will elaborate on all the tools to which they have free access.
Lastly, Knight will introduce Chopra, an endocrinologist who is founder of the Chopra Foundation and co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, at a general session.
Chopra will stress how important it is for physicians to first take care of themselves. He will round out his remarks with the most current research on physician well-being from mainstream and alternative medicine channels.
Physicians who can't attend FMX but who don't want to miss all the action can catch some events, including main stage speakers, via live streaming video on the AAFP's Facebook events page.(www.facebook.com)
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