In response to a recommendation from the Commission on Membership and Member Services, the Academy's Board of Directors in July formally approved the creation of two new AAFP member interest groups, bringing the total number of MIGs to 20.
Both MIGs' homepages went live on AAFP.org on Aug. 1, and both are inviting AAFP members who share those same interests to join.
The new MIGs and their respective leaders are:
Chair: Marti Taba, M.D., of Kailua, Hawaii
Vice chair: Jean Lu, M.D., of Longmont, Colo.
Secretary: Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., of New York, N.Y.
Intimate Partner Violence
Chair: Rita Schindeler-Trachta, D.O., of Austin, Texas
Vice chair: Beth Anne Fox, M.D., M.P.H., C.P.E., of Kingsport, Tenn.
Secretary: Shannon Connolly, M.D., of Los Angeles
The EMR Optimization MIG's stated purpose is twofold:
- support the AAFP's efforts to identify emerging technologies that promise to improve human interactions in the exam room, and
- provide feedback to the Academy on current and future EMR changes.
The Intimate Partner Violence MIG will focus on fostering IPV awareness at the local, state and national levels, with the goal of supporting education, advocacy and public health measures that address IPV issues.
The EMR Optimization MIG is overseen by the Commission on Quality and Practice; the Intimate Partner Violence MIG is overseen by the Commission on Health of the Public and Science.
AAFP MIGs provide members with an online community where they can network, communicate ideas and share common interests. Many MIG participants also meet face-to-face during the annual Family Medicine Experience or at other Academy meetings.
Members who have questions about these or any other such groups are encouraged to email MIG support for more information.
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