(Editor's Note: Find out which candidate named below was elected to serve as new physician Board member -- pending approval by the 2020 Congress of Delegates -- as well as who was appointed to fill the AAFP delegate to the AMA Young Physicians Section seat.)
COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the AAFP's National Conference of Constituency Leaders in April, but the election of the Academy's next new physician member of the Board of Directors will proceed.
Like some other upcoming AAFP events -- including the Direct Primary Care Summit and the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students -- the vote is going virtual.
NCCL delegates typically elect their peers to fill a variety of leadership positions every spring in Kansas City, Mo., but because of the pandemic, most members elected during the 2019 NCCL will serve another year, with the exception of the new physician Board member and the AAFP delegate to the AMA Young Physicians Section. The AMA-YPS seat will be appointed this month by AAFP Board Chair John Cullen, M.D., of Valdez, Alaska, in accordance with the NCCL Rules of Order.
Meanwhile, AAFP members and chapter staff can get to know the candidates vying for the new physician Board position during an online forum on June 4 at 8 p.m. CDT. The candidates and their nominating chapters are
- Gerald Banks, M.D., M.S., Texas AFP;
- Rupal Bhingradia, M.D., New York State AFP;
- Danielle Carter, M.D., Florida AFP; and
- Michael Richardson, M.D., Massachusetts AFP.
Registration for the forum is required and is limited to AAFP members, chapter staff and AAFP staff.
Voting is limited to chapter-designated new physician delegates, who will receive a link to an online ballot at the conclusion of the candidate forum. The ballot will remain open for up to one week.
Members can submit questions for the Q&A portion of the forum, which will be moderated by current new physician Board member Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., and NCCL convener Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D.
The NCCL Advisory Group and past conference leaders will host a virtual member constituencies forum on June 13 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CDT. The event will include breakout sessions focused on challenges members are dealing with during the pandemic, including discussion of issues members may want their chapters to address via resolutions during the Congress of Delegates.
Registration for this forum also is required and is limited to AAFP members and chapter staff.
The National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students will still take place July 30-Aug. 1, but the annual event, which traditionally is held in Kansas City, Mo., will happen online. The event will offer 11 hours of live workshops and main stage sessions, and recorded sessions will be available for 30 days after the conference. The virtual Expo Hall will still offer students a chance to meet representatives from hundreds of family medicine residency programs, including the ability to schedule one-on-one appointments.
Congress business sessions will not take place. However, students and residents will have the opportunity to submit and discuss issues of significant concern during virtual breakout room sessions. After the conference, submissions will be forwarded to the Subcommittee on Resident and Student Issues, which will review them and make recommendations for actions to the Commission on Education.
Elections for resident and student leadership positions will be held, but the specifics for that process have not yet been finalized.
Registration costs have been reduced for both attendees and exhibitors. Anyone who has already registered will be refunded the difference in registration price.
Direct Primary Care Summit
The Direct Primary Care Summit,(www.dpcsummit.org) also is moving online. The event, now changed to two days, is set for July 17-18 and will offer nationally recognized faculty with real-life experience in DPC; practical content for physicians interested in starting a practice, growing a practice and carving a niche in DPC; and an opportunity to network with hundreds of like-minded physicians interested in revolutionizing patient care. Like National Conference, the price has been reduced for the virtual event.