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Am Fam Physician. 2005;71(7):1239

After nearly 15 years of publishing clinical information in various forms for a nursing organization, I knew the move to the AAFP and this journal would be a big step, but it's one I took with enthusiasm and confidence. Not only are the Academy and AFP well known to family physicians and others in the health care professions, but AFP is highly respected in the publishing profession as well. And I'm proud to be part of such a highly respected organization and its flagship publication.

Clearly, AFP has had extraordinary leadership for many years. I've been delighted to meet and get to know the professional staff members who are responsible for this publication. In fact, the quality of the staff here was one reason I accepted this position so enthusiastically.

I believe that the first step any publishing manager must take is to learn how and, more important, why things are done the way they are. I have spent the past two months asking a multitude of questions and putting what I have learned into perspective relative to my publishing experience. The staff members and Dr. Jay Siwek have been exceedingly patient and helpful. This truly is a team in every sense of the word.

Now I would like to learn more about you, the readers, and what you want and need in AFP. I need to learn, as the entire staff needs continually to learn more, about issues that are important to you, how you use AFP, what you like about it, and what you would like to see changed. So this is your time to let us know. Please use the form on this page to tell us your suggestions. You can fax or mail it to me; my contact information is at the bottom of the form. You also can send an e-mail to me at with any comments at any time. We value your input and want to hear from you.

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