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Am Fam Physician. 2021;103(12):716-718

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American Family Physician (AFP) continues its annual tradition of updating our readers on changes in the journal, welcoming new members to our editing team, highlighting the top 20 articles from the prior year, sharing print circulation and website statistics, and thanking our peer reviewers.13

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

AFP is very pleased to have the insights of Dr. Renée Crichlow, chief medical officer of Codman Square and incoming vice chair of health equity for Boston University's Department of Family Medicine, in her role as our medical editor for diversity, equity, and inclusion (https://afpjournal.blogspot.com/2021/01/introducing-dr-renee-crichlow-afps.html). Dr. Crichlow and I have been working together with a team—medical editors, Drs. Chris Bunt, John Delzell, and Kenny Lin; professional editor, Amber Randel; and student representative, Dr. Priscilla Auguste—to reevaluate our curriculum and processes to better address racism and health inequities.

Last year, AFP's entire editing team endorsed an action plan that can be found on our website at https://www.aafp.org/journals/afp/content/diversity.html. We recognize that there are many passionate and often disparate views on racism and health equity. Our intent is to provide education and promote an effective dialogue. As family physicians, it is critical to evaluate the evidence around health equity and encourage more research so that we can provide meaningful paths to better care for all of our patients.

The mission of AFP remains unchanged: to be the leading source of high-quality, evidence-based clinical information for family physicians. However, a newly added core goal is to advance health equity and to highlight and support scholarship and continuing medical education about social determinants of health, health disparities, antiracism, and social justice (https://www.aafp.org/journals/afp/about.html). Not only are we increasing content on these topics, we are exploring ways to mentor underrepresented minorities in medical editing, reviewing, and writing and to collaborate with members of minority physician organizations and medical journals. We see these new efforts as necessary to achieve our core mission of integrating health equity into our content and processes.

Jay Siwek Medical Editing Fellow

The AFP team welcomes Dr. Jorge Finke as the 2021–2022 Jay Siwek Medical Editing Fellow. Dr. Finke completed medical school and residency at the University of Massachusetts and is a family physician at Bowdoin Street Health Center in Dorchester, Mass. You can read more about his background and interests in the AFP Community Blog at https://afpjournal.blogspot.com/2021/05/introducing-2021-2022-afp-jay-siwek.html.

In addition to fellows, AFP also has resident and student representatives who help with various projects throughout the year. They typically serve annual terms that begin in January and end in December, with the selection process for new representatives starting again in the summer. We are lucky to have the enthusiasm of Dr. Kento Sonoda of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program and recent medical school graduates, Dr. Priscilla Auguste of Ross University School of Medicine and Dr. Phoebe Hughes of Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. To learn more about these positions, go to https://www.aafp.org/afp/residentrep and https://www.aafp.org/afp/studentrep.

AFP's Top 20 Articles of 2020

Don't miss the top 20 AFP articles that were most viewed by readers online last year (https://www.aafp.org/journals/afp/content/top-articles.html). Not surprisingly, the most viewed article was “Outpatient Management of COVID-19: Rapid Evidence Review,” which was published in the October 15, 2020, issue and updated online in March 2021.4 This is the first time that AFP has published an article with a plan for updating it as new evidence emerges. Other popular article topics from last year include combination therapy for hypertension, acute chest pain, dyspepsia, neck pain, tickborne diseases, fever in infants and children, headaches, gout, point-of-care ultrasonography, and several others reflecting the broad scope of primary care. Our goal is to highlight all of these topics in AFP Clinical Answers (http://www.aafp.org/afp/answers).

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