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  • About FP Essentials

    FP Essentials is a monthly monograph that focuses on new diagnostic methods, treatments, and guidelines specific to family medicine. Each monograph explores a selected topic in-depth, presented in four easy-to-read sections. Editions follow a three-year clinical topic cycle designed to complement the ABFM Board exam format.

    FP Essentials (ISSN 2159-3000 print; ISSN 2161-9344 online) is indexed in MEDLINE and PubMed.


    Leigh Ann BackerEditorial Director
    Andrea HardenSenior Associate Editor
    S. Jane ThomasSenior Associate Editor
    John MoessnerEditorial Assistant
    Dave KlemmArt Coordinator
    Darren SextroDirector of Journal Media
    Marilyn HarveyProject Specialist
    Susi CordillCirculation Manager
    Rebecca HarpSenior Circulation Strategist
    Frances SpitsnogleCirculation Specialist
    Bret A. TaylorProduction Director
    Stacey HerrmannProduction Design Manager
    Bryan ColleySenior Production Designer
    Randy Knittel, Senior Production Designer
    Evan PalmerSenior Digital Production Specialist
    R. Shawn MartinExecutive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer
    Margot Savoy, MD, MPH, FAAFPSenior Vice President of Education, Inclusiveness, and Physician Well-Being

    Medical Editor

    Barry D. Weiss, MD, FAAFP, is a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. He has worked as an editor for much of his career, including serving as editor of STFM’s Family Medicine for 18 years. He has been on the editorial staff of FP Essentials since 2000, serving as medical editor since 2007, and is an associate editor for American Family Physician. Dr. Weiss is the author of more than 195 journal articles and several medical textbooks. He enjoys working with both experienced and novice authors.

    Associate Medical Editors

    Ryan D. Kauffman, MD, FAAFP, CCFP, is part of the Erie Shores Family Health Team in Leamington, Ontario, Canada. He leads various performance improvement initiatives and has worked nationally in board certification support for family physicians. Dr. Kauffman's clinical interests include ambulatory medicine and office-based procedures.

    Karl T. Rew, MD, is an associate professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Urology at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He is a principal faculty member for the University of Michigan family medicine residency program and co-leads the residency academic pathway. Dr. Rew teaches medical students, provides patient care in the Japanese Family Health Program, and has clinical interests in urology and urgent care. 

    Kate Rowland, MD, FAAFP, is the vice chair of education and an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Rush Medical College at Rush University in Chicago. Her clinical interests include women’s health and pediatrics, and her academic interests include undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education. 

    Editorial Board

    Barry D. Weiss, MD, FAAFP, Chair

    S. Lindsey Clarke, MD, FAAFP, is a professor at the Medical University of South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC) and associate program director of the Self Regional Healthcare Family Medicine Residency in Greenwood, South Carolina. He directs medical student rotations and is chair of the continuing medical education committee at the medical center. Dr. Clarke’s main clinical and teaching interests include hypertension and care of medically underserved patients.

    Joel J. Heidelbaugh, MD, FAAFP, FACG, is a clinical professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Urology at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He is the director of medical student education and the clerkship director in the Department of Family Medicine. He serves as the consulting editor for Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice, as an associate editor for Conn’s Current Therapy, and on the editorial board of the American Board of Family Medicine National Journal Club. Dr. Heidelbaugh is the creator, editor, and co-author of Clinical Men’s Health: Evidence in Practice, the first evidence-based textbook on men’s health. He has co-authored guidelines with the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Urological Association.

    Robert C. Langan, MD, FAAFP, is the program director for St. Luke’s Family Medicine Residency Program-Sacred Heart in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Langan also serves as a senior author for the Core Content Review of Family Medicine.

    Brian Z. Rayala, MD, FAAFP, is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine (SOM) in Chapel Hill. He is core faculty at the UNC SOM family medicine residency program and fellowship director of the Career Development Fellowship in Family Medicine Procedures. Dr. Rayala also serves as associate editor for Essential Evidence. His clinical interests include dermatology, primary care surgery, and wound medicine.

    Disclosure: All editors in a position to control content for this activity, FP Essentials, have indicated they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.