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Striving for Diversity and Equality in Family Medicine

In recognition of Black History Month, the AAFP spotlights its own efforts to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in family medicine.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210210aafpblackhistory.html

National Conference Attendees

...We are glad you’re joining us for AAFP National Conference for Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students! The virtual platform is open. In preparation for the event we encourage you to check out the platform in advance and complete the following activities: Access the...

Events

https://www.aafp.org/events/national-conference1/attendees.html

AAFP Publishes Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Manual

The Academy has published a new practice manual on the treatment of opioid use disorder that brings together many of the Academy’s resources on the topic in one convenient tool.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210209oudmanual.html

Study: Primary Care Is Optimal Vaccine Delivery Channel

Primary care physicians provide the majority of vaccinations in the United States and can lead the push for COVID-19 immunization, says a new study.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210209pcvaccines.html

Resident Has Passion for Health Justice

Whether it’s addressing the need for a mentoring program or filling a gap in curriculum, family medicine resident Robert Rock, M.D., has a knack for solving problems himself.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210208fdf-rock.html

Honoring Black Americans’ Contributions to Medicine

The Academy is celebrating Black History Month by recognizing the accomplishments of Black Americans and spotlighting some of the ways they have advanced the science and art of healing in the United States.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210205bhmtimeline.html

Understanding the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program

If you didn't match, there's still an opportunity to match to a residency program through the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP).

Students and Residents : Medical Students

https://www.aafp.org/students-residents/medical-students/become-a-resident/match/understanding-the-supplemental-offer-and-acceptance-program.html

Targeted Cancer Therapies - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - Targeted cancer therapies involve chemotherapeutic agents that attack, directly or indirectly, a specific genetic biomarker found in a given cancer. Targeted oncology includes monoclonal antibodies, small molecule inhibitors, antibody-drug conjugates, and immunotherapy. For example, the...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0201/p155.html

Telemedicine Management of Musculoskeletal Issues - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - Telemedicine can provide patients with cost-effective, quality care. The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has highlighted the need for alternative methods of delivering health care. Family physicians can benefit from using a standardized approach to evaluate and diagnose ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0201/p147.html

Coding Level 4 Office Visits Using the New E/M Guidelines -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - Determining whether the visit you’ve just finished should be coded as a level 4 could be as simple as asking yourself three questions.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p27.html

Exercise vs. No Exercise for the Occurrence, Severity, and Duration of Acute ... Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - For adults, regular exercise may reduce the overall severity of acute respiratory tract infections and the number of days with symptoms, but there is no evidence that exercise reduces the overall occurrence or duration of these infections.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0201/p144.html

E/M Changes for 2021: The Beginning, Not the End -- FPM

Feb 1, 2021 - The E/M coding revisions aren’t perfect, but they represent a huge step forward in reducing physicians’ documentation burden, audit risk, and complexity of code selection.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p8.html

Brief Cognitive Testing in the Detection and Diagnosis of Clinical Alzheimer-Type ... Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - In adults with suspected cognitive impairment, what is the utility of brief cognitive testing in detecting clinical Alzheimer-type dementia and distinguishing it from mild cognitive impairment or normal cognition?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0201/p183.html

Employment and Contract Considerations for Family Physicians in the Era of COVID-19 -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - Family physicians may encounter unfamiliar employment challenges in the short-term, but long-term job prospects remain promising.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p11.html

Widening Disease Definitions: What Can Physicians Do? - Editorials - American Family ...

Feb 1, 2021 - Disease definitions are often broadened over time to include milder and earlier cases. A strong driver for such definitional changes is the belief that they will benefit patients by preventing more severe disease or future complications.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0201/p138.html

The 2021 Medicare Payment and CPT Coding Update -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - This year’s changes bode well for family physicians, with an expected increase in Medicare allowed charges.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/oa1.html

"Quick, Grab the Naloxone": Overdose Preparedness for Ambulatory Clinics -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - With opioid overdoses rising, practices should consider stocking this safe rescue drug alongside other emergency devices and medications.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p17.html

Virtual Residency Interviews: Questions and Answers

Virtual interviews are likely to remain a normal part of the Match process. Learn about the four major types of virtual interviews, and how to prepare for them.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

https://www.aafp.org/students-residents/medical-students/become-a-resident/applying-to-residency/prepare-for-residency-interviews/virtual-residency-interviews--questions-and-answers.html

Sponsors End USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam

The Federation of State Medical Boards and National Board of Medical Examiners announced Jan. 26 that they were discontinuing the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 2 Clinical Skills exam rather than revamping it.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210129usmlestep2.html

HealthLandscape Introduces Vaccination Deficit Explorer

HealthLandscape’s new Vaccination Deficit Explorer tool can be used by family physicians to develop targeted efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates in their communities.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210128vaccmap.html

Offer Interventions to Help Patients Quit Tobacco Products

On Jan. 19, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published a final recommendation statement, final evidence review and final evidence summary on interventions for tobacco smoking cessation in adults, including individuals who are pregnant.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210128uspstftobacco.html

Students Optimistic About Future of Family Medicine

After a chaotic 2020, we asked four AAFP student leaders what they are excited about regarding the future of family medicine. Here is what they shared.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210127fmfuture.html

Tips From the Virtual Interview Trail

Virtual residency interviews may remain part of the Match process beyond the pandemic. Fourth-year student Cynthia Ciccotelli offers future applicants her insights.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210127lv-virtualinterview.html

AAFP Sees Harms to Team-based Care in VA Interim Final Rule

The AAFP and other medical societies this month urged the Department of Veterans Affairs to rescind an interim final rule that would decrease the standard of care for U.S. veterans.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210127vascope.html

AAFP Fields New Resource on Coding, Documentation Changes

Members are invited to review the latest addition to the AAFP’s collection of information, resources and tools regarding new office visit evaluation and management coding and documentation guidance that took effect on Jan. 1: the 2021 Office Visit E/M Guidelines Module.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210127e-mcodeguidelines.html

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