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What Lies Ahead

Family physicians will never relinquish the future of their discipline to someone else's vision, Shawn Martin writes in his final In the Trenches blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200526itt-whatliesahead.html

How Do We Talk About the Worst-case Scenario?

Against the backdrop of a pandemic, Allison Edwards, M.D., ponders the best way to broach the subject of end-of-life care with a relatively young patient panel in the Fresh Perspectives blog.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200520fp-endoflife.html

Pandemic Shows Intern the Power of Family Medicine

Jordan Hoese, M.D., M.P.H., launches the AAFP's new FPs on the Front Lines blog by writing that her intern year hasn't been what she expected, but it's teaching her the adaptability she'll need as a family physician.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200519fl-intern.html

FPs on the Front Lines: Meeting the Challenge | AAFP News Blog

Blog updates on the issues affecting family physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines.html

Summer Reading (and Listening) List for Sidelined Students

In this Leader Voices Blog post, Margaret Miller, M.D., M.P.H., offers a summer media list for medical students preparing to take the next step in their training during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200514lv-readinglist.html

When My City Cheers, It Lifts Up the Front Lines

It's a simple gesture, but Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that hearing the people of New York City cheer the doctors and others on the front lines has helped her cope with the pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200513fp-clapping.html

The Fight for FPs Will Go On -- From a New Front

As he prepares to transition to the role of AAFP CEO/EVP this summer, Shawn Martin reflects in this In the Trenches blog post on his eight years in the Academy's Washington, D.C., office.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200512itt-fighton.html

For FP Moms, This Mother's Day Is About Impact on Community

Amid a pandemic, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., and Kimberly Becher, M.D., reflect in this Fresh Perspectives blog post on a Mother's Day like no other for physician moms.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200508fp-mothersday.html

Let's Learn From Pandemic so All May 'Live Long and Prosper'

Gary LeRoy, M.D., examines parallels between the current health crisis and the 1918 flu pandemic and writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that we must learn from history this time.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200506lv-covidhistory.html

Holding People Sacred in Time of Loss

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that she is praying for dying patients and crying with her nurses in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200504fp-covidsacred.html

COVID-19: Lessons Learned So Far

In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior VP for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers three key observations on family medicine and the pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200428itt-covidlessons.html

Death of Patient With COVID-19 Was Unlike Any Other

Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that when a patient of his died of COVID-19, the uncertainty and anxiety shrouding her death made it unlike any other he had ever experienced.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200427fp-coviddeath.html

COVID-19 Shows What Is Truly Valuable in Health Care

The financial burden that the COVID-19 pandemic has put on family physicians must be addressed as a threat to the very foundation of the U.S. health care system, Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200423lv-familymedicinevalue.html

The Immeasurable, Cascading Effects of Primary Care

Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that family physicians in outpatient settings are playing a vital role during the pandemic by keeping patients out of hospitals.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200422fp-covidprimarycare.html

When Quarantining at Home Puts Families at Risk

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes in this Fresh Perspectives post that quarantining at home is not a safe option for patients with COVID-19 who live in close quarters, and the approach is putting minority communities at risk.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200420fp-coviddisparities.html

Unease During Pandemic Offers a Lesson in Understanding

Stewart Decker, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that when physicians treat patients with anxiety after the COVID-19 crisis is over, they should remember how they felt during the pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200415fp-covidanxiety.html

Telemedicine: The Good, the Bad, the Pleasantly Surprising

With family physicians transitioning more patient visits to telemedicine during the pandemic, we asked our new physician bloggers to share how they are handling the adjustment in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200414fp-covidtelemedicine.html

Carpe Diem: It's Time to Fix Our Broken Health Care System

AAFP Senior VP for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes in this In the Trenches blog post that the current health crisis presents an opportunity to drastically improve the U.S. health care system.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200414itt-fixsystem.html

We Are All Vulnerable: Our Strength Is in Our Communities

Moazzum Bajwa, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., writes in this Fresh Perspectives post about steps that people can take throughout their communities to protect the most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200406fp-covidvulnerable.html

Resources Help FPs Clear New Hurdles Posed by COVID-19

Dennis Gingrich writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that the COVID-19 pandemic is straining family physicians' ingrained abilities to multitask, but he highlights numerous resources from the AAFP and others that can help.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200407lv-multitaskresources.html

Pandemic Highlights the Need for Full-scope FPs

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, family physician MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., describes a day on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in a safety-net hospital.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200406fp-covidhospital.html

Taking Care of Each Other in This Time of Crisis

Kimberly Becher, M.D., reports in this Fresh Perspectives blog post how she is caring for her rural community amid the COVID-19 pandemic and how that community is supporting her clinic with needed supplies.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200331fp-covidcare.html

Telehealth Deserves Payment; the AAFP Is Helping Secure It

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President Shawn Martin offers an update on the Academy's efforts to help family physicians during the pandemic, including securing payment for telephone-based services.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200331itt-telehealth.html

Private Practice in a Time of Pandemic

In this Leader Voices Blog post, Andrew Carroll, M.D., details how he changed processes and procedures in his practice -- including expanding telehealth -- after COVID-19 spread into his state.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200324lv-pandemic.html

COVID-19: FP Searches for Supplies, Information and Lessons

As COVID-19 spreads across the country, Allison Edwards, M.D., describes the difficulty and frustration of preparing for the pandemic in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200320fp-ppesearch.html

New Physicians Share Match Day Memories, Advice

With the results of the National Resident Matching Program scheduled to be released on March 20, we asked our new physician bloggers to share memories of their own Match Days. Read what they shared in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200318fp-matchmemories.html

COVID-19: The AAFP Is Working to Keep You Informed, Prepared

As COVID-19 spreads, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the resources the Academy is making available and the steps it is taking to help family physicians prepare for the pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200317itt-covidefforts.html

Match QandA: Will You Find What You're Looking For?

Match Day is almost here. In this Leader Voices Blog post, fourth-year medical student Margaret Miller and family medicine resident Kelly Thibert, D.O., M.P.H., share a conversation about their Match experiences.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200317lv-match.html

Tips for Landing Grants to Help Offer Mental Health Care

Grant funding can make a big difference in delivering mental health care. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Kurt Bravata, M.D., shares lessons learned from successes and failures in pursuing funding.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200310fp-grants.html

AAFP Goals Support Award-winning Primary Care From FPs

Gary LeRoy, M.D., outlines in this Leader Voices Blog post the Academy's strategic priorities to support primary care's award-winning formula of first contact, coordination, comprehensiveness and continuity.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200309lv-egot.html

Here's Why LGBTQ Physicians Should Self-Identify

The medical community advocates for a diverse workforce that reflects the diverse communities it serves, but Kyle Leggott, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that the dearth of information regarding LGBTQ physicians makes it difficult to know how well this community is ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200303fp-lgbtqphysicians.html

Women Have Closed Med School Enrollment Gap; Others Remain

For the first time, women make up the majority of students in U.S. medical schools. Ada Stewart, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that although women physicians are making gains in leadership and other roles, they still have work to do to achieve equity in their field.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200228lv-diversity.html

The Lady With Lavender Essential Oils Is the New Dr. Google

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives post that patients will be the casualties of the war on science if doctors don't speak out about misinformation and false claims.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200224fp-media.html

The 30 Year Lie: How Physician Payment Inequities Began

The discrepancies between payment levels and cost values for primary care compared to surgical procedures have been recognized for decades. AAFP Senior VP Shawn Martin examines the missteps that led us to this point in this In the Trenches post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200218itt-paymenthistory.html

Advocacy, Social Determinants Must Be Part of Physician Training

Family medicine resident Kelly Thibert, D.O., M.P.H., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that family physicians should not only be trained to screen patients for the social determinants of health, but should also know how to advocate for their patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200214lv-advocacytraining.html

Patients Aren't Widgets; Care Shouldn't Be Volume-based

Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that treating patients like assembly line products -- and judging physicians by their productivity -- isn't good for anyone.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200205fp-widgets.html

It's Not Only OK to Be Vulnerable, It's Necessary

Medical student Margaret Miller writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that although allowing ourselves to be vulnerable is difficult, it opens doors to learning and opportunities.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200205lv-vulnerability.html

Here's How We're Battling Administrative Burden for You

According to surveys, administrative burden is the top concern of family physicians. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the Academy's work to reduce prior authorization and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200204itt-adminburden.html

FPs Are Best Equipped to Tackle Adverse Childhood Experiences

More than 60% of adults report exposure to at least one adverse childhood event, which may affect their long-term physical and mental health. In this Leader Voices Blog post, Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., outlines steps his state is taking to address the issue.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200129lv-aces.html

Lady Gaga, Primary Care for Mental Health Is Part of the Cure

Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that Lady Gaga's recent unfounded comments about mental health and primary care can be harmful to patients, pointing out why -- and how -- the AAFP supports mental health care in the primary care setting.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200122fp-mentalhealth.html

Burnout by Numbers

Recent surveys and studies paint a bleak landscape regarding physician burnout. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes in this In The Trenches blog post that the continued shortcomings of electronic health records are the prime driver.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200121itt-ehr.html

Beware Virulent Deer and Confounding EHR Notes

We asked our new physician bloggers about the worst EHR notes they have seen. They shared their experiences in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200113fp-ehrnotes.html

Try These Tips to Overcome Flu Vaccine Hesitancy

During what is shaping up to be a severe flu season, Margot Savoy, M.D., M.P.H., offers tips on vaccinating reluctant patients in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200109lv-fluvacc.html

Small Steps Are Key to Making Resolutions Stick

Most New Year's resolutions fail before February. For this Fresh Perspectives blog post, we asked our new physician bloggers how they help patients make lifestyle changes that last.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200107fp-keepresolutions.html

The Economics of Our Health Care System Are Horrifying

Millions of Americans are forgoing health care because of cost while others are accruing staggering debt to pay for care. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Management and Policy Shawn Martin examines a growing crisis in this In the Trenches blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200107itt-economics.html

Get the Most Out of Your AAFP Membership

Academy members receive exclusive products, programs, services and discounts totaling more than $4,000 in savings each year. In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., highlights some perks you might not be aware of.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200101lv-membervalue.html

SNAP Work Requirements Won't Work

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that roughly 10% of her county's population was already receiving assistance from a local food bank before the federal government finalized a rule that will cut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191216fp-snap.html

End-of-life Care Is as Important as All Care Preceding It

In this Leader Voices Blog post, family medicine resident Kelly Thibert, D.O., M.P.H., shares her first experience with helping a terminally ill patient decide how she wanted to live her final days.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191213lv-endoflife.html

Reflections on a Decade of Change

Positive and sometimes negative, the 2010s saw massive shifts in health policy. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks back at the issues he thinks made the biggest impact.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191210itt-lookback.html

In Business -- Including Health Care -- Someone Has To Pay

A group of physicians recently spoke out about their institution's aggressive collections tactics. Allison Edwards, M.D., asks in this Fresh Perspectives post whether anyone will follow their lead in standing up for patients regarding skyrocketing costs in the U.S. health care system.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191209fp-collections.html

Med Student's Rotation Ignites Passion for Rural Care

Medical student Margaret Miller writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that rural clinical experiences have the potential to transform careers.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191209lv-ruralrotation.html

Harness AI to Enable Family Medicine's Health Care Vision

Artificial intelligence is undeniably part of medicine's future. Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that family physicians must be prepared to take advantage of the opportunities AI presents.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191204lv-ai.html

Patients Need to Know the True Cost of 'Free' Screenings

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that free health screenings often come at a high cost and overshadow what patients actually need: prevention.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191203fp-screening.html

How Much Will This Cost, Doc?

Allison Edwards, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that CME can arm physicians with new approaches to treatment, but too often discussions leave out the aspect of cost and value.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191126fp-cost.html

You Earned That Raise; Here's How to Keep It

Subspecialists are fighting a CMS final rule that would boost Medicare primary care payment by 12%. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin asks family physicians to join the Academy in protecting the win.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191126itt-payincrease.html

AAFP Leaders Give Thanks for Paths to Family Medicine

With Thanksgiving approaching, we asked some members of the AAFP Board of Directors why they're glad they chose family medicine. They shared their answers in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191125lv-thankgiving.html

Meth Use: The Most Challenging Chronic Disease I've Met

As her state deals with a new level of methamphetamine abuse, Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that she's confronting a wave of poor health outcomes related to the epidemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191120fp-meth.html

Let People Taste Family Medicine and They'll See Our Value

AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that family medicine has been undervalued too long, a perception that the Academy is taking big steps to change.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191115lv-lobster.html

My Rx Is Simple: Do Less

Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that free time is undervalued in our society and that it's OK to say no to things that might overwhelm our schedules.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191113fp-doless.html

Here's What You Need to Know About Primary Care First

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin summarizes key points of the new Primary Care First program.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191112itt-PCF.html

Share the Art of Medicine by Embracing the Role of Mentor

As the breadth of medical education expands, Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that physicians should make time to teach students the basic skill of building relationships with patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191107lv-precepting.html

Should Appearance Matter in Medicine?

When we asked our new physician bloggers for their opinions on a recent survey regarding physician footwear, the conversation quickly broadened to take in attire, appearance and professionalism. Read more in this Fresh Perspectives post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191106fp-attire.html

Five Books, Five Podcasts for Every Medical Student

Margaret Miller's peers asked her for recommendations on books and podcasts that can benefit medical students. In this Leader Voices Blog post, she picks her top five in both categories.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190101lv-studentmedia.html

Let's Fix Rural Americans' Inadequate Access to Care

It's no surprise that rural communities are suffering from health disparities, Kyle Leggott, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post. Although 20% of Americans live in rural areas, only 12% of primary care physicians practice there.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191030fp-ruraltraining.html

Closing Down Tobacco Road

In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights the Academy's advocacy efforts related to tobacco and nicotine regulation and tells family physicians how to learn more about a new payment model.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191029itt-tobacco.html

Speak Out for Teaching Health Centers Today

Funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program runs out Nov. 21. In this Leader Voices Blog post, John Cullen, M.D., asks AAFP members to join efforts to reauthorize funding and expand the program.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191029lv-thcgme.html

STI Screening Is Critical as Number of Cases Skyrockets

As the number of reported cases of sexually transmitted infections continues to climb, Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., addresses the need to screen for STIs and not shy away from difficult conversations. Read more in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191023lv-stiscreening.html

Don't Take It Personally? With Angry Patients, That's Hard

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., ponders how physicians should react when they are the focus of a disgruntled patient's ire.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191022fp-angrypatient.html

Advocacy in All Arenas: Making the Case for Family Medicine

Each year, the AAFP conducts face-to-face meetings with the nation's largest health insurers. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the goals of those meetings.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191015itt-privatesector.html

Stop and Listen: Why We Need More Time With Patients

Erica Swegler, M.D., writes that in the era of 15-minute office visits, patients aren't being heard -- and the results can be deadly.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191015lv-misseddiagnosis.html

Lifestyle Medicine Is My Prescription for Better Health

Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., is determined to convince his patients that a healthy diet, exercise and adequate rest are better than any medication he can prescribe.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191014fp-lifestylemed.html

It Started With One Question: What Is High-value Care?

Health policy wonk Kyle Leggott, M.D., and direct primary care physician Allison Edwards, M.D., debate the flaws and potential fixes of our health care system in this wide-ranging QandA.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191008fp-highvaluecare.html

Should Physician Leaders Stay Active in Patient Care?

As a new physician in a leadership role, Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., ponders the need for physician leaders to stay active in patient care in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191001fp-leaders.html

Members Set Course for AAFP at Congress of Delegates

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some key new AAFP policies established last week during the Congress of Delegates.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191001itt-cod.html

Hitting the Road to Hear Your Stories, Find Solutions

New AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., says in this Leader Voices Blog post that he is eager to meet fellow Academy members where they are, hear their stories and work together to find solutions to the problems they face.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190925lv-leroylistening.html

How Can I NOT Be Rural Enough?

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that a program designed to recruit doctors to rural areas needs to do more to help address physician shortages.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190924fp-notrural.html

Steering Family Medicine Through Storm Toward Sunlight

In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., recaps his year as president and the work the Academy is doing on issues of importance to family physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190924lv-cullenyear.html

Don't Blame Mental Illness for Mass Shootings

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that taking the wholesale approach of blaming mass shootings on mental illness stigmatizes patients who have mental health issues and deflects attention from real predictors of such incidents.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190918fp-massshootings.html

Our Wins Are Big Steps Toward Better Health Care Landscape

Michael Munger, M.D.; sustainable growth rate formula; SGR; MACRA; Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015; MIPS; Quality Payment Program; QPP; American Board of Family Medicine; ABFM; continuing board certification; America Needs More Family Doctors: 25x2030

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190918lv-mungerterm.html

Invest in FPs and Maybe Insurance Won't Cost as Much as a Car

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin makes the case that the most prudent place to invest any single health care dollar is in family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190917itt-investfm.html

Telemedicine Filling Gap for Rural Community

Tate Hinkle, M.D., explains in this Fresh Perspectives blog post how a telemedicine program allowed his rural community to provide comprehensive care and made it easier to recruit a new subspecialist.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190910fp-telemedicine.html

Our Treatment of Immigrants Should Reflect Our Values

A new final rule would allow the federal government to detain migrant children indefinitely. In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., recounts how the Academy and others are objecting to the change and calling for improved conditions at detention centers to ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190906lv-detentionhealth.html

For New Intern, the Future Is Challenging -- and Bright

In this Leader Voices Blog post, recent medical school graduate Chandler Stisher, M.D., shares the challenges of transitioning from student to intern as well as his excitement for what lies ahead.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190904lv-newintern.html

Social Media Influencers or FPs: Who Do Patients Trust?

Michael Richardson, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that physicians can overcome the spate of false and misleading health reports that consumers find on social media by emphasizing the doctor-patient relationship.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190903fp-socialmedia.html

Not All Clinicians Are Trained Equally

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains why family physicians and nurse practitioners are not interchangeable.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190903itt-differences.html

Moving Practice Has Been Good for Me, Staff, Patients

What's a family doc to do when rents skyrocket in a tight real estate market? Erica Swegler, M.D., writes that she turned her problem into an opportunity to improve her practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190826lv-moving.html

Direct Primary Care: A Snapshot

Direct primary care family physician Allison Edwards, M.D., reflects in this Fresh Perspectives blog post on insights from the AAFP's DPC Data Brief and offers a path for the movement to grow thoughtfully.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190820fp-dpcsnapshot.html

2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: What You Need to Know

The proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule is 1,704 pages long. In a much shorter In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights the key points family physicians should know.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190820itt-2020mpfs.html

Bouncing Back From Burnout in Residency

When family medicine resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., experienced symptoms of burnout, she acted quickly to overcome it. Read more in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190820lv-residburnout.html

Residency Grad Thanks His Best Teachers -- His Patients

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, recent graduate Kyle Leggott, M.D., reflects on one of the most difficult tasks of his residency training: saying goodbye to his patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190812fp-thankpatients.html

We Must Find Common Ground to Reduce Gun Violence

Six of the nation's largest physician organizations -- including the AAFP -- and the American Public Health Association are calling for policies to reduce firearm injuries and deaths. In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., cites a 2017 survey that outlined ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190808lv-gunviolence.html

Helping Patients Lose Weight Is Hard, but Don't Give Up

Human behavior is hard to change. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., ponders the challenge of helping patients achieve -- and sustain -- weight loss.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190806fp-weightloss.html

Celebrating Disruptive Innovators in Primary Care

In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin spotlights four family physician leaders who found innovative ways to improve care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190806itt-disrupters.html

Full Steam Ahead on Academy's Health IT Innovation Project

In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP Board Chair Michael Munger, M.D., offers an update on an Academy initiative that aims to develop health IT tools that are more useful and less burdensome than current products.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190806lv-healthit.html

Where Do You Draw the Line With Patients, Animals?

Amid calls for stricter standards for emotional support animals, we asked our new physician bloggers how they handle letter-writing requests from patients regarding their animals. This Fresh Perspectives blog post includes their answers.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190731fp-pets.html

National Conference Helped Set Our Family Medicine Paths

In this video post from the event, Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., the resident member of the AAFP Board of Directors, and student Board member Chandler Stisher, M.D., discuss how the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students influenced their career paths.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190726lv-nationalconfvideo.html

Patients Facing Homelessness Need More Than Referrals

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., explains why Refer to social work is not the natural conclusion of a physician's role in addressing social determinants of health among patients experiencing homelessness.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190723fp-homeless.html

Academy Takes Aim at Rural Health Challenges

Rural Americans tend to be older, poorer and sicker than their urban counterparts. In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks at the issues the Academy's new rural health initiative aims to address.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190723itt-rural.html

My Teen Patient Opened Up About Her Suicide Attempt

Teen suicide rates are on the rise. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., shares insights from a recent visit with a teenage patient who survived a suicide attempt.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190715fp-teensuicide.html

We Can't Leave Health Care Policies to Chance

In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President-elect Gary LeRoy, M.D., reflects on a recent visit to the New Jersey AFP's annual meeting and the need for quality measures that make sense.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190712lv-boardwalk.html

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