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FPs Talk Payment, Administrative Burden in Town Hall

Family physicians talked with AAFP officers about a number of hot-button issues during a Town Hall meeting before the 2019 Congress of Delegates officially convened in Philadelphia.

Panel: Buprenorphine 'Can Give Patients Their Lives Back'

During a Family Medicine Experience main-stage presentation on opioids, an HHS representative said family physicians can help curb the crisis by prescribing buprenorphine. A panel of family physicians agreed.

AAFP Delegates Choose New Leaders for 2019-20

On Sept. 25, the AAFP Congress of Delegates elected leaders to guide the Academy through the coming year. Ada Stewart, M.D., of Columbia, S.C., was named the AAFP's president-elect.

Delegates Find Common Ground on Interstate Licensure, Data

Support for the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, quicker discharge summaries and more complete claims databases were among resolution topics that won support from the Reference Committee on Advocacy during this year's Congress of Delegates.

New AAFP President Thrives on Serving Patients, Community

AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., sat down with AAFP News to tell family physicians about himself and discuss issues he'll tackle in the coming year, including spurring development of EHR systems that suit the way family physicians work.

FPOY Honored for Lifelong Commitment to Serving Others

Eduardo Gonzalez, M.D., of Lakeland, Fla., has been named the AAFP's 2020 Family Physician of the Year. The award recognizes a family physician who stands out among his or her colleagues for providing compassionate and comprehensive care, enhancing the quality of the community, and ...

Michael Eisner: Find Your 'Why' and Embrace It

Former Walt Disney Co. CEO Michael Eisner spoke about the importance of finding meaning in your work and making the most of opportunities during a mainstage speech at the Family Medicine Experience.

New AAFP President Pledges Relief for Practice Challenges

Newly installed AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., of Dayton, Ohio, introduced himself to members Sept. 25 in his first major address during the 2019 Family Medicine Experience in Philadelphia.

Views From the 2019 Congress of Delegates and Family Medicine Experience

This page features photos, videos and other content highlighting various events at the 2019 Congress of Delegates and Family Medicine Experience in Philadelphia.

Delegates Act on Obesity Bias, Other Public Health Issues

Delegates to the 2019 Congress of Delegates addressed issues that included stigma and bias associated with obesity in the practice setting and elsewhere, family separation, and reproductive health.

AI Moving Health Care to 'Cusp of a Major Revolution'

During a mainstage event at the 2019 Family Medicine Experience, innovators in health IT discussed how artificial intelligence is poised to radically change health care delivery.

Domino: Beer is OK (If You Exercise), But Avoid Kale

Frank Domino, M.D., delivered his popular "Top 10 Updates in Evidence-based Medicine" Sept. 27 during the Family Medicine Experience in Philadelphia. As usual, his presentation drew a huge crowd.

Family Physicians Aim to Grow AAFP, Embrace Inclusiveness

Family physicians attending the 2019 Congress of Delegates in Philadelphia debated resolutions addressing family-friendly meetings, gender pronouns on badges and more.

Academy Officers Cover Key Issues at Town Hall

AAFP officers provided updates and answered members’ questions about issues including the COVID-19 pandemic, payment, telemedicine and health equity during a virtual Town Hall prior to the Congress of Delegates.

Certification, CME, Residency Issues Top Delegates' Agenda

Delegates to the 2019 Congress of Delegates addressed a number of education-related issues, including the pros and cons of the American Board of Family Medicine's Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment.

AAFP Delegates Choose New Leaders for 2020-21

On Oct. 13, the AAFP Congress of Delegates elected leaders to guide the Academy through the coming year. Sterling Ransone, M.D., of Deltaville, Va., was elected the AAFP's president-elect.

New Academy President Says No to Status Quo

New AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., told virtual FMX attendees that it was time for family medicine to take its rightful place as the foundation of a high-quality health care system.

FPs Act on Health Coverage, Buprenorphine Prescribing, More

Employer-based health care coverage, the buprenorphine X waiver and COVID-19 were among the advocacy topics taken up at the 2020 Congress of Delegates.

Delegates Reject Changes to Congress Procedures

Delegates to the AAFP Congress of Delegates rejected a resolution that would have limited the number and scope of resolutions brought before the Congress.

Delegates Have Their Say on Practice Enhancement Issues

Delegates voted on a number of issues submitted to the Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement during the 2020 Congress of Delegates ― the AAFP’s first-ever virtual COD.

Domino Returns With Top 10 Updates for FPs

Frank Domino, M.D., wowed attendees with his annual 'Top 10 Updates in Evidence-based Medicine' discussion at this year’s virtual Family Medicine Experience.

Delegates Tackle Array of Public Health Issues

The AAFP Congress of Delegates acted on a dozen resolutions on topics including adverse childhood experiences and race-based medicine that were discussed by the Reference Committee on Health of the Public and Science.

AAFP Honors All FPs as Family Physician of the Year

After valiantly facing the trials of COVID-19 for months, every AAFP member is being honored with the Family Physician of the Year award.

New AAFP President Heeded Call to Serve

New AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., talks about her path to medicine and leadership as well as the challenges facing family medicine in this QandA.

Keynoter Outlines Dos and Don’ts of Debunking False Science

Main-stage speaker Timothy Caulfield, Ph.D., schooled 2020 Family Medicine Experience virtual attendees on the finer points of recognizing and responding to misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic and a host of other scientific topics.

Health Equity Grabs Spotlight at Family Medicine Experience

Mobilizing for health equity was the focus of an hour-long presentation delivered by Uché Blackstock, M.D., at this year’s virtual Family Medicine Experience.

Political Panel: Post-election Health Care Forecast

A political panel on navigating the health care landscape at the 2020 virtual Family Medicine Experience offered insights from two veteran political operatives.

Updated E/M Documentation Rules Good for Preceptors

CMS has changed evaluation and management documentation guidelines to expand medical students' ability to document -- with physician verification -- in the medical record.

Osteopathic Match Again Shows Family Medicine on Top

Results from the 2018 American Osteopathic Association Match Day show osteopathic medical school seniors and newly minted D.O. physicians who participated in the AOA Match favor family medicine.

Initial Certification Window Closing for Some FPs

Physicians who became eligible to apply for initial certification from the American Board of Family Medicine before 2012 but haven't completed the certification process have until the end of this year to do. After Dec. 31, they will lose their board eligibility.

Family Medicine Reaches New High in 2018 NRMP Match

Results from the 2018 National Resident Matching Program show family medicine residency programs gained ground for the ninth straight year.

AAFP Credit System Reconsiders Functional Medicine Topics

Effective immediately, the AAFP Credit System will begin approving functional medicine topics in accordance with its eligibility requirements and topic-specific guidance from the Commission on Continuing Professional Development.

Share Your Feedback on Continuing Board Certification

AAFP members have until May 11 to complete a survey on the future of continuing board certification. The survey is part of a collaborative effort to bring together multiple stakeholders to re-envision continuing certification.

Residency Leaders Encourage Training in Opioid Prescribing

A session on prescribing opioids appropriately that was presented during the 2018 AAFP Residency Program Solutions conference included tips for educating patients and spotting red flags.

Review Task Force Recommendations on Board Certification

The AAFP Task Force on Board Certification in Family Medicine has issued a report containing recommended next steps to address longstanding member concerns about the continuing board certification process.

Community Colleges Hold Key to Family Medicine Diversity

New research published in Annals of Family Medicine suggests that attending community college increases the odds that U.S. medical school graduates will choose family medicine.

Preparing Primary Care Residents for Geriatric Patients

Researchers at Yale University detail outcomes of a project that explored innovative ways to help primary care residents enhance their ability to care for geriatric patients.

Students, Residents Elect New Leaders

Delegates to the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents and the National Congress of Student Members chose new leaders Aug. 4 to represent them in the coming year.

Birth, Death, Hope and Money: Stories of Family Medicine

A diverse panel of five family physicians offered students and residents their perspectives on family medicine -- stories of triumphant hope and success -- during the 2018 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

NC Panelists Recommend Looking Back to Move Forward

The AAFP's 2018 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students opened Aug. 2 with a main stage event that featured a panel of health equity advocates discussing how to best address social determinants of health, reduce inequalities in health care and successfully ...

Students Focus on Protecting Vulnerable Patients, More Training

During the Aug. 4 business session of the 2018 National Congress of Student Members, delegates adopted multiple resolutions that addressed protecting the health and well-being of all people.

AAFP Hosts Launch of 25 x 2030 Student Choice Collaborative

A new initiative will work to ensure that by 2030, 25 percent of U.S. medical school seniors will select family medicine as their specialty.

Enhance Racial Disparities Training, Say Primary Care Residents

Researchers surveyed primary care residents to determine their awareness of racial disparities in diabetes and how prepared they feel to discuss these disparities with patients.

New Texas Medical School Set to Emphasize Primary Care

Administrators of the University of Houston College of Medicine want to open in 2020 to start training primary care physicians for Texas with free tuition for the inaugural class.

Residents Tackle Tough Issues to Ensure Good Patient Care

Residents attending the AAFP's 2018 National Congress of Family Medicine Residents wrote and discussed more than two dozen resolutions on issues ranging from electronic health records to women's health.

U.S. Resident Physicians Express Frustration, Fulfillment

A 2018 Medscape survey measures how happy U.S. resident physicians are in their jobs and with their lifestyles.

AAFP, Rhode Island Medical Board Pioneer New CME Benefit

Rhode Island's Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline has begun excluding AAFP members from its biennial CME audit for license renewals.

Best Project Winners Named in Emerging Leader Institute

The winning projects from the third class of the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute focused on the mental health of veterans, home births and high-quality care for the LGBTQ+ community.

ABMS Continuing Certification Initiative Issues Draft Report

Last month, the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission convened by the American Board of Medical Specialties and its member boards released a draft report of its findings and recommendations, and is inviting further public comment.

ABFM to Pilot Longitudinal Assessment Alternative to Exam

The American Board of Family Medicine is set to launch a continuing certification pilot in January 2019. Diplomates eligible to participate will have the option of completing a longitudinal assessment alternative to the 10-year certification exam.

Apply Now for STFM Pilots Aimed at Improved Training

Departments of family medicine have until Feb. 22 to apply for pilot projects aimed at improving student training at ambulatory care sites.

AAFP Weighs in With Its 'Vision for the Future

The AAFP responded to a draft report by the American Board of Medical Specialties Vision for the Future Commission with recommendations to make continuing board certification work for family physicians.

New Study: A Taste of Rural Medicine Proves Powerful

Researchers found that urban-based medical students had a more positive opinion of rural medicine after an eight-week rural surgical rotation.

Family Medicine Tops the List in Osteopathic Match

Thirty-four percent of matches made during this year's final American Osteopathic Association Intern/Resident Registration Program Match were to family medicine residency programs.

Workforce Tactic Team Sets Stage to Increase Ranks of FPs

A recent article in Family Medicine sums up the outcomes of three years of work by the Family Medicine for America's Health Workforce Education and Development Tactic Team.

What Factors Hook Medical Students on Family Medicine?

In 2015, the AAFP conducted a national survey of all graduating AAFP student members to learn what influenced their specialty choices.

Research Shines a Light on SDOH Training

A review of primary care residency program curricula has found wide variations in the ways in which these programs teach residents about social determinants of health.

What Drives Medical Students to Choose Family Medicine?

Results of focus group sessions with medical students at allopathic schools across the United States show that the decision to specialize in family medicine is influenced by several factors.

Researchers Calculate Medical School Production of FPs

An article published in the March issue of Family Medicine identifies factors that contribute to allopathic and osteopathic institutions' output of family physicians over time.

New ABFM Testing Format Calls for Novel Learning Tool

The AAFP has launched the Longitudinal Assessment Self-Study Package for family physicians participating in the American Board of Family Medicine's Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment pilot. The new resource combines the learning power of the Board Review Self-Study ...

2019 NRMP Match Marks Decade of Growth for Family Medicine

The 2019 Match numbers mark a decade of year-over-year growth for family medicine, with a total of 3,848 medical students and graduates matching into the specialty -- 313 more than in 2018.

Report: FM Residency Diversity Can Be Fast-tracked

A family physician co-author of a recent study outlined key interventions that helped one residency program quickly increase diversity despite a largely unchanged pipeline.

Residency Curriculum Hits Mark on Social Determinants

Researchers at a St. Louis family medicine residency program assessed outcomes after implementation of a longitudinal experiential curriculum focused on underserved communities.

Policy Brief Makes Case for Funding Teaching Health Centers

Researchers find that family medicine residents who train in teaching health centers often practice in safety-net settings such as federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics, public health clinics, institutional clinics and clinics that are part of the Indian Health Service.

Food is Health Pilot Improves Patients' Diabetes Markers

A residency program has discovered an innovative way to encourage and facilitate good nutrition in patients with diabetes whose households also struggle with food insecurity.

Taking a 'Measure What You Treasure' Approach to Burnout

Speakers at a session held during the AAFP's Residency Program Solutions conference focused on one residency's experience of identifying burnout and building a wellness culture.

Questions About CME Credit? AAFP Has Answers

In this QandA, Steven Furr, M.D., chair of the AAFP's Commission on Continuing Professional Development, tackles frequently asked questions about CME and AAFP credit.

AAFP Delegation Stands Up for Residency Teaching Faculty

AAFP delegates supported physicians-in-training during this year's AMA House of Delegates annual meeting as they sought to ensure that their instructors can devote adequate time to teaching duties.

When It Comes to Hiring Faculty Physicians, Money Talks

Results of a survey of family medicine department chairs provide new insight into the factors associated with successfully filling vacancies for faculty physicians.

Do Residents' Skills Match Medicare Patients' Needs?

New research suggests that family medicine residents' training does not align with the most common procedures that Medicare patients need.

Obesity Education in Family Medicine Clerkships Falls Short

New research on obesity education in family medicine clerkships shows gaps that may leave future family physicians inadequately prepared to treat patients with this condition.

What Do FM Residents Know About Environmental Health?

Results of a survey of Canadian family medicine residents suggest substantial gaps exist in their knowledge about and training on environmental health issues.

Students, Residents Elect New Leaders for the Coming Year

Delegates to the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents and the National Congress of Student Members chose new leaders July 27 in Kansas City, Mo., to represent them in the coming year.

Residents Focus Discussions on Training, Patient Care

During this year's National Congress of Family Medicine Residents, participants adopted measures on various topics, including opioid use disorder treatment and support for residents whose programs close unexpectedly.

AAFP Launches New Audio Journal Products

Two new audio products from the AAFP provide members easy access to select content from the Academy journals FPM and American Family Physician.

AAFP Promotes Health Equity Curricular Toolkit

The AAFP has unveiled its Health Equity Curricular Toolkit, a structured curricular tool intended to facilitate discussions between clinical and public health learners and primary care faculty about social determinants of health and related issues.

Students Focus on Physician Wellness, Additional Training

During the 2019 National Congress of Student Members in Kansas City, Mo., delegates adopted multiple resolutions that addressed protecting physician wellness and requested additional training.

NY Residency Program Teaches Grads to Serve Underserved

A recent research report details survey findings that show most graduates of a New York University residency practice primary care and serve underserved communities.

AAFP Credit System Unveils New Seal

The AAFP Credit System has unveiled a new seal that CME providers can use to show their education has been vetted and approved by the AAFP.

Emerging Leader Institute Names Best Project Winners

The AAFP Foundation has announced the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute award recipients from its 2018 class, including the overall best project award winners.

Become a Family Medicine Discovers RapSDI Scholar

The Family Medicine Discovers Rapid Cycle Scientific Discovery and Innovation initiative is currently accepting applications from FPs interested in conducting innovative, short-term clinical research projects.

AAFP Updates CME Search, Reporter Functions for Members

The Academy has updated the CME Search and CME Reporter tools on, making it easier for members to find the specific CME products and activities they need.

AAFP Adds New Livestream Platform CME Options

The AAFP is offering a new livestreaming CME format for two upcoming musculoskeletal and sports care and two adult medicine courses. Each topic will be offered in two formats: six half-day sessions during a three-day event or one 90-minute session every week for 12 weeks.

Parental Leave in Family Medicine Residencies Varies Widely

Parental leave policies and practices vary considerably among family medicine residency programs across the United States, according to a new study.

Study: What Do Long-term Rural Preceptors Need to Succeed?

In a recent study, Alabama-based researchers sought to understand the kind of support rural preceptors need to teach medical students in an eight-month longitudinal rural curriculum.

Study Highlights Lack of Self-care Among Medical Residents

New research indicates that a concerning number of medical residents do not have a routine place for care, making them less likely to utilize valuable preventive screenings and services.

Study: FM Residencies Need More Telehealth Training

Armed with survey results that show many residencies use telehealth infrequently, researchers say family medicine residents need more training in telehealth services.

CDC Offers Free CME on Tapering, Discontinuing Opioids

The CDC is offering family physicians and other stakeholders an opportunity to learn about opioid reduction strategies and earn free CME in the process.

USMLE Change Benefits Students, Reflects AAFP Guidance

Medical students scored a major win last week when the United States Medical Licensing Examination program announced its intention to change score reporting for the USMLE Step 1 exam from the current three-digit numeric score to pass/fail beginning in 2022.

More U.S. Students Match to Family Medicine in Record Year

In the first entirely unified match for allopathic and osteopathic medical students, the total number of U.S. students and graduates matching into the specialty increased by 103 while the overall family medicine match increased by nearly 500.

New AAFP Policy Protects Medical Learners During Pandemic

The AAFP has issued a new policy intended to support and protect medical learners during the COVID-19 pandemic and similar types of public health crises.

New STFM Podcast Series Shines a Light on COVID-19

The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has launched a new podcast series that examines lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic from an academic medicine perspective.

Guidance Steers 2021 Match Around COVID-19 Obstacles

New recommendations aim to ensure a successful 2021 family medicine residency match process that overcomes hurdles thrown up by the pandemic.

PDW RPS Content Available in On Demand Package

Although the AAFP's PDW and RPS Residency Education Symposium was canceled because of the pandemic, the Academy is making more than 18 hours of recorded content and materials available.

Be Prepared: Program Directors Offer Advice on Virtual Match

Program directors Deborah Clements, M.D., and Kristina Diaz, M.D., offered students advice on navigating the virtual match during a session at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

'Think Big' to Reimagine Family Medicine, Speakers Advise

For their virtual mainstage event at the 2020 National Conference, AAFP CEO/EVP Shawn Martin and Farzad Mostashari, M.D., M.P.H., talked about the future of family medicine.

Students, Residents Elect 2021 Leadership

In their first remote election, delegates to the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents and the National Congress of Student Members chose new leaders to represent them in the coming year.

Best Project Winners Named By Emerging Leader Institute

The AAFP Foundation recently announced the project award winners from the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leadership Institute's fifth class.

FPs Urge Residents, Students to Be Voice for Patients

Veteran family physicians urged attendees at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students not to underestimate their ability to make a difference outside the clinic.

Providing Care to Those Who Can't Get It Anywhere Else

Sarah Nosal, M.D., has devoted her career to giving uninsured patients "the care and respect they deserve" and passing those values on to the medical students she trains.

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