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This FP's Roots Are in Global Health

Laura Chambers-Kersh, M.D., knew she wanted to work with underserved communities as a teenager after volunteering with her family physician mother on the Navajo Nation.

Resident's Initiatives Tackle Health Disparities

Nayeli Spahr, M.D., M.P.H., was an immigrant child whose mother was a nurse. Her experiences shaped her desire to address inequities in health care.

Future FP Is 'Beyond Excited' for Match Day

Kethelyne Beauvais found her calling in family medicine while volunteering at a free clinic as an undergraduate. On March 15, the medical student will learn which residency program she matched to.

FP Focused on Integrating Social, Medical Care Services

Since struggling to address the social determinants of health as a new physician, Laura Gottlieb, M.D., M.P.H., has focused her career on reducing social barriers to health.

Resident Is Already an Agent of Change

Family medicine resident Jamal Lawrence, M.D., is poised to achieve his childhood goal of caring for patients and a community.

FP Set on Charting Her Own Course in Family Medicine

When Bich-May Nguyen, M.D., M.P.H., found herself wanting more from her career, she figured out a way to pursue all her interests.

Especially in the Army, FPs Are Called to Lead

When Brig. Gen. Telita Crosland, M.D., M.P.H., assumed command of Regional Health Command-Atlantic last year, it gave her responsibility for 24,000 people, a budget of $1.6 billion and about 600,000 patients.

After More Than 30 Years, Education Is Still His Passion

Robin Winter, M.D., M.M.M., was recently recognized for his leadership, mentoring and efforts to advance the specialty during a span of more than 30 years as a family medicine residency program director.

Caring for Herself Lets Her Better Care for Others

When the demands of being a physician took their toll on her health, Shani Muhammad, M.D., took steps to improve her own fitness and alter the way she practices medicine.

Creating AI Tools That Work for Family Medicine

When Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., decided he'd had enough of his EHR system and burdensome documentation, he quit his practice to do something about it.

FP Mentor Guides Youths to Careers in Health Care

Beulette Hooks, M.D., never met a black physician while she was growing up. Now she's working to ensure young people in her community have mentors in medicine.

FP Aims to Stay on the Cutting Edge of Family Medicine

Edward Bujold, M.D., isn't one to settle for the status quo. Rather, his passion for family medicine and drive to serve patients in his community keep him continually striving to be -- and do -- better.

FP Delivers Best of Family Medicine Throughout Long Career

During his 65-year career as a family physician, Alexander D. "A.D." Brickler II, M.D., has cared for a remarkable number of Tallahassee families and delivered more than 30,000 babies. The recently retired 90-year-old also helped deliver racially integrated health care to his Florida city.

FP Relies on Faith to Help Her Keep Blazing New Trails

As a young girl living in inner-city Detroit, Ophelia Garmon-Brown, M.D., lacked the resources that many of her colleagues had as children. What Garmon-Brown had, however, was an abundance of faith that continues, even today, to guide her work.

FP Reflects on Service on Front Lines of Family Medicine

During a 22-year stint in the Army, including more than a decade serving as a White House physician, Col. Kevin O'Connor, D.O., has found himself continually searching for ways to better serve his patients, whether it's in a classroom, at a hospital or in a war zone.

Going the Extra Mile for Transgender Patients

When Izzy Lowell, M.D., M.B.A., realized how great the need was for transgender care in her region, she created a five-state practice to fill the void.

Command Performance: Caring for Families in the Line of Duty

The way Lt. Col. Kevin Kelly, M.D., M.B.A., sees it, his patients should always have access to the medical care they need -- even if they're in the middle of a war zone or providing relief in a hurricane-ravaged community.

Turns Out, You Can Go Home Again

Rachel Franklin, M.D., walked away from a partnership in a large multispecialty practice to take on a greater role at her alma mater.

Bringing Family Medicine's Past to Bear on Its Future

Aaron George, D.O., was inspired to follow in his uncle's footsteps as his hometown's family physician, but an opportunity to help expand the region's primary care pipeline altered his career path.

Be a Voice for Change in Health Care

National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students speaker Michael Richardson, M.D., has found numerous avenues to be an advocate for patients and family medicine.;National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students speaker Michael Richardson, M.D., ...

Teaching Residents to Share Their Stories

When he was ready for the next step in his career, past AAFP President Reid Blackwelder, M.D., "found the best of all worlds" as a family medicine department chair.

Working to Inspire Fellow Medical Students

Margaret Miller, student chair of the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, will see a year's worth of hard work come to fruition this week in Kansas City, Mo.

From Homeless Teen to Family Doc

Sheryl Recinos, M.D., M.A., can connect with patients experiencing homelessness because she has experienced it herself.

Following a Calling to Bolster Public Health

Rear Adm. Michael Toedt, M.D., chief medical officer for the Indian Health Service, says he felt called to make a difference in public health.

Keeping Family Physicians Up to Date

A knack for combining statistics, clinical advice and humor has made Family Medicine Experience mainstage presenter Frank Domino, M.D., a popular speaker, editor and educator.

Family Medicine Is Ticket to Wide World of Sports Medicine

Amy Leu, D.O., combined two of her passions -- sports and health care -- in a career that has taken her around the globe.

Student Leader Found Intersection of Medicine, Social Justice

Medical student Julia Wang, a daughter of immigrants, is emerging as a champion for health equity and social justice.

Social Justice Brought Resident Leader to Family Medicine

Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., had a job she loved running a pediatric practice, but her desire to do more led her to medical school and family medicine.

Family Medicine Is Key to Abundant Opportunities

Former AAFP President Warren Jones, M.D., has been taking on leadership roles in family medicine for decades. At 71, he's not done yet.

Rural, Urban, OB and More: This Family Doc Does It All

Joe Skariah, D.O., M.P.H., found his dream job practicing full-scope family medicine -- including obstetrics -- in both rural and urban practices and an academic setting.

In NFL and in Clinic, This FP Knows Teamwork Counts

After injuries ended his professional football career, family physician Kip Corrington, M.D., Ph.D., switched his focus from preventing touchdowns to preventing illness.

Building a Foundation of Evidence-based Research

Barbara Yawn, M.D., M.S.P.H, M.Sc., identified a gap in primary care research and sought to fill it. Nearly 30 years and more than 400 peer-reviewed publications later, she's still investigating.

Following Evidence Led FP to His Most Important Role

John Epling, M.D., M.S.Ed., said his role in helping craft recommendations for his peers as a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is some of the most important work of his career.

FP Leads Residents in Care for Homeless Patients

Barbara Yawn, M.D., M.S.P.H, M.Sc., identified a gap in primary care research and sought to fill it. Nearly 30 years and more than 400 peer-reviewed publications later, she's still investigating.

Physician Filmmaker Documents More Than Patient Records

Physician and filmmaker Leo Lopez III, M.D., found himself on a family medicine career path after his own experience as a patient.

Resident's Health Tips Reach Young People on TikTok

Rose Marie Leslie, M.D., wanted to share health tips with young people. Now the family medicine resident's entertaining videos are gaining a big following on the social media service TikTok.

Health Equity Fellow Targets Obesity in Clinic, Community

AAFP Health Equity Fellow Keisha Harvey, M.D., has embarked on a broad campaign to address obesity with efforts in physician offices and throughout the community.

Med Student Leader Helps Peers Find Family Medicine Path

Mentors led Chase Mussard to family medicine. Now the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine student strives to do the same for others.

NCCL Convener Has a Passion for Advocacy

For Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., serving as convener of the 2020 AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders is a chance to advocate for family physicians and their patients, and to help members on their own paths to leadership.

Small-town FP Takes on National, Global Leadership Roles

David Barbe, M.D., M.H.A., has practiced in his rural hometown his entire career, but his leadership path led to national and global roles.

Mentor Blazed a Trail Worth Following

Jeannette South-Paul, M.D., recently retired after serving nearly two decades as the first woman and the first member of a racial/ethnic minority to be named a permanent chair at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. But she says she still has work to do.

Colleagues' Deaths Inspired FP to Bounce Back

Corey Martin, M.D., co-founded the Bounce Back Project to promote health through happiness among clinicians and in the community. Data show the work is making a difference.

FP Delivers Essential, Full-scope Care for Rural Community

Family physician Zita Magloire, M.D., delivered nearly 90 babies in her small community last year and is determined to show medical students and residents that they can incorporate obstetrics in their practices, too.

Embracing Challenge to Forge Family Medicine Workforce

Program director Deborah Clements, M.D., is always on the lookout for prospective residents who have overcome challenges because she knows from experience that navigating hardships can make you a better doctor.

Standout Student Eager for Match Results

Elana Curry has been a medical student leader at Ohio State University. On March 20, she'll be one of the thousands of fourth-year students waiting to find out where they will complete their training.

FP Playing Key Role in States' Pandemic Response

As chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, family physician Marcus Plescia, M.D., M.P.H., plays an important role in states' pandemic response.

Family Physician Researcher, Mentor Takes Reins of USPSTF

Family physician Alex Krist, M.D., M.P.H., has been following the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's recommendations for decades. Now he'll lead their development.

COVID-19 Diagnosis Didn't Stop FP From Helping Patients

Family physician Mary Krebs, M.D., diagnosed herself with COVID-19. Then she cared for more than 150 patients in three days via telemedicine.

FP Turns Self-Advocacy Into Advocacy for Family Medicine

Hearing loss forced Joanna Bisgrove, M.D., to learn how to advocate effectively. The AAFP's National Conference of Constituency Leaders helped her become an advocate for others.

Early Career Start Gives FP More Time to Make a Difference

Ashley Peterson, D.O., started medical school at 19 and launched her own business at 24, and she's just getting started.

Family Physician, Husband Play Key Role in PPE Solution

Family physician Laurie Hommema, M.D., and her husband helped implement a solution to the dire need for N95 masks in her heath system, and it is now being deployed to dozens of other sites.

A Familiar Voice for Family Medicine

His prolific work as a family medicine researcher has given Douglas Kamerow, M.D., M.P.H., global platforms where he can discuss important health issues.

From 'Unnecessary' to Indispensable

Hima Ekanadham, M.D., and her family physician colleagues -- once deemed unnecessary by their institution -- are playing vital roles at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staying Connected With Patients Despite Barriers

When COVID-19 shut down her health system's patient classes, Darlene Lawrence, M.D., found a way to keep the group wellness course going.

Setting an Example for Native Youth

Clint Brayfield, M.D., beat the odds to become a Native American physician. Now he hopes to inspire others to follow his path.

Veteran FP Expanding His State's Physician Pipeline

Under the direction of John Mitchell, M.D., the number of family medicine residency positions in Mississippi has more than doubled in eight years, and more new programs are in development.

At the End of a Long Road, the Mother of All Match Days

Cynthia Kudji Sylvester, M.D., M.H.A., M.S.L., M.S.N., never gave up on her dream of becoming a physician. This spring, she shared Match Day with her daughter, Jasmine Kudji, M.D., who matched in the same health system.

Mentor Found Niche in Place She Didn't Expect

Family physician and residency program director Kristina Diaz, M.D., is playing a vital role in her hometown's battle with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Called to Heal: FP Ministers to Both Patients and Society

Family physician and pastor Joedrecka Brown Speights, M.D., has a unique perspective on the many aspects of patients' well-being, including their spiritual health.

National Conference Panelist's Message: Speak Out and Lead

Tamieka Howell, M.D., wants other women and minorities to see that they can do what she's done: fill leadership roles at state and national levels.

Family Medicine Is Key to Her Career in Global Health

When Erin Ferenchick, M.D., realized she needed more skills to make a difference in global health, she went back to school to become a family physician.

Teenage Injuries Put FP on Sports Medicine Career Path

His own athletic injuries sparked an interest in a health care career. Now Deepak Patel, M.D., is caring for athletes and sharing his expertise with medical students, residents and his peers.

Beyond Charity: FP Empowers Communities, Sparks Change

From caring for people experiencing homelessness to feeding the hungry, Evelyn Figueroa, M.D., is helping Chicagoans beyond her clinic and hospital.

Resident Determined to Make Difference on the Border

Working as a teacher in south Texas gave family medicine resident D. Tyler King, D.O., a passion for caring for patients in underserved communities.

Film Shows How Private Practice Is Coping With COVID-19

When Bryce McNabb wanted to tell a story about how private practices are coping with the pandemic, he didn't have to look far. His father, James McNabb, M.D., is the focal point of "Plague on the Practice."

Making the Most of Opportunities to Teach and Lead

Santina Wheat, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., teaches her family medicine residents that it's possible, and important, to be both a physician and an advocate.

Deaf Family Physician Aims to Improve Communication

Carolyn Stern, M.D., has overcome challenges related to hearing loss. Now she works to reduce such challenges for patients, physicians and interpreters.

Duke Resident Is Eager to Lead

Duke resident Clay Cooper, M.D., M.B.A., is one of this year’s recipients of the AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education. Find out why in this Family Doc Focus.

Resident Award-winner Eager to Be Change Advocate

After Michelle Lough, M.D., M.P.H., realized she needed to learn more about politics and policy to influence public health, she landed an internship working for a future congresswoman.

'Nerdy Girl' Is Star in Family Medicine

Sarah Coles, M.D., was pondering a future in music or science when her mother’s cancer diagnosis put her on a path to family medicine.

Program Director Takes Texas-sized Role in Leadership

Program director Ikemefuna Ike Okwuwa, M.D., says his passion for family medicine fuels his numerous roles in leadership and education.

Resident With Knack for Problem-solving Earns ACGME Award

Former handyman Thomas Greenwood, D.O., knows the value of having a broad skillset. Now he’s solving different types of problems as a family medicine resident.

Med Student Is Helping Black Applicants Find Their Match

Meharry Medical College student Carmen Simmons is connecting Black family medicine applicants with residency programs during the virtual Match.

Teaching Residents to Follow the Evidence

Corey Lyon, D.O., has authored or co-authored nearly 100 published research papers. His goal is to help other family physicians do the same.

Turning Loss Into an Opportunity to Help Others

Following the loss of her child, Jessica Richter, D.O., M.P.H., saw an opportunity to help other families.

Mentor Shares His Passion for Learning

Emmanuel Kenta-Bibi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.M.Ed., M.B.A., came to the United States to continue his training. Three degrees later, he’s a mentor and state leader.

Student Connects Peers, Residency Programs in Virtual Match

Medical student Phoebe Hughes, M.P.H., isn’t focused solely on her own virtual match experience. She’s also connecting thousands of her peers and family medicine residency programs online.

No Shortcuts for Med Student Leader

Garrett Kneese planned to finish a combined bachelor of science and doctor of medicine program in seven years, but valuable detours extended that plan and led to a leadership role addressing social determinants of health.

Researchers Investigate Primary Care Professional Burnout

Researchers surveyed physicians and other primary care professionals in a medical home setting to see how task-sharing is related to physician burnout.

Physician Well-being: Building on a Strong Foundation

AAFP News spoke with AAFP Senior Vice President for Education Clif Knight, M.D., about the Academy's ongoing plans to address family physicians' risk for burnout and promote physician well-being and resilience.

Speaker Plants 'Seeds of Possibility' for True Well-being

During a Residency Program Solutions plenary session, Mark Greenawald, M.D., sought to help colleagues understand how to be well while leading well.

AAFP Rolls Out Well-being Planner to Help Fight Burnout

The AAFP has expanded its Physician Health First initiative to include an online well-being planner as part of an ongoing effort to combat physician burnout.

Study Suggests Link Between FP Scope of Practice, Burnout

New research published in Annals of Family Medicine suggests FPs with a broader scope of practice early in their careers may be less likely to feel burned out.

How Small NYC Primary Care Practices Avoid Burnout Blues

Researchers recently found that health care professionals in small independent primary care practices in New York City reported much lower burnout rates than the national average.

JAMA Research Challenges Perceptions of Physician Burnout

Research recently published in JAMA found no clear consensus on how physician burnout is measured or defined. A second study in the same issue examined the prevalence of burnout among medical residents and how it affected their views of their profession and specialty choice.

Is Physician Burnout on the Decline?

Results of a survey of more than 5,900 U.S. physicians found that for many specialties, including family medicine, burnout incidence has decreased in recent years and satisfaction with work-life balance has increased.

Massachusetts Group Calls Physician Burnout Public Health Crisis

Four health care groups recently published a report that labels physician burnout a full-blown public health crisis and suggests steps that can be taken to reach short-, medium- and long-term solutions.

Practicing in Rural Areas May Reduce Burnout, Study Finds

Results of a small pilot study suggest that family physicians who practice in rural areas have significantly lower burnout rates than their nonrural peers.

AAFP Rolls Out New Well-being Assessment Tool

As part of its ongoing effort to help family physicians increase professional satisfaction and fulfillment, the Academy has added a new assessment resource -- the Physician Well-being Index -- to its Physician Health First portal.

Tackling Patients' Social Needs May Reduce Clinician Burnout

New research has found that when patients' social needs are adequately addressed, primary care clinicians may experience less burnout. Having social needs resources on site or nearby and having specialized staff in the clinic appeared to serve as an effective buffer to clinician burnout.

Residency Innovation Creates Path to Physician Well-being

A primary care residency program in Indiana has developed a winning formula to improve professional and personal well-being among both residents and faculty.

Want to Learn to Lead Change to Achieve Physician Well-being?

The Academy is offering members a free opportunity to learn how to lead change to boost physician well-being in the workplace, thanks to a collaboration between the AAFP and United Health Foundation.

AAFP Steers CMS on Proposed Changes to Medicare Advantage

The AAFP recently gave CMS detailed suggestions on how the agency could improve a proposed rule covering the Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Benefit programs.

Medicare Part D Proposed Rule Triggers AAFP Response

In a letter to CMS, the AAFP raised objections about portions of a proposed rule that would create barriers to certain Medicare Part D drugs.

AAFP to FCC: Improve Rural Telehealth to Support Primary Care

The AAFP has responded to a proposed rule on rural telehealth from the Federal Communications Commission by offering suggestions for supporting physicians and improving patient care.

AAFP Outlines Steps to Reduce Administrative Burden

The AAFP recently laid out concrete solutions to the problem of administrative burden in a letter to two federal agencies.

Time to Register, Reactivate Open Payments Account

Physicians and teaching hospitals can submit data to CMS' Open Payments system until March 31; beginning in April, they can preview data others have entered about them.

AAFP Webinar Maps State Primary Care Spending Success

A webinar on Feb. 21 will highlight state-level increases in primary care spending and offer tools to help spur similar success in more states.

Federal Budget Deal Brings Wins for Family Medicine

The Bipartisan Budget Act brings needed support for many AAFP priorities that will help family physicians and the nearly 200 million patients they care for.

2017 Hurricanes, Wildfires Impact ACOs' Ability to Succeed

The AAFP has asked for changes to a CMS interim final rule regarding 2017 disasters and accountable care organization policies.

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