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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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