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How Our Community Practice Took On COVID ― and Beat It

When COVID-19 came to Lazarus Gehring, M.D.’s upstate New York community last year, he and his practice partners and staff saw they had an opportunity to do something historic. Yet they still managed to surprise themselves. Learn more in this FPs on the Front Lines blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20210930fl-gehringcovid.html

10 Secrets to Success in Med School

Watch an exclusive webinar to learn 10 secrets to success in medical school from those who have walked the path you're on now.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

https://www.aafp.org/students-residents/medical-students/begin-your-medical-education/Succeed-in-Medical-School-Webinar.html

Screening Recommended for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea

A final recommendation statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea in all sexually active women 24 years or younger, as well as those who are older and at increased risk for infection.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210929uspstfuspstfgcct.html

AAFP Names 2021–2022 Board of Directors

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AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/releases/aafp-names-2021-2022-board-of-directors.html

AAFP Delegates Choose New Leaders for 2021-22

On Sept. 28, the AAFP Congress of Delegates elected leaders to guide the Academy through the coming year. Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., of Islip, N.Y., was elected the AAFP’s president-elect.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210928codelections.html

New AAFP President: Fight Back Against Misinformation

In a Sept. 28 speech during the Family Medicine Experience, new AAFP President Sterling Ransone, M.D., shared his path to leadership and urged others to be advocates for patients and family medicine.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210928fmx-ransone.html

CMS and Congress Must Reform the MPFS

The 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule again threatens primary care. The Academy is pushing back, writes Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn in the In the Trenches blog.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210928itt-mpfs.html

AAFP Names Top Education, Humanitarian, Public Health and Leadership Advocates

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AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/releases/aafp-names-top-education-humanitarian-public-health-and-leadership-advocates.html

Sterling Ransone, Jr., MD, FAAFP, Assumes Role of President of American Academy of ...

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AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/releases/sterling-ransone-jr-md-faafp-assumes-role-of-president-of-american-academy-of-family-physicians.html

Faculty Resources | Residency Leadership Summit 2022

Learn more about faculty resources for the 2022 Residency Leadership Summit March 25-27 in Kansas City, MO.

Events : Residency Leadership Summit

https://www.aafp.org/events/residency-leadership-summit/presenter-resources.html

Watch Town Hall COVID-19 On Demand Sessions | AAFP

Watch AAFP's Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 sessions anytime, anywhere on demand. Hear the latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic.

CME : All CME Products

https://www.aafp.org/cme/all/covid-19/town-hall-on-demand.html

Academy Lobbies to Center COVID Solutions on Primary Care

In a letter to President Biden, the AAFP called for the Path Out of the Pandemic plan to adopt recommendations that support primary care physicians.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210923popplan.html

Surgeon General Offers High Praise for Family Medicine

During an AAFP livestream for resident members, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., said family medicine is more important now than it ever has been because patients need reliable information from a trusted source. A replay of the event is available.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20210923lv-murthy.html

AAFP Rolls Out Free CME on Boosting Vaccine Confidence

Beginning in October, the Academy will offer a free educational series for clinicians on addressing vaccine hesitancy and improving vaccine confidence; more than 20 CME credits will be available.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210922vaxconfidence.html

AAFP Voices Support for Bill to Boost Collaborative Care

The Academy and 17 other medical and health care groups this month endorsed legislation supporting the collaborative care model.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210921cocm.html

HHS Offers New COVID Relief Funds, Reporting Grace Period

HHS announced on Sept. 10 that a new round of COVID-19 relief funding for physicians and other health care professionals and facilities is on the horizon. The agency is making a total of $25.5 billion available to entities that have suffered financial setbacks due to the pandemic.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210921prfarpfunds.html

Are You a Champion of Family Medicine?

The AAFP Degree of Fellow will mark its 50th anniversary in 2022. We asked four of our new physician bloggers what earning the distinction meant to them.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210921fp-fellow.html

ALSO Mentor Prepares Peers for Obstetrical Emergencies

University of Wisconsin Professor Lee Dresang, M.D., has devoted more than two decades to helping ensure his peers at home and abroad are prepared for Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210920fdf-dresang.html

Can We Create a Space of Moderation in This Pandemic?

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., discusses her and her family’s experiences with COVID-19 while looking for ways that people can discuss the pandemic effectively.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210920fp-coviddiscussion.html

Booster Doses FAQs

mRNA COVID-19 vaccines booster doses are pending authorization by the FDA, and review and recommendation from the CDC’s ACIP. This is in response to data published by CDC showing a decline in vaccine effectiveness in preventing infection over time.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/current-hot-topics/recent-outbreaks/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine/booster-doses-faqs.html

Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education 2021 Winners | AAFP

These residents were selected as the winners of the 2021 AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/awards/student-resident-awards/gme/2021-winners.html

AAFP Calls on CMS to Act to Stabilize Primary Care Practices

The Academy’s detailed comments on CMS’ 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule pressed for policy improvements on a number of fronts.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210916mpfscomments.html

New Influenza Vaccine Recommendations for 2021-2022 Season

The AAFP has approved updated recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on the use of influenza vaccines for the 2021-2022 season.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210916acipflu.html

New AAFP Resources Can Help Streamline Prior Authorizations

A new Family Medicine Practice Hack video offers tips to streamline prior authorization procedures, and a members-only workbook with sample cheat sheets can simplify the process of assembling information needed to submit prior authorizations for different payers.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210916papracthack.html

Join Leading Physician Well-being’s 2022 Cohort

Leading Physician Well-being, a tuition-free program from the AAFP and United Health Foundation that seeks to foster physician leadership skills to promote and maintain stability, boost team morale, and support well-being in the workplace, is seeking applicants for the 2022 program.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20210915lpwcohort2.html

We’re Back on the Hill for a Day of Intense Advocacy

The AAFP, with the Group of Six, lobbied Congress this week to pass several key bills, Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes in the In the Trenches blog.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210915itt-hillvisits.html

AAFP Membership: What's It Worth?

Learn about the value that AAFP membership offers, including access to tools, solutions, and free CME activities.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/member-value.html

Circuitous Route to Med School Provided Invaluable Experiences

An unconventional career path has given University of Washington medical student Danielle Ervin invaluable life experience and perspective.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210913fdf-ervin.html

It’s High Time We Took the Tech Bull by the Horns

Family physicians need to carve out a definitive role in the development of new health technologies so those solutions fit the needs of robust primary care practices, says Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210913fp-healthtech.html

COVID-19 Vaccine News Archive

COVID-19 vaccine information can quickly, but we know you may still want access to previous updates that are still relevant. Below you can find past news and updates to support your patient care efforts.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/current-hot-topics/recent-outbreaks/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine/covid-19-vaccine-news-archive.html

FP Essentials #508 Drug Prescribing | AAFP Restricted content. Login required.

CME monograph focused on family medicine clinical topics. This edition on drug prescribing includes pharmacists; new drugs and drug classes; interactions; polypharmacy and deprescribing.

CME | FP Essentials : Subscriptions

https://www.aafp.org/cme/subscriptions/fp-essentials/editions/508-ed.html

Let's Connect | AAFP FMX

Learn all the ways to network and socialize with your peers at AAFP FMX 2021.

Events : FMX 2022

https://www.aafp.org/events/fmx/about/experience/lets-connect.html

Teresa L. Lovins, MD, FAAFP

Director - Teresa L. Lovins:, MD, FAAFP

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/board/lovins.html

Colposcopy (Position Paper)

Read the AAFP position paper on family physicians' scope of practice regarding a colposcopy test to detect cervical cancer.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/colposcopy-position-paper.html

Osteopathic Workshop to Emphasize Comprehensive Approach

U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center physician Jarrod Harrall, D.O., answers our questions about The Osteopathic Approach: FMX Preconference Workshop.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210909doapproach.html

Surprise Billing Rule Shouldn’t Levy New Burdens, AAFP Says

The AAFP recently expressed support for new patient protections but called on CMS to minimize unnecessary regulatory burdens on primary care practices.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210909billingrule.html

Candidates Sought for AAFP 2021-22 Health Equity Fellowship

The AAFP and Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors are seeking family physicians to apply for the 2021-22 Health Equity Fellowship; applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. CT on Oct. 15.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210909hefellowship.html

Daron W. Gersch, MD, FAAFP

Vice Speaker - Daron W. Gersch, MD, FAAFP

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/board/gersch.html

Amy Hoffman

Student Member - Amy Hoffman

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/board/Hoffman.html

Gail Guerrero-Tucker, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Directo - Gail Guerrero-Tucker, MD, MPH, FAAFP

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/board/guerrero-tucker.html

Samuel E. Mathis, MD, FAAFP

New Physician Member - Samuel Mathis, MD, FAAFP

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/board/mathias.html

Sarah C. Nosal, MD, FAAFP

Director - Sarah C. Nosal, MD, FAAFP

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/board/nosal.html

Karen L. Smith, MD, FAAFP

Director - Karen L. Smith, MD, FAAFP

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/board/smith.html

Amanda Stisher, MD

Resident Member - Amanda Stisher, MD

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/board/Stisher.html

Why We Object to All Intrusions Between Us and Our Patients

AAFP President Ada Stewart, M.D., writes in the A Word From the President blog that the Academy is advocating to protect the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship against new attacks.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/wordfrompresident/entry/20210909wfp-intrusions.html

AAFP Applauds Recommendation Regarding Physicians Spreading COVID-19 Misinformation

AAFP Applauds Recommendation Regarding Physicians Spreading COVID-19 Misinformation

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/aafp--recommendation-covid-misinformation.html

USPSTF Lowers Screening Age for Prediabetes, Type 2 Diabetes

On Aug. 24, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement, final evidence review and evidence summary on screening for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210908uspstfdiabetes.html

ONC Webinar to Outline How Information Blocking Affects You

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will host a Sept. 14 webinar designed to update physicians on the finer points of recently implemented information-blocking regulations.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210908infoblockwebinar.html

A Tale of Two Pandemics and a Call to Action

Alex McDonald, M.D., C.A.Q.S.M., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that while misinformation and disinformation have disrupted progress against the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time for more family physicians to speak up and speak out about the issue.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210902fp-ourshot.html

AAFP Updates Colorectal Cancer Screening Recommendation

The AAFP’s updated recommendation on colorectal cancer screening differs slightly from that of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, including a finding that there is insufficient evidence to assess the benefits and harms of screening adults ages 45 to 49.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210901crcscreening.html

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