It is wonderful to join you again as another season of 2020 winds down. I hope you were able to take some rest, see loved ones, and (just maybe) squeeze in a little road trip? Maybe you had the same realization as I did as I was veering southbound onto Hwy 340 from Frederick en route to the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains… This is the first time I will be further than 3 hours from my home since… February?! So strange.
Yes, it truly is amazing to stand back and consider the magnitude of change and sacrifice we have made to keep our loved ones safe from COVID-19 infection, our patients cared for, informed, and protected during this scary time, and our staff and colleagues supported and employed. I hope you are staying encouraged and finding support in your lives, as well as through the good work at the MDAFP!
We’ve been busy. Your Board of Directors met in July and had as its Mega Issue discussion the ground swelling, important work of our MDAFP role in working toward dismantling structural racism and helping create a future of health equity in Maryland. I continue to be proud of and uplifted by the care and consideration your Board gives in leading the Academy in these difficult and crucial conversations. Out of these efforts have come a charge and direction for our Racism and Health Equities Task Force in which members will be welcome to join.
Of course, opportunities for involvement do not end there. We have reopened nominations for Board Directors, both for our Academy and the MDAFP Foundation!
Finally, I hope to see (virtually) many of you in the chat boxes and web meetings of the AAFP Congress of Delegates (you can watch live!) and FMX this October. We are very ably represented by Delegates Eugene Newmier, DO FAAFP and Yvette Oquendo-Burruz, MD FAAFP and Alternative Delegates Kisha Davis, MD MPH FAAFP and Marc Wilson, MD. Also, a shout out to all the Residents and Medical Students who attended the virtual National Conference in July and brought their ideas and passion into that forum.
Mozella Williams, MD MBA FAAFP