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Bringing Family Medicine’s Past to Bear on Its Future
By David Mitchell (July 01, 2019)
Dennis Mychak, M.D., was only 51 when he died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, but he made an impact on the small, Pennsylvania coal mining town where he grew up and to which he later returned to practice family medicine.
He also made a lasting impression on Aaron George, D.O., who was just 11 years old when he attended his uncle’s visitation.
“Everyone knew him,” George said. “He was a community icon. Hundreds of people were lined up down the block for the viewing. I thought, ‘This is how you make an impact on people’s lives.’ It was crystal clear to me that family medicine was unparalleled in touching people’s lives.”
After completing his training at the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program in Durham, N.C., in 2015 (which included a global health rotation in Vienna, Austria), George — like his uncle — returned to his small hometown in Pennsylvania to practice family medicine. His clinic was a mile away from his boyhood home, and his patient panel included his high school principal, his priest and old friends.
“I poured my heart into the expectation that I was going to be there for a long time to serve them,” he said. “I thought I would be there for 40 years. There’s something really special about the bond you form with the community you grow up in.”
The 2019 FMAS Experience
By Ariel J. Warden-JarreF, MD, FAAFP
To advocate beyond the comfort of our exams rooms or to chart while silent, that is the question. The FMAS Experience offers a unique opportunity or family physicians from around the country to join in a bipartisan way to advocate for health care initiatives that are important to ALL Americans.
It is invigorating to gather in a room with medical professionals who are all family physicians fighting the same fight to make America strong and healthy.
We all agree that primary care is important to this nation. We all agree that Family Physicians are well trained to meet the health care primary care needs in our nation. However, policy makers do not know the “secrets”we know. The FMAS Experience takes us to the source, and opens a door for us to cross pollinate ideas to continue the discussion with policy makers, who still, on many levels, don’t know what the average Family Physician does on a daily basis.
The FMAS Experience centers in on relationship building that should grow from year to year with policy makers. We become stronger when we are fighting in the right places.
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Nearly 20% of the U.S. population lives in rural areas, where access to healthcare is often limited. This month’s Immunization Insights discusses some of the barriers that rural residents face in getting healthcare and how healthcare providers and clinicians can help bridge the gap.
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FP Comprehensive 2019—get the latest family medicine guidelines
With FP Comprehensive 2019 you’ll learn when and where you want with easy-to-use content compiled from five years of FP Essentials™ monographs. Whether you are reviewing the fundamentals of family medicine or preparing for the ABFM exam, FP Comprehensive can help identify knowledge gaps. FP Comprehensive includes:
- Wide-ranging, relevant topics
- Helpful practice tests
- Customizable exams
- Questions listed by body system category
You can also purchase the additional CME credit option to access up 60 AAFP Prescribed credits.
Stay up to date on the latest practice guidelines in family medicine. Order FP Comprehensive 2019 today.
Official Release of the HPV Vaccination Report
This report highlights HPV vaccination coverage estimates for your jurisdiction from the 2017 National Immunization Survey-Teen in addition to HPV vaccine distribution data for the first two quarters of 2018.
Informational Video on Upcoming ABFM Changes
As was recently announced the ABFM will be launching a pilot program that will assess the value and feasibility of a longitudinal assessment option to the 10-year high-stakes reaccreditation examination. The Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment (FMCLA) will offer 25 questions answered quarterly online in lieu of the one-day exam. On December 10, AAFP Senior Vice President of Education Clif Knight, MD, FAAFP and ABFM Senior Vice President Elizabeth Baxley, MD hosted a live webinar to discuss the longitudinal assessment and answer AAFP member questions. The recorded webinar is available here.
The AAFP has also published additional information on the pilot including a self-check and preparation tools.
Changes coming from the AAFP
Submitted by: Becky Wimmer, MDAFP, Executive Director
In January 2019, the ABFM will be launching a pilot program that will assess the value and feasibility of a longitudinal assessment option to the 10-year high-stakes reaccreditation examination.
It’s a beautiful, Saturday afternoon, and 30 of your peers have gathered in a single-window, hotel conference room to complete an American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA).
While some value this exercise, many feel that this process, as well as others required by the ABFM for board certification, is just another hoop to jump through for busy family physicians that adds little to no value when it pertains to meaningful, life-long learning, and improved patient care. The stress felt through the systematic testing of knowledge and professional mastery, in the name of maintenance of certification, is as burnout inducing to some as prior authorizations, electronic health record (EHR) documentation, and other administrative burdens.
ABFM Updates in October Phoenix Newsletter
The October edition of the ABFM’s Phoenix newsletter include a variety of important updates for ABFM diplomates. Click here to read the full version of the newsletter. Highlights are included below.
- In his president’s message, James Puffer, MD explains the process ABFM undertook to move towards the new longitudinal assessment model. More information on the longitudinal assessment can be found here.
- Outline of new alternatives to receive performance improvement credit for work you already do in practice
- Article on differential item functioning review panel formed to detect bias in the certification exam
- Update on ABFM strategic planning
- Deadlines for upcoming ABFM certification & re-certification deadlines
For questions about the ABFM or their continuous certification process, please contact the ABFM directly via their website, or by calling 877-223-7437.
American Board of Family Medicine Creates Examination Alternative Option for 2019
The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce a pilot program to begin in January 2019 that will assess the value and feasibility of a longitudinal assessment option to the 10-year secure examination.
Health is Primary November Toolkit: Focus on Primary Care
The Health is Primary campaign will focus on Diabetes, highlighting the role of primary care in preventing and managing chronic conditions. Share the facts about the prevalence of chronic conditions in the United States and how primary care-integrated teams can provide better care, and better outcomes at lower costs.
Join us and spread the word. #MakeHealthPrimary
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR STUDENT MEMBER, MAYA SIEGEL!
Congratulations to our Student Member, Maya Siegel, on receiving the 2018 Pisacano Scholarship, given to an outstanding medical student who has made a commitment to enter the specialty of Family Medicine.
AAFP OFFERS CMS FIVE MAJOR CHANGES TO FEE SCHEDULE
On Sept. 5, the AAFP gave CMS the Academy’s official comments regarding the 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule. Our letter(92 page PDF) is comprehensive — 92 pages — but it is summarized in this paragraph on the second page…
MEMBER IN THE NEWS: TOBIE SMITH, MD
Before starting her career in medicine, MDAFP member, Dr. Tobie Smith was a world-class swimmer who raced in long-distance and open-water freestyle events.
FOUR WAYS TO MANAGE STRESS AND PREVENT BURNOUT AS AN EMPLOYED PHYSICIAN
Employed physicians face unique stresses in practice as they often lack autonomy and influence over business decisions. Here are four ways to protect your well-being.
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