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Important Message from MDAFP President & Executive Director (January 8, 2021)

Our Dear Members and Allies, 

As we draw to the end of this week, entirely aware of the indelible mark it has made in the history of our country and on the precious lives that reside therein, we reach out to you with words of support and comfort, for we have survived an attempted insurrection of our democracy during a time at our lowest collective physical, emotional, and mental health. Most of us are coming out of shock, having a mixture of emotions that are hard to reconcile and name. 

To our MDAFP members who live or work in and around D.C, the images most of us witnessed through our screens may be especially vivid to you, your secure and healing spaces tainted with the stench of violence and fear. We extend care and solidarity to you. 

In ten days our nation celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday, to both honor the remarkable man and the promise of peace that comes with open discourse, humility, honestly, accountability, and reconciliation. May it be so in our time and for our future generations. 

The leadership and staff of the MDAFP stand for respect and dignity to all persons and believe that the collective and powerful impact of Family Physicians can change our society for good. Thank you for continuing to join us in this good work. 

In utmost sincerity, 

Mozella Williams, MD MBA FAAFP   Becky Wimmer

President                                                Executive Director 


A Message from our Executive Director

January 6, 2021 – As we start a new year, many of us take time to reflect and take stock of where we found ourselves in the prior year. Based on that, some of us create resolutions and goals for ourselves with the anticipation of making this a better year. Needless to say, 2020 was a year to remember, filled with challenges that have tested our resolve and problem-solving abilities. We found ourselves having to face so many challenges we did not foresee.

As the leaders of MDAFP worked hard to continue to strategically navigate rapidly changing conditions that impacted our ability to meet your expectations and needs as members of this organization, it’s been clear that the resilience of our association’s community has been on full display.

Many of you have continued to be engaged in our chapter’s activities including grassroots efforts to address state advocacy issues, pay equity, addressing the health disparities that exist in our local communities and also social justice issues. Our chapter, alongside many of you who have volunteered to help, have also aimed to help our membership achieve and maintain wellness for yourselves and focus on finding balance. And then, there are those of you who support, despite all of this, to our academy’s Foundation so we can encourage more medical students to select family medicine as their specialty. You all have a lot to be proud of. I’m always in awe of how you all do so much – for your patients, your communities, your profession and all while having time for your own families to care for and love. I always enjoy learning about your personal interests and hearing what brings you joy at home and in your practice. Your passions come through in all you do. All of this has been a constant reminder to me that Family Physicians are truly a special group of people!
 
In turn, MDAFP staff have adapted during this crisis to provide you, our members, value. We provide timely, relevant communications to be a resource for you and have added COVID-19 resources and wellbeing to our regular messaging. We’ve engaged with more of you in academy activities this past year and plan to continue this trend in the new year. In addition, we’re working on providing you with an engaging and valuable virtual Annual Meeting and Winter Refresher, February 26-28. We hope to see many of you participate and connect with each other in this new format for 2021 – we’re confident you’ll be glad you did!

Some of you have been on the front lines of this pandemic and all of you have continued to care for your patients and found different ways to take care of all your patients through telehealth. You’ve persevered through the difficulties in an admirable way. Even without an adequate financial safety net from state and federal relief programs created to assist businesses, your practices and individuals impacted by COVID-19, you have continued your work to keep your communities healthy. While MDAFP and AAFP work on this, it’s important that we take this time to celebrate and be proud of our community of family physicians. Ultimately, our fortitude and collective purpose – firmly rooted in our need for connection, for answers, for personal growth – and your involvement to advance and advocate for the specialty of family medicine – will see us through this pandemic and beyond.

The Maryland Academy of Family Physicians is very proud of each and every one of you. We know you have saved thousands of lives, helped countless families and have sacrificed your time with your own families. What you do is invaluable and much appreciated. Thank you!!!

As we begin a new year, I also want to personally thank you for making MDAFP your professional home, and I wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe 2021 filled with professional and personal growth, opportunities and promise.

Many thanks,

Becky Wimmer, MDAFP Executive Director


ABFM INFORMATION RELATED TO COVID-19 AND CERTIFICATION ACTIVITIES

December 1, 2020 – The American Board of Family Medicine thanks all family physicians for their exceptional commitment to caring for their patients and their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that these are truly unprecedented times and want to do everything we can to allow you to focus on what is most important: your patients and your families. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve rapidly and the need for family physicians to care for patients during the outbreak increases, ABFM will continue to communicate with you regularly to make you aware of adjustments we are making with respect to certification activity requirements to accommodate these extraordinary times.

Our commitment is that no family physician will lose their ABFM certification because of the extraordinary patient care pressures associated with this pandemic. Additionally, if you are unable to participate in certification activities or Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment (FMCLA) in 2020 because of the demands of this pandemic, it will not jeopardize your certificate or your ability to continue your certification. We do not want ABFM requirements to play any role in the decisions you need to make to provide the best personal and public health response to this pandemic. Residents need not be worried about future consequences for their board certification in this regard. We will work with you.

We are working out many operational details. We will communicate these with you in coming weeks. It will take up to a month to reflect these changes in your Physician Portfolio. We also commit to ongoing review of what is happening as the pandemic evolves and will adjust as necessary going forward. READ MORE



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Congratulations to University of Maryland Family Medicine Resident, Latéy Bradford, MD PhD!

May 18, 2020:  Laura Latéy Bradford, MD PhD was granted a $16,500 Family Medicine Cares Resident Service Award for her service project, “Queens Court: A postpartum education and support group designed to empower and facilitate wellness in women of color.”

The $16,500 award includes the following elements:

  • A $10,000 award for her to use for the service project;
  • A $5,000 award for the University of Family Medicine Clinic, where the service project will be implemented;
  • A travel award of up to $1000 to attend the 2021 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students and present the results of her project; and
  • A $500 stipend to her Family Medicine Residency to celebrate and  be recognized as the winner of the 2020 Family Medicine Cares Resident Service Award.

The MDAFP is very proud, and wishes her the best of luck!



Practice Transitions Due to COVID-19 = ABFM Credit & CME!

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) has created a COVID-19 Self-Directed Clinical Pilot that allows Diplomates to direct a custom rapid cycle quality improvement effort, regardless of whether they provide continuing care. This activity provides a mechanism for meeting the Performance Improvement (PI) requirement by describing the unprecedented and rapid changes that you had to make in the ways that you deliver care, regardless of practice type or scope. This PI can address many different dimensions of care—not just clinical quality measures but process effectiveness and efficiency, patient satisfaction, safety, and the other characteristics that the practice has identified.

To help walk you through this application process, the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP), with help from Ryan Kauffman, MD, FAAFP, AAFP Alternate Delegate and Quality Improvement Champion, made an instructional video. Watch Dr. Kauffman take you step-by-step through the online application!

Bonus! The ABFM just announced that this activity, as well as the general Self-Directed Clinical activity, have each been approved for 20 continuing medical education (CME) credits!  The CME credit for the COVID-19 Self-Directed Clinical Pilot is retroactive to start on April 4, 2020, and the Self-Directed Clinical is retroactive to start on January 1, 2020.

If you have any questions regarding your PI activity requirement for ABFM Family Medicine Certification, please contact Ann Williamson at the ABFM. If you have questions about the video or would like to speak with an OAFP staff member, please contact Kaitlin McGuffie.


The COVID-19 Pandemic Digest

By Michelle Prentice, MD MSc – All Saints Family Medicine Residency PGY3

Dear Colleagues,          

 

 

 

From atop the pandemic’s first peak, we can reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the pandemic response thus far. As attention and debate inevitably shift toward the loosening of social restrictions, “[w]e must remain vigilant and disciplined” in our population health approach, for our patients, our families, and for each other’s families.In preparation, this issue will discuss important elements for vigilance and discipline, including:

  • Global concern regarding under-reporting of COVID-19
  • Removal of U.S. funding from the World Health Organization
  • Testing capabilities and “immunity passports”
  • The Covidnearyou.org tracker
  • Racial disparities in COVID-19 cases
  • Cautionary tales of re-socialization from across the globe
  • President Trump’s 3-Phase plan for re-opening the economy
  • PPE challenges
  • The AAFP Foundation Relief Fund and other funding opportunities

Here are the results from our first, second and third surveys. We are using these results to further advocacy and educational efforts. We appreciate your participation and hope you find the results informative.

We thank you for helping provide stronger medicine for America.
 
Michelle Prentice, MD MSc
All Saints Family Medicine Residency PGY3

Michelle Prentice, MD MSc

All Saints Family Medicine Residency PGY3


Dr. Prentice is a 3rd year resident with the Medical College of Wisconsin – All Saints Family Medicine residency, training in their Urgent Care track.  She is also a member of the American College of Preventive Medicine, with clinical and academic training from public health and preventive medicine programs, such as the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response analyzing frontline health care facilities preparedness for the ebola outbreak, as well as investigational work the Public Health Ontario in Toronto on an active Hepatitis A outbreak. She has also worked closely with the University of Ottawa Public Health and Preventive Medicine residency on their didactic curriculum, and has been a population health researcher for Ontario’s Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. 

Are you looking to stay up to date on research into patient-centered, high-quality research? Then be sure to check out this newly released supplement to the Annals of Family Medicine. The Annals of Family Medicine is a peer-reviewed research journal to meet the needs of scientists, practitioners, policymakers, and the patients and communities they serve.
 
The current Annals of Family Medicine supplement issue features editorials on facilitating practice transformation, and original research on a variety of topics including “A Longitudinal Study of Trends in Burnout During Primary Care Transformation”. Be sure to click the read more link for access to over a dozen research articles, editorials, and briefs in the August supplement.  Read More


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.

[headshot of Aaron George, D.O.]

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.”

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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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