President’s Message

August 2022

Greetings!  I hope the sunny days and summer months have provided you with some space and place for relaxation, recharge, and restoration. It is hard to believe that the mid-year mark of my presidency year is here already.  I am excited by all the academy has accomplished over the past several months and by the work to be done in the coming months. 

Our academy and workgroups continue to move our strategic plan forward.  Below are activity highlights and ways for you to engage with the MDAFP:

  • Grow and Maintain a Family Medicine Workforce – Pathways to FM Workgroup is working to identify and promote strategies and opportunities to engage early interest in Family Medicine.  This workgroup will engage with diverse groups of students and trainees interested in family medicine.
  • Increase member engagement by creating more opportunities for member participation and involvement – These efforts will be supported through the new MDAFP member app and soon to be launched website.  The app and website will provide members with opportunities for peer support through multiple platforms to interact based on common interests and chapter activities. 
  • Promote and Advocate for Family Medicine Payment Reform – Governmental Advocacy Committee continues its efforts to promote Maryland as an attractive place for family physicians.  The past legislative session resulted in increased funding for the Maryland Loan Assistance Program and expanded eligibility to part-time physicians.  Future advocacy efforts will include a physician tax credit and other incentives for relocating to Maryland.
  • MDAFP’s 75th Anniversary – 2023 Annual Meeting & Winter Refresher MDAFP will celebrate the 75th year of the MDAFP serving physicians, patients and communities of Maryland.  Let us know if you have a MDAFP memory you want to share to celebrate this milestone. 

The MDAFP also serves as an information source for you.  Our recent overview of the impact of the SCOTUS decision on abortion protections on care in Maryland as well as reproductive health related resources . Let us know if there are other ways the MDAFP can support you in the work that you do.  We invite you to explore ways to engage with your academy, whether it is connecting with a colleague via the MDAFP app, learning more about advocacy efforts in the state, or joining one of our workgroups.   Wishing you a peaceful month!

The mission of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians is to support and promote Maryland Family Physicians in order to improve the health of our State’s patients, families and communities.


Shana Ntiri, MD, MPH, FAAFP

MDAFP President

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