AAFP Association News

Spread the word: Family medicine is the solution

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 22, 2017

The AAFP hopes to reach 1 million people with the message that family physicians help patients not only get healthy, but stay healthy. AAFP Board Chair Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., writes in the latest Leader Voices Blog post that ZDogg, M.D., is lending a hand, and so can you.

AAFP Child and Adolescent Health | Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 19, 2017

Learn from expert faculty presenting relevant clinical information on a number of emerging topics, including autism, obesity, skin rashes, celiac disease and more. Attend the Child and Adolescent Health course in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Aug. 2-5. Earn up to 25 AAFP Prescribed credits in four days or up to 41 credits over five days (includes participation in optional workshops).

Disease outbreak shows what -- and why -- we can learn from mistakes

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 18, 2017

When physicians failed to follow the principles of evidence-based medicine, it exacerbated a pertussis outbreak in Kentucky. In the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post, Gerry Tolbert, M.D., writes that physicians must learn from such mistakes.

Earn CME on your schedule with FP Essentials and FP Audio

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 17, 2017

Subscribe now to FP Essentials and/or FP Audio and save. Developed specifically for family physicians, both monthly subscriptions offer relevant, high-quality, evidence-based education you can apply directly to your practice. For a limited time, new subscribers will save 10 percent off print and digital or 15 percent off digital-only subscriptions. Save now.

Gout management webcast | Watch today

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 16, 2017

Watch the AAFP webcast Gout and Your Patients: Diagnosis, Treatment and Management to better assess and care for your patients who have gout. Earn 1 AAFP Prescribed credit, and up to 2 additional AAFP Prescribed credits when you complete the Translation to Practice (t2p) process. This CME activity is funded by an educational grant to the AAFP from AstraZeneca.

Olympian's tale highlights need to remove stigma of depression

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 15, 2017

One in 20 Americans age 12 or older has depression. In the latest Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP Board Chair Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., talks about the issue and highlights AAFP resources that can help physicians and their patients who struggle with this condition.

I filled my prescription against burnout at the gym

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 12, 2017

Getting in tune with your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being is key to treating burnout. Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., writes in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post that she did all three at her local gym.

AAFP Care of Chronic Conditions | San Diego

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 11, 2017

Learn from expert faculty presenting the latest clinical information on a number of emerging topics, including anticoagulant therapy, back pain, heart failure and asthma. Attend the Care of Chronic Conditions course in San Diego, July 12-15. Earn up to 25 AAFP Prescribed credits (includes optional session participation). Register early to save.

Improve patient outcomes with Prescriber's Letter

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 10, 2017

As part of the AAFP Member Advantage program, receive monthly recommendations from Prescriber's Letter. Subscribe with your 20 percent off member discount.

Free clinics need our help to heal patients, communities

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 09, 2017

In the latest Leader Voices Blog post, Leonard Reeves, M.D., shares a patient story that illustrates the powerful impact free clinics can have for those in dire need of help.

Want to save on FMX registration?

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 08, 2017

Register by June 30 to secure your spot at the lowest price for the 2017 AAFP Family Medicine Experience, the AAFP's largest annual meeting, Sept. 12-16 in San Antonio. Learn more and register.

Taking the middleman out of health care

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 05, 2017

Join family physician colleagues at DPC Summit, June 15-17 in Washington, D.C., to learn more about direct primary care (DPC). Between introductory courses and sessions that target recently converted practices, there's something for you. It's time to take the middleman out of health care. Register and save $100.

I'm invited to a patient's wedding; should I save the date?

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 04, 2017

How would you respond to a patient's invitation to a social event? In the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post, Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., examines the conflict family physicians often face when deciding on the right thing to do.

The HIV test is positive; how do you deliver the news?

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 03, 2017

HIV screening is recommended for everyone from adolescence to age 65. In this guest editorial, family physician and HIV medicine expert Jeffrey T. Kirchner, D.O., offers advice on how to talk with patients about a positive test result.

Pick Your Pace: Avoid Medicare Part B penalties

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 02, 2017

Are you ready for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)? Pick Your Pace now to avoid a negative payment adjustment in 2019. The AAFP can help.

AAFP responds to "13 Reasons Why" with mental health resources

Family Medicine SmartBrief | May 01, 2017

Mental health experts are concerned that the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" glamorizes teen suicide. In the latest Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President John Meigs, M.D., says the AAFP has resources that can help physicians and patients.

Be part of the National Conference equation

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 28, 2017

Don't be the missing variable at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, July 27-29 in Kansas City, Mo. Learn from renowned speakers, meet with residency programs, connect with peers and discover your passion for family medicine. Register today.

Leaning on my community for resilience and recovery

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2017

In the aftermath of two terrible local accidents, resident Stewart Decker, M.D., reflects on the importance of resilience and community in the latest Leader Voices Blog post.

Accountable care organization webcast

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 26, 2017

Are you ready for risk? Determine your risk readiness with this accountable care organization webcast on May 2 from 12-1 p.m. CDT, with presenter Melissa Gerdes, M.D., FAAFP. Purchase today.

Save time and money on your practice costs

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 26, 2017

Through the AAFP Member Advantage program, gain access to HealthFusion/MediTouch -- a cloud-based electronic health record software. Try a free demo.

Speaking same language doesn't guarantee being on same page

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2017

In the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post, Luis Garcia, M.D., writes that differences in dialects mean that even when physicians and patients share a common language, barriers to clear communication may still exist.

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