AAFP Association News


Be there when opportunity knocks

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 24, 2017

Are you interested in conducting research, developing evidence-based clinical guidelines, serving as CME faculty or engaging with the AAFP through other initiatives? Get the most out of your Academy membership. Participate in the AAFP's Interest and Expertise Portfolio, a database built to match the right opportunities with the right people, and tell us how you want to engage with the AAFP. 


Opportunity knocks: Seize your chance to make a difference

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2017

Family physicians make a difference every day in their communities. Former AAFP President Richard Roberts, M.D., J.D., writes in this guest editorial that the AAFP offers members many opportunities to do so on a much larger scale.


Subscribe to UpToDate

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2017

AAFP members receive a free GuestPass to UpToDate. Improve patient care and quality with UpToDate -- an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource. Learn more and register for your pass today.


What's in a name? Annual exam jargon causes confusion

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2017

The terminology related to annual exams can be confusing for both patients and physicians. In the latest Leader Voices Blog post, Lynne Lillie, M.D., breaks down what should be included in the various types of exams and how to get paid for them.


The New Administration, Congress and Family Medicine | Live webinar

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 19, 2017

The incoming administration's ambitions are to drastically rearrange the health care landscape. What does this mean for you, your practice and your patients? Gain a clear understanding of the new legislative landscape and how it will specifically affect family physicians. Attend the AAFP's upcoming webinar, The New Administration, Congress and Family Medicine, on Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. CST. Register now.


Don't throw away your shot to make the world better

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 18, 2017

What can physicians learn from a Broadway musical? Gerry Tolbert, M.D., writes that "Hamilton" provides some important lessons about the power of language and being willing to take a stand.


Is direct primary care right for you? Find out.

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 17, 2017

Attend the Direct Primary Care Workshop in Atlanta on March 11 to get the answers you need. Hear from industry experts, and gain first-hand knowledge of the benefits and challenges involved with a DPC practice. Space is limited. Save $200 when you register by Feb. 10.


Free webinar | Tobacco cessation challenges and resources

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 16, 2017

The AAFP and the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center invite you to register for the free webinar Engaging Health Professionals and Strengthening Smoking Cessation Interventions: Success Stories from Family Physicians, Respiratory Therapists and Psychiatric Nurses, which is scheduled to air on Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. ET. Register now.


No, I'm not 'settling' for family medicine

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 13, 2017

Lauren Abdul-Majeed writes in the latest Leader Voices Blog post that misconceptions about family medicine are "toxic" for medical students and negatively affect an already inadequate primary care workforce.


Help your patients use OTC medications safely

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 12, 2017

Each year, thousands of children younger than 12 end up in emergency rooms as a result of misuse of over-the-counter medications. Help educate your patients about safe, effective use of OTC cold and cough medications. Familydoctor.org has developed patient education handouts available for free download.


Why do women docs get better results (and lower payment)?

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 11, 2017

A recent study found that female physicians achieved better outcomes than men. We asked married practice partners Beth Oller, M.D., and Mike Oller, M.D., for their thoughts on gender and medicine. They share their responses in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post.


AAFP Adult Medicine course | Las Vegas (Henderson, Nev.)

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 10, 2017

Better evaluate, treat and manage adult patients in your practice. Learn best practices and evidence-based information on recent and relevant clinical topics, including cardiovascular risk reduction, hepatitis C, obesity management and more. Attend the AAFP's Adult Medicine course in Las Vegas (Henderson, Nev.), April 5-8. Earn up to 25 AAFP Prescribed credits. Register early to save.


Cancer survivors need FPs, subspecialists to collaborate

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 09, 2017

A disconnect between primary care physicians and oncologists can pose big problems for cancer patients. Health care organizations, including the AAFP, are working on solutions. Family physician Kevin Oeffinger, M.D., director of the Cancer Survivorship Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer, explains in this guest editorial.


Can increased awareness trump cyberbullies?

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 06, 2017

Melania Trump has pledged to combat cyberbullying as the nation's first lady. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post that this important issue demands increased awareness.


AAFP Musculoskeletal and Sports Care course | Las Vegas (Henderson, Nev.)

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 05, 2017

Demonstrate proficiency in examination techniques, counsel patients who participate in organized sports, and more. Learn best practices related to a range of relevant sports topics, including concussion and return-to-play guidelines, exercise for the geriatric patient, and others. Attend the AAFP's Musculoskeletal and Sports Care course in Las Vegas (Henderson, Nev.), April 5-8. Earn up to 25.75 AAFP Prescribed credits. Register early to save.


Direct primary care is a sensible workforce solution

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 04, 2017

In the latest Leader Voices Blog post, John Bender, M.D., M.B.A., writes that contrary to widespread misconceptions, the direct primary care model is an ideal strategy to ensure our nation has a robust family medicine physician workforce in the long run.


Looking for an employer or employee?

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 03, 2017

Family physicians remain in high demand and have a variety of practice settings available to them. If you're a family physician looking for a new job opportunity or a recruiter looking to fill a position, the AAFP has the resources to help guide your search. Learn more.


AAFP member census: A little information, a lot of influence

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Dec 30, 2016

Influence what we do. Complete the short survey on how you practice to define member resources and benefits, help us serve you better, and advance the specialty of family medicine. Take the member census today.


Stock up on AAFP-branded apparel from Lands' End

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Dec 29, 2016

The AAFP has partnered with Lands' End to bring you branded apparel and gear selections that fit your practice and lifestyle needs. Choose from a diverse selection of well-crafted Lands' End merchandise. Personalize apparel and gear with the AAFP logo. Order your customized apparel today.


The AAFP keeps you up-to-date on immunizations

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Dec 28, 2016

The single most important factor in patients' decisions to be immunized is the recommendation of their doctors. To help facilitate communication between family physicians and their patients, the AAFP offers important immunization resources and information.


Staying on top of drug-related issues can be easy

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Dec 27, 2016

The AAFP has partnered with PDR Drug Alerts so you can receive FDA-mandated and product-related patient safety alerts as they are issued. This is an exclusive, specialty-specific service that is free to AAFP members, so sign up today. And with RxEvent, members can easily and effectively report adverse drug events. This free service allows family physicians in the United States to report adverse events on U.S.-distributed drugs. Register today.




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