AAFP Association News

AAFP Musculoskeletal and Sports Care course | Save $100

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Feb 20, 2017

Attend the AAFP's Musculoskeletal and Sports Care course in Las Vegas (Henderson, Nev.), April 5-8. Learn best practices on relevant sports topics, including cardiovascular screening in young athletes, concussion and return-to-play guidelines, osteoarthritis and sports participation, exercise for the geriatric patient, and more. Earn up to 25.75 AAFP Prescribed credits. Save $100 when you register by Feb. 27.

AAFP catalog provides easy access, one-stop shopping

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Feb 17, 2017

When's the last time you visited the AAFP online catalog? The catalog's the place to find CME courses, information on AAFP journal subscriptions and other learning opportunities, practice management tools, patient information and public health materials, resident and student resources, and much more. Start shopping now.

AAFP Adult Medicine course | Save $100

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Feb 16, 2017

Attend the AAFP's Adult Medicine course in Las Vegas (Henderson, Nev.), April 5-8. Learn best practices and evidence-based information on recent and relevant clinical topics, including cardiovascular risk reduction, hepatitis C, obesity management and more. Earn up to 25 AAFP Prescribed credits. Save $100 when you register by Feb. 27.

Evidence-based information is adopted at snail's pace

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Feb 15, 2017

It takes nearly two decades for the US health care system to adopt new evidence-based findings and translate them into practice. In the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post, Kyle Jones, M.D., ponders the problem.

Where does your practice stand in 2017? Find out

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Feb 14, 2017

Watch a free AAFP webcast, The New Administration, Congress and Family Medicine, to quickly and easily get a breakdown of how the incoming administration will affect your career -- your practice and your patients. Gain a full oversight of the 115th Congress, legislators' intentions, and how their potential actions will directly influence the family physician's daily practice. View now.

Attention, students: Six thoughts before submitting your rank order list

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Feb 13, 2017

Rank order lists are due soon for those participating in the National Resident Matching Program. In the latest Leader Voices Blog post, Stewart Decker, M.D., offers a few tips for students still pondering their options.

CPC+ laying groundwork for value-based payment

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Feb 09, 2017

Nearly 3,000 primary care practices and 50 payers in more than a dozen states and regions are participating in a pilot program that aims to deliver better care for patients and better pay for practices. In the latest Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President-elect Michael Munger, M.D., describes the program and what he expects from his practice's participation.

Family Medicine Leads aims to foster tomorrow's family physician leaders

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Feb 08, 2017

The AAFP Foundation's Family Medicine Leads program supports efforts to improve the health of all people by filling the workforce pipeline with the best and the brightest new family physicians while fostering the development of future family medicine leaders. Once again, this year, the AAFP Foundation will provide 220 Family Medicine Leads Scholarships for students and residents to attend the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students. The deadline to apply is May 1. Thirty individuals will be selected to attend the AAFP Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute, a yearlong leadership development program that includes participation in National Conference as well as weekend workshops at AAFP headquarters. The deadline to apply is March 1. Scholars will work with a family physician mentor on a project relevant to their respective track of study.

Patients have plenty to teach a new attending physician

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Feb 07, 2017

After undergraduate school, medical school and residency, new physician Luis Garcia, M.D., writes in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post that he still can learn a lot from his patients.

Register for AAFP webinar on OTC analgesics

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Feb 07, 2017

Register for the AAFP's live webinar, What You Need to Know About Over-the-Counter Analgesics, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. CT. This free webinar will focus on proper OTC use, potential harms to avoid and more.

Register today: AAFP CareerLink Virtual Career Fair

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Feb 06, 2017

Connect with employers from the comfort of your home or office. Register for the free AAFP CareerLink Virtual Career Fair on March 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. ET. Gain direct access to physician employers and explore career opportunities. Register today.

The AAFP can help you help your patients quit

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Feb 03, 2017

Use the AAFP's Healthy Interventions Tobacco and Nicotine Cessation Toolkit to encourage and support tobacco and nicotine use prevention and cessation. Access the latest evidence-based information on how to help your patients quit or convince them never to start, practical tools to support patient care strategies, resources on collaborating with like-minded community organizations, and more. Don't wait; start today.

Why are the AAFP's DPC Workshops so popular?

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Feb 02, 2017

Take one day to find out. Attend the DPC Workshop on Saturday, March 11, in Atlanta. DPC rewards family physicians for doing what they do -- caring for the whole person. Learn more about DPC and how it can help you be the physician you want to be. Seats are filling fast. Save $200 when you register by Feb. 10.

Keep calm and carry on ... being a family physician

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Feb 01, 2017

In a whale of a tale, John Cullen, M.D., writes in the latest Leader Voices Blog post about the moment of intense clarity that comes during an emergency. That experience can be particularly vivid among family physicians who work in remote locations.

PQRS: What you need to know

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 31, 2017

Don't miss the pending Physician Quality Reporting System deadline. Take advantage of PQRS resources from the AAFP and learn how to avoid a 2 percent Medicare payment cut. The reporting deadline is Feb. 28.

Trusted relationship allows patients to confide horrors of abuse

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 30, 2017

Detecting abuse can be difficult. Venis Wilder, M.D., writes in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post that continuity and a high level of trust can help patients share their painful stories with their family physician.

Holy Toledo! As bad ideas go, closing residency is a whopper

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 27, 2017

Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in the latest Leader Voices Blog post that one health care system's decision to shutter a family medicine residency program in his state doesn't make sense for the business or its community.

Tools to improve your patients' lives

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2017

The AAFP has developed resources to educate members and their patients on the impact of head injuries in sports. A free series of three sports concussion webcasts focuses on identifying and evaluating patients in whom concussion is suspected and formulating appropriate treatment plans. Members can also learn about the limitations of protective equipment and access concussion-related resources. Finally, download a complementary patient education brochure created to facilitate physician-patient dialogue on concussions.

After hitting the wall, how do I bounce back?

Family Medicine SmartBrief | Jan 25, 2017

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes in the latest Fresh Perspective blog post that just three years out of residency, she already is experiencing symptoms of burnout, but she has some ideas about how new physicians can cope.

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.

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