Time to Lift 16-Hour Limit on First-year Residents
The AAFP is supporting a proposal that would increase the number of consecutive hours first-year residents can work from 16 hours to 24 (plus the possibility of four additional hours for the completion of care of an individual patient).[Read More]
FPs Can Shape Social Determinants of Health Outside Clinic
Social factors can influence health more than medical advances. Stewart Decker, M.D., writes that family physicians have the perspective and influence needed to address social determinants of health beyond the exam room.[Read More]
Bare Necessity: Communication Is Critical in a Crisis
Wildlife lessons learned since a move to the small frontier community of Valdez, Alaska, have taught John Cullen, M.D., that communication is the key to survival. Brown bears and grizzlies have plenty to say about techniques for getting through life's difficulties to those who know how to listen.[Read More]
Lead by Example: Train Students to Report Medical Errors
Ninety percent of medical students reported observing adverse events in a recent study, but only 51 percent reported them. This conundrum is not new; more than a decade ago, a case study concluded that medical students' value in ensuring patient safety is often overlooked. Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes that this has to change.[Read More]
Don't Let Implicit Bias Shape Physician Workforce -- or Patient Care
A study at Ohio State University College of Medicine revealed implicit white preference by the admissions committee. This is significant because black, Hispanic and American
Indians and Alaska Natives are underrepresented among
medical students. However, AAFP student Board member Lauren Abdul-Majeed writes that many admissions committee members were mindful of their
individual results when interviewing medical school applicants the
following year. Consequently, that class was the school's most diverse ever.
Delta Incidents, Film Underscore Need for More Black Female Doctors
Two black female physicians recently said their offers to help ill passengers were rejected by flight crews because of race. Sadly, their stories aren't uncommon. AAFP Speaker Javette Orgain, M.D., M.P.H.; and Director Ada Stewart, M.D., write that black female physicians are doing vital work in our country, and more of them are needed.[Read More]
FPs Are There for Patients in Wake of Disaster
Hurricane Matthew recently claimed the lives of at least 25 people in North Carolina. Total damage to homes and businesses (including more than 100,000 damaged structures), as well as to crops in the state, is estimated at $1.5 billion. In the storm's aftermath, Mott Blair, M.D., reflects on family physicians' unique ability to care for their communities every day and in times of crisis.[Read More]
Prescribing for Opioid Addiction Is My Responsibility
Federal law requires physicians to pass an eight-hour course and apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., explains why he thinks it's a worthwhile investment.[Read More]
Meeting With Mentor Underscores Importance of Relationships
A meeting with the mentor who introduced her to family medicine nearly 40 years ago highlighted a week that left Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., feeling like she had been "immunized against burnout."
Our Country Is Hungry for the Message of Family Medicine
After more than 200 days on the road, AAFP President Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., reflects on a whirlwind of meetings with legislators, policymakers, payers, media and medical students.[Read More]
Help Patients Conquer Obesity With Education, Empathy -- Not Shame
Roughly two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. How physicians broach the subject with these patients may determine whether or not they can help.
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