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Tuesday Jan 03, 2017

Direct Primary Care Is a Sensible Workforce Solution

John Bender, M.D., M.B.A., writes that contrary to 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.

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Wednesday Dec 21, 2016

Screen for Alcohol Abuse During Holiday Season

The holidays aren't happy for many Americans. Lynne Lillie, M.D., writes that now is an excellent time to screen for alcohol abuse.

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Wednesday Dec 14, 2016

Making Our Point on Immunizations With Vaccine Manufacturers

The AAFP recently held a summit with representatives from seven manufacturers about vaccination rates, barriers to increasing rates and other issues related to immunizations.

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Wednesday Dec 07, 2016

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).

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Tuesday Nov 29, 2016

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.

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Friday Nov 18, 2016

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.

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Friday Nov 11, 2016

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.

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Tuesday Nov 08, 2016

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.

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Monday Oct 31, 2016

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]

Tuesday Oct 25, 2016

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]

Monday Oct 17, 2016

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]

Monday Oct 10, 2016

Despite Flaws, Potential Vast for Health IT

Carl Olden, M.D., writes that new payment models and delegating documentation work may be keys to getting the most value out of electronic health records. [Read More]

Wednesday Oct 05, 2016

Unreasonable Drug Prices Force Patients to Skip Meds

AAFP officers are in Washington this week to address many issues of concern to primary care, including skyrocketing prescription drug prices.

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Tuesday Sep 27, 2016

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."

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Wednesday Sep 21, 2016

Encouragement Is Key to Developing Physician Leaders

Newly installed AAFP President John Meigs, M.D., reflects on his path to leadership and urges others not only to join him, but to mentor and encourage others to follow.

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