Family Medicine

Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) is the state’s largest specialty physician association. With more than 4,200 members, MAFP is dedicated to assisting Family Physicians and their practices as they work to ensure high-quality, cost-effective healthcare for patients of all ages.

News & Announcements

Health Can't Wait

Getting advance approval from health plans for treatments, tests, medications, and devices is frustrating for physicians as they work with their patients to prevent, diagnose, and manage acute and chronic conditions. It’s equally trying for their staff, many of whom are hired with the sole purpose of submitting, tracking, and following up on—often multiple times over—approval requests. The real looser in this waiting game that’s known as prior authorization, however, is the patient. MAFP is optimistic that the new Health Can’t Wait campaign launching this spring will compel Michigan lawmakers and payers to take action. The initiative, spearheaded by Michigan State Medical Society in partnership with MAFP and a coalition of other associations, healthcare professionals, and patients, calls for putting patients first in addressing the prior authorization crisis.

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How Healthy is Your Community?

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s annual County Health Rankings report shows how where we live, learn, work, and play impacts our health. As a Family Physician, you witness every day the variety of factors that influence your patients’ health. Now in its ninth year, the annual national, state, and county-by-county analysis, conducted by RWJF in collaboration with University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, explores the interplay between health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment and how long and how well we live. Learn how your county ranks in comparison to Michigan's other 82 counties and what is needed to move the needle on achieving health equity for all residents.

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A Career in Family Medicine Makes Work-Life Balance Achievable

As the mother of two teenage girls, Anne Kittendorf MD, FAAFP (Dexter) understands the challenges of juggling family needs and work demands. An academic Family Physician who cares for newborns through geriatric patients, and a teacher of medical students and residents at the University of Michigan, Dr. Kittendorf has found Family Medicine to be a fantastic career for women because of its variety of practice locations and types, and its flexibility in meeting ever-evolving personal needs and interests

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How Happy Are You in Your Career?

Despite increasing reports of physician burnout and administrative burden, a new CompHealth survey commissioned by American Academy of Family Physicians shows that practicing medicine continues to be a rewarding career for many. Of the 5,000 practicing physicians surveyed, 71% reported being happy with their careers and 59% said they are happy with their lives in general.

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For MAFP Members

To get the latest scoop on MAFP, the members of the Academy, and Family Medicine in Michigan, check out the latest issue of Michigan Family Physician, view a past issue of our weekly eNews Family Medicine Update, or follow-us on Facebook and Twitter!

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