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2018 Primary Election Brings Few Surprises
In the primary election, the race for Michigan’s next governor resulted as anticipated, while several state legislative races brought some suprises.
One resident and two medical students from Michigan kicked off their year-long participation in AAFP Foundation's 2018 Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute on August 4-5, at AAFP headquarters in Leawood, Kansas, following the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students.
Once again, AAFP's National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students drew a record-setting number of attendees. Approximately 5,300 people—including 1,800 medical students and 1,200 residents—convened in Kansas City, Missouri, August 2-4, to explore Family Medicine, connect with residency programs and potential employers, and build relationships with mentors and peers.
Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan hosted the first of five Legalities & Realities: Michigan Opioid Laws to Live By dinner seminars on August 7, in Rochester Hills, to arm Family Physicians with information and tools for combating the opioid crisis.
Michelle Fedorowicz of Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine participated in a one-month medical student externship funded by matching grants from Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan and AAFP Foundation, which provided her with hands-on clinical experience showcasing the breadth and depth of Family Medicine.
A recent Crain's Detroit Business article featured the perspectives of several Michigan Family Physicians on Michigan's new opioid prescribing laws and their unintended consequences for patients and the practice of medicine. Just a few days later, MAFP staff and other members of the Michigan Healthcare Stakeholders Opioid Stewardship Collaborative met with representatives from LARA and MDHHS to address outstanding issues relative to the new laws, with the goal of helping identify where confusion or misunderstanding remains relative to implementation.
Henry Barry, MD, MS of East Lansing, Michigan, was recognized with the 2018 Michigan Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award on July 14 during the Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo at Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo.
Karen Mitchell, MD, FAAFP of Rochester, Michigan, was recognized with the inaugural Michigan Family Medicine Volunteer Leadership Award on July 14 during the Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo at Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo.
Fred Van Alstine, MD, MBA of Traverse City, Michigan, was honored with the 2018 “Archie” Award of Excellence on July 14 during the Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo at Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo.
E. Christopher Bush, MD, FAAFP of Riverview, Michigan, was recognized as the 2018 Michigan Family Physician of the Year on July 14 during the Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo at Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo.