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Michigan resident and student delegates Julie Thai, MD, MPH (McLaren-Flint Family Medicine Residency), Linda Stanek, MD (Beaumont Health-Grosse Pointe Medicine Residency), Shelby Owens (Michigan State University College of Human Medicine), and Sara Robinson (Central Michigan University College of Medicine) were among nearly 1,900 medical students and 1,300 residents who attended the 2019 National Conference in Kansas City, MO, August 25-27. In addition to electing national resident and student leaders and attending conference sessions, these delegates authored three resolutions that, with substitutes, were approved by the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents and National Congress of Student Members.
CMU Medical Student Elected to STFM Board
While attending AAFP’s National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students, August 25-27, in Kansas City, Missouri, fourth-year Central Michigan University College of Medicine student, Sara Robinson, was elected AAFP student representative on the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Board of Directors.
As kids are heading back to school, it’s important to remind families about the seriousness of staying up to date on all immunizations. That's the message state health officials delivered during an I Vaccinate press event held on August 15. At the national level, the CDC launched a series of short #HowIRecommend videos designed to help physicians communicate effectively with patients about the importance of vaccination and overcome vaccine hesitancy.
During the Michigan Family Medicine Celebration at Shanty Creek Resort on August 3, MAFP presented its pinnacle award, the 'Archie' Award of Excellence, to past chair and president Loretta Leja, MD of Cheboygan.
AAFP President John Cullen, MD, FAAFP conferred the AAFP Degree of Fellow to 14 family physicians during MAFP's Annual Meeting held on August 3 at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire.
Cara Crawford-Bartle, MD—a third-year resident at UP Health System - Marquette Family Medicine Residency—was presented the 2019 Michigan Family Medicine Resident of the Year Award on August 3 during the Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire.
Srikala Yedavally-Yellayi, DO, MMEd, FAAFP—a family medicine educator at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicne, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine—was recognized with the 2019 Michigan Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award on August 3 during the Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire.
James Applegate, MD, FAAFP of Grandville was recognized as 2019 Michigan Family Physician of the Year on August 3 during the Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire.
To address America’s rural healthcare crisis, which is a product of inadequate funding, economic downtown, and lack of an appropriate healthcare workforce, AAFP has launched a new multi-pronged initiative, Rural Health Matters. Family Physicians who practice in rural communities are encouraged to increase awareness of rural healthcare by sharing their stories on social media and including #RuralHealthMatters in their posts.
With less than 200 addiction medicine specialists in Michigan and only one in the entire Upper Peninsula, there are simply not enough highly-trained and qualified physicians in the state to tackle Michigan's opioid use, abuse, and overdose death rates. Strides are being made through the new Michigan Collaborative Addiction Resources and Education System (MI CARES), funded by a two-year, $1.5 million grant from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.