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News & Announcements
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that, as of April 17, the number of confirmed measles cases now stands at 43. The outbreak, which began with the first confirmed case on March 13, includes cases in Oakland County, Wayne County, and the City of Detroit. Possible exposure locations now include Kent and Ingham counties. MDHHS continues to work closely with county health departments to identify additional possible exposure locations.
A delegation of Michigan Family Physicians and Academy staff are heading to Kansas City, MO, to represent MAFP at the 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders and Annual Chapter Leader Forum, April 25-27. Hosted annually by American Academy of Family Physicians, NCCL is the premier policy and leadership development event for underrepresented constituencies of the Academy. The concurrent ACLF provides an opportunity to build and refine leadership skills, discover solutions for chapter challenges, strengthen relationships with other chapter leaders and staff, and share best practices with peers.
Family Medicine Leadership in Action
April 15-19 was a busy week at MAFP and Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan! It kicked off Monday evening, April 15, with the FMFM Student & Resident Education Committee’s last meeting of the 2018-2019 service year, followed by meetings of the MAFP Advocacy Committee and MAFP Board of Directors on April 17. Topics of discussion and action items focused on the Health Can't Wait prior authorization reform initiative
Focused on Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan’s mission to advance the specialty through, in part, increasing resident and student interest in Family Medicine, MAFP staff regularly visit residency programs and Family Medicine Interest Groups at medical schools across the state to talk about the rewards a career in Family Medicine bring and how the Academy supports residents and students in their journey to becoming Family Physicians.
As drugstores like CVS and Walgreens continue to expand their healthcare services, offering much more than prescriptions, this week the Detroit Free Press explored the question: Are pharmacies replacing the family doctor and dentist? Grand Blanc Family Physician and MAFP President Mary Marshall, MD, RN says she pleads with patients at least once a day to come straight to her. In a follow-up to the article, WJR 760 new talk radio host Guy Gordon talked with Dr. Marshall about her concerns with patients relying on drugstore pharmacies as their source for primary and chronic care.
MAFP's Board of Directors is excited to announce Karlene Ketola, MSA, CAE as the organization’s chief executive officer. She will also serve as Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan's exeuctive vice president and as a member of the Family Medicine Political Action Committee. Ms. Ketola comes to MAFP from the Lansing-based Michigan Oral Health Coalition, where she has served as executive director for the past 10 years. Her first day at MAFP Headquarters will be May 6.
As of April 2, the total number of confirmed measles cases in Michigan stands at 34--the highest number in the state since 1991. Nationwide, the CDC reports that already this year, 387 cases—more than in all of 2018—have been confirmed in 15 states. Unvaccinated residents, or those who are unsure of their vaccination status, are encouraged to get the measles vaccine, which is the best protection against this highly contagious yet preventable disease.
The health implications of hearing loss and how best to care for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) patients has been the focus of a wide body of research conducted by Philip Zazove, MD (Ann Arbor). His findings are nationally recognized, not only for changing how physicians deliver care to the DHH population, but also for how Family Physicians and other healthcare professionals are trained. Today he serves on an expert task force convened by the Association of Academic Physiatrists that recommends updating medical school admission technical standards to facilitate the inclusion of students with disabilities.
This year’s National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Main Match on March 15 was record-breaking on many different levels. Compared to previous years of the Match, this year saw increases in available first-year (PGY-1) resident positions, numbers of osteopathic programs offering positions and osteopathic medical school students and graduates submitting program preferences, number of U.S. allopathic medical school seniors, and match rates for both U.S. citizen and non-U.S. citizen international medical graduates. The 2019 Match also marked a decade of year-over-year growth for the Family Medicine specialty nationwide. While analyzing national, state, and specialty-specific data is helpful in projecting healthcare workforce trends, it’s really the individual stories of soon-to-be Family Physicians that harness the excitement of the Match and for the future of Family Medicine.
The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) recently redesigned its website at www.theabfm.org to make it easy to use and to serve as an informative resource for diplomates and patients. Redesign of ABFM’s online Physician Portfolio is now underway to better serve individual board-certified Family Physicians with their certification needs.