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MAFP invites active members who identify with one or more special consitutency (women, new physician, international medical graduate, minority physician, LGBTQ physician/physician ally) to apply as a delegate representing Michigan at AAFP's 2022 National Conference of Constitutency Leaders, Apr. 28-30, in Kansas City, MO. Earn CME credits and get reimbursed for registration and travel-related expenses.
MAFP recognizes 10 physicians who have achieved the 50-year milestone of Academy membership. Each of these long-time members joined the Academy in 1971 and are now life members. Eligibility for life membership entails holding active membership for a minimum of 25 years, holding 5 years of continuous membership immediately prior to election as a life member, and being 70 or older or totally retired.
Michigan Academy of Family Physicians supports Telehealth Awareness Week, presented by the American Telemedicine Association, Sept. 19-25. Following the unprecedented use of virtual care services in response to COVID-19, telehealth now represents 15-20% of care delivery, confirming the need to create a two-channel healthcare system that balances in-person and virtual care.
On behalf of MAFP, Director of Government Relations Matt Black testified before the Michigan Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee on Sept. 9 in support of House Bill 4659. This legislation would create exceptions to the requirement that prescriptions be transmitted electronically in MIchigan. Currently, there are 12 exceptions codified in the state's Public Health Code.
"The purpose of this letter is to offer encouragement, support, and resources to you as you continue to do right for your patients and communities. But more than anything, what you most need to hear from me today is this: you are doing a good job. You are making the best decisions you can for your patients and your community, using the current information you have at your disposal."
Nearly 80 volunteer leaders are guiding the work of Michigan Academy of Family Physicians, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan, and the Family Medicine Political Action Committee. Through their service and expertise related to governance, policy, and finances, board and committee members are supporting our family medicine community and working to advance the specialty.
On Aug. 12, the FDA amended its Emergency Use Authorizations of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, allowing moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals to receive a third dose after an initial 2-dose series. This applies to the Pfizer vaccine for individuals aged 12 and older and the Moderna vaccine for individuals 18 years and older. As early as the week of Sept. 20, adults who received their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least 8 months earlier may be encouraged to receive a booster shot.
Himanshi Chopra, MD has been selected to receive the 2021 AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Chopra is chief resident at McLaren Oakland Family Medicine Residency in Pontiac and resident member on the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors. She is one of just 12 residents from across the country to receive this prestigious award, ranking her among the top family medicine residents in the country.
Recognizing that implicit bias factors into healthcare disparities, Gov. Whitmer charged the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to develop administrative rules to educate and train healthcare professionals to recognize and address implicit biases. Motivated to quick action by the escalating death rate during the COVID-19 pandemic, LARA worked with 86 stakeholder organizations, licensees, health professional boards, and legislative partners to craft nation-leading rules governing implicit bias training for healthcare professionals. While rulemaking is generally a lengthier process, LARA was able to complete this in less than one year and the rules were enrolled on June 1, 2021, with an effective date of June 1, 2022.