CME, Networking Among Annual Conference Highlights

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From a wide variety of continuing medical education sessions approved for 20.5 AAFP Prescribed credits and a celebration of Family Medicine in Michigan, to valuable networking opportunities and fun activities outside of the classroom, the 2016 Michigan Family Medicine Annual Conference & Expo offered something for everyone as we are all “Navigating Change."

“The topics were excellent, the location beautiful, and the logistics seamless. I had a great time and particularly enjoyed the breakout sessions, which allowed me to tailor my interest,” said Loretta Leja, MD (Cheboygan).

If you weren’t able to attend the conference, we missed you! You can see highlights on MAFP’s Facebook page—including a photo album of snapshots spanning the four days—and on Twitter (just search the hashtag #michiganAC), including:

  • A wide variety of educational sessions presented by experts on chronic pain management, food allergy, telemedicine, MACRA, alternative payment models, adult immunization, diagnostic imaging, care integration—and much more!
  • The farewell address delivered by outgoing MAFP President Kim Yu, MD, FAAFP (Novi).
  • The installation of MAFP’s new president, Robert Jackson, MD, MMM (Allen Park), and the other officers, delegates and directors of the 2016-2017 MAFP Board of Directors.
  • Presentation of the 2016 MAFP Academy Awards to Scott Yaekle, MD (Canton), Michigan Family Physician of the Year; Sheala Jafry, MD, FAAFP (Rochester Hills), Michigan Family Medicine Educator of the Year; Bashar Yalldo, MD (Royal Oak), Michigan Family Medicine Resident of the Year; and George Mogill, MD, FAAFP (Bloomfield Hills), recipient of “The Archie” Award of Excellence. Dr. Mogill, renowned not only for his practice of medicine but also his mentorship of students and residents, is MAFP’s longest serving member and will celebrate his 99th birthday on July 28.
  • A resourceful Expo Hall where 35 companies and organizations shared their expertise, goods and services in support of Family Medicine. Thank you to the exhibitors, as well as the conference sponsors: American Medical Association, Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, ProAssurance, and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan.
  • Candid discussions with Senator Jim Stamas, Representative Phil Phelps and Representative Ed Canfield on primary care workforce, Graduate Medical Education, the opioid crisis, gun violence and other pressing issues impacting the delivery of care in Michigan today.
  • The Annual Meeting of the MAFP membership, during which resolutions were discussed and AAFP President Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, FAAFP conferred six new AAFP Fellows from Michigan.
  • A “Sail Away” BBQ on the banks of the Saginaw River as tall ships began to arrive for Bay City’s Tall Ship Celebration.

For attendees who haven’t completed their course evaluations yet, the deadline is 11:59 p.m. on July 22. In order to receive continuing medical education credit, an evaluation must be completed for each course attended. MAFP staff will then email CME certificates and report CME credit to AAFP.

“The MAFP Professional Development Committee has already begun planning a dynamic CME program and conference for 2017, and we look forward to learning and networking with even more Family Physicians from across the state next year,” said MAFP CEO, Debra McGuire, MBA, CAE, IOM.

Mark your calendar now to join your Michigan Family Medicine colleagues at the historic Grand Hotel for the 2017 Michigan Family Medicine Annual Conference & Expo, July 9-13. Michigan's Grand Hotel is a candidate for "Favorite Historic Hotel" in a contest being conducted by USA Today. You can vote daily, up until August 1.

"More physicians should plan to attend!" said Jesse Landhuis, MD, FAAFP (DeWitt), who found the evidence-based CME series on the final day of the conference to be especially beneficial.

Are you interested in sharing your expertise as a presenter? Watch for the call for presentation proposals to be issued this fall.