Family Medicine Residents, Medical Students Introduce Record Number of Resolutions at National Conference

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During the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students held July 28-30 in Kansas City, Missouri, residents and medical students from Michigan were among those who wrote, debated, and finalized a record number of resolutions on a wide range of issues related to public health, education, patient safety and more.

Michigan’s delegates and alternate delegates—Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Pionk, DO (McLaren Bay Region Family Medicine Residency); Michael Collins, MD (Genesys Family Medicine Residency); Sway Wu (Wayne State University School of Medicine); and Kaitlyn Zurek (Michigan State University College of Human Medicine)—authored/co-authored seven resolutions and testified on others. Among them are resolutions calling for the Academy to develop a position paper as a tool for advocacy and action on lead poisoning awareness and detection and prevention of lead contamination, and to create resources specifically for medical students and residents on various aspects of MACRA.

Other highlights of National Conference included:

  • Educational and entertaining sessions: Check out this ZDoggMD video depicting a life in medicine, which premiered from the main stage on July 29.
  • A resourceful Expo Hall: Thank you to the nine Family Medicine residency programs that exhibited in the "Michigan Aisle" to shine the spotlight on training and practicing in our great state.
  • A successful Michigan Reception: Annually hosted by the MAFP Foundation, this year's reception, when compared to the reception of 2015, convened nearly double as many residents and medical students interested in exploring why #MIFamilyMedicine is THE place to be.

Throughout the conference, MAFP took to the social media-verse to share #AAFPNC highlights and happenings on Facebook and Twitter, and some of our posts made AAFP’s Storify, a story-telling tool using social media.

“I came away from this year’s conference with more drive, passion, and interest in Family Medicine and the future of healthcare than ever before,” said Michigan Student Delegate Sway Wu.

In reflection of her National Conference experience, Sway went on to say that “the collective effort towards improving and changing the culture of medicine was awe-inspiring” and “being able to be a part of the Congress helped me feel connected with my peers…I felt like I had finally found my people. Thank you to the MAFP Foundation for providing me the honor of representing Michigan.”

Dr. Pionk, who served as Michigan's Resident Delegate for the second year and has attended many National Conferences in the past, said, "Once again, the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students was invigorating. It seems to become larger, more fun, and more engaging each year! National Conference truly is an event that every Family Medicine resident needs to experience and any medical student interested in Family Medicine should discover. Education is expanded and leadership is fostered."

Plans are already underway for the 2017 National Conference, July 27-29 in Kansas City, and MAFP has reserved the Shark Bar for July 28 as the site of the popular Michigan Reception. Mark your calendar, spread the word, and watch for the MAFP Foundation to open the resident and student delegate application period in early 2017.

In the meantime, let’s continue the momentum for increasing student and resident interest in learning, training, and practicing in Michigan. After all, as AAFP President Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, FAAFP said to residents and students during her closing National Conference presentation, "You are the future."

If you are a medical student, register today to attend the 2016 Michigan Future of Family Medicine Conference on October 15 at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.

If you are a resident, staff or faculty member affiliated with a Family Medicine residency program in Michigan, register to sponsor a hands-on clinical procedures workshop at the 2016 Michigan Future of Family Medicine Conference, where you can mentor students, and/or sign up to exhibit in the Expo Hall. Click here to learn more about the 2016 Michigan Family Medicine Annual Conference (#MiFFM).