Full Delegation Representing MAFP at AAFP’s 2022 Congress of Delegates

Sept. 16, 2022 - When AAFP’s 2022 Congress of Delegates convenes in Washington, DC, Sept. 19-21, in attendance will be MAFP’s four delegates: Drs. Loretta Leja, Tina Tanner, Mary Marshall, and Mark Hamed. They will testify and vote in support of or opposition to resolutions put forth by state chapters.

Among the resolutions under consideration is one that was submitted by MAFP after it passed the membership at the 2022 Annual Meeting on July 9; it calls for AAFP to advocate that the American Board of Family Medicine create an Emeritus status of board certification, exempting these physicians from the requirement of passing a board certification exam to retain the status. The resolution also states that to retain this status, an Emeritus family physician must continue to meet the requirement of obtaining 150 hours of continuing medical education credits, with at least 50% consisting of prescribed credits, every three years.

MAFP also submitted a resolution on supporting patients across the spectrum of abortion care, which was found to be closely related to existing items of business for consideration on the COD floor. As such, this resolution was not accepted as an item of new business but may be considered by the Congress of Delegates as a proposed amendment during the discussion of resolutions that were previously extracted during virtual reference committee hearings held earlier this year.

Also in attendance from MAFP will be President Glenn Dregansky, DO, FAAFP; President-elect Beena Nagappala, MD, MPH; CEO Karlene Ketola, MSA, CAE; and Director of Government Relations, Matt Black.

Two MAFP members will be attending in their roles as elected AAFP representatives. Delicia Pruitt, MD, MPH, FAAFP (Saginaw) was elected at the 2022 National Conference of Constituency Leaders to serve as one of six Member Constituency Delegates to the Congress of Delegates. Mikita Arora, MD (a third-year resident at McLaren Oakland Family Medicine Residency) was elected at the 2021 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students to serve as Resident Delegate to the Congress.

AAFP is also holding its 2022 Family Medicine Experience (FMX) conference in Washington, DC, next week (Sept. 20-23). More than 80 MAFP life, active physician, resident, and student members are attending the conference—the largest annual gathering of family physicians in the U.S. To provide an exclusive member-networking opportunity, MAFP and Southeastern Michigan Academy of Family Physicians are hosting a Michigan Reception the evening of Sept. 22 at Punch Bowl Social Arlington. If you are attending FMX and haven’t RSVPed to attend the reception, click here.