Michigan resident and student delegates Julie Thai, MD, MPH (McLaren-Flint Family Medicine Residency), Linda Stanek, MD (Beaumont Health-Grosse Pointe Medicine Residency), Shelby Owens (Michigan State University College of Human Medicine), and Sara Robinson (Central Michigan University College of Medicine) were among nearly 1,900 medical students and 1,300 residents who attended the 2019 National Conference in Kansas City, MO, August 25-27. In addition to electing national resident and student leaders and attending conference sessions, these delegates authored three resolutions that, with substitutes, were approved by the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents and National Congress of Student Members.
Dr. Thai and Dr. Stanek co-authored two resolutions; one calls for the AAFP to explore ways of raising awareness of opportunities available to student and resident members of the Academy, and then other proposes that AAFP develop clinical guidelines related to children’s and adults’ exposure to poor water quality, lead, and mercury.
In the student congress, Shelby and Sara co-authored a resolution requesting that AAFP update the member value statement to reflect the Academy's commitment to the health and wellness of members using explicit language inclusive of mental and physical health.
Other approved resolutions focused on, among other topics, access to drugs for opioid use disorder, residency and hospital closures, immigrant health issues, and training.
Adopted resolutions will be reviewed and referred, when applicable, to AAFP leaders for further consideration and action.
Mark your calendar for the 2020 AAFP National Conference, July 30 – August 1, in Kansas City, MO.