News & Announcements
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SEMAFP board members are continuing Dr. Angelo Patsalis's legacy, and are very proud to announce the creation of the Angelo Patsalis MD, FAAFP Vanguard Award. Dr. Patsalis passed away in April due to complication from COVID-19. The Vanguard Award ($2,500 and a personalized plaque) will be granted annually to two graduating family medicine residents who have committed to practice in southeast Michigan.
Student Conference Hits the Mark
Nearly 90 medical students attended the seventh annual Michigan Fututure of Family Medicine, to explore the breadth and depth of the specialty, learn how to perform several procedures, and network.
Starting Oct. 5 through Nov. 6, physicians and other healthcare providers may apply for COVID-19 relief funding from a new $20 billion Provider Relief Fund Phase 3 General Distribution that considers financial losses and changes in operating expenses caused by the pandemic.
Of the 3,500 eligible family medicine residents from across the country, only 12 are recognized with the annual AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education. This year, two of the 12 individuals selected to receive this esteemed distinction—Ali Nasrallah, MD and Julie Thai, MD, MPH—are resident members of MAFP.
The University of Michigan School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine, with funding from the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research at the University of Michigan, is recruiting 50 rural primary care practices for a study that seeks to improve the early detection of and screening for preventable colorectal, cervical, and lung cancers throughout the rural parts of the State of Michigan.
With one week remaining until the Oct. 1 start of Fiscal Year 2020-2021, the Michigan Legislature passed a $62.8 billion ($10.6 billion General Fund) state budget this week during a process that was vastly different than those of years past. Among the programs funded is MIDOCS, an innovative loan repayment program that aims to attract and retain primary care physicians in underserved communities.
The Michigan Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee passed Senate Bill 612, sending it to the full Senate for consideration. This legislation calls for reforming the prior authorization and step therapy process to ensure patients have access to the healthcare, medication, and treatment they need, when they need it.
In response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive directive, issued July 9, mandating that healthcare professionals undergo implicit bias training for medical licensure, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has convened a stakeholder workgroup to inform the rulemaking process. Initial workgroup meetings were held Aug. 26 and Sept. 26, with MAFP staff representing the family medicine perspective.
Through an education partnership with Davenport University, MAFP's new member-exclusive scholarship program will benefit not only Academy members, but also members’ employees and families. If you aspire to enhance your medical practice with an advanced degree—or strengthen your leadership and management skills—this program can help make your vision a reality.