News & Announcements
During the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic and response, Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) wants to ensure Michiganders that family physicians are available and prepared to provide needed care safely and efficiently.
In typical circumstances, approximately one in five medical office visits are made to family physicians for primary and preventive care, like immunizations, annual physicals, well child checks, in-office procedures, and the seasonal flu, to name just a few. Today, many family doctors—including family medicine resident physicians—have transitioned to providing virtual care while others have been deployed to the center of the COVID-19 response to triage patients, staff drive-through clinics, and care for the sickest of the sick.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve rapidly and the need for family physicians to care for patients during the outbreak increases, American Board of Family Medicine and American Academy of Family Physicians are making adjustments to certification activity, continuing medical education, and membership dues payment requirements.
In an effort to increase the healthcare workforce capacity to address the ever-growing need for care during the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has updated the state's Educational Limited License for DO and MD students who have either recently graduated or will soon be graduating from a U.S. medical school.
Beginning Friday, April 3, through June 30, small businesses (less than 500 employees) affected by COVID-19 may apply for a loan through the Small Business Association’s Paycheck Protection Program.
To help ensure healthcare professionals and facilities are fully enabled to provide the critical assistance and care needed in Michigan during this unprecedented public health emergency, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order on March 29 to temporarily suspended scope of practice requirements.
To reduce spread of COVID-19 and protect vulnerable Michiganders, Gov. Whitmer has issued Executive Orders, several of which impact the healthcare community.
On March 27, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, by voice vote, the historic $2.2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package that previously passed the Senate on March 25. President Trump will sign the bill into law during a ceremony on March 27 at 4 pm ET. Provisions in the aid package aim to provide relief to the American people, economy, and healthcare system.
Julie Thai, MD, MBA and Shelby Owens, the resident and student representatives, respectively, on Michigan Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors, recorded words of encouragement for their peers across the state and shared how the Academy is supporting them during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
2020 Match in Michigan
The 2020 Match on March 20 proved to be the largest ever, with more than 40,000 applicants. It was also record-breaking for family medicine, with 4,335 medical students and graduates—487 more than last year—matching to family medicine residency programs across the country. In Michigan, all of the state's seven medical schools exceeded the 2020 national average match rate of 93.7%.