News & Announcements

State & Federal Loan Repayment Programs Offer Medical Education Debt Relief
01/25/2019

With the average medical school debt topping $200,000 in 2018, seeking ways to pay off student loans is top-of-mind for most new physicians and physicians-in-training. Fortunately, there are several state and federal loan repayment programs available to assist with debt reduction in return for helping to meet healthcare needs in medically underserved communities.

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Call for Advocacy ‘Key Contacts’
01/25/2019

As advocacy efforts kick off for the 2019-2020 state legislative term, it is important that MAFP has a “key contact” list of members who are dedicated to advancing Family Medicine in Michigan through advocacy, and eager to assist in shaping policy and legislation and communicating with legislative leaders. Is there an issue you are passionate about and/or have expertise? Do you have a personal relationship with a state legislator? MAFP wants to hear from you!

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Student-Run Clinics a Win for Patients and Future Physicians
01/25/2019

Student-run clinics—such as CMU Street Medicine, University of Michigan’s Student-Run Free Clinic, Detroit Street Care, and an interprofessional health clinic borne out of a partnership between Michigan State University College of Human Medicine students and University of Michigan Flint Department of Physical Therapy—are being recognized for meeting healthcare needs of underserved populations while also providing valuable hands-on clinical and practice management experience for medical students.

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ProAssurance Joins MAFP’s Family Medicine Business Network
01/18/2019

MAFP is proud to announce that ProAssurance has joined the exclusive Family Medicine Business Network at the top tier Chairman’s Circle. Newly launched in 2018, MAFP’s Family Medicine Business Network facilitates connections between physicians who specialize in Family Medicine and businesses, such as ProAssurance, that have an interest in what happens on the primary healthcare scene and want to support the work of Family Physicians.

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ABFM Certification Longitudinal Assessment Pilot Underway
01/18/2019

American Board of Family Medicine’s Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment launched on January 4 for currently board-certified Family Physicians who are in the 10th year of their certification cycle and due to take their exam in 2019. Family Physicians who have completed all requirements and submitted an approved application can now access the first set of 25 questions from within their Physician Portfolio on ABFM’s website. The deadline to complete the first quarter is March 31. Physicians still wanting to apply for the pilot or one-day exam may do so until March 1.

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Additional State Funding Appropriated to Fight Hepatitis A Outbreak
01/18/2019

Before adjourning in December 2018, the Michigan legislature passed, and former Governor Snyder signed, a 2018-2019 supplemental appropriations bill that allocates $7.1 million in additional funding to combat the state's Hepatitis A outbreak. With this additional funding, the state has spent $14.2 million over the past two years to fight the outbreak. This marks the first time the state has allocated funds to assist in combating an outbreak.

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State House & Senate Committee Assignments Announced for 2019-2020 Legislative Session
01/18/2019

As of January 17, leadership in both chambers have released their respective committee assignments for the 2019-2020 legislative session. Now the work begins to educate new and returning lawmakers, particularly those who serve on committees with jurisdiction over health policy and appropriations, about the value of Family Medicine and the delivery of, and access to, primary care.

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Additional State Funding Appropriated to Fight Hepatitis A Outbreak
01/18/2019

Before adjourning in December 2018, the Michigan legislature passed, and former Governor Snyder signed, a 2018-2019 supplemental appropriations bill that allocates $7.1 million in additional funding to combat the state's Hepatitis A outbreak. With this additional funding, the state has spent $14.2 million over the past two years to fight the outbreak. This marks the first time the state has allocated funds to assist in combating an outbreak.

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Medical Student Externship Provides Hands-on Family Medicine Experience: Applications Due Apr. 1
01/17/2019

Each year, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan selects one student member of MAFP to participate in a four- to six-week Family Medicine externship tailored to his/her interests. The goal of the experience is to stimulate interest in selecting a career as a Michigan Family Physician and/or pursuing research opportunities in Family Medicine. Interested students, working with their medical school to identify a Family Medicine mentor/preceptor and plan the externship, should submit an application to Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan by April 1.

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Call for Nominations: MAFP and Foundation Board & Committee Members
01/17/2019

MAFP, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan, and Family Medicine PAC are seeking candidates interested in serving on the MAFP Board of Directors, FMFM Board of Trustees, FMPAC Board of Directors, and/or a committee. Applications are due beginning March 1.

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