News & Announcements
AAFP President John Cullen, MD, FAAFP conferred the AAFP Degree of Fellow to 14 family physicians during MAFP's Annual Meeting held on August 3 at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire.
Cara Crawford-Bartle, MD—a third-year resident at UP Health System - Marquette Family Medicine Residency—was presented the 2019 Michigan Family Medicine Resident of the Year Award on August 3 during the Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire.
Srikala Yedavally-Yellayi, DO, MMEd, FAAFP—a family medicine educator at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicne, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine—was recognized with the 2019 Michigan Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award on August 3 during the Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire.
James Applegate, MD, FAAFP of Grandville was recognized as 2019 Michigan Family Physician of the Year on August 3 during the Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire.
To address America’s rural healthcare crisis, which is a product of inadequate funding, economic downtown, and lack of an appropriate healthcare workforce, AAFP has launched a new multi-pronged initiative, Rural Health Matters. Family Physicians who practice in rural communities are encouraged to increase awareness of rural healthcare by sharing their stories on social media and including #RuralHealthMatters in their posts.
With less than 200 addiction medicine specialists in Michigan and only one in the entire Upper Peninsula, there are simply not enough highly-trained and qualified physicians in the state to tackle Michigan's opioid use, abuse, and overdose death rates. Strides are being made through the new Michigan Collaborative Addiction Resources and Education System (MI CARES), funded by a two-year, $1.5 million grant from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Asthma Guidelines & Yardsticks
Staying updated on the best ways to diagnose and manage asthma can be challenging. Two organizations—Global Initiative on Asthma and American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology—have new materials that can help.
Teaching health centers have proven to be successful in recruiting medical students into primary care and training them in comprehensive patient care at less cost. Their continued success now depends on Congressional action. Unless Congress reauthorizes the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program, federal support ends on October 1. Please contact your U.S. Senators and Representative to urge them to support the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2019.
American Board of Family Medicine is searching for board-certified family physicians to become members of a virtual network to provide general and issue-specific feedback that will help continually improve the certification process. Involvement in the ABFM Engagement Network will include periodically answering brief questions and short surveys that will provide the organization with valuable crowd-sourcing information to guide its work on evolving Family Medicine Certification.
Much to the consternation and disappointment of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Legislature adjourned on June 20 for the summer in-district break, leaving the Fiscal Year 2020 state budget and road funding deal unfinished. Before leaving town, several bills on MAFP’s radar saw some movement. Among them are e-prescribing and pregnancy termination bills.