News & Announcements
Women in (Michigan) Family Medicine
Women have contributed significantly to the practice of medicine throughout our country’s history, dating back 170 years to when Elizabeth Blackwell became the first female to receive a medical degree from a U.S. medical school. Inspired by a dying friend who said her ordeal would have been better if she had a female physician, Dr. Blackwell later opened the New York Infirmary for Women and Children to provide access to primary and preventive care for the underserved. This also paved the way for generations of women in medicine—among them is Srikala Yedavally-Yellayi, DO, MEd, Family Physician, Family Medicine educator, and advocate.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer released her Fiscal Year 2020 Executive Budget recommendations on March 5 before a joint session of the Michigan House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Much of her presentation of the $60.2 billion budget focused on increased funding for infrastructure projects, including fixing the state's crumbling roads and ensuring Michiganders have safe drinking water, as well as education and career readiness initiatives. Included in the budget is $25.9 billion ongoing funding and $237.4 million one-time funding for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which reflects a $52.9 million cut from the the department's Fiscal Year 2019 budget.
Registration for the 2019 Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo opens the week of March 11—get a sneak peek at the stellar continuing medical education program, valuable networking opportunities, and down-time leisure activities sure to relax, rejuvenate, and recharge you, August 1-4, at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, Michigan.
At its October 2018 meeting, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices unanimously approved the recommendation that all persons aged 1 year and older who are experiencing homelessness be routinely immunized against hepatitis A. The CDC published this recommendation in the February 15, 2019, issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, along with updates to previous ACIP recommendations for hepatitis A vaccine.
More than 130 Family Medicine advocates braved the blustery winter weather on February 26 to travel to the Capital City for Michigan Family Medicine Advocacy Day. The event, hosted annually by MAFP in partnership with the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians during Family Medicine Week in Michigan, provides opportunities for advocates to talk with legislators and their staff about the value of the specialty and its role in improving health, providing access to whole-person, patient-centered primary and preventive care, and reducing healthcare costs.
Spacers for Your Asthma Patients
It may seem like prescribing a spacer or valved-holding chamber is more trouble than it’s worth, but it’s actually easier than ever! All Michigan Medicaid managed care plans allow beneficiaries up to four spacers each year at the pharmacy, so it’s simple for patients to pick one up along with their inhaler. Many spacer brands are now on the common formulary, so prescribing is also easy.
On behalf of Family Physicians, Family Medicine residents, and medical students across the state, Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians presented the 2019 Friend of Family Medicine Award to Jay Greene, senior repoter at Crain's Detroit Business, on Feb. 26.
To highlight Family Physicians' dedication to providing high quality, patient-centered primary care to Michiganders, Feb. 24-March 2 is being recognized as Family Medicine Week by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
It’s Family Medicine Week in Michigan (February 24 - March 2) as proclaimed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, in recognition of the whole-person, patient-centered, cost-effective care Family Physicians provide to patients of all ages—from birth through end of life.
American Academy of Family Physicians and the seven other national Family Medicine organizations have announced an important new goal for the discipline of Family Medicine: that 25% of graduates of U.S. medical schools will choose the specialty by 2030. In order to have a well-functioning healthcare system, most experts say that about half of the physician workforce should be in primary care. However, right now, only about 12% of U.S. allopathic and osteopathic students enter Family Medicine residency programs. Achieving ambitious goals, like this one, requires all of our efforts, regardless of practice setting.