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No Need to Yield: Advocacy Is Our Lane

Some people think physicians should stay out of politics, but Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that being an advocate is a role that physicians must embrace.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181212lv-advocacy.html

Five Books, Five Podcasts for Every Medical Student

Margaret Miller's peers asked her for recommendations on books and podcasts that can benefit medical students. In this Leader Voices Blog post, she picks her top five in both categories.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190101lv-studentmedia.html

Make Sure Policymakers Know We're Knights for Our Patients

John Cullen, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that physicians are more likely to be heard by payers and policymakers when health care discussions are framed in terms of patient care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190109lv-knights.html

Why Do I Provide Maternity Care? The Answer's Simple

There are many reasons some family physicians don't provide maternity care. But more than 30 years into practice, Robert Raspa, M.D., explains why it's still one of his favorite parts of the job.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190116lv-maternity.html

What a Barefoot Patient Taught Me About Health Equity

Resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that she was drawn to family medicine by a desire to be trained by physicians who are committed to addressing social justice and health equity.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181218lv-choosingfm.html

Family of Family Medicine Is Working to Expand the Workforce

An ambitious initiative to expand the family medicine pipeline is the latest example of collaboration among the specialty's eight national organizations.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190123lv-workingparty.html

True Mentors Help Students Find Where They Belong

Medical student Chandler Stisher writes that family medicine mentors should show students how the specialty aligns with their interests.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190204lv-mentors.html

Better Health Care for Veterans Requires Better Payment

Ada Stewart, M.D., who cares for active-duty soldiers and veterans as a U.S. Army Reserve physician, as well as in her civilian practice, writes about the urgent need for payment and workforce reform in the nation's veterans health care system.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190218lv-veterans.html

Finding the Right Mentor Is Worth the Quest

Mentors, regardless of specialty, can have a profound effect on students. AAFP President-elect Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that a surgeon helped start him on his way to a career in medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190225lv-mentoring.html

Curious About the ABFM Pilot? Here's My Experience So Far

Family physicians have long clamored for an alternative to the high-stakes continuing certification exam. In this Leader Voices Blog post, Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., offers her perspective on the Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment pilot.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190304lv-fmcla.html

Spread the Word: Teaching Health Centers Deserve Support

Bills have been introduced in Congress that would authorize funding for the teaching health center program. Resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., makes the case for supporting the model, and tells others how they can help.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190307lv-thcgme.html

We Matched! Now What?

Chandler Stisher was one of thousands of fourth-year medical students who matched to family medicine residency programs on Friday. In this Leader Voices Blog post, he shares some of the words that resonated most strongly with him as he approached Match Day.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190315lv-match.html

Not Tough Enough? What More Do You Want?

Leonard Reeves, M.D., offers a rebuttal to a speaker who questioned the toughness of physicians amid a burnout crisis.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190325lv-toughenough.html

Make Your Voice Heard; Take the Member Survey

The AAFP Member Satisfaction Survey plays a key role in directing Academy resources to meet family physicians' needs. AAFP President-elect Gary LeRoy, M.D., urges members to take advantage of this opportunity to make their voices heard.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190417lv-satisfaction.html

Cultural Humility Is Critical to Health Equity

Ada Stewart, M.D., writes that cultural competence is not the endpoint that physicians should be striving for in the care of diverse populations. Cultural humility is important, too.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190418lv-humility.html

New Primer Lays Out AAFP Approach to Health Care Reform

A new resource from the AAFP explains how the Academy will work to ensure that the voice of family medicine helps shape the future of health care in the United States.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190514lv-healthcareform.html

Mentoring Is Key to Expanding Primary Care Pipeline

Reaching family medicine's ambitious workforce goals will take creativity and collaboration. Dennis Gingrich, M.D., offers an example that has made a difference in Pennsylvania.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190619lv25x30.html

New AAFP Initiative Addresses Rural Health Care Crisis

Rural America is suffering from a health care crisis, a product of inadequate funding, economic downturn and lack of an appropriate health care workforce. In response, the AAFP is launching an Academy-wide effort to improve health care in rural communities. In this Leader Voices Blog ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190709lv-ruralhealthmatters.html

National Conference Helped Set Our Family Medicine Paths

In this video post from the event, Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., the resident member of the AAFP Board of Directors, and student Board member Chandler Stisher, M.D., discuss how the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students influenced their career paths.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190726lv-nationalconfvideo.html

FPs Can Lead on Changes That Keep Patients Out of Hospitals

We know that social determinants of health can have immense effects on patients' health. In this Leader Voices Blog post, resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., asks family physicians to consider how they can address these factors.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190520lv-hospitalization.html

Full Steam Ahead on Academy's Health IT Innovation Project

In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP Board Chair Michael Munger, M.D., offers an update on an Academy initiative that aims to develop health IT tools that are more useful and less burdensome than current products.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190806lv-healthit.html

We Must Find Common Ground to Reduce Gun Violence

Six of the nation's largest physician organizations -- including the AAFP -- and the American Public Health Association are calling for policies to reduce firearm injuries and deaths. In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., cites a 2017 survey that outlined ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190808lv-gunviolence.html

Our Treatment of Immigrants Should Reflect Our Values

A new final rule would allow the federal government to detain migrant children indefinitely. In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., recounts how the Academy and others are objecting to the change and calling for improved conditions at detention centers to ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190906lv-detentionhealth.html

Our Wins Are Big Steps Toward Better Health Care Landscape

Michael Munger, M.D.; sustainable growth rate formula; SGR; MACRA; Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015; MIPS; Quality Payment Program; QPP; American Board of Family Medicine; ABFM; continuing board certification; America Needs More Family Doctors: 25x2030

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190918lv-mungerterm.html

Stop and Listen: Why We Need More Time With Patients

Erica Swegler, M.D., writes that in the era of 15-minute office visits, patients aren't being heard -- and the results can be deadly.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191015lv-misseddiagnosis.html

STI Screening Is Critical as Number of Cases Skyrockets

As the number of reported cases of sexually transmitted infections continues to climb, Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., addresses the need to screen for STIs and not shy away from difficult conversations. Read more in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191023lv-stiscreening.html

Get the Most Out of Your AAFP Membership

Academy members receive exclusive products, programs, services and discounts totaling more than $4,000 in savings each year. In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., highlights some perks you might not be aware of.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200101lv-membervalue.html

Try These Tips to Overcome Flu Vaccine Hesitancy

During what is shaping up to be a severe flu season, Margot Savoy, M.D., M.P.H., offers tips on vaccinating reluctant patients in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200109lv-fluvacc.html

Summer Reading (and Listening) List for Sidelined Students

In this Leader Voices Blog post, Margaret Miller, M.D., M.P.H., offers a summer media list for medical students preparing to take the next step in their training during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200514lv-readinglist.html

Support of Colleagues, Family, Friends Is Key to Resiliency

Carl Olden, M.D., writes that when his mother was dying and his wife was battling cancer, the caring support of his colleagues was critical to his resilience.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/support_of_colleagues_family_friends.html

Physician Authors Offer Prescription for Self-reflection

Kimberly Becher, M.D., went looking for answers about physician resilience -- and mortality -- and found them in three books by physicians who faced unique challenges. Read more in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180108fp-books.html

New Year, New Chance to Get Fit

Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., used exercise to beat burnout in 2017. She offers seven tips to help physicians and patients keep their New Year's wellness resolutions.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180123fp-newyear.html

Done Right, Annual Wellness Visit Helps Patient and Practice

Kurt Bravata, M.D., examines the utility of the Medicare annual wellness visit and how to get paid properly for conducting it.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180205fp-medicareawv.html

Jumping Through Hoops Wastes My Time, Worsens Outcomes

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that insurance denials seem to be increasingly more common -- and, unfortunately, more absurd.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180305fp-denials.html

Want to Solve Problems in Public Health? Here's How

Family physician Stewart Decker, M.D., is getting his master's degree in public health and wants you to come along for the ride. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, he shares what he's learned so far.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180316fp-mph1.html

Amazon vs. Walmart: Can Corporate America Lower Drug Prices?

Pharmaceutical companies, payers and Congress have been unable -- or unwilling -- to drive down drug costs. Can big retailers make a difference? Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., discusses the issue in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180410fp-drugprices.html

Fox Should Pull the Plug on The Resident

The Resident, the latest TV medical drama, doesn't do physicians or patients any favors with its skewed portrayal of health care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180212fp-badtv.html

In Face of Broken Health Care System, I Choose Happiness

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that the health care system presents physicians with repeated betrayals of purpose, but patient relationships -- and the right mindset -- can replenish our emotional drives.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180423fp-happiness.html

Acknowledging -- and Overcoming -- My Own Racial Bias

Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., is working on her own racial biases. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, she questions why our medical institutions and training programs aren't doing the same.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180430fp-bias.html

Report: Med Schools Can Do More To Combat Racism

A medical student group issued a review of 10 U.S. medical schools' efforts to combat racism. Venis Wilder, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that the schools received passing grades -- along with an admonishment to do more.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180523fp-race.html

Into the Woods: Top Tips for Wilderness Medicine

Wilderness medicine training can prepare you for a journey into the woods. Stewart Decker, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that it also can help in any situation where you have to improvise.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180605fp-wilderness.html

What I Learned as a New Physician

In her final Fresh Perspectives blog post, Beth Oller, M.D., reflects on what she has learned in her first seven years as a small, rural practice owner.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180615fp-ollerfinale.html

Back to Work: Adjusting Bit by Bit

After taking a two-year break from daily practice to raise twins, Meshia Waleh, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that her next great adventure involves a new job in a new state.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180705fp-waleh.html

Game Over? WHO Decision on Gaming Disorder Raises Questions

The World Health Organization recently recognized gaming disorder as being a mental health condition. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Luis Garcia, M.D., looks at what that could mean for family physicians and patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180727fp-gaming.html

Employers Must Play Active Role in Burnout Prevention

For the good of patients, physicians and the bottom line, employers have to start doing more to promote physician wellness and prevent burnout, writes Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180814fp-burnoutemployers.html

A Hiring Manager's Perspective on the Art of Interviewing

Are you looking for a job or preparing for residency interviews? Hiring manager Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., tells you what she's looking for when she's interviewing candidates.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180910fp-interviewer.html

Opportunities, Not Incentives, Drive PCPs to Do Better

In his final Fresh Perspectives blog post, Ryan Neuhofel, D.O., M.P.H., writes that policymakers should abandon the carrot-and-stick approach to payment schemes and give physicians time to provide better care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180720fp-opportunity.html

Physicians Deserve to Be Safe at Work. Are We?

The murders of multiple physicians prompted Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., to ponder what physicians, their employers and legislators can do to make health care settings safer. Read more in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181112fp-safety.html

Why I Love Working in a Community Health Center

Luis Garcia, M.D., spoke with several colleagues who work in community health centers, as he does, about what makes these practices so rewarding for family physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181211fp-chc.html

Have We Failed to 'Promote the General Welfare' of People?

In this fourth installment of his master's in public health series in the Fresh Perspectives blog, Stewart Decker, M.D., discusses the social, or structural, issues that affect health.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181221fp-mph4.html

Focus on Decision-makers to Improve Public Health

Master of public health candidate Stewart Decker, M.D., shares his insights from a course on campaigning and community organizing.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181129fp-mph3.html

Don't Be Shy About Asking for Help Patients Need

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that finding creative ways to solve patients' problems outside of her clinic is good for both her and her patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190129fp-grants.html

Take Note of Growing Demand for Subscription Services

Consumer Reports recently advised consumers that direct primary care could save them money and improve their care. Allison Edwards, M.D., makes the case for the subscription model in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190222fp-subscriptioncare.html

How Do You Deal With the Trauma? VT and Me

Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., suffered vicarious trauma while repeatedly caring for patients who had experienced violence. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, she writes about identifying it and seeking support.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190312fp-vicarioustrauma.html

Your Patient Is Crying. What Do You Do?

What can you offer a crying patient besides a tissue? In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., discusses why patients cry, why it sometimes helps and how to react.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190506fp-crying.html

Are Your Patients Wasting Money on Supplements?

According to the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post, a recent survey found that nearly 90 percent of adults take vitamins or supplements, but less than 25 percent of respondents had a confirmed nutrient deficiency.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190213fp-supplements.html

We Made It Through Residency. Here's How You Can, Too

As Astrud Villareal, M.D., D.I.M.P.H., wraps up her training, she and her mentors offer some tips for the new class of family medicine interns.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190612fp-interntips.html

Data in (Direct) Primary Care: Striking the Right Balance

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Allison Edwards, M.D., writes that the health care system has done a poor job of measuring quality overall, but says that direct primary care can start over with a blank slate.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190624fp-dpcmeasures.html

Reaping Benefits (and Avoiding Pitfalls) of Social Media

After recent research showed the effect one negative social media post can have on a doctor's credibility, we asked our new physician bloggers how -- and why -- they use social media. This Fresh Perspectives blog post presents their responses.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190710fp-socialmedia.html

Where Do You Draw the Line With Patients, Animals?

Amid calls for stricter standards for emotional support animals, we asked our new physician bloggers how they handle letter-writing requests from patients regarding their animals. This Fresh Perspectives blog post includes their answers.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190731fp-pets.html

Residency Grad Thanks His Best Teachers -- His Patients

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, recent graduate Kyle Leggott, M.D., reflects on one of the most difficult tasks of his residency training: saying goodbye to his patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190812fp-thankpatients.html

It Started With One Question: What Is High-value Care?

Health policy wonk Kyle Leggott, M.D., and direct primary care physician Allison Edwards, M.D., debate the flaws and potential fixes of our health care system in this wide-ranging QandA.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191008fp-highvaluecare.html

Lifestyle Medicine Is My Prescription for Better Health

Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., is determined to convince his patients that a healthy diet, exercise and adequate rest are better than any medication he can prescribe.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191014fp-lifestylemed.html

My Rx Is Simple: Do Less

Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that free time is undervalued in our society and that it's OK to say no to things that might overwhelm our schedules.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191113fp-doless.html

How Much Will This Cost, Doc?

Allison Edwards, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that CME can arm physicians with new approaches to treatment, but too often discussions leave out the aspect of cost and value.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191126fp-cost.html

In Business -- Including Health Care -- Someone Has To Pay

A group of physicians recently spoke out about their institution's aggressive collections tactics. Allison Edwards, M.D., asks in this Fresh Perspectives post whether anyone will follow their lead in standing up for patients regarding skyrocketing costs in the U.S. health care system.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191209fp-collections.html

SNAP Work Requirements Won't Work

Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that roughly 10% of her county's population was already receiving assistance from a local food bank before the federal government finalized a rule that will cut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191216fp-snap.html

Small Steps Are Key to Making Resolutions Stick

Most New Year's resolutions fail before February. For this Fresh Perspectives blog post, we asked our new physician bloggers how they help patients make lifestyle changes that last.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200107fp-keepresolutions.html

Lady Gaga, Primary Care for Mental Health Is Part of the Cure

Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that Lady Gaga's recent unfounded comments about mental health and primary care can be harmful to patients, pointing out why -- and how -- the AAFP supports mental health care in the primary care setting.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200122fp-mentalhealth.html

New Physicians Share Match Day Memories, Advice

With the results of the National Resident Matching Program scheduled to be released on March 20, we asked our new physician bloggers to share memories of their own Match Days. Read what they shared in this Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200318fp-matchmemories.html

We Are All Vulnerable: Our Strength Is in Our Communities

Moazzum Bajwa, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., writes in this Fresh Perspectives post about steps that people can take throughout their communities to protect the most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200406fp-covidvulnerable.html

Unease During Pandemic Offers a Lesson in Understanding

Stewart Decker, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that when physicians treat patients with anxiety after the COVID-19 crisis is over, they should remember how they felt during the pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200415fp-covidanxiety.html

When Quarantining at Home Puts Families at Risk

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes in this Fresh Perspectives post that quarantining at home is not a safe option for patients with COVID-19 who live in close quarters, and the approach is putting minority communities at risk.

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The Immeasurable, Cascading Effects of Primary Care

Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that family physicians in outpatient settings are playing a vital role during the pandemic by keeping patients out of hospitals.

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New AAFP Resources Aim to Help With Payment, Outcomes

Shawn Martin highlights two new free Academy resources -- one related to payment and one intended to improve patient care -- in the latest In The Trenches blog post.

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Key Issues Face Congress Before Summer Recess

Congress has a lot of work to do before its summer recess and the mid-term election. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks at some key health care issues legislators must address this summer.

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Part II: Sharing Our Workforce, Clinical Priorities for 2018

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the Academy's priorities related to physician workforce and clinical expertise.

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Health Care Costs Soar, But Does U.S. Get What It Pays For?

At a time when overall health care costs are skyrocketing, U.S. spending on primary care office visits is in decline. In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin breaks down the Health Care Cost and Utilization ...

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Four Days of Family Medicine Advocacy

Hundreds of family physicians and medical students will be in Washington, D.C., next week for the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit. In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks ahead at the popular event.

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Robert Graham Center Is Vital Tool for Family Medicine

The Robert Graham Center recently published a report that offers a treasure trove of facts about family medicine. As the center marks its 19th year, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks at how it works to advance primary care.

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Bipartisan Work on Crucial Issues Deserves Support

Congress is showing signs of bipartisan agreement on three health care issues. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on prescription drug pricing, physician workforce training and insurance reform.

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And Down the Stretch They Come

As we near the final stretch of the midterm campaigns, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains how FamMedPAC supports candidates who support primary care.

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A Look Ahead to Election Day and a Look Back at FMX

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers his thoughts on the upcoming election and his top five highlights from the recent Family Medicine Experience.

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No Margin, No Mission: Better Physician Pay = Better Patient Care

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines six areas of focus where the Academy's advocacy work is aimed at improving payment for primary care.

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Are You Kidding Me? We Need More Primary Care Physicians

A recent commentary in The American Journal of Medicine suggests that primary care be left to nurse practitioners and physician assistants. In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin points out the ...

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Focusing on Single Issue Guarantees Inaction on Others

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that disagreement on a single issue shouldn't prevent collaboration on others.

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Why Do We Neglect Our Health System's Foundation?

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares insights from The Hill's Future of Health Care Summit.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190709ittfuturesummit.html

Members Set Course for AAFP at Congress of Delegates

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some key new AAFP policies established last week during the Congress of Delegates.

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Surveys: Physician Salaries Are Increasing, Burnout Persists

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes in the latest In the Trenches blog post that findings from a pair of Medscape surveys on compensation and burnout offer a mix of good and bad news.

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Advocacy in All Arenas: Making the Case for Family Medicine

Each year, the AAFP conducts face-to-face meetings with the nation's largest health insurers. In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the goals of those meetings.

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If Payers Could Reduce Administrative Burden, 'That'd Be Great'

In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the Academy's efforts to reduce administrative requirements and physician burnout.

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Why Are We Eager to Save One, Reluctant to Help Many?

In Alaska, there is an expectation that motorists will help others during extreme conditions. In this Leader Voices Blog post, John Cullen, M.D., questions why the same expectation to help doesn't always apply in health care.

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How a Rotation Far From Home Helped Me Appreciate Community

Medical student John Heafner, M.P.H., writes that his rotation at the Northern Navajo Medical Center helped him see another aspect of the heart of family medicine.

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The Match Can Be Daunting; Here's How to Keep It Simple

The Match is just a week away. Fourth-year medical student John Heafner, M.P.H., offers advice for students who will be going through the process in the future.

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With Most New Med Students Women Now, Let's Boost Our Support

For the first time, the new class of U.S. medical students has more women than men. Erica Swegler, M.D., writes that it's been a tough path for women, and obstacles remain.

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Congratulations on Your Match! Here's What to Do Next

Now that Match results are out, resident Alexa Mieses, M.D., M.P.H., offers tips to fourth-year medical students on what to do before residency orientation begins.

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What If Everyone Had a Family Physician?

Securing funding for vital primary care programs is a start, but Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that the fight continues for the kind of physician workforce our country needs.

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Follow Day of Action With Year-round Effort

Hundreds of family physicians and medical students were on Capitol Hill on May 22. Although lobbying days are important, Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices blog that advocacy requires year-round effort.

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Military Experience Shaped Me as Physician, Leader, Person

Ada Stewart, M.D., who is proud to wear both her white coat and her military uniform, reflects in the Leader Voices Blog on how the U.S. Army Reserve has helped keep her mentally and spiritually well.

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Advocacy, Like Sailing, Means Navigating Turbulent Seas

John Cullen, M.D., knows the ropes of sailing and advocacy. In this Leader Voices blog post, he says both require teamwork and persistence.

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