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Crafting a Life That's Right for Me, My Family and Patients

After the birth of twins, Beth Oller, M.D., restructured her life so she could offer the best of herself to both her family and her practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171127fp-selfcare.html

Creating A Medical Home is About Improvement, Not Checking Boxes

The process to become a recognized medical home should be focused on practice and performance improvement rather than completing a check list for a third-party company. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin has more.

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

Critical Issues at Stake for Primary Care in Lame Duck Session

Critical Issues at Stake for Primary Care in Lame Duck Session

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

Crunch Time for Congress: Key Health Issues Unresolved

As time runs out on the current Congress, the AAFP is closely monitoring legislation that would affect key health care programs and issues, including funding to address the Zika virus outbreak. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/crunch_time_for_congress_key.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

Culture Shock: Practice Transitions Impact Our Loved Ones

Culture Shock: Practice Transitions Impact Our Loved Ones

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/culture_shock_practice_transitions_impact.html

Curbing Childhood Obesity Requires Moving Beyond the Exam Room

Curbing Childhood Obesity Requires Moving Beyond the Exam Room

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/curbing_childhood_obesity_requires_moving.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

Cut the Jargon and Let Patients Hear What You're Saying

Cut the Jargon and Let Patients Hear What You're Saying

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/cut_the_jargon_and_let.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

Dealing With Addiction at Home

Dealing With Addiction at Home

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/dealing_with_addiction_at_home.html

Dealing With Death: Why Helping Patients' Families Helps Me

Dealing With Death: Why Helping Patients' Families Helps Me

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/dealing_with_death_why_helping.html

Dear Payers: Unnecessary Visits Waste Patients' Time

Dear Payers: Unnecessary Visits Waste Patients' Time

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

Death in the Family: It's OK to Let Go

Relatives often turn to physicians with medical questions. Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., addresses the difficulty of providing insight and comfort when a family member is dying.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/death_in_the_family_it.html

Death of Patient With COVID-19 Was Unlike Any Other

Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that when a patient of his died of COVID-19, the uncertainty and anxiety shrouding her death made it unlike any other he had ever experienced.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200427fp-coviddeath.html

Dedicated Medical Students Drawing Peers to Family Medicine

Dedicated Medical Students Drawing Peers to Family Medicine

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

Dedication to Lifelong Learning Reflects Specialty's Heritage

Dedication to Lifelong Learning Reflects Specialty's Heritage

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

Delaying Visa Approvals Would Harm Medical Training, Patients

As a new training year approaches, many international medical graduates are waiting for H1-B visa approvals. The AAFP and others have been pressing the administration to expedite the process.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180619lv-visaapproval.html

Delegates to Debate Policy, Select Academy Leaders

Delegates to Debate Policy, Select Academy Leaders

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

Delivering an Important Message for Family Medicine

Delivering an Important Message for Family Medicine

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

Delta Incidents, Film Underscore Need for More Black Female Doctors

Two black female physicians recently said their offers to help ill passengers were rejected by flight crews because of race. Sadly, their stories aren't uncommon. AAFP Speaker Javette Orgain, M.D., M.P.H.; and Director Ada Stewart, M.D., write that black female physicians are doing ...

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

Democrats Hear AAFP's Message About Health Care

Democrats Hear AAFP's Message About Health Care

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

Despite Challenges, Virtual Match Can Bring Positive Change

Kelly Thibert, D.O., M.P.H., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that a virtual Match process will present challenges as well as opportunities for both medical students and residency programs.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200717lv-virtualmatch.html

Despite Flaws, Potential Vast for Health IT

Carl Olden, M.D., writes that new payment models and delegating documentation work may be keys to getting the most value out of electronic health records.

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

Diagnosis Dangerous: What Do You Do When a Patient is Armed, Hostile?

Diagnosis Dangerous: What Do You Do When a Patient is Armed, Hostile?

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/diagnosis_dangerous_what_do_you.html

Digging Out of Medical School Debt

Digging Out of Medical School Debt

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/digging_out_of_medical_school.html

Digital Media: It's Here to Stay, and That's a Good Thing

Digital Media: It's Here to Stay, and That's a Good Thing

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

Dire Situations Can Bring Out the Best in People

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Robert Raspa, M.D., reflects on the willingness of people to help others in need.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170921lv-irma.html

Direct Primary Care Doc Sets Record Straight

Direct Primary Care Doc Sets Record Straight

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/direct_primary_care_doc_sets.html

Direct Primary Care Is a Sensible Workforce Solution

John Bender, M.D., M.B.A., writes that contrary to misconceptions, the direct primary care model is an ideal strategy to ensure our nation has a robust family medicine physician workforce in the long run.

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

Direct Primary Care Model Poised for Rapid Growth

Direct Primary Care Model Poised for Rapid Growth

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/direct_primary_care_model_poised.html

Direct Primary Care: A Snapshot

Direct primary care family physician Allison Edwards, M.D., reflects in this Fresh Perspectives blog post on insights from the AAFP's DPC Data Brief and offers a path for the movement to grow thoughtfully.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190820fp-dpcsnapshot.html

Discovering a Brave New World of Medical Scribing

Discovering a Brave New World of Medical Scribing

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/discovering_a_brave_new_world1.html

Disease Outbreak Shows What -- and Why -- We Can Learn From Mistakes

When physicians failed to follow the principles of evidence-based medicine, it exacerbated a pertussis outbreak in Kentucky. Gerry Tolbert, M.D., writes that doctors must learn from such mistakes.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/disease_outbreak_shows_what_and.html

Dismissing Osteopathic Manipulation Rubs Me the Wrong Way

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., offers a rebuttal to a recent Forbes article that was critical of osteopathic manipulation.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180313fp-do.html

Do 'Disease of the Month' Campaigns Lead to Overscreening?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., questions whether disease of the month campaigns might contribute to overscreening and overdiagnosis.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171016fp-diseasemonth.html

Do No Harm: When Is a Physician Too Sick to Work?

Do No Harm: When Is a Physician Too Sick to Work?

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/do_no_harm_when_is.html

Do Your Patients Know How Health Care Reform Will Affect Them?

Do Your Patients Know How Health Care Reform Will Affect Them?

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

Docs Seeking Strong Connection to Patients Could Find it in Rural Practice

Docs Seeking Strong Connection to Patients Could Find it in Rural Practice

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

Doctor or Patient? Who Owns Medical Records?

Doctor or Patient? Who Owns Medical Records?

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/doctor_or_patient_who_owns.html

Doctors Need the Straight Dope on Medical Marijuana

Doctors Need the Straight Dope on Medical Marijuana

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

Does Prevention Save Money? That's the Wrong Question

Does Prevention Save Money? That's the Wrong Question

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/does_prevention_save_money_that.html

Does Single Payer Have Friends in CBO Places?

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin finds no bogeyman in the Congressional Budget Office's report on single-payer health care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190514itt-singlepayer.html

Doing My Part to Help Physician Workforce Reflect Diverse Population

When minority physicians treat patients of the same minority group, patient satisfaction often improves and care is more culturally proficient. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of minority doctors in our health care system.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/doing_my_part_to_help.html

Don't Accept Limits on Your Family Medicine Opportunities

Don't Accept Limits on Your Family Medicine Opportunities

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/don_t_accept_limits_on.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

Don't Be Shy: Health is Primary Trumpets FP Success Stories

Don't Be Shy: Health is Primary Trumpets FP Success Stories

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

Don't Blame Mental Illness for Mass Shootings

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that taking the wholesale approach of blaming mass shootings on mental illness stigmatizes patients who have mental health issues and deflects attention from real predictors of such incidents.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190918fp-massshootings.html

Don't Forget Puerto Rico -- We Didn't

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, a Fort Collins, Colo., family practice created two jobs for displaced workers. John Bender, M.D., M.B.A., shares their stories in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180328lv-puertorico.html

Don't Forget Why You Chose Medicine in the First Place

Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes that remembering why you chose a career in medicine can be as important as how you go about pursuing that career.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180904lv-yourwhy.html

Don't Let Implicit Bias Shape Physician Workforce -- or Patient Care

A study at Ohio State University College of Medicine revealed implicit white preference by the admissions committee. This is significant because black, Hispanic and American Indians and Alaska Natives are underrepresented among medical students. However, AAFP student Board member Lauren...

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

Don't Miss Your Opportunity to Lead

With the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students approaching, Kurt Bravata, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that resident leadership roles led him to his current job and a state leadership position.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200702fp-leadership.html

Don't Take It Personally? With Angry Patients, That's Hard

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., ponders how physicians should react when they are the focus of a disgruntled patient's ire.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191022fp-angrypatient.html

Don't Throw Away Your Shot to Make the World Better

What can physicians learn from a Broadway musical? Gerry Tolbert, M.D., writes that Hamilton provides some important lessons about language and being willing to take a stand.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/don_t_throw_away_your.html

Don't Wait: Advance Planning Helps Both Patients and Their Caregivers

Don't Wait: Advance Planning Helps Both Patients and Their Caregivers

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/don_t_wait_advance_planning.html

Donald or Hillary? How Choice Affects Health Care

Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both have expressed commitments to addressing the nation's opioid epidemic as well as support for improved access to mental health services and improve access to care for veterans. But the presidential candidates split -- widely -- on their ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/donald_or_hillary_how_choice.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

Drawings From Detention: Assisting Asylum Seekers

Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., recently visited the nation's largest family detention center to help asylum seekers. She shares her experience in words and drawings in the Fresh Perspectives blog.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180717fp-asylum.html

Drop in Number of FPs Who Deliver Babies May Create Rural Crisis

A projected shortage of obstetricians and a declining percentage of family physicians who provide maternity care could create a crisis for women in underserved areas.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170815lv-ruralob.html

DTC Tests Raise Questions Among Patients, Physicians

With so many questions about the risks and benefits of direct-to-consumer genetic tests that are hitting the market, we asked two of our new physician bloggers for their insights.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180329fp-dtctests.html

Duke Students Show Keen Interest in Family Medicine

Duke Students Show Keen Interest in Family Medicine

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

During COVID-19 Pandemic, Public Health Is Personal

In this FPs on the Front Lines blog post, Jennifer Bacani McKenney, M.D., relates the challenges of trying to protect the community she grew up in during a pandemic as a family physician and county health officer.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200730fl-publichealthpersonal.html

E-prescribing Holds Potential to Curb Opioid Abuse

E-prescribing Holds Potential to Curb Opioid Abuse

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

Early Thoughts on the 2019 Fee Schedule

AAFP staff members are reviewing the 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule. In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares some initial reactions based on the Academy's early evaluation of the proposal.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180731itt_feeschedule.html

EAT-Lancet Recommendations Have Value, but Are They Feasible?

A new report on diet and agriculture aims to improve the health of the earth and its human inhabitants. Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., lauds the commission's effort but questions the feasibility of its recommendations.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190402fp-eatlancet.html

EHR Market Needs Competition, Innovation

Back in 2004, the Bush administration predicted that electronic health records would help clinicians avoid medical mistakes, reduce costs and improve care within 10 years. In the latest In the Trenches post, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180501ITT_ehrs.html

Eight Questions for 2018: Yes, Single Payer Is One of Them

Despite opposition to socialized, single-payer health care, nearly 120 million Americans have health care coverage through government-supported programs. With that growing number in mind, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin poses eight ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20171219ITT_singlepayer.html

Embrace Change and Tech to Shape Our Future

In this Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President-elect Gary LeRoy, M.D., ponders the future of family medicine, including the Academy's new informatics technology initiative.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20181107lv-change.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

Encouragement Is Key to Developing Physician Leaders

Newly installed AAFP President John Meigs, M.D., reflects on his path to leadership and urges others not only to join him, but to mentor and encourage others to follow.

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

End of Medicare Bonuses Underlines Need for New Payment Models

End of Medicare Bonuses Underlines Need for New Payment Models

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

End the Silence -- Make Every Voice Count

In her first In the Trenches blog post, Stephanie Quinn, the AAFP's new senior vice president for advocacy, practice advancement and policy, writes that during a pivotal moment in U.S. history, it is important for family medicine to lead with compassion and strength.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200609itt-race.html

End-of-life Care Is as Important as All Care Preceding It

In this Leader Voices Blog post, family medicine resident Kelly Thibert, D.O., M.P.H., shares her first experience with helping a terminally ill patient decide how she wanted to live her final days.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191213lv-endoflife.html

Ensuring Appropriate Care When Views of Physician, Patient Collide

Patients often forget that physicians are people with their own beliefs, and ethical dilemmas can arise when these beliefs conflict with a patient's medical needs and wishes. Kimberly Becher, M.D., considers how to preserve both the dignity of physicians as well as appropriate care for ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/ensuring_appropriate_care_when_views.html

Everyday Heroes: What We Do Today Saves Lives Tomorrow

Through detection, prevention and careful health management, primary care physicians save countless lives each day with little drama or fanfare.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/everyday_heroes_what_we_do.html

Everyone Should Realize FPs Are the Quarterbacks of Medicine

Family physicians are the quarterbacks of the health care team, so why do they get treated like kickers? Too many payers and policymakers still fail to appreciate the vital role FPs play in the health care system.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170911lv-meigs.html

Exercise Is Medicine. Here's How I Get Patients Started

Ninety percent of Americans don't meet recommendations for physical activity. Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., has seen the good that exercise can do, and in this Fresh Perspectives blog post he shares ways to get more patients off the couch.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180516fp-exercise.html

Exposing Students to Rural Health Key to Producing Rural Docs

Exposing Students to Rural Health Key to Producing Rural Docs

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

Eye on the Ball: Overreliance on EHRs Can Bring Disaster

Eye on the Ball: Overreliance on EHRs Can Bring Disaster

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/eye_on_the_ball_overreliance.html

Face-to-Face With Dr. Oz: Benefits of Touting Family Medicine Outweigh Risks

Face-to-Face With Dr. Oz: Benefits of Touting Family Medicine Outweigh Risks

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

Fact: The Pandemic Is About People, Not Politics

MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that she is devastated by politicians and other officials telling the public that physicians aren't to be trusted regarding COVID-19.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200716fp-moralinjury.html

Fake Teen Doc Reflects Need for Real Minority Physicians

Fake Teen Doc Reflects Need for Real Minority Physicians

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/fake_teen_doc_reflects_need.html

Family Leave Policies Failing U.S. Families

Family Leave Policies Failing U.S. Families

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/family_leave_policies_failing_u.html

Family Medicine for America's Health to Launch at Assembly

Family Medicine for America's Health to Launch at Assembly

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

Family Medicine on the Right Course

Family Medicine on the Right Course

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

Family Medicine Welcomes Mount Sinai Into the Fold

Family Medicine Welcomes Mount Sinai Into the Fold

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

Family Medicine Wins … or Loses?

Family Medicine Wins … or Loses?

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

Family Medicine: Make It What You Want

Family Medicine: Make It What You Want

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/family_medicine_make_it_what.html

Family Medicine: The Force Awakens

Family Medicine: The Force Awakens

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

Family Medicine's Role in Strengthening Public Health

National Public Health Week recently concluded. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines the vital link between public health and primary care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/family_medicine_s_role_in.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

Family of Family Medicine Now Under One Roof in Washington

Family of Family Medicine Now Under One Roof in Washington

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

Family Physicians Can Cut Unnecessary Surgeries

Robust clinical trials demonstrate relevant outcomes of various surgeries. Does a surgery extend a patient's life? Does the surgery decrease a patient's pain? Does it improve the patient's quality of life? Answering these questions, along with weighing risks and other treatment options,...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/family_physicians_can_cut_unnecessary.html

Family Physicians Can Help When Holidays Aren't Merry

Family Physicians Can Help When Holidays Aren't Merry

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/family_physicians_can_help_when.html

Family Physicians Can Make Their Mark in Many Ways

As her time on the AAFP Board ends, Board Chair Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., reflects on leadership, the loss of her father and new challenges and opportunities.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170906lv-filerfarewell.html

Family Physicians to Debate Policy, Elect Leaders at COD

Family physicians from every state and territory, as well as representatives of various member constituencies, will debate policy and elect new Academy leaders this week during the Congress of Delegates.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/ITT_20170912.html

FamMedPAC to Congress: What Have You Done for Us Lately?

During the 2016 election cycle, FamMedPAC donated more than $1 million to congressional candidates. AAFP President-elect Michael Munger, M.D., explains how the PAC will decide where its money goes in 2018.

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

Far From the Madding Crowd: Whole-Patient Focus Facilitates Diagnosis

Far From the Madding Crowd: Whole-Patient Focus Facilitates Diagnosis

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/far_from_the_madding_crowd.html

Father's Day Flashback: Lessons Learned From Dads

Father's Day Flashback: Lessons Learned From Dads

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

Fee Schedule Reflects CMS Efforts to Support Primary Care

The proposed rule for the 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule includes several updates to payment policies that would benefit family physicians. But CMS can-and should-do more to support primary care. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin...

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

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