Report from the 69th Annual AAFP Congress of Delegates
Greetings from the 3rd and final day of the Congress of Delegates! Today was when the delegates voted for the President-Elect and the 3 spots for the AAFP Board. Kyle Jones and I made sure we got our votes in for the state of Utah! While the votes were being counted, several awards were given recognizing the accomplishments of many outstanding Family Physicians that have made big impacts on the local, state, national and international medical communities to improve the health of patients. These projects included starting hospitals in Ecuador, shaping residency education through strong national leadership and being a patient advocate and voice for the underserved population in a local community. They were all very inspiring Family Physicians!
The results of the voting were announced! The three new Board Members who will help to get things done for the AAFP were Dr. Robert Raspa from Florida, Dr. Leonard Reeves from Georgia and Dr. Ada Stewart from South Carolina. Each one will be a strong voice for us. The President-Elect was Dr. Michael Munger from Kansas. In his speech he stated “…we have a bright future and are all here for you.” Out-going AAFP President, Dr. Wanda Filer, installed the new AAFP President, Dr. John Meigs from Alabama who said, “You honored me 8 years ago when you allowed me to be your Speaker, well now I am going to be your squeaker.” With his dry sense of humor, love of history and passionate support of the University of Alabama (“Role tide!”), he will be a strong leader of the AAFP as we enter into the 70th year of the organization.
It has been another successful Congress of Delegates for the delegation from Utah. One of the key topics discussed and taken up by your Board was the subject of physician burnout. Dr. Meigs discussed “the 3 F’s”, faith, family, and friends, as a way to help prevent burnout. I would also suggest attending something like the Congress of Delegates or FMX, whether it be on the local, state or national level. I am always appreciative of how rejuvenated I feel after these meetings- it’s an opportunity to see that we all have similar stresses, similar joys and have people truly working for us to improve our lives!
Thank you again for the opportunity to represent you at the Congress of Delegates! We look forward to 2017 in San Antonio, Texas!
Nikki Clark, MD, FAAFP