2016 Congress of Delegates: Day 3

Report from the 69th Annual AAFP Congress of Delegates Orlando, FL 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 … Read More

2016 Congress of Delegates: Day 2

The second day of Congress started with the candidates for AAFP Board of Directors giving their election speeches. Common concerns the candidates addressed included physician burn out, EMR distraction and MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act). The rest of the morning was an educational prolonged parliamentary process in which our own Nikki Clark, who chaired the Reference Committee on Education, … Read More

2016 Congress of Delegates: Day 1

The first official day of the AAFP’s Congress of Delegates was met with tremendous hoopla and formality, as typically accompanies such events. That being said, the day was quite inspiring, and helped me remember why it’s great to be a Family Physician. The Academy’s outgoing president, Dr. Wanda Filer, has done an absolutely excellent job this past year of representing … Read More

2016 Congress of Delegates: Pre-Conference

Let the Congress of Delegates begin!  It is so good to get things started in beautiful (and beautifully muggy) Orlando and to be here with our fellow highly engaged and innovative Family Medicine physicians from all over the country.  Our Utah Academy has five representatives here. Our two physician delegates this year are Nikki Clark and Kyle Jones. Pete Sundwall … Read More

2016 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

The 2016 General Session of the Utah Legislature is now in the rear view mirror, and true to form, our legislators did not make it boring. The Utah Academy of Family Physicians was involved in a lot of important conversations. We logged some policy wins and some losses, and the only certainty is that we still have a lot of … Read More

This week at the UAFP: 10/26/2015

One never knows just how exciting things are going to be on an Interim Session day at the Capitol. Some months boast nothing more than procedural meetings as our legislators work through logistics between General Sessions (ideally streamlining the work, come January). Others are surprisingly controversial and for legislative days that are essentially off the radars of virtually all Utahns, … Read More

This week at the UAFP, 10/22/2015

Never let it be said that life at the Academy is boring.  Things are really cranking here as the Academy and its members are increasingly recognized for the value that family medicine brings to our communities.  Case in point: I was asked by the Utah Department of Health to represent the UAFP by participating on the steering committee to recommend nicotine … Read More

AAFP Congress of Delegates Wrap Up

The health care winds blow in many directions these days, with much trepidation for all of us. The AAFPs recent Congress of Delegates (COD) in Denver works to ensure that this wind blows in Family Medicine’s sails instead of against us. The Congress sets the agenda for the Academy’s efforts for the next year by presenting and debating what is … Read More

AAFP Congress of Delegates: Reference Committees 9/29/2015

The 68th Congress of Delegates officially started at 7:30 this morning. There were many familiar faces and many new ones.  We got to hear from the current president, Dr. Robert Wergin who said Family Medicine was the “Wow specialty!” and we are getting known for this. He reviewed many of the accomplishments of the AAFP in 2015 (SGR is repealed!), … Read More

AAFP Congress of Delegates: Town Hall 9/28/2015

The Utah delegation is here! Kyle Jones, Jesse Spencer, David Grygla, Nikki Clark and our Executive Jennifer Dailey are all in Denver ready to make a difference. We started the evening with the Western States Dinner where Kyle shared our resolution and we won Huckleberry Licorice from Montana for answering AAFP trivia!! On to the Town Hall—the Officers share successes … Read More