2017 Congress of Delegates: Day 3

The AAFP’s mission statement—”To improve the health of patients, families, and communities by serving the needs of members with professionalism and creativity”—explains well the confluence of the academy’s advocacy efforts for both patients and family physicians. The 2017 Congress of Delegates represented this notion well, both in its elections and in the policies passed. Dr. Mike Munger, the new AAFP … Read More

2017 Congress of Delegates: Day 2

The second day of Congress of Delegates started with introductions of past presidents and brief discussions from leaders of other organizations. Family Medicine is well represented in the American Medical Association (AMA). David Barbe, the president of the AMA, and five other members of the AMA are Family Physicians.  The AAFP Foundation presented goals for free clinics nationwide and internationally, … Read More

2017 Congress of Delegates: Day 1

Congress of Delegates – Day #1 San Antonio, TX September 11th 2017 The first day of the 2017 AAFP Congress of Delegates was kicked off with a traditional Native American blessing and an amazing acapella rendition of the national anthem that blew the socks off of everyone in attendance. The four main members of the Executive Board made opening remarks. … Read More

2017 Congress of Delegates: AAFP Town Hall

The AAFP Town Hall was well attended with members and delegates excited to hear from our leaders on the most important concerns of constituents. Drs. Filer, Meigs, Munger, and Henley spoke to the diversity and power of our 129,000 AAFP members nationwide. Top issues include: Reducing the administrative burden to Family Doctors Reducing the burden of Maintenance of Certification Implementation … Read More

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