President’s Corner

KAFP President’s Letter

The Kansas Family Doctor: 70 Years in the Making

You are invited to the 2018 KAFP Annual Meeting and our celebration of 70 years of excellence and caring for Kansans.

We gather to celebrate those family physicians who have paved the way. Our vision is enhanced through standing on the shoulders of those before us, and our strength is in standing shoulder to shoulder with each other.

We gather to celebrate our past, and to collectively look to our future.

“In 1948, a Kansas Academy of General Practice was also born to stimulate and preserve high standards of practice among the general physicians of the state.” (1)

In 1971, the American Academy of General Practice changed its name to the American Academy of Family Physicians, to more accurately reflect the changing nature of primary health care. (2) The state chapter name was subsequently changed, reflecting the relationship between national and state academies.

These are just two snippets of our KAFP history — a history that will be celebrated at the Annual Meeting, and through the subsequent year.

Please join your colleagues in Overland Park, June 14-16, as we:

  • Learn more about KAFP history, and create our own piece of history in the chapter
  • Earn CME
  • Enjoy fellowship at the biggest KAFP event of the year

If you need a KSA to complete your MC-FP, the Pre-Conference Session: Health Behavior KSA Group Learning Session is available on Wednesday, June 13.

We hit the ground running on Thursday, June 14 with three great CME talks (topics on abnormal liver tests, Hepatitis C and MACRA/MIPS/QPP) all before lunch, followed by more great CME after lunch! Friday is a full day of outstanding CME and Saturday is a special treat with our poster presenters, resident speakers and a Leadership Listen & Learn panel discussion. See the article elsewhere in this issue for the full schedule.

The Thursday Wine Tasting & Auction fundraiser is always a sold out event! This year we are offering a special $70/ticket price in honor of the 70th anniversary, and a bonus… it will be at the AAFP Headquarters. If you have not yet seen our AAFP Headquarters, this is your chance. The fundraiser has been an incredibly fun way to share an evening together. We gather to support the KAFP- Foundation, which does a great job of building the pipeline for future family physicians through programming for pre-med students, medical students and residents.

Other fun meeting highlights include the Friday morning Fun Run/Walk, the Awards & Recognition Lunch and the President’s Dinner. I invite you to join us for this momentous occasion.

The Annual Meeting is just one great opportunity to interact with members, and to participate in our mission to support and serve family physicians of Kansas as we advance the health of all Kansans.”

Aside from attending the Annual Meeting, there are other ways to become involved with the KAFP:

  • Volunteer to be a Social Media Ambassador for the Annual Meeting (receive a 25% registration discount!)
  • Participate in the annual Advocacy Day in Topeka
  • Volunteer as Doctor of the Day in Topeka
  • Participate in our quarterly RISE Webinars (Mark your calendar for August 29 and October 24! Visit the website for more information –
  • Volunteer to participate on a KAFP Committee
  • Voice your concerns and those of the Academy with your legislative representatives. The legislators have repeatedly commented on the impact that our individual and collective voice make on their decisions. They respect and listen to our concerns. KAFP needs you to make your voice heard.
  • Run to serve as a district director for your area.

I would encourage each of you to share your unique leadership strengths with our Academy. Your participation will be appreciated; and the return on your participation is well worth the time and treasure invested. I was reminded last summer that leadership is an action, not a position. This was at the Kansas Leadership Center, a great resource for our state where we were introduced to various leadership skills and then learned to apply them. The KAFP benefits when each of us takes action to participate in Academy activities supporting our chapter.

I look forward to seeing each of you at the KAFP Annual Meeting. It’s an event that has been 70 years in the making!


Dr. John

John Feehan, MD, FAAFP
Olathe, KS

  1. The Kansas Doctor; A Century of Pioneering; Thomas N. Bonner
  2. AAFP website