Save the Date for 2020 Advocacy Day

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Mark your calendars for Jan. 29, 2020 — Kansas’ birthday and Advocacy Day in Topeka! Advocacy Day is for physicians, residents and medical students who are interested in learning more about how to advocate for family physicians in our state. The day will energize you, prepare you to give testimony or call your legislator and inform you about issues in Kansas that affect your profession and about the upcoming legislative session. Registration and schedule are coming soon. This is our biggest legislative event of the year – don’t miss it!

2020 Award Nominations Open

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Kansas has some of the best family doctors! Help us showcase the great work of our members by nominating an outstanding family physician you know.

The deadline to submit 2020 nominations is Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019.  KAFP is seeking nominations for the following awards:

Halloween Safety

Safe Kids

Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to the safety of those little trick-or-treaters. Fortunately, there are a lot of easy things parents and kids can do to stay safe on the spookiest of holidays. Share these Halloween safety tips with your patients:

Top Tips for Halloween Safety

  1. Carry glow sticks or flashlights, use reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags and wear light colors to help kids see and be seen by drivers.
  2. Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating.
  3. Slow down and be alert! Kids are excited on Halloween and may dart into the street. Turn on headlights early in the day to spot kids from further away.
  4. Remind kids to cross the street at corners or crosswalks.
  5. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. Choose face paint over masks when possible. Masks can limit children’s vision.

Here are a few more Halloween safety tips.

KAFP Seeks Authors and Members in the News

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KAFP is seeking authors for the Kansas Family Physician, “Physician Viewpoint” column and any professional news items. “Physician Viewpoint” is a regular feature article in the KAFP’s quarterly journal. If you have a story you would like to share with your colleagues about successes in your practice or experiences that have helped improve patient care, please share! Some recent topics “Physician Viewpoint” authors have written about include social determinants of health, end-of-life-care and physician burnout. Do you have a topic you are passionate about? Please submit your article for the winter issue by Dec. 30, 2019 to mspexarth@kafponline.org.

What to include in your “Physician Viewpoint” submission:

  1. Length: 750-1200 words
  2. Headshot
  3. Short Bio
  4. Send to Marina Spexarth by Dec. 30.

Have you recently received an award, been appointed to a committee or office for an organization?

We want to hear about your achievements! We want to include you in our “Members in the News” section of the Kansas Family Physician. Please email Marina your item. Be sure and include “Members in the News” in the subject line. Provide your headshot or a photo from your news item if applicable.

Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee

Center for Tobacco Products

Center for Tobacco Products is requesting nominations for voting members to serve on the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC). Voting members are knowledgeable in the fields of medicine, medical ethics, science, or technology involving the manufacture, evaluation, or use of tobacco products.

CTP is also seeking nominations for a nonvoting representative of the interests of the tobacco manufacturing industry to serve on TPSAC. Nominees may be self-nominated or nominated by an organization.

TPSAC advises CTP in its responsibilities related to the regulation of tobacco products. The Committee reviews and evaluates safety, dependence, and health issues relating to tobacco products and provides appropriate advice, information, and recommendations to the FDA commissioner.

Please see the two Federal Register notices for more information on the nomination process for voting and nonvoting members of TPSAC. Learn More

2020 Award Nominations Open

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Kansas has some of the best family doctors! Help us showcase the great work of our members by nominating an outstanding family physician you know.

The deadline for submission of 2020 nominees is Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019.  KAFP is seeking nominations for the following awards:

Do you know a Kansas family physician deserving of any of these honors? KAFP wants to hear from you!

Volunteer at the Statehouse

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Spots are filling fast for Family Doctor of the Day (FDOD) volunteer opportunities! Check out availability . We invite all of our active members and residents with a Kansas medical license, to serve as the FDOD at the Statehouse during the legislative session.

FDOD volunteers report to the Statehouse in Topeka at 9:00 a.m. and stay until 3:00 p.m. taking care of legislators, staff and sometimes even visitors who need medical attention.

FDOD is a volunteer program organized by the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, in which KAFP provides for a family physician to be present at the Statehouse each day during the legislative session. KAFP relies on its trusted membership to volunteer to serve as FDOD.

The FDOD program is an opportunity to network in Topeka, learn about the legislative process, attend part of a session or committee meeting and provide a much-appreciated service to legislators on behalf of KAFP.

Volunteers assist legislators and their staff with health needs that may arise throughout the day. Checking blood pressure, distributing ibuprofen, examining sore throats: the health issues are mainly minor health needs, with a few more serious ailments during the year. The legislators are grateful for the program and it showcases the great work of family medicine in patient care!

Save the Date for 2020 Advocacy Day

KAFP

Mark your calendars for Jan. 29, 2020 — Kansas’ birthday and Advocacy Day in Topeka! Advocacy Day is for physicians, residents and medical students who are interested in learning more about how to advocate for medicine. The day will energize you, prepare you, and inform you about Kansas issues and the upcoming legislative session. Registration and schedule coming soon. This is our biggest legislative event of the year – don’t miss it!

KAFP represented well at AAFP Congress of Delegates

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Our four elected delegates recently represented the KAFP during AAFP’s Congress of Delegates Sept. 22-27, 2019 in Philadelphia, Penn. Jen Brull, MD, FAAFP of Plainville and Doug Gruenbacher, MD of Quinter served as delegates while Diane Steere, MD and Lynn Fisher, MD, FAAFP, both of Wichita, served as alternate delegates. All four provided testimony in support and opposition of a variety of resolutions and Drs. Brull and Gruenbacher voted to elect three candidates for the AAFP board of directors and for the president elect position.

For the first time in KAFP’s history, we gather input throughout the summer from the voting-eligible membership on a variety of topics, ensuring our delegates could accurately represent the opinions of the majority of members who responded to the surveys and outreach.

As you know, KAFP submitted a late resolution, asking the Congress of Delegates to reverse a 2018 decision taking an approach of engaged neutrality regarding medical aid in dying/physician assisted suicide to one of opposition of medical aid in dying/physician assisted suicide. Unfortunately, this resolution had to pass by two-thirds vote of delegates to be referred to committee and it did not pass. Additionally, KAFP submitted a resolution allowing physicians to use their language of choice related to medical aid in dying and/or physician assisted suicide. The Reference Committee on Advocacy referred this resolution the AAFP Board of Directors.

KAFP Board President, Sheryl Beard, MD, FAAFP of Andover said, “The most valuable thing we learned from this past year leading up to Congress, was how to engage members well. We felt like we were able to hear our members and bring their concerns forth. On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, thank you to all who submitted opinions to the KAFP officers, delegates and staff. We were also able to learn about the process of submitting late resolutions. This is the first time in history that a late resolution was not heard by Congress, which was disappointing to say the least.”

To address this, Dr. Beard said, “We will again submit this resolution next year at the regular time, which prevents resolutions from being voted down.”

You can read all of the reference committee reports here (your AAFP login is required).

Although the outcomes of our submitted resolutions were not what KAFP had hoped for, association leaders are pleased to have so much membership engagement and input into the process. Thank you to our delegates, task force members, resolutions committee members and general members for participating in the democratic process. KAFP will employ a similar member engagement process for 2020 resolution submissions and in preparation for Congress of Delegates, which will be held Oct. 12-14 in Chicago, Ill.

Let’s Move, Register on-site for run/walk; donations welcome

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Online registration is closed for Let’s Move, Kansas. You may register on-site at Sedgwick County Park on beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. The timed 5K run begins at 8:30 a.m.

We encourage registrants to pick up their race packets early to avoid lines on race day.

Early Packet Pick-Up for Registrants
Thursday, October 17 & Friday, October 18
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Kansas Academy of Family Physicians
7570 W 21st St. N. Bldg.1026, Suite C, #104, Wichita, Kansas 67205
Reflection Ridge Office Park — follow the Let’s Move, Kansas signs!

If you cannot participate in the race on Oct. 19, the KAFP-Foundation would greatly appreciate a donation to support residents and students. Give today. The mission of the KAFP-Foundation is to promote the philosophy of family medicine, research and education of Kansas family physicians.

Thank you to our 2019 sponsor for making this run/walk possible!

Presenting sponsor, KU School of Medicine-Wichita
Media sponsor, KMUW Wichita 89.1
Platinum sponsors, Grene Vision Group and Wichita Surgical Specialists
Gold sponsors, Advanced Physical Therapy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, Premier Property Management, Primary Care Associates and West Wichita Family Physicians, PA
Silver sponsor, Aledade, Southcentral Pathology Laboratory, P.A., Wichita Urology
Bronze sponsors, Post Rock Family Medicine and Wichita Marriott