Registration open for “Let’s Move, Kansas” Run/Walk



​The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians-Foundation is proud to announce our fourth year for Let’s Move, Kansas run/walk. Let’s Move Kansas aims to promote an active, healthy lifestyle for all Kansans. Mark your calendars for October 20, 2018 at Sedgwick County Park, Wichita, Kansas for this year’s event!

Registration is now open at: Be sure and sign up by August 20 for the early bird rate! $5 discount for residents and medical students ONLY with promo code STURES18.

Register at  Proceeds benefit the KAFP-Foundation.  Join us in motivating Kansans to move, and supporting the future of family medicine!

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, KU School of Medicine-Wichita and our platinum sponsor, Grene Vision Group. If your hospital/clinic/company is interested in being a sponsor for this event, please contact at Michelle Corkins or 316-721-9005 for more information.

KAFP Annual Meeting offers valuable CME


Kansas Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP) invites you to celebrate our 70th Anniversary with us:  KAFP Annual Meeting: 70 Years Caring for Kansans at the Overland Park Marriott Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas – June 14-16, 2018.

Sessions cover topics including cholesterol guidelines, opioid use and misuse, fertility, heart failure, leadership, sports medicine, and MACRA/MIPS/QPP. There will also be round table discussion on DPC, several EMRs, POCUS, ER, public health, and new physicians.”  View the full schedule here.

Click here to read more about special activities such as the pre-conference KSA, Wine Tasting & Auction, Fun Run and President’s Dinner.

Please contact the KAFP office at 316-721-9005 or email with questions about the meeting or registration. We hope you will join us and celebrate 70 Years of Caring for Kansans!

This live activity, KAFP 2018 Annual Meeting, with a beginning date of June 14, 2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 15.75 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Belinda Vail, MD, FAAFP named Family Medicine Department Chair


Congratulations to Belinda Vail, MD, FAAFP who was officially named Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Kansas City.

Dr. Vail is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine. Dr. Vail graduated and received her residency training from the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine. She later completed a fellowship in Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA and a fellowship at the AAFP National Institute for Program Director Development, Leawood, Kansas.

Her clinical practice includes procedures and maternity and inpatient care, and she teaches students in all four years of medical school, nurse practitioner students, and residents during all of these clinical activities. She is also an active didactic teacher in the schools of medicine and nursing and in the residency program. Dr. Vail is Medical Director for Community Living Opportunities, a residential facility for developmentally disabled adults, and participates in oversight for the Kansas Department of Corrections and for the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability.

She is a core lecturer for several CME programs for the American Academy of Family Physicians, was the director of the National Board Review Course for 15 years, and continues to present in the AAFP Board Review Express course.  A member of AOA, the Gold Humanism Society, and the Delp Society, her awards include the Rainbow Award for Heroes in Medicine, the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians Exemplary Teaching Award, The Nason Family Award for Excellence in Teaching in Family Medicine, and the University of Kansas Bohan Award for Teaching.

AAFP Proficiency Testing


AAFP’s Proficiency Testing Program (AAFP-PT) offers many solutions for office laboratories. Proficiency testing determines the performance of a laboratory for specific tests and can be used to monitor staff competency in laboratory testing. Accurate lab results are essential to patient care. If a practice offers basic tests such as strep, flu, or mono, PT is highly recommended for quality assurance—this is important for correct diagnosis and patient safety.  Learn more.

Grant Funding Opportunities


Here are some grant opportunities you and your practice may be interested in pursuing:

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Training Program – Application Deadline: May 7, 2018

Grants to establish and enhance nutrition centers of excellence to improve access to comprehensive, community-based, nutrition-centered, and culturally competent coordinated care by increasing the availability of practitioners trained in maternal and child health nutrition.

CDC Funding for Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke – Application Deadline: June 11, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will make 51 awards of up to $3 million each to support state investments in evidence-based strategies to prevent and manage cardiovascular disease and diabetes in populations that are disproportionately affected.

Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program – Application Deadline: June 29, 2018

The Universal Service Fund (USF) Rural Health Care program reduces the cost of broadband connectivity for rural public or nonprofit health care providers or networks.  The fund is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under auspices of the Federal Communications Commission.   Visit the USAC website to see a calendar for filing window periods as well as training events, webinars and resources.


2018 KAFP candidates announced


Members of KAFP’s Nominating Committee proudly announce the 2018 candidates. To help you get to know the candidates, click this link: 2018 Board Candidates. Above each candidate’s photo click “Read Candidate Statement.” Curriculum vitae for candidates are available by request, or 316-721-9005. Thank you to all of our candidates for running.

Director Candidates

Elections for District Directors are conducted by U.S. Mail ballot. This year you will elect directors for districts 1, 2, 4, 6 and 8. Ballots are in the mail and must be returned via U.S. mail by May 15, 2018.

District 1: Keith Ratzlaff, MD (Olathe)
District 2: Tessa Rohrberg, MD (Winfield) & Ron Seglie, MD (Pittsburg)
District 4: Shana Jarmer, MD (Wellington)
District 6: Courtney Huhn, MD (Lansing) & Graig Nickel, MD, FAAFP (Lawrence)
District 8: Ferrill Conant, MD (Smith Center) & Dereck Totten, MD, MPH (Colby)

Officer Candidates

During this year’s KAFP Member Meeting, Friday, June 15, members will elect Secretary, Treasurer, Delegate and Alternate Delegates to the KAFP Board of Directors. The election will be conducted in person during the Annual Meeting  at the Overland Park Marriott Hotel in Overland Park on Friday, June 15 at 1:00 pm in the Member Meeting. You must be present to vote. Get to know your candidates before the big day.

Secretary Candidates: Jennifer McKenney, MD, FAAFP (Fredonia) & Margaret Smith, MD (Kansas City)
Treasurer: Gretchen Irwin, MD, MBA, FAAFP (Wichita)
Delegate (2 year term): Jen Brull MD, FAAFP (Plainville)
Alternate Delegate (2 year term):  Diane Steere, MD (Wichita)
Alternate Delegate (1 year term): Lynn Fisher, MD, FAAFP (Plainville)

Share your Input on Continuing Board Certification

Vision Initiative

The Vision Initiative—a collaborative effort created by the American Board of Medical Specialties—is conducting an important survey and needs your input to re-envision the future of continuing board certification and physician assessment.

Please take the survey on or before the May 11 response deadline.

The better data the Vision Initiative gathers, the clearer the answers will be regarding how the board certification process should evolve to truly serve the needs of physicians and their patients.

Help construct the future of continuing board certification today. Take the survey.


Social Media Ambassador Opportunity


Volunteer to be a Social Media Ambassador at the Annual Meeting and you could receive a registration discount! Are you social media savvy? Do you enjoy the social media world? Help KAFP elevate our social media presence, and you will benefit at the same time! We are seeking up to three Social Media Ambassadors to tweet and post Facebook messages and pictures throughout the KAFP Annual Meeting, June 14-16, using our hashtags – #KAFPAM, #KAFP70Years and #KSHealth. In return, KAFP will provide each ambassador a 25 percent discount off full meeting registration, and other considerations. Please contact Carolyn to apply – 316-721-9005 or

Check out the KAFP Advocacy web page


There is a lot packed into the KAFP Advocacy section of the website. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the many resources and information about how KAFP is advocating for family medicine! Let’s walk through each of the tabs under the Advocacy section.

Please read the 2018 Legislative Priorities. The Governmental Advocacy Committee develops priorities each year and the Board considers for adoption.  These are of great importance in keeping the KAFP on priority issues throughout the legislative session.

The Family Doctor of the Day page provides an overview of the FDOD program, how to volunteer and a calendar of volunteers.  There are still four open FDOD days left on the calendar, consider volunteering for a date while you’re there.

Visit the Advocacy Day page for the date & full schedule for this event each year.

Our Happening in Topeka web page has the following resource areas for members:

  • Legislative Update – Current and past weekly Legislative Updates recap the session.
  • Testimony – This is the testimony presented this session on behalf of Kansas Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Bill Tracker – Here is an overview of bills that KAFP tracks.
  • Health Committees – Members of Kansas legislative health committees that have jurisdiction over legislation that relates to health care and social services.

And finally, AAFP Advocacy is a listing of ways to become involved through AAFP. Don’t forget to bookmark the KAFP website and use it as a valuable resource.