View KAFP Education & Events Web Section


If you thought we packed in a lot into the KAFP Advocacy section of the website, you are in for a treat with the KAFP Education & Events section.

Let’s visit each of the tabs under the Education & Events section, starting with the landing page featuring upcoming and past events that may be of interest to you.

  • The Events Calendar is where you will find a monthly calendar of KAFP & AAFP events (CME, board meetings, special events).
  • The Annual Meeting tab has a nice landing page of the different aspects of the meeting to help guide you. Under this tab you will find:
    • Annual Meeting Schedule
    • For Attendees
    • For Speakers
    • For Supporters & Exhibitors
  • The AAFP CME tab redirects you to the AAFP’s site to view all AAFP Certified CME
  • Resources A-Z is a listing of outside resources for you.
  • The Tobacco page provides tobacco-related resources for you from KAFP.
  • DOT Training redirects to the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP), who KAFP works collaboratively with, to provide information about the National Registry for Certified Medical Examiners Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) examination.
  • Fine Print is everything you need to know about our educational offerings that isn’t covered anywhere else! Everything from photo releases to Conflict of Interest disclosure, Travel Reimbursement, and to KAFP policies on cancellations and refunds.

Don’t forget to bookmark the KAFP website and use it as a valuable resource.


Increase patients’ engagement with MDD care


You are invited to participate in the free webcast, Shared Decision-Making in Major Depressive Disorder, and discover how to promote a cooperative, team-based approach to major depressive disorder (MDD) care that leads to success. KAFP member, Margaret L. Smith, MD, MPH, MHSA, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Kansas is a faculty member on the webcast.

This webcast answers key questions about MDD care, including:

  • What are the patient and caregiver perspectives on the symptomatic and functional burden of MDD?
  • What is the role of shared decision-making (SDM) in MDD management?
  • How can family physicians practically apply SDM for MDD pharmacologic therapy planning and selection?
  • What are the practical applications of SDM to assess, monitor, and maintain patient adherence with pharmacologic therapy for MDD

This free webcast also allows you to earn 1 AAFP Prescribed credit.

Use AAFP’s Well-being Planner to Better Your Well-being & Satisfaction


The AAFP’s Well-being Planner-part of the Physician Health First initiative–was created to help family physicians navigate your path to personal well-being and professional satisfaction.

Members can access the Planner from the Physician Health First Portal and use it to:

  • Save helpful articles to a reading list for convenient future reference
  • Access comprehensive resources to address the five major areas of the family physician ecosystem (healthcare system, organization, practice, individual, and physician culture)
  • Set your goals
  • Track and measure your progress

Chronic Disease Self-Management leader training available for you & staff

Great Plains Quality Innovation Network

Leader Training is available for you and/or staff for Chronic Disease-Self Management and Diabetes Self- Management. These trainings are in Dodge City, Kansas during the month of May. For more information and please download and share the Tools for Better Health flyer. There are several ways you can promote self-management education in Kansas.  Anyone can become certified through attending training for four days. Participants will receive everything needed to facilitate a workshop, including training, support, books, CDs, and workshop supplies at no cost. Become a partner by referring your patients to self-management workshops. Assistance will be provided to streamline a referral process. For more information, contact Alissa Rankin at 316-570-1516 or

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)