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The ABFM Launches New, Improved Website

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The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) announces a newly designed website (www.theabfm.org).

The much-improved streamlined navigation was a central focus of the website redesign effort, providing a user experience that allows access to consistent and accurate information quickly and easily. Reducing the density of content and improving the clarity of explanations about the certification process were also major goals in this effort.

The website will feature optimized responsive functionality on mobile devices which will allow users to access the ABFM website while on the go, in the office, or at home. A new search feature is also one of many improvements that will provide users the ability to quickly search the website for key information of interest. Finally, this site offers new features not previously seen on ABFM’s website, including a Get Involved with the ABFM section.

2019 AAFP National Conference Poster Applications Due April 1

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The AAFP is now accepting applications for posters for the 2019 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, July 25–27 in Kansas City, MO. The conference provides one of the largest forums for residents and students to display their research and special projects.

Residents and students can submit poster applications on the following topics:

  • Clinical inquiry
  • Community project
  • Educational program
  • Research

Up to 50 posters will be selected for onsite display during the conference. Of those, the top 12 will be invited to give a brief oral presentation for peer review. One resident and one student will be awarded first place and earn a trip to the 2019 AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX), September 24–28 in Philadelphia, PA, to display their posters.

Applications are due by April 1.

Match Day is March 15; Free Webinar to Start Planning for Next Year

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Friday, March 15 is Match Day! An exciting day for medical students nationwide who will be matched with a residency program. Good luck to KU School of Medicine students who are matching on Friday!

Match Day is an important measure of the development of the family medicine workforce. As well as being the 50th anniversary year for the specialty, 2019 would also mark the 10th consecutive year of growth in the number of students matching into family medicine if Friday makes for another record Match day. The AAFP and eight other national and international family medicine organizations are gearing up to collectively pursue a shared aim of having 25 percent of medical students match into family medicine by 2030. Keep posted to AAFP.org for updates on Friday, March 15!

AAFP is offering a free webinar The Match: What Every Student Needs to Know on Wednesday, March 20 for students to learn what to look for in a residency program, how to make your CV stand out and how to make decisions throughout the nearly year-long process.

2019 Sandra L. Panther Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine – Deadline March 31

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The Center for the History of Family Medicine is accepting applications for the 2019 Sandra L. Panther Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. CDT on Sunday, March 31. All applications will be reviewed in April, with the fellowship recipient to be announced by May 31. Complete fellowship rules, application forms, and instructions are available online.

The award provides up to $2,000 to support travel, lodging, and incidental expenses related to research on a project of the applicant’s choosing dealing with the history of general practice, family practice, or family medicine in the United States. Interested family physicians, other health professionals, historians, scholars, educators, scientists, and others are invited to apply.

Contact Don Ivey by email or at extension 6007 with questions.

Influenza Vaccines Update / Utilizing Evidence-Based Strategies to Reduce Barriers to Immunizations

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This two-part webcast provides evidence-based strategies and tactics to increase influenza rates, particularly among patients 50 years and older and those patients with chronic diseases.

Moderated by family physicians Thomas Koinis, MD and Margot Savoy, MD, this free webcast offers a review of primary updates to current influenza guidance and recommendations.

Watch the webcast now.

Supported through an unrestricted grant from Sanofi Pasteur.

2019 AAFP National Conference Poster Applications Due April 1

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The AAFP is now accepting applications for posters for the 2019 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, July 25–27 in Kansas City, MO. The conference provides one of the largest forums for residents and students to display their research and special projects.

Residents and students can submit poster applications on the following topics:

  • Clinical inquiry
  • Community project
  • Educational program
  • Research

Up to 50 posters will be selected for onsite display during the conference. Of those, the top 12 will be invited to give a brief oral presentation for peer review. One resident and one student will be awarded first place and earn a trip to the 2019 AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX), September 24–28 in Philadelphia, PA, to display their posters.

Applications are due by April 1.

FMCLA: Understanding the new ABFM Exam Alternative

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The Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment (FMCLA) pilot is an exam alternative for ABFM diplomates. Pilot participants will answer up to 25 questions online quarterly in lieu of the one-day exam. You may answer questions at anytime and may use clinical references during the assessment. To satisfy your exam requirements, you will need to answer 300 questions over a four-year period and achieve a passing score.

For full details from the ABFM about the pilot and to out if you are eligible for the FMCLA Pilot – visit the AAFP webpage on the FMCLA.

 

Support KAFP and Earn CME

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Earn CME while you support the KAFP by purchasing an AAFP self-study package! Purchase an AAFP self-study package using the source code 4MYCHAPTER during checkout to help benefit the KAFP.

A portion of the price of each package you buy will go directly to KAFP to support our local initiatives.

Use AAFP self-study packages to enhance your expertise and expand your knowledge on common family medicine topics. Featuring recorded audio and video presentations from current AAFP live courses, these interactive packages include:
• 20-30 hours of content, with 18-32 lectures between 30 and 60 minutes in length
• Opportunities to report CME and evaluate after each lecture
• Interactive quiz interface to briefly halt the presentations and choose an answer
• 200-plus page full-color PDF of the slides
• Post assessment (online)

Select a topic that meets your interests. Choose from 10 different titles, including but not limited to Emergency
and Urgent Care, Care of Chronic Conditions, Adult Medicine, and Child and Adolescent Health.

Earn CME when and where you want to, and support your chapter at the same time. Buy an AAFP self-study package today, with the code 4MYCHAPTER.

51 Cases of Measles in Washington; County Public Health Director Discusses Importance of Vaccination

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As of Feb. 6, the state of Washington has confirmed 51 cases of measles(www.doh.wa.gov) during what has become another vaccine-preventable outbreak in the United States. Forty-nine of the 50 cases of measles occurred in Clark County, Wash., and of these 49 cases, 42 of the patients were unimmunized and 34 were age 10 or younger. Of course, these outbreaks could be curbed if parents vaccinated their children with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), or measles, mumps, rubella and varicella/chickenpox (MMRV) vaccines.

AAFP interviews Public Health Director for Clark County Alan Melnick, MD, MPH., CPH. about the measles outbreak in Washington. Dr. Melnick said he really hopes family physicians across the country, and the AAFP, use the Washington measles outbreak to combat misinformation about vaccines, including MMR, that has been shared on social media. He also encouraged the AAFP to advocate for policy change to lead to higher vaccination rates and for adequate funding of the public health system to support public health departments in situations like the current measles outbreak. Finally, Dr. Melnick suggested family physicians take leadership roles in their communities, such as on the school board or as a team physician, advocating to improve immunization rates in student populations.

The full story with Dr. Melnick’s health advisory and immunization recommendations for patients during a measles outbreak is on the AAFP website.

FP Essentials™ Call for Authors

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Soliciting authors for FP Essentials™, a clinical monograph that is one of the AAFP’s largest educational activities. This is an opportunity to contribute to an important continuing medical education (CME) and Board Review publication with thousands of subscribers.

Manuscripts must be evidence based and case oriented. Medical editors will review all proposals, select one or more for further consideration, and contact a prospective author before the final selection. Authors are awarded a $4,000 honorarium to prepare a manuscript and see it through to publication.

FP Essentials is currently seeking authors for these topics:

  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Obesity
  • Autoimmune Disorders

Find out more details by visiting the AAFP website.