Complete Annual Meeting Evaluation by Friday, June 28

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Thank YOU if you attended the 2019 KAFP Annual Meeting and submitted your evaluation. If you have not yet completed it, please don’t forget. The number one way to provide the Professional Development Committee with your input to improve the Annual Meeting for future years is to give us your opinions and feedback from this year. Please complete the evaluation.

Active, life and non-member attendees who complete the evaluation and submit with their name by midnight June 28, will be placed into a drawing. The prize is FREE REGISTRATION to the 2020 Annual Meeting, June 4-6 in Manhattan, Kan. Good luck! Residents and medical students already attend the conference free of charge. Thank you ALL for sharing your thoughts. It’s so important to us!

 

Combat Burnout and Attend RISE Free Webinar

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New research from KUSM-Wichita shows burnout is common even in med school and residency. Read full article. Combat burnout and attend KAFP’s upcoming RISE webinar on July 24 at 12:15 p.m.

The RISE program is a wellness initiative of KAFP designed to help Kansas family physicians RISE above burnout. Register for the upcoming free RISE Webinar Series on Wednesday, July 24, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. “Nurturing A Heart of Service Without Burning Out,” with presenter Amaryllis Sanches Wohlever, MD.

There is no charge for the RISE Webinar Series. However, registration is required to receive the log-in information for the webinar.

RISE resources include:

RISE: Restore, Invigorate, Strengthen, Energize.

KAFP Responds to Hilburn Decision

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The Kansas Supreme Court recently issued a ruling (Hilburn v. Enerpipe, LTD) that will impact physicians, hospitals, and ultimately Kansas patients. The Court ruled that the state laws limiting non-economic damages (i.e. damages for pain and suffering) in civil cases are now unconstitutional. The ruling was a surprise to the legal community and reverses the Court’s 2012 decision in Miller v. Johnson which upheld the cap’s constitutionality. The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP) condemns the potential effects of this ruling and last week sent an e-mail to membership regarding the impact. Read the letter.

 

 

Last Chance to Apply for a KAFP 2019-20 Committee

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If you have been contemplating applying for a KAFP Committee, respond by Monday, July 1.  KAFP is pleased to invite members to volunteer to serve on one of our six committees; Communications, Governmental Advocacy, Finance & Insurance, Membership & Member Services, Practice Enhancement, and Professional Development.  Through committee involvement you can provide input on Academy activities and help advance the mission of the KAFP.

  1. Review the committees and a short description of their work.
  2. Submit your committee application by July 1, 2019. Please note we request two selections, but you are only appointed to one committee.
  3. KAFP will be in touch with you regarding Dr. Beard’s committee appointments in July.

Please submit your committee application by July 1 to ensure that your request is reviewed during our upcoming appointment process.  If you have questions, please contact kafp@kafponline.org.  Thank you for your interest and commitment to KAFP.

Register for Upcoming RISE Webinar: July 24

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The RISE program is a wellness initiative of KAFP designed to help Kansas family physicians RISE above burnout. Register for the upcoming free RISE Webinar Series on Wednesday, July 24, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. “Nurturing A Heart of Service Without Burning Out,” with presenter Amaryllis Sanches Wohlever, MD.

There is no charge for the RISE Webinar Series. However, registration is required to receive the log-in information for the webinar.

RISE resources include:

RISE: Restore, Invigorate, Strengthen, Energize.

2019 KAFP Award Honorees

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The KAFP congratulates the following members who were recognized at this year’s Annual Meeting:

  • Kansas Family Physician of the Year: John Eplee, MD, FAAFP (Atchison)
  • Kansas Humanitarian Award: S. Todd Stephens, MD, FAAFP (Wichita)
  • 30 Years of Service: Carolyn Gaughan, CAE (Wichita)
  • Kansas Exemplary Teaching (full time): Amy Curry, MD, FAAFP (Wichita)
  • Kansas Exemplary Teaching (volunteer): Marty Turner, MD, FAAFP (Rose Hill)
  • KAFP-Foundation Hostetter Student Awards: Samantha Claassen (KUSM-Wichita); and Adam Zuzelski (KUSM-KC)
  • Carol A Johnson MD Family Medicine International Mission Scholarships: Erin Hoffman, DO, Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program (Wichita) and Theresia Neill, MD, Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program (Salina)

AAFP Fellows: Amy Curry, MD, FAAFP (Wichita); Debra Doubek, MD, FAAFP (Manhattan); Robyn Hartvickson, MD, FAAFP (Newton); and unable to attend, Timothy Lawton, MD, FAAFP (Wichita).

The Kansas Family Physician summer edition will feature highlights of these honorees. You may also find photos on Facebook.

2019-20 KAFP Officers Elected

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Members elected KAFP officers and leaders at the Member Meeting on Friday, June 7. The elected officers were sworn in by AAFP Vice Speaker, Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP of Stillwell, Kan. Introducing the 2019-20 slate of officers:

President: Sheryl Beard, MD, FAAFP (Wichita)
President-Elect: Chad Johanning, MD, FAAFP (Lawrence)
Vice President: Jen Bacani McKenney, MD, FAAFP (Fredonia)
Secretary: Debra Doubek, MD, FAAFP (Manhattan)
Treasurer: Gretchen Irwin, MD, MBA, FAAFP (Wichita)
Delegate: Jen Brull, MD, FAAFP (Plainville)
Delegate: Doug Gruenbacher, MD (Quinter)
Alternate Delegate: Lynn Fisher, MD, FAAFP (Plainville)
Alternate Delegate: Diane Steere, MD (Wichita)

Jeremy Presley, MD, FAAFP (Dodge City) automatically succeeded to Board Chair for the 2019-20 programming year. We cannot express enough how much we appreciate Dr. Presley for his leadership, level-headed approach, friendship and service throughout his ascension on the KAFP Board of Directors and we look forward to his Board chair service this year. Thank you, Dr. Presley!

Apply for a KAFP Committee – Respond by July 1

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Looking for a way to get more involved with your Academy?  KAFP is pleased to invite members to volunteer to serve on one of our six committees; Communications, Governmental Advocacy, Finance & Insurance, Membership & Member Services, Practice Enhancement, and Professional Development.  Through committee involvement you can provide input on Academy activities and help advance the mission of the KAFP.

  1. Review the committees and a short description of their work.
  2. Submit your committee application by July 1, 2019. Please note we request two selections, but you are only appointed to one committee.
  3. KAFP will be in touch with you regarding your committee appointment in July.

Please submit your committee application by July 1 to ensure that your request is reviewed during our upcoming appointment process.  If you have questions, please contact kafp@kafponline.org.  Thank you for your interest and commitment to KAFP.

Get Social During Annual Meeting This Week

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We are prepared to “Connect. Interact. Learn.” this week at the Wichita Marriott! More than 200 attendees will join us for our 71st Annual Meeting. Our week begins with the pre-conference session “MAT Waiver Training” on Wednesday, June 5 at 1:00 p.m. Annual Meeting registration opens at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 6. The conference begins at 11:00 a.m. If you are not registered yet, we will be accepting walk-in registrations. To expedite the process, complete the registration form and bring it with you.

We encourage registrants to have fun and participate in social media by following, liking, sharing, commenting, and posting.  If you are unable to join us, you can still follow and be engaged through our story.

Get social!

Kansas is Well-Represented at AAFP’s FM Advocacy Summit

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Eight KAFP members attended AAFP’s Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS) last week. They learned about the issues on Monday, May 20 and met with each of the six members of the Kansas Congressional Delegation and/or staff on Tuesday, May 21.  View background information on the requests.  Kansas attendees:

  • Sheryl Beard MD, FAAFP
  • Zach Degner, MD
  • Dan Dickerson, MD, PhD, FAAFP
  • Carolyn Gaughan, CAE
  • Doug Gruenbacher, MD
  • Clif Knight, MD, FAAFP
  • Karen Mitchell, MD, FAAFP
  • Mike Munger, MD, FAAFP