Family Doctor of the Day (FDOD) is a volunteer program organized by the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP), in which KAFP members volunteer to serve as doctor of the day at the Statehouse each day during the legislative session.

Volunteers assist legislators, staff and visitors of the capitol with health needs that may arise throughout the day.  The FDOD program is designed to serve as an aid station, not an extension of a typical clinic setting. 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 definitely puts family medicine in a favorable light!

The purpose of the FDOD program is to serve as an aid station to guests (legislators, staff and visitors of the capitol).  A typical day will consist of checking blood pressure, distributing ibuprofen, examining sore throats, and identifying if it is “allergies, a cold, or the flu.”

The FDOD office is stocked with over the counter medications and supplies only.  In the event of a medical emergency, call 911.

Should any guest require medication or attention beyond what is already provided in the supply cabinet, it is at the volunteers’ discretion to decide if (a) a referral back to the guest’s primary care physician is necessary, (b) if it is appropriate to call a prescription into the pharmacy for the guest, or, (c) if it is in the guests best interest to seek emergency care at a medical facility.

KAFP members with an active Kansas medical license are eligible to serve as FDOD, including Residents licensed in Kansas.

Medical students are allowed to observe FDOD activities.

Call for 2023 Volunteers

Volunteer to serve as Family Doctor of the Day in 2023!

Get on the schedule early, secure your FDOD volunteer dates for 2023 now. Volunteers are needed Mondays through Thursdays during the session. See the calendars below for available volunteer dates.

FAST FACTS for your volunteer service:

  • FDOD volunteers are needed at the capitol from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Volunteers will receive reminder emails in advance of each scheduled date.
  • Review the KAFP FDOD Communications for day-of instructions, COVID-19 Safety Measures and more.
  • Review the Capitol Communications for additional information from the Statehouse.

Confirmed volunteers will be emailed a full detailed, two-page volunteer instructions PDF prior to their volunteer date.

KAFP understands the risk our members take when volunteering for FDOD during this time.  To best protect our members while still providing this valuable service at our capitol, a work group has identified the following safety measures to create the best environment for FDOD services.

  • FDOD services will be provided Monday-Thursday.
  • Masks will be provided and required for all FDOD volunteers to use on their shifts.
  • FDOD office door will remain closed throughout the day with signage directing guests to knock before entry.
  • Gloves will be provided for FDOD use when appropriate.
  • Guests (legislators, staff or capitol visitors) will be required to knock before entering the FDOD office to ensure there isn’t another guest already in the office.
  • Masks will be provided and required for all guests who enter the FDOD office.
  • Guests who do not comply with the mask requirement are welcome to call the FDOD office to consult the doctor over the phone.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided and required for all guests who enter the FDOD office.
  • FDOD volunteer will sanitize the FDOD office at the start and end of their day, as well as in between each guest; including any equipment used to be sanitized after each use.

Masks will be provided in the FDOD office for volunteers, however, please note that a mask is required to enter the capitol building.  Should you feel more comfortable in a N95 mask or with a face shield, please feel free to bring your own.

View KAFP’s COVID-19 Resources.

Questions?

Contact KAFP with any questions.

If you are unable to serve on your scheduled volunteer date, please contact KAFP as soon as possible so the calendar may be updated.

Volunteer Calendar

MONDAY

TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY

FRIDAY

9 10 11 12

Chad Johanning, MD, FAAFP

13

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

16 17 18 19 20

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

23

NO SESSION
MKL, Jr. Day

24 25 26 27

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

30 31

Thank you!

KAFP is so thankful for our 2022 Family Doctor of the Day volunteers! We know it was harder to find time to be away from your clinics during the pandemic, and are grateful for your service this year. The following members gave of their time and talent to serve as FDOD this legislative session:

2022 FDOD Volunteers: Sheryl Beard, MD, FAAFP; Brian Comer, DO; Bethany Enoch, MD; Lynn Fisher, MD, FAAFP; Doug Gruenbacher, MD; Shelly Gruenbacher, MD; Doug Iliff, MD; Chad Johanning, MD, FAAFP; Kimberly Krohn, MD, MPH; Michael Malin, MD; Jen McKenney, MD, FAAFP; Danelle Perry, MD, FAAFP; David Smith, MD, FAAFP; Jennifer Thuener, MD, FAAFP; Danielle Villalobos, MD; Curtis Wolfe, MD; Nicole Yedlinsky, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP, RMSK.

A special thank you to Drs. Sheryl Beard, Lynn Fisher and Chad Johanning for serving on the FDOD Work Group.  This group’s main task was to review and update the medications and supplies on hand in the FDOD office.  Thank you to this group for your efforts to keep FDOD safe for our volunteers and guests!