Family Doctor of the Day

About FDOD

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!

What care does FDOD provide?

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.

Who can volunteer?

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.

How to volunteer?

Review the FDOD monthly calendars below, identify one or more dates you are available to volunteer, and submit a FDOD Volunteer form.

KAFP staff will be in touch to confirm your volunteer date(s) and provide appropriate resources for a successful day of service.

Volunteer Instructions

  • 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.

COVID-19 Safety Measures for FDOD

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.

Call for 2022 Volunteers

Volunteer to serve as Family Doctor of the Day in 2022! 

Get on the schedule early, secure your FDOD volunteer dates for 2022 now! Volunteers are needed Mondays through Thursdays during the session. See the calendars below for available volunteer dates. You are welcome to volunteer as often as you wish!

Volunteer Calendar

January 2022

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY

FRIDAY

10

Jen McKenney, MD, FAAFP

11

OPEN

12

OPEN

13

Jennifer Thuener, MD

14

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

17

NO SESSION
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

18

OPEN

19

OPEN

20

OPEN

21

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

24

OPEN

25

OPEN

26

OPEN

27

OPEN

28

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

31

Sheryl Beard, MD, FAAFP

       

February 2022

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY

FRIDAY

  1

Bethany Enoch, MD

2

OPEN

3

Jennifer Thuener, MD

4

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

7

OPEN

8

OPEN

9

Shelly Gruenbacher, MD

10

OPEN

11

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

14

OPEN

15

OPEN

16

OPEN

17

OPEN

18

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

21

Kimberly Krohn, MD, MPH

22

OPEN

23

Doug Gruenbacher, MD

24

OPEN

25

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

28

OPEN

       

March 2022

MONDAY

TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY

FRIDAY

  1

OPEN

2

OPEN

3

Chad Johanning, MD, FAAFP

4

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

7

OPEN

8

OPEN

9

OPEN

10

Danelle Perry, MD

11

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

14

Doug Iliff, MD

15

OPEN

16

OPEN

17

Jennifer Thuener, MD

18

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

21

OPEN

22

OPEN

23

OPEN

24

OPEN

25

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

28

OPEN

29

OPEN

30

OPEN

31

OPEN

 

April 2022

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY

FRIDAY

        1

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

4

OPEN

5

OPEN

6

OPEN

7

Jennifer Thuener, MD

8

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

11

OPEN

12

OPEN

13

OPEN

14

Chad Johanning, MD, FAAFP

15

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

18

OPEN

19

OPEN

20

OPEN

21

OPEN

22

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

25

OPEN

26

OPEN

27

OPEN

28

OPEN

29

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

May 2022

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY

FRIDAY

2

OPEN

3

OPEN

4

OPEN

5

OPEN

6

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

9

OPEN

10

OPEN

11

OPEN

12

OPEN

13

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

Thank you!

KAFP is so thankful for our 2021 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:

2021 FDOD Volunteers: Sandra Archer, MD; Sheryl Beard, MD, FAAFP; Nicholas Cahoj, MD; Regan DeHart, MD; Cheryl Dobson, MD; Debra Doubek, MD; Lynn Fisher, MD, FAAFP; Ashley Houser, DO; Doug Ilif, MD, FAAFP; Chad Johanning, MD, FAAFP; Jennifer McKenney, MD, FAAFP; Joseph Meier, MD; Danelle Perry, MD; Rachael  Svaty , MD; Jennifer Thuener, MD; Belinda Vail, MD; Paul Williamson, MD; Nicole Yedlinsky, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP.

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 updateupdate the medications and supplies on hand in the FDOD office. When the pandemic hit they graciously added establishing our COVID-19 Safety Measures to their load.  Thank you to this group for your efforts to keep FDOD safe for our volunteers and guests!