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!

Familiar with the FDOD program?  Scroll down to the 2021 volunteer calendar to secure your date today!

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.

Details about volunteering

  • 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 day-of instructions regarding parking, where to go, and what to expect.
  • Review the FDOD protocols regarding COVID-19.

FDOD protocols regarding COVID-19

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 protocols 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.

FDOD Volunteer Schedule

January 2021

MONDAY

TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY

FRIDAY

11

Chad Johanning, MD, FAAFP

12

Sheryl Beard, MD, FAAFP

13 14

Jennifer Thuener, MD

15

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

18

NO SESSION
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

19

OPEN

20

OPEN

21

OPEN

22

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

25

OPEN

26

Paul Williamson, MD

27

OPEN

28

OPEN

29

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

February 2021

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
1

OPEN

2

OPEN

3

Doug Iliff, MD, FAAFP

4

Sheryl Beard, MD, FAAFP

5

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

8

OPEN

9

Jennifer Thuener, MD

10

OPEN

11

Danelle Perry, MD

12

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

15

OPEN

16

OPEN

17

OPEN

18

OPEN

19

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

22

OPEN

23

OPEN

24

OPEN

25

Chad Johanning, MD, FAAFP

26

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

March 2021

MONDAY

TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY

FRIDAY

1

Nicholas Cahoj, MD

2

OPEN

3

OPEN

4

Joseph Meier, MD

5

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

8

OPEN

9

OPEN

10

OPEN

11

Nicole Yedlinsky, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP

12

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

15

Cheryl Dobson, MD

16

OPEN

17

OPEN

18

Danelle Perry, MD

19

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

22

OPEN

23

Debra Doubek, MD, FAAFP

24

OPEN

25

OPEN

26

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

29

OPEN

30

OPEN

31

OPEN

   

April 2021

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
1

OPEN

2

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

5

Legislative Break

6

Legislative Break

7

Legislative Break

8

Legislative Break

9

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

12

Legislative Break

13

Legislative Break

14

Legislative Break

15

Legislative Break

16

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

19

Legislative Break

20

Legislative Break

21

Legislative Break

22

Legislative Break

23

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

26

OPEN

27

OPEN

28

OPEN

29

OPEN

30

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

May 2021

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
3

OPEN

4

OPEN

5

OPEN

6

OPEN

7

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

10

Belinda Vail, MD

11

OPEN

12

OPEN

13

OPEN

14

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

17

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

18

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

19

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

20

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

21

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

24

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

25

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

26

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

27

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

28

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

31

NO FDOD SCHEDULED

       

Thank you!

KAFP is so thankful for our 2020 Family Doctor of the Day volunteers! The following members gave of their time and talent to serve as FDOD this Legislative Session:

2020 FDOD Volunteers: Sheryl Beard, MD, FAAFP; Sarah Bradshaw, MD; Jen Brull, MD, FAAFP; Nick Cahoj, MD; Cheryl Dobson, MD; Debra Doubek, MD, FAAFP; Michael Engelken, MD; Bethany Enoch, MD; John Feehan, MD, FAAFP; Lynn Fisher, MD, FAAFP; Doug Gruenbacher, MD; Ashley Houser, DO; Doug Iliff, MD; Shana Jarmer, MD; Chad Johanning, MD, FAAFP; Rex Keith, MD, FAAFP; Kelsie Kelly, MD; Michael Kennedy, MD, FAAFP; Kimberly Krohn, MD, MPH, FAAFP; Erin Locke, MD; Cassandra  McKarnin , DO; Jennifer McKenney, MD, FAAFP; Todd Miller, MD, FAAFP; Graig Nickel, MD, FAAFP; Danelle Perry, MD; Jeremy Presley, MD, FAAFP; Rick Rajewski, MD, FAAFP; Keith Ratzlaff, MD; Scott Rempel, MD; Melissa Rosso, MD; LaDona Schmidt, MD; Rachael Svaty, MD; Jennifer Thuener, MD; Belinda Vail, MD, FAAFP; Nicole Yedlinsky, MD, FAAFP.