Thank you to all of our Family Doctor of the Day (FDOD) volunteers! The 2020 legislative session kicks off Jan. 13. We need one more day filled in January — that is an incredible start for the legislative session! If you are available on Jan. 22 to serve at the Statehouse, we need your help.

Active and resident members with a Kansas medical license are eligible to serve as the Family Doctor of the Day at the Statehouse during the legislative session. Upcoming available dates include: Jan. 22; Feb. 3, 4, 12, 14, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26.

FDOD volunteers report to the Statehouse in Topeka at 9:00 a.m. and stay until 3:00 p.m. taking care of legislators, staff and sometimes even visitors who need medical attention.

FDOD is a volunteer program organized by the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, in which KAFP provides for a family physician to be present at the Statehouse each day during the legislative session. KAFP relies on its trusted membership to volunteer to serve as FDOD.

The FDOD program is an opportunity to network in Topeka, learn about the legislative process, attend part of a session or committee meeting and provide a much-appreciated service to legislators on behalf of KAFP.

Volunteers assist legislators and their staff with health needs that may arise throughout the day. 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 showcases the great work of family medicine in patient care!