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April 7, 2014
2014: Year of the Family Physician (Part XXI)

The finale of “How I Met Your Mother” achieved the highest viewing audience in its nine year run.  Fans of the television series stormed social media to express their disapproval or sad reluctant acceptance of its ending.  #HIMYMFinale was a top trending hashtag immediately after the episode concluded.  People had invested nearly a decade of […]

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April 2, 2014
2014: Year of the Family Physician (Part XX)

WOW!  1,146 US medical school graduates chose family medicine in the 2014 residency match! A total of 3,000 family medicine residency positions were filled. This represents a continuing upward trend in the past five years regarding medical student interest in family medicine. The data are encouraging, but what inspired me was the number of future […]

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March 21, 2014
Field Notes: Advice on Finding a Residency

We have finally arrived. After four years of endless studying, constant testing, and what sometimes felt like never-ending days in the hospital, a new crop of family physicians is about to join the ranks of residents-in-training. We have, for the last six months, hit the road to learn about and explore to our hearts content […]

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March 13, 2014

CAFP’s first All Member Advocacy Meeting (AMAM) in Sacramento was a smashing success by all accounts – particularly attendance and enthusiasm quotient, both of which set new records!  The AMAM adopted a resolution continuing a special assessment to support the Academy’s legislative activities but raising the amount by $10 to $35 and extending the time […]

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February 21, 2014
3 Jeremy Fish

Episode three of the FMRevolution podcast features Jeremy Fish, MD, who is March's Member of the Month. If you are involved with CAFP’s efforts to expand the family medicine workforce, you’ve probably heard of Jeremy Fish, MD. An advocate for strengthening family medicine education statewide, Dr. Fish is a member of CAFP’s Medical Student and Resident […]

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February 10, 2014

She was a tall woman, intimidating even, especially when she raised her voice. Nurses were reluctant to check in on her, and she refused every blood draw; sometimes she would allow her mother into the room, but they would always argue vehemently. Her explanation to me was always the same: her life was being threatened. […]

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February 5, 2014
2014: Year of the Family Physician (Part XIX)

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities are rarely once in a lifetime.  And the events we initially thought were the most important or dire tend to blend into the background as we experience more of life.  On February 4th, Kelly Conniff, Special Projects Editor at Time Magazine, tweeted “I need your favorite Twitter accounts, please.”  I will sidestep educing […]

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February 1, 2014
FMRevolution Podcast: Episode 2

In this month's episode of the #FMRevolution podcast, we’re featuring another incredible member of the California Academy of Family Physicians as part of our 2014: Year of the Family Physician member spotlight. The February spotlight goes to Dr. Marie Ramas. When asked how she defines leadership, Dr. Marie-Elizabeth Ramas states confidently, “Leadership is creating positive change in […]

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January 21, 2014
2014: Year of the Family Physician (Part XVIII)

A few years back, I asked a group of UC Davis family medicine residents to record their rendition of “Turn! Turn! Turn!” the profound classic written by Pete Seegar and popularized by The Byrds.  On the track is CAFP’s Chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee, Ashby Wolfe, who sang and played guitar.  She was accompanied […]

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January 6, 2014
2014: Year of the Family Physician (Part XVII)

People have stated that they want to support #2014yearfp, but they want to know what they are supporting.  I realize that articulation of a message may be the most challenging part of a movement.  Partners want to have something tangible and on a scale that they can pursue to sustain momentum while others may be […]

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