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January 18, 2013
2014: Year of the Family Physician (Part III)

Color matters.  Think back to autumn, where a sea of burnt orange or a tide of crimson identifies college campuses on Saturdays.  Green became a banner of change and solidarity during the Arab Spring.  Movements need a flag, a rallying image to draw the eyes of the next recruit.  Once the image catches the eye, […]

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January 9, 2013
2014: Year of the Family Physician (Part II)

In my last blog, I proposed that “we prepare throughout 2013 to anoint 2014 as the Year of the Family Physician.”  Now, I offer some strategy and direction.  Sustained meaningful and valued movements depend on individual connections at the most basic level.  We move along a path from touch to grasp to embrace.  An attitude […]

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December 18, 2012
Baseball and Health Care: What Medicine Can Learn from Our Nation’s Pastime

Baseball In the mid-1970s, Bill James was a night watchman at a factory in Lawrence, Kansas. During quiet nights, he began exploring baseball statistics in a novel way. He wanted to boil baseball down to its essentials and determine what statistic(s) most strongly correlated with winning games. But just as with most organizations, those in […]

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December 14, 2012
2014: Year of the Family Physician (Part I)

The Affordable Care Act will facilitate health insurance coverage for 30 million additional family members, neighbors, and co-workers by 2014.  Unfortunately, they will compete for access to a primary care pool with a projected 30,000 provider shortfall.

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December 13, 2012
Brains on Fire

This is the third and final blog post in series that we entitled: #FMRevolution: The Fire Within. In our first blog post, I examined the movie Escape Fire and its ramifications for innovative thinking and the movement toward health care transformation.

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November 14, 2012
Family Medicine Revolution: The Fire Within (Part II)

Catching Fire In the second book of the Hunger Games trilogy, a rebellion begins to catch fire in post-apocalyptic Panem. Likewise, the Family Medicine Revolution is beginning to catch fire in the U.S. health care system. Here are three reasons why I believe that the #FMRevolution fire is catching and will continue to burn brightly: […]

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November 1, 2012
Why Primary Care is the Future of Health Care

This post originally appeared on October 31, 2012 at Common Sense Family Doctor Several weeks ago, Primary Care Progress asked me to serve as one of their guest bloggers for this year's National Primary Care Week, writing on the theme: "Why is primary care the future of health care?" I didn't end up contributing a post, for a few reasons: […]

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October 15, 2012
Family Medicine Revolution: The Fire Within (in 3 Chapters)

Escape Fire If you like movies that tell a good story and you give a damn about the future of the U.S. health care system, I recommend carving out 90 minutes from the tyranny of urgency otherwise known as your life to watch “Escape Fire”. You have the option of watching it at your local […]

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July 29, 2012
Battle Planning for the #FMRevolution: Strategic Questions

1. What tactical advantages (i.e., strengths) does your organization possess to be successful? 2. What battle vulnerabilities (i.e., weaknesses) threaten our success? 3. What do our troops look like – how will different membership segments be engaged in the battle? 4. What story/stories must we be able to tell to win the battle and to […]

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July 24, 2012
Our #FMRevolution Olympic Moment

In advance of last year's AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students (NCFMR), I blogged about family medicine and origin stories. My premise was that all heroes have an origin story and all family docs are heroes and so why shouldn't we? In the process, I learned these pointers about constructing origin stories: Give us […]

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