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May 18, 2012
Need a Reason to Attend the AAFP National Conference? Here Are Five

As one of the newly appointed Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Coordinators for the David Geffen School of Medicine in the spring of 2011, I was anticipating an eventful year of promoting and learning more about family medicine through workshop planning, networking, and service in the community. In addition, I was excited for the National […]

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May 7, 2012
Admiring a Pioneer in the FMRevolution

Posted from Kansas City, MO In spite of the whirlwind of excitement, status updates and tweets whilst chairing the AAFP National Conference of Special Constituencies (NCSC) here in Kansas City, it was important to take a deep breath and pause to admire Dr. G. Gayle Stephens as he delivered his plenary session on the evolution […]

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March 15, 2012
Why Understanding Newtonian Physics is Imperative for the Future of Family Medicine

Remember Newton’s Second Law of Motion? To review, force = mass x acceleration. In other words, to determine the force of an object in motion, an observer must know the mass of that object multiplied by its change in speed over time. Now, work with me. Imagine that the force is that which will shift […]

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November 23, 2011
How Nice it is to be Wanted

In a down economy, with family practice residency graduation looming, I am a hotter commodity than gold right now. Recruiters compete for my attention with emails, phone calls, and fancy dinners. They've met my husband (who fortunately was willing to be my front line in this sudden assault of suitors) and they know my likes […]

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July 28, 2011
2011 AAFP NCFMR, #FMRevolution and Origin Stories

Greetings, fellow Family Medicine Revolutionaries! The 2011 American Academy of Family Physicians’ National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students begins today in Kansas City, MO. Many of you have flown in from every nook and cranny of our vast nation (and beyond) to explore all that Family Medicine has to offer you: not […]

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June 3, 2011
Leadership From the NCSC

It has been said that the mere act of showing up is an act of leadership. That would be true for the vast majority of family docs who remain present for their patients and communities. However, I believe that the time is upon us for a paradigm shift. Merely showing up is not enough.

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April 20, 2011
Trying to Find Closure

With three months of residency left to go, I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  Three eventful years full of emotions, full of expectations, full of trials and tribulations.  Alas, how will I ever find closure?  My winter months were spent hibernating with chiefing duties in the hospital, so little was […]

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April 5, 2011
Is There an Underlying Specialty-Bias in Medical Schools?

Cross posted from Future of Family Medicine A multitude of factors drive students towards, or away from, the path of family medicine. Much has been made recently of reimbursement schemes that incentivize specialty practice. Certainly, medical students strapped with debt are showing preference to more lucrative fields for residency. But is there more to this […]

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March 22, 2011
#FMRevolution = Family Medicine Revolution

Ah, change. Isn't it lovely? With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) last year, much change has been afoot and most of it has been rapid and frantic change. Many stakeholders, from physicians to health plans and from patients to employers, are probably not entirely comfortable with the ground beneath […]

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