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November 17, 2014
Why Should I See a Family Doctor?

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), among numerous other family medicine organizations, recently launched the Health is Primary campaign to advocate for the values of family medicine. As part of this campaign, the ABFM launched an excellent video promoting the many benefits of seeing a family physician. […]

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November 11, 2014
Interview Preparation

Congratulations! To all medical students applying to family medicine on finishing your residency applications. Now, you are in the midst of constructing your interview schedule … editing calendars, projecting expenses, and polishing dress shoes. As you prepare all the little details, please recognize that the residency interview is a job interview. Program directors invite individuality […]

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October 10, 2014
6: Legislative Update and October Member of the Month

In this episode of the Family Medicine Revolution Podcast, we receive a legislative update from the Chair of CAFP's Legislative Affairs Committee, Dr. Ashby Wolfe and Deputy Director of Government Relations, Adam Francis. You will also hear an interview with the October Member of the Month, Dr. Steven Lin. Stay up to date by subscribing […]

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September 12, 2014
5: Dr. Esther Ho and the 2014 Family Medicine Summit

In this episode of the #FMRevolution podcast, we talk to CAFP's September Member of the Month, Dr. Esther Ho and preview the 2014 Family Medicine Summit, which takes place on Saturday, November 1 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott.   Stay up to date by subscribing to the podcast on iTunes or other media players.

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August 4, 2014
2014: Year of the Family Physician (Part XXIV)

Emma Lundberg, CAFP Membership Coordinator, was kind enough to invite me to provide an update on #2014YearFP at the Sacramento-El Dorado County Chapter Spring Awards Dinner on June 23. I paraphrased President Woodrow Wilson in stating that #2014YearFP is an idea, an ideal and a vision. It began as an idea to raise the profile […]

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June 26, 2014
The Personal Statement as Living Literature

The personal statement within the residency application needs to stand apart. Its format beckons singularity. Much of the application prompts uniformity; lines are filled, boxes checked, and documents downloaded. Letters of recommendation highlight your character, but through the lens of others. When you come to the personal statement section, you are, depending on your vantage, […]

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June 12, 2014
Preparation for Family Medicine Residency Application

This is the first in a series of blogs directed toward medical students who are interested in a family medicine career. I offer a perspective on the residency application process, including personal statement and interviewing guidelines. Soon, fourth-year medical students will begin their applications to family medicine residencies. Hopefully, most will have started preparing for […]

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May 27, 2014
2014: Year of the Family Physician (Part XXIII)

On May 21st, the UC Davis Health System hosted a faculty workshop discussing the role of social media in academic medicine. Dorsey Griffith from public affairs and Vicki Bencken from marketing were kind enough to include me on the panel. Approximately 100 faculty members from nearly all disciplines attended. My panel co-members included a thoracic […]

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May 1, 2014
2014: Year of the Family Physician (Part XXII)

David Tran, Co-Vice Chair of the CAFP Student Council, recently blogged about his cognitive awakening regarding the counter-culture roots of #FMRevolution. He paid homage to Dr. G. Gayle Stevens’ sage insight and guiding vision of family medicine as a movement rather than a discipline. In essence, our culture is counter-culture.  That premise requires us to […]

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April 17, 2014
Reawakening the Counterculture: #FMRevolution

"It is my conviction that, on balance, the family practice movement has more in common with this counterculture than it does with the dominant scientific medical establishment. Maybe we never intended that it should be this way, and I doubt that many of us have an image of ourselves as revolutionaries. Most of us deal, […]

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