MAFP Commissions

Members find that serving on one of MAFP’d the three commissions is an excellent way to guide programs and services to best meet the needs of our members and mission. Members may volunteer to serve on a commission by submitting the Volunteer Form. Meeting days and times vary according to the commission.

Advocacy Commission

The Advocacy Commission nvestigates and/or initiates methods of improving the health and well-being of the citizens of Missouri, representing the interests of family physicians and strengthening the specialty of family medicine, including encouraging the passage of laws to that end. This commission will also have the responsibility of evaluating and initiating changes in the by-laws.

Time Commitment: Face-to-face meetings are held two times per year in conjunction with each CME conference and evening conference calls periodically during the legislative session (January – May).

  • MAFP monitors and tracks legislation of interest to family physicians and patients
  • Legislative Updates are prepared by MAFP governmental consultants and distributed electronically through the Show Me State Update email blast to members
  • Stay informed by reviewing and tracking legislation through emails from the governmental consultants

Co-Chair-Keith Ratcliff, MD, FAAFP
Co-Chair-Peter Koopman, MD, FAAFP
Governmental Consultants-Randy Scherr & Brian Bernskoetter of RJ Scherr & Associates
Staff Liaison – Kathy Pabst

Education Commission

The Education Commission is responsible for conducting all educational and research programs of the MAFP, as well as encouraging and assisting in all resident and student affairs in Missouri.

Time Commitment: Face-to-face meetings are held two times per year in conjunction with each CME conference and conference calls on an as needed basis.

Co-Chair – Sarah Cole, DO
Co-Chair – Kara Mayes, DO
Staff Liaison – Bill Plank

Member Services Commission

The Member Services Commission is responsible for any publications, public relations efforts, and communications with the news media regarding public relations efforts. The commission does not speak for the organization or represent the Board to the media. They shall be charged with the recruitment and maintenance of qualified members of this Academy.

Time Commitment: Face-to-face meetings are held two times per year in conjunction with each CME conference and conference calls on an as needed basis.

  • Co-chairs review and approve submissions for publication in magazine such as but not limited to case reports submitted by residents and students, on an as  needed basis
  • Judge Family Physician of the Year Award nominations
  • Proof magazine

Co-Chair – Jennifer Scheer, MD, FAAFP
Co-Chair – Jacob Shepherd, MD
Staff Liaison – Brittany Bussey