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Posted on: September 16, 2019 | No Comments
by Natalie Long, MD

Group prenatal care is a prenatal model that brings together groups of women who are roughly the same gestation age for prenatal checkups, interactive learning, and social support. This alternative model to traditional prenatal care was designed to improve patient education and include opportunities for social support while still continuing routine prenatal health assessments. Group prenatal care allows for more educational op …

Posted on: August 15, 2019 | No Comments
by Kyle John, MD

According to the CDC, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is the term used to describe all types of abuse, neglect, and other potentially traumatic experiences that occur to children and adolescents. The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is an investigation of childhood abuse and neglect and household challenges and later-life health and well-being. The original ACE Study was conducted at Kaiser …

Posted on: July 16, 2019 | No Comments
by Helen Tergin, MD

The focus of the summer issue of the Missouri Family Physician is Dermatology. Dermatology is such an intricate topic, and a very important one at that; especially now in these warm summer months where a lot of us are exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays. In the next issue of the magazine which comes out later this month, you will find articles covering symptoms and types of skin conditions, skin care tips, dermatologic emerge …

Posted on: June 14, 2019 | No Comments
by Steve Hentzen, Chairman and co-founder of the Prostate Network

I asked a room of our survivors what they would say if they had the podium and the room was filled with family doctors.  Here are the key points they wanted to make….   Ask men about their diets.  Virtually everybody said their doctors never talked to them about eating healthy and they are cancer survivors so the opportunities were plentiful!  You’re perfectly positioned to influence a massive numbers of men to make posit …

by Arihant Jain, MD (Cameron, Missouri)

Antibiotics have been miracle drugs since the 1940s, saving millions of lives. But recent news about drug resistant Candida Auris (aka yeast) has brought the topic of antibiotic resistance to forefront again. Antimicrobial resistance threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi and is one of the biggest threat to global health, food …

by Clif Knight, MD, CPE, FAAFP, AAFP Senior Vice President for Education

According to the most recent data from Medscape (2019 National Physician Burnout, Depression, and Suicide Report), only 24% of the approximately 1,960 family physicians completing their survey reporting being happy in their practice.  For comparison, plastics surgeons were the top specialty with 41% reporting happiness – admittedly not a high bar!  In my role at the AAFP, over the past few years I have had the opportunity to l …

Posted on: March 22, 2019 | No Comments
by Mimi Liu, Saint Louis University

I can’t imagine too many other professions have a day dedicated to a singular event where the fate of someone’s future quite literally lies in an envelope. Not too many other professions, however, are quite like medicine. Match day, which falls on a Friday in the middle of March, is a day where medical students across the US can share in the experience of finding out what residency program they will be training at. Unlike coll …

Posted on: February 15, 2019 | No Comments
by Christopher Blanner, MD
Bill Fish, MD
Misty Todd, MD
Reagan Garber

Christopher Blanner, MD St. Louis Chapter President Active Member Chesterfield, Missouri As an actively practicing member of the MAFP, I work for a large, non-profit hospital system in a small office with 2 other Family Physicians, 2 Nurse Practitioners and a full office staff.  My medical assistant, Kacie, and I see approximately 20 patients a day and generate yearly RVUs that put me vaguely around the 65% percentile national …

Posted on: January 4, 2019 | No Comments
by Peter Koopman, MD, FAAFP and Keith Ratcliff, MD, FAAFP

Family Physicians advocate for our individual patients every day.  We help to get needed services or medications for our patients, we support and motivate their attempts to make meaningful and sustained efforts to improve their health and manage their diseases, we are available to them in our offices and frequently through innovative means such as telehealth.  Individual advocacy is an essential part of our specialty DNA, and …

Posted on: December 17, 2018 | No Comments
by MARK SCHABBING, MD

Board members of the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians want to make sure that the needs of its members are being met.  About every three years, a strategic planning meeting is held to make sure the Academy is meeting the goals it has outlined or to make adjustments to meet new challenges that medicine may be facing.  This past August, the board met at Lodge at Old Kinderhook, at Camdenton, for its most recent strategic pla …