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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 …

Posted on: November 14, 2018 | No Comments
by Kathy Pabst, MBA, CAE, MAFP Executive Director

The Missouri Academy of Family Physicians blog posts have been focused on our members’ experiences on many issues of our patients.  I use the word “our” because as your executive director, I feel as though what our Academy does for you, we do for your patients, and then they become “our” patients.  This is my first blog post, ever!  So, I’m hoping what I share with you will give you a little reflection on why we do what we do. …

Posted on: October 14, 2018 | No Comments
by Dr. Steven Zweig

What happened to the family physician’s role near the end of life?  Unless heavily involved in hospice or nursing home care, I suspect that fewer of us are present and responsible for many of our patients at their end of their lives.  What happened?  Many people move to be retirement centers closer to children as they age cutting off decade’s long relationships.  FPs who do not go to hospitals or nursing homes will not be pres …

Posted on: September 10, 2018 | No Comments
by Mimi Liu & Morgan Dresvyannikov

NYU School of Medicine has made big headlines recently by promising free tuition for all its current and future medical students, regardless of merit or ability to pay. With a tremendous grant of $100 million and eventual goal of $600 million, their aim is to relieve the debt burden on students, thereby attracting a more diverse and inclusive student population from low income families. They also hope that their offer of free …

Posted on: August 16, 2018 | No Comments
by Lana Hudanick, RN, BSN, Public Health Consultant Nurse

The summer is starting to wind down and before you know it school is back in session.  As your patients are coming in for last minute physicals and immunizations, make sure you and your staff know which immunizations are required by visiting the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ (DHSS) immunizations for schools webpage. This is also a great time to make sure each child you see has all of the CDC’s recommended …

Posted on: July 17, 2018 | No Comments
by Sarah Cole, DO, FAAFP

Early on the second morning of the Show Me Family Medicine MAFP conference, I jogged up and down the humid, sloping Ozark foothills around Camdenton, MO, dutifully taking my daily 30 minutes to myself that every physician wellness seminar admonishes me to do while sneakily combining it with the 30 minutes of exercise that Dr. Jen Knox, my own family physician, also advises me to obtain daily.  As I passed boats gently rocking …

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Spring in northeastern Missouri: expanding communication across our state

Posted on: April 1, 2019

I was chauffeured this month by my 15-year-old daughter on my visit to District 2.  The hills roll more gently in the northern half of our state than the southern and so we took advantage of the geography to enjoy (well, she enjoyed while I nervously endured!) some practice driving on her permit.  It was early spring and so, though the temperature peaked at seventy degrees, we passed fields still stippled with the remnants of …


Reforming rather than bypassing residency training in Missouri

Posted on: February 25, 2019

District 6 Revisited: Reforming rather than bypassing residency training in Missouri Of the 101 rural counties in MO, 99 are primary care shortage areas.  Vernon County is one of those 99.  On Valentine’s Day, Executive Director Kathy Pabst and I spent time in Vernon’s county seat of Nevada with Dr. Jennifer Conley, her partner Dr. Heather Russell, her assistant physicians Dr. Caitlin Elmore and Dr. Kristle Miles and staff of …


January District 4 Blog

Posted on: January 30, 2019

District 4: Winter in Washington: Advocacy and Artificial Intelligence for EHRs In January, Executive Director Kathy Pabst and I met with Drs. Jennifer Scheer and Keith Ratcliff at the Old Dutch Tavern in downtown Washington, MO.  Drs. Scheer and Ratcliff are both delegates to MAFP’s Board of Directors and both practice in towns of 2000 people or less near Washington.  To meet them, I drove through the wispy fog on moonlit sta …


Family Physicians as Unapologetic Leaders

Posted on: January 30, 2019

In addition to meeting this month with delegates from District 4, I have been honored to attend, on behalf of the MAFP Board of Directors, two events for related professional organizations. The St. Louis Academy of Family Physicians installed it’s 2019 officers and Board of Directors over dinner in a local restaurant on 1/6/19.  The Missouri Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians installed it’s 2019 o …


Home for the Holidays

Posted on: December 6, 2018

As I continue my trek across Missouri this year, I stayed ‘home for the holidays’ by visiting my own District 3 when Kanika Turner, MD, MPH, former resident delegate to the MAFP Board of Directors, accepted my invitation to meet over lunch.  I listened to holiday music as I made the shortest drive of these journeys thus far to south St. Louis City to meet Dr. Turner near Family Care Health Center, the federally qualified healt …


Family Medicine Outside Missouri

Posted on: November 4, 2018

Instead of visiting MAFP members in their home districts this month, I ventured outside Missouri, all the way to The Big Speakeasy, the birthplace of jazz, the Crescent City, for my first visit to New Orleans, LA as I accompanied MAFP delegates Keith Ratcliff, MD (District 4), Todd Shaffer, MD (District 7), Peter Koopman, MD (District 5) and Kate Lichtenberg, DO (District 3) to AAFP’s annual Congress of Delegates. Above and be …


On the Road Again

Posted on: October 15, 2018

As I drove toward MAFP District 6 in west central Missouri, I passed highway miles by listening to the AFP Podcast bonus episode from September 17, featuring an interview with Dr. Margot Savoy, Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine. During her interview, Dr. Savoy reminded medical students applying to residency that Family Medicine is not a back-up plan. If …


Can I Come Over…to Kansas City

Posted on: August 31, 2018

You may recall that when I took the office of president, I pledged to visit family physicians in every MAFP district.  On Wednesday, August 22, Kathy Pabst and I kicked off these “Can I Come Over” visits in Kansas City and it was a busy, informative day!  Thank you to Drs. Afsheen Patel, Beth Rosemergey, Anne Arey, Mark Byler, John Burroughs and Wael Mourad for donating a portion of their day to us.  We spent anywhere from 30 …