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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 …

On the Road with MAFP President, Dr. Sarah Cole:

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 …