The Role of the Family Physician in Addressing Respiratory Health Disparities in the Wake of COVID-19

Posted on: May 14, 2021 | No Comments

by Kathryn Istas, MPH, Emily Doucette , MD, MPH, FAAFP and Lauren Vorbeck

The Role of the Family Physician in Addressing Respiratory Health Disparities in the Wake of COVID-19 Authors: Kathryn Istas, MPH, Emily Doucette, MD, MPH, FAAFP and Lauren Vorbeck The COVID-19 pandemic has made the public more aware of mechanisms of transmission for respiratory viral illnesses. The public has also evolved in its understanding of the role of public health, non-pharmaceutical interventions, and the biology of v …

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Long-Term Effects of COVID-19

Posted on: March 19, 2021 | No Comments

by Christian Verry, MD

Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 Christian Verry, MD The long-term effects of COVID are still being investigated. Many anecdotal stories exist describing prolonged symptoms and difficulties, known as “the long haulers.” Data from the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report in July of 2020 showed even amongst adults aged 18 and over with relatively mild symptoms, slow recovery was possible. In a multistate telephone survey of sy …

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Learning While Moonlighting

Posted on: February 15, 2021 | No Comments

by Michael Donovan, MD

Learning While Moonlighting Michael Donovan, MD As a family physician in St. Louis and a faculty member at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, I wanted more learning opportunities and explored moonlighting as an option. I had wonderful training opportunities throughout my undergraduate and graduate medical education, but the most important lesson that I had was to continue seeking opportunities to learn and grow through …

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CME, at Your Convenience!

Posted on: January 15, 2021 | No Comments

by MAFP Team

CME, at Your Convenience! Your Missouri Academy of Family Physicians is excited to announce we have recently launched an online Learning Management System (LMS).  This system will allow members to earn affordable Enduring CME wherever they are, day or night. Why Now? MAFP’s Education Commission recognized a need to diversify how we deliver CME to our members.  The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified this opportunity to reach our m …

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My Journey to Become a Family Physician

Posted on: December 14, 2020 | No Comments

by Jennifer Allen, MD

My Journey to Become a Family Physician Jennifer Allen, MD, Hermann The long and winding road that led me to the medical career I have today started when I was 3 years old. Someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I said, “A doctor.” That simple statement came from my heart. I believe I was called way back then to do this great work. Saying it out loud was reinforced over and over as I grew up. I had the great f …

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This Was a Really Cool Thing in Residency…

Posted on: November 16, 2020 | No Comments

by Misty Todd, MD

This Was a Really Cool Thing in Residency… Misty Todd, MD Having just finished residency in June, and having now independently practiced for a whole 4 months, there are many cool things I miss about residency already. As evidenced by an hour and a half zoom call with my former classmates yesterday—not all really cool things about residency end when the three years are over though. I think the first really cool thing is h …

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Beyond Zoom: Innovations in Medical Education

Posted on: October 15, 2020 | No Comments

by Sarah Cole. DO, FAAFP

Beyond Zoom: Innovations in Medical Education Sarah Cole. DO, FAAFP “The one thing we absolutely know about the future of health care and graduate medical education is that it is uncertain.”  Such are the prophetic words of the 2014 Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education’s strategic plan summary, its most recent to date.1 “Changes and challenges are rampant in medical education.” Prophetic, too, are the words of t …

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Major Changes Are Coming to E/M Visits in 2021: Will You Be Ready?

Posted on: September 15, 2020 | No Comments

by Erin Solis, AAFP Manager, Practice and Payment

Major Changes Are Coming to E/M Visits in 2021: Will You Be Ready? Erin Solis, AAFP Manager, Practice and Payment Significant changes are coming to office/outpatient evaluation and management visit coding and payment, and the AAFP is rolling out resources to help members take full advantage of them. Updates are scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2021 and the Academy is urging members to act now. In response to advocacy from t …

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Creating a Successful Retirement

Posted on: August 15, 2020 | No Comments

by Bruce Preston, MD, FAAFP

Creating a Successful Retirement Bruce Preston, MD, FAAFP At last! You’ve done it. You made it to retirement age and now you finally have time to do all those things you’ve been wanting to do. However, your bad knee or bad back are going to prevent you from doing some of those things you’ve been looking forward to. I think the best way to have a successful retirement is not to put off the things you really want to do. Do them …

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Diagnosis Coding and Why It’s Important

Posted on: July 15, 2020 | No Comments

by Jennifer Scheer, MD, FAAFP

Diagnosis Coding and Why It’s Important By Jennifer Scheer, MD, FAAFP Diagnosis coding refers to the ICD-10 codes that health care providers document and submit on claims.  Diagnosis coding is important because these codes paint a picture of that patient’s health versus burden of illness. An accurate picture of the patient impacts both physicians and patients in several ways.  Patients receive resources and frequently are enro …

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

Back on the Trail: Meeting the Future of Family Medicine

Posted on: November 13, 2019

Back on the Trail: Meeting the Future of Family Medicine Last year I “traveled the trail” with MAFP, visiting practicing family physicians in all ten MAFP geographic districts, learning about their day-to-day joys and woes as they care for Missourians in the diverse ways family docs do. As I prepared to summarize my findings to MAFP and it’s Board of Directors, however, I realized there was an entire population of Missouri’s f …

Valuing individual members of the patient care team: District 10

Posted on: May 15, 2019

To round out my perspective on District 10 (and close out my district visits for the year!), I look forward to meeting individually with District 10 Board delegate Dr. Vicki Roberts at the MAFP Show Me Family Medicine Conference come June.  If you’ve not yet registered for this conference, be sure to do so at for a great educational and networking opportunity in Lak …

Pollen, passion and paperwork: Districts 8 and 9

Posted on: April 25, 2019

My car and I were both messy as I visited Districts 8 and 9, it’s body thickly covered in the green pollen that settles upon Missouri in mid-April and my own clothing smeared with streaks of it as well.  I was nonetheless welcomed by staff and physicians of three clinics across both districts.   The day was rich in discussion, so much so that I took 10 pages of notes!  This month’s blog is a bit longer as it covers two distric …

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 …