The Opioid Crisis in Missouri: An Addiction Recovery Provider’s Perspective

Posted on: September 10, 2021 | No Comments


by Kelly Watson, NP

The Opioid Crisis in Missouri: An Addiction Recovery Provider’s Perspective Kelly Watson, NP We have all seen statistics regarding the opioid crisis: global numbers pertaining to how many people are affected, number of overdose deaths, and economic impact. What is not often heard are the individual stories of difficulty accessing care and the effects of the pandemic on drug use. There’s so much more to the story. I’m a family …

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A Patient’s Perspective on Living with Diabetes

Posted on: August 16, 2021 | No Comments


by Bill Plank, MAFP Assistant Executive Director

A Patient’s Perspective on Living with Diabetes Bill Plank, MAFP Assistant Executive Director I’ve had the joy and privilege of working with you, our members, over the past year and a half.  Helping our members be the best physicians they can is more than a job for me – it’s a way of giving back.  A family physician saved my life when I was five. After battling both chickenpox and influenza within a month, I continued to lose …

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Using a Trauma Lens for Children and Youth in Foster Care

Posted on: July 20, 2021 | No Comments


by Maya Moody DO, FAAP

Using a Trauma Lens for Children and Youth in Foster Care Maya Moody DO, FAAP, President-Elect, Missouri Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics Children and adolescents in foster care are a patient population with special healthcare needs that are often underrecognized and care is frequently fragmented. However, using a trauma lens during a routine clinical encounter can start the path to healing for this fragile, but resilien …

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Immunizations Update – MIC

Posted on: June 24, 2021 | No Comments


by Nicole Cope, MPH, Executive Director, Missouri Immunization Coalition, Inc.

Immunizations Update – MIC Nicole Cope, MPH, Executive Director, Missouri Immunization Coalition, Inc. The State of Missouri now has an Immunization Coalition! Before 2019, Missouri did not have an organized immunization coalition.  Following the Spring legislative sessions of 2018 and 2019, immunization advocates and supporters recognized the need to organize and provide a unified voice in support of life-saving vaccine …

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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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