FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4/18/2014
Contact: Todd Shaffer, MD, MBA
Truman Medical Center Lakewood
Lee’s Summit Family Physician Advocates for Change in Health Care System
WASHINGTON – Todd Shaffer, MD, MBAattended the Family Medicine Congressional Conference held April 7- 8, 2014, in Washington, D.C. More than 200 physicians attended the meeting.
Sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Council of Academic Family Medicine, the conference educates participants on family medicine’s legislative priority issues, trains attendees on how to educate lawmakers on Capitol Hill and allows participants to put these skills to use with federal legislators and their staff. Advocacy is a high priority of AAFP and the CAFM organizations.
As part of the meeting, Shaffer had opportunities to meet with staff from the office of Rep. Sam Graves, Sen. Roy Blunt and his staff, and staff from the office of Sen. Claire McCaskill to urge passage of legislation that will maintain access to care for elderly and disabled Americans. Such legislation would also address the primary care physician shortage by supporting primary care medical education as well as medical school scholarship and loan repayment programs.
Dr Shaffer is a practicing Family Physician and Professor at Truman Medical Center Lakewood (TMC LW) where he also is the Program Director of the UMKC Family Medicine Residency Program based at TMC LW. The UMKC Family Medicine Residency Program is the fourth largest family medicine program in the country with 42 residents and 5 fellows. Shaffer is also the current national President of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD) and a past President of the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians.
To maintain membership in the AAFP, Shaffer is required to complete a minimum of 150 hours of accredited continuing medical education every three years. The AAFP was the first national medical specialty organization to set continuing education requirements for its members. This requirement helps ensure family physician members stay current on the most up-to-date medical technologies, research and techniques.
About the American Academy of Family Physicians
Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care. The AAFP is headquartered in Leawood, Kansas.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is nearly 214 million office visits each year — nearly 74 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP’s positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org.
About the Missouri Academy
Founded in 1947, the MAFP is a non-profit professional medical society of more than 2,000 physicians, residents and medical students across the state. Headquartered in Jefferson City, the MAFP is dedicated to optimizing the health of patients, families, and communities of Missouri through patient care, advocacy, education, and research. The MAFP is a constituent chapter of the AAFP.