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AKAFP President’s Message - Fall 2016

The October 2016 Family Medicine Summit Conference was a great success. Good, practical CME was enhanced with panel discussions, which resulted in good discussions from the attendees. It was also a forum for colleagues to meet other physicians from around the state and nation. The conference enabled conversations about different practice styles, addressed the opioid dilemma, solutions to the burnout dilemma, and preparation for the implementation of MACRA. In addition, we were introduced to the Fascial Distortion Model. This is a technique taught in the DO realm, being shared with the MD practices. Many other aspects of medicine were presented, resulting in 16 good CME credits.

We had the election of officers for the Board of Directors. Jacquelyn Serrano MD for President Elect, Allison Smith MD for Treasurer, Elizabeth Roll MD as Secretary, David Zetterman MDas Delegate and Amy Bukac MD as Delegate. There are still slots for alternate delegates and members at large. If anyone is interested in those positions, please contact me. We like a diverse board from the entire state. We are looking for people from Northern, Western and Southeastern Alaska, to assure regional representation.

We have many CME opportunities with the annual and winter conferences. This year we will have a summer annual meeting that that will coincide with the Alaska Family Medicine Residency’s  20th anniversary reunion. June 29-JULY 1, 2017 Captain Cook, Anchorage, AK

Next fall, one of our members from Valdez, Dr. John Cullen, will be running for President-elect of the National AAFP. We want to support him by attending the conference and taking part in the Monday evening Hospitality Suite campaign event, September 11 -13, 2017 San Antonio, TX

Visit our website for ongoing news of the academy. We want the website to enable networking between colleagues, give access to conference registration, honor our Family Doctor of the Year and link you to our national academy for additional resources to enhance your practice of medicine.

Our goal is to develop a quarterly newsletter that informs you about Family Medicine issues in our state.

Sincerely,

Jean Tsigonis


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