AAFP Membership: What’s it worth?
AKAFP Provides a wide range of CME keeping up to date with the current needs of members. Our annual Winter Update is held at The Alyeska in Girdwood and is well attended by membership. We typically have around 75+ physicians registered attendees and provide a wide range of CME presented by both local and national speakers. This 2 1/2 day event is family orientated and we encourage you to bring your spouse and family. You can earn up to 30 CME Credits along with 20 MOC ABFM Credits while your family has fun!
The AKAFP has been a major partner is getting Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) training to Alaska. We have helped train over 100 Alaska Physicians, PA’s and NP’s on the rural trauma training and simulated scenarios curriculum under the guidance of the Minnesota CALS team.
AKAFP has delivered many Group KSAs over the last several years. We continue to update our offerings as the ABFM continues to produce new KSAs. KSAs are a MOC requirement by the ABFM and the group concept is well liked by many diplomats.
Part IV’s have been another part of MOC and Carletta has helped many people work through this process and she is available to answer any questions.
We try to keep our website up to date. We do have a Facebook page however it does not get a lot of traffic.
Our AKAFP newsletter is produced and published twice a year with numerous blast emails to supplement throughout the year.
For the last several years we have had representatives from our board of directors and membership travel to Juneau for Advocacy Day. We have been able to carry the message of who we are as an organization and bring our concerns to our representatives at our state capitol. We will continue to send our leaders to speak on behalf of the AKAFP.
We are continuing to find ways to connect with medical students in Alaska. Last year we provided two $500 awards to two students who’s completed research projects received top honors. The funding came from a grant through the AAFP Foundations Family Medicine Philanthropic Consortium. This program, that is part of your Dues Checkoff, allows chapters like ours to apply for small grants. We also provided $350 funding for preceptors in small communities to purchase a bike for visiting medical students to get around.
The AKAFP is very supportive of the family medicine residents in Alaska. We encourage resident participation in our annual AKAFP Winter Update and have some funding available to residents who chose to attend.
Retired members enjoy the same benefits as Active Members. They are welcome to attend our CME conferences at N/C and are welcome guests at all receptions and special events at the Winter Update. We welcome their participation in all AKAFP events.
AKAFP is a valuable resource for members regarding a wide variety of topics including but not limited to: CME Reporting; ABFM Information; Student and Resident Leadership Opportunities; AAFP Awards; AAFP Commission and Committee Nominations and more.
The AKAFP has many collaborative partners- the list includes but not limited to: AAFP; state chapters- AZ/CA/IA/NC/NM/SD and WY-The Alaska State Health Department; AAFP Foundation; CALS MN; Alaska Family Medicine Residency; Spire Learning; Peer View; Integrity Education; AAFP Family Medicine Philanthropic Consortium and more.
The AKAFP annually chooses a FDOY and presents the award at the President’s Reception at the annual meeting. We also confer candidates who are ready to receive their AAFP Degree of Fellow.