AAFP News

Family Medicine Leads Scholarships for National Conference

Send your FMIG leaders to the AAFP National Conference July 25 – July 27, 2019, Kansas City, MO to sharpen their FMIG leadership skills. The AAFP will offer multiple programs for new and seasoned FMIG leaders in addition to the rest of the amazing programming and networking at the conference. Students can apply for a scholarship to attend by May 1!

If you have questions about any National Conference scholarship, email Rachel Larsen at rlarsen@aafp.org  or call (800) 274-2237, ext. 6369.

Important reminder: Medicare Payment Survey

To: GAFP Members

All active members of the AAFP received an invitation to participate in the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) survey for physician office visits (99202-99205, 99211-99215) and a new prolonged services code (99XXX). The invitation and link to the survey came from AAFP President Dr. John Cullen. The subject line of the email reads “Please Participate in Important Office Visit Survey: Deadline March 18, 2019.”  As an active member of the AAFP, please look for this email and please take the time to complete this survey.

The email also contains a staff contact should you have any difficulty completing this important survey. Please don’t hesitate to contact Angela Flanigan at aflanigan@gafp.org should you have any issues locating this email from the AAFP.

GAFP Member Leads the Formation of the AAFP’s Obstetrics Member Interest Group!

GAFP member, Zita Magloire, MD outreached to GAFP and other AAFP members to secure the needed petitioners in forming a Member Interest Group on Obstetrics!  Dr. Magloire will serve as the Chair of the OB MIG community.  Congratulations Dr. Magloire and thank you for your leadership in this key area of family medicine and securing a format for mutual discussion from around the AAFP family of family medicine.

The Obstetric (OB) Member Interest Group was formed by physicians, residents and medical students who believe that this area of our practice needed more visibility within the AAFP community. The goals of this group are to increase the number of topics specifically related to maternity care in AAFP sponsored events and publications, as well as to develop resolutions to assist family physicians with credentialing for cesareans, vaginal deliveries and other obstetrical procedures that have been challenging for family physicians to obtain in many states. The group is dynamic and seeks input of family physicians from across the country to ensure their goals and objectives remain relevant in today’s changing health care climate.

Click here to join the community today!

https://www.aafp.org/membership/involve/mig/obstetrics.html

AAFP’s Resources for Well Being and Physician Wellness – Tips from Your Colleagues

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Your well-being matters. When you care for yourself, you can be more present for your loved ones and colleagues, and stay passionate about your purpose: providing quality patient care.

The AAFP’s Well-being Planner will help you identify your goals and collect Planner resources to address the five primary factors that affect your well-being as a family physician.

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/planner/get-started.mem.html

How Georgia Academy Members Embrace Wellness – A Few Tips from Your Colleagues

 

  • When I am feeling burned out, I take some deep breaths, listen to music or do a few Yoga poses.
  • I have always tried to follow the adage from my anatomy professor during my 1st year of medical school: “Work hard, play hard.” (Imagine it said with his refined British accent).
  • The key though, is to SCHEDULE play time so you look forward to it and HAVE to do it. It can be vacation, gardening, theater, parties, sports, dinners out — whatever you love to do.
  • I also have found it critical to “unplug” from technology for several hours — during my crazy business travel days, my favorite part of it all was being “unreachable” through phone, text or email while I was on an airplane for several hours — we need to savor those times
  • I make time each week (even if it is just for an hour to two) to do something I like to do and want to do–not something that I “have to do.”
  • This could be any number of things, like doing yard work (yes, my John Deere is my “happy pill”), pleasure reading (not a medical journal for goodness sakes), watching a movie, spending time with family and/or friends, and fishing or hunting. This one or two hours washes off the stress of the week, and I (and others) can tell a difference when I don’t allow myself this time each week.
  • For me it’s exercise and having goals to train for a 5K race or triathlon.
  • Another way I unwind is to plan a sick day into my week calling it a mental health day and I don’t tell my kids or family I am off, and I stay home hidden away all day doing something that makes me feel less overwhelmed (like organizing a closet)!
  • My way to unwind is to get up before anyone at my home and go for a run! I am up before the sun comes up and it makes dealing with the day a lot easier!
  • I shut it down and play golf
  • Remember that we all can become a patient at anytime
  • We must take time to take care of ourselves the same way we take care of our patients
  • Listen to good music in your office
  • Cut the phones off at lunch and leave the office – even if for a short walk
  • Exercise daily
  • When I feel burned out and can’t travel out of the state, I take a staycation. I get a hotel room for the weekend within the state in a vicinity I haven’t explored before and plan fun activities around there such as a live jazz lounge, local activities, spa or some great restaurants.
  • Whenever the burnout level gets high I just take a couple days off.  Used to take just an afternoon. As the needed break gets longer I will eventually call it retirement.
  • I usually relieve stress with a quick intense workout.  That is usually my quick fix.  For long term stress relief, I usually schedule a quarterly spa day with some friends.  These activities allow me to keep pushing forward.
  • My tip would be to make time for yourself with things you like to do. I like to golf, exercise, hike, go to the beach, and play with my dog.
  • When I am starting to feel burnt out, I plan a weekend trip for the family, and I play! The kids enjoy when mommy uses them as a stress relief.
  • Now I understand that we don’t have much time in this profession to do all of these things, so sometimes I like to make little positive notes and reminders about things I am grateful. That particularly helped during my Step 1 preparations, and during times I needed to work and study while rotation in my third year. These little positive reminders really go a long way because there are times I forget during the stressful times and the hustle of why I started the journey, how I made it, and the little things and those that helped me along the way.
  • For months I added a daily note about positive things that happened throughout the day, things I was proud of, and things I was thankful for, and at the end of the month I went over them and reflected upon them and I believe it really helped me through a particularly tough burnout period in my medical school journey.
  • I pray every night and start with thank you God for this day. I make myself go to the gym and run or do elliptical and sweat!  I take 20 min for yoga for beginners. I play tennis with my 80-year-old dad. I spend 10 minutes listing all of the things I’m grateful for and if all else fails I grab my girlfriends and go drink wine!
  • Every day, in the middle of my shift, I take 15 minutes to myself. Whether it’s to read, take a walk, eat a snack, or just sit in the quiet, it helps to center my outlook away from all the busy-ness and slow down.
  • When I am starting to feel burned out, I find that I must start saying “no” to my colleagues. I try to do these 8 times a week.”
  • Take up a new hobby. For fun I started decorating my house with silk flowers. I was so surprised that this actually relaxes me. My Pastor will not let anyone else decorate the church. Friends and family only want a centerpiece as a gift. Who would of thought?!!!!!