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August 14, 2015

In This Issue...

  1. Academy News
  2. Government Relations
  3. News You Can Use
  4. Members in the News

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Event Calendar

Member Benefits


IAFP Lunch and Learn schedule. Join IAFP the last Thursday of every month from 12:00-1:00pm CST and earn FREE CME. Next up Aug. 27 on Cardiac Health.  Register today!

AAFP Family Medicine Board Review Express Live Course is coming to Chicago in September


Academy News

Our web site is now mobile-friendly!  Check it out when you're on the go!

Register Today for the annual meeting - October 9-11 in Rosemont

The 2015 annual meeting is a unique opportunity for IAFP members to learn, collaborate and expand their horizons.  The meeting will be co-located and intertwined with the Family Medicine Midwest Conference, uniting 12 states in a Midwest regional effort to attract the next – and larger – generation of family physicians.  The theme truly sums up our specialty:  Celebrating Diversity: Our Patients, Our Communities and Ourselves.  CME programming will be targeted to all learners and delivered by presenters from around the Midwest.  Two incredible plenary speakers will kick off each day:  Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, FAAFP, soon-to-be AAFP President, will open on Saturday and Chicago’s own Fred Richardson, MD, FAAFP will share his story on Sunday morning.  There are four SAMs workshops on the schedule, and five Friday pre-conference collaborative seminars on an incredible span of issues.  Mark your calendars now and register today.  Save $50 if you register before September 1.  Learn more about the meeting here.

Coming soon: Nobody Quits Like Chicago Week- August 17-22 Link to more information which will be updated as information is available.

Important Reminder – vote for IAFP board of directors
Active and Life members are reminded to vote for elections by September 11. IAFP Active and Life members should have received an email on August 12 with a link and online voting instructions.  Please check your spam or junk files if you didn’t see that email yet.  All members are welcome to learn about the candidates on the website.  If you did not receive your voting email, please contact Vince Keenan, CAE at [email protected] for assistance.

Thanks to everyone who completed the Active Member Survey by August 2.  All emails were put in to a drawing and congratulations to Alap Shah, MD who won the $200 Visa Gift Card!

Government Relations

State Update

This week Gov. Bruce Rauner signed SB1410, which will tighten the rules and the informed consent for exempting children from required vaccinations. IAFP advocated for this bill at Spring into Action and throughout session. Read the IDPH Press Release

Other bills of interest from this session are now “law of the land”

Nurse Collaboration - HB421 (Rep. Feigenholtz D-12) was signed into law on July 29th and is now Public Act 99-0173. This legislation updated the APN practice act among other provisions agreed upon with physicians and APNs. Nothing in this Act will prevent a physician from including any restrictions on practice or requirements for communication within the collaborative agreement. 

SB1498 amends the Good Samaritan Act to provide liability protection for Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps members assisting certified local health departments during emergencies that are not declared disasters. IAFP was listed as a supporting organization on the fact sheet. The bill was signed into law on July 14th and is now Public Act 99-0042


News You Can Use

Pass Your Boards with the AAFP Prepare to pass your ABFM Boards with this comprehensive, evidence-based live course developed by and for family physicians.
AAFP Family Medicine Board Review Express® Live Course in Chicago (Rosemont), IL.  Attend a three-and-a-half day live course with your colleagues to review the evidence-based principles of family medicine and learn effective test-taking strategies. Register today.

As an AAFP Member, you can save big on Board Review resources from the AAFP.

BONUS OPPORTUNITY - Stay for SAM Working Group sessions, Diabetes on September 19 and Preventive Care on September 20.

5-State Virtual Self-Assessment Module (SAM) Party: Depression

Perhaps putting depression and party in the same sentence seems odd, but working on a SAMs in a virtual group setting alongside colleagues in other states makes it a party!

Date:  Sunday September 13, 2015 starting at 5 PM CST Fee:    $275  (does not include ABFM fees)

Work on the Depression SAMs together as a group in the comfort of your own home or office!


The Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio and Wisconsin chapters of the American Academy of Family Physicians have partnered together on this virtual self-assessment module (SAM) which typically takes four hours for completion.

Register now to attend the AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX) in Denver, Colorado.
Get the very latest in family medicine from family medicine experts. Share joys and challenges with more than 5,000 of your peers from across the country. Gain almost a year’s worth of CME in less than five days. Attend FMX (formerly Assembly) in Denver, September 29–October 3. Attendees can earn up to 35 AAFP Prescribed CME credits.

FMX is evidence-based family medicine education with real-world applications. Choose the way you learn best from so many opportunities. Learn best practices for conditions you see every day. Hear thought leaders on patient care in the tech age. Renew your passion for patient care.
Wonder what the 2014 Assembly was like?
Register by August 26 and save $100.

Alzheimer’s Annual Research Symposium

October 23 in Oak Brook

This full-day Symposium will focus on Alzheimer's research, the leading role of the Alzheimer's Association in dementia-related research, and the importance of participation in clinical studies. Four (4) continuing education credits/contact/clock hours will be available for health care professionals. Learn more or you can register today.

AAFP concussion partnership with the NFL

The AAFP has entered a partnership that will pair the evidence-based medical knowledge of the Academy with the influence of the National Football League Foundation. The AAFP will have full control of all educational materials and will retain final editorial authority over the materials.  Learn more from AAFP Leader Voices blog post by President Robert Wergin, MD.  There is just one webinar remaining.

• August 20 - Sports Concussions 103: Debates and Controversies.

Members in the News

Member Kurt Crowe, MD of Amboy is featured in the August 7 Sauk Valley News for his Illinois Rural Health Care Association Physician of Excellence Award. 

Leslie Mendoza-Temple, MD is featured in the Fall 2015 issue of Chicago Health magazine in their article about the new Illinois pilot program for medical cannabis.  Mendoza-Temple is the chair of the IDPH Advisory Board on Medical Cannabis.

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