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August 25, 2017

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

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Academy News

The Lunch and Learn Webinar is Back in September

Varicose Vein Disease
September 13, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT (Webinar)
Presented by: Mark Macumber, MD, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine; Vein Clinics of America

Learning Objectives: 
1) Describe the cause and consequence of Chronic Venous Insufficiency 
2) Identify relevant superficial vein anatomy of lower extremities 
3) Recognize the stages of vein disease 
4) Compare and contrast current treatment options

Click here to register.

Primary Care Network Innovators Meeting
October 5 at 8:30am - NorthShore Skokie Hospital

Primary Care practices can lower the overall cost of health care while improving the service and quality of care delivery.  Join this group and share your success and learn from others!

Cosponsored by the Primary Care Innovations Network, IAFP and Family Medicine Midwest

Click here to register

Celebrating 70 years of IAFP at the annual meeting

Join us for meetings, friendship, the Primary Care Resource Fair, Convocation of Fellows, our annual awards, and the installation of president Asim K. Jaffer, MD and the new IAFP board - followed by a celebration reception. Click here for more informationand block off the afternoon of October 5 in your calendar. Online registration is now open.  All you need is one afternoon! Everything is packed into 5 hours, from 1-6 p.m.!

Keynote Presentation: Physician Wellness & Joy in Practice: You, Your Team, Your Organization, & the Quadruple Aim

How about some CME that is all about YOU, the physician and your team? Rethink and re-charge with our three-member panel of experts.

  • Engage attendees personally in thinking about enhancing the joy of their clinical work as family physicians
  • Encourage physicians to recommit to and reconnect with the joy of their practice team
  • Motivate attendees to learn and adopt specific approaches to promote joy in practice personally, for their practice team and/or in their organization

Bernard Ewigman, MD, MSPH
Endowed Chair, Department of Family Medicine

Leslie Mendoza Temple, MD
Director, Integrative Medicine Program and Fellowship Director

Nadim Ilbawi, MD, Lead Physician, Quality Fellow,

All three are IAFP members affiliated wtih the NorthShore University HealthSystem and Pritzker School of Medicine, The University of Chicago


Stay until Friday and complete a KSA with your IAFP friends! Topics are Heart Failure and Well Child Visits Learn more and register now.  


October 6-8 at the Hilton O'Hare Rosemont.  Register today!

Evolution of the #FMRevolution at FM Midwest

Illinois AFP is proud to host the 6th annual Family Medicine Midwest Conference October 6-8 in Rosemont (just minutes from O'Hare airport and downtown Chicago). FMM is our region's premiere family medicine collaborative event.  Learn more at  

IAFP's Women in Leadership will host a pre-conference and an all star panel including four Illlnois members (Javette C. Orgain, MD; Antoinette Lullo, DO; Alvia Siddiqi, MD and student Robert Friedel (UI-Rockford) are the Sunday plenary presenters. Join our panel of experts as they discuss why we need a revolution, what inspires them, and how we can problem solve in the future. 

Online Registration is now open!  Don't wait - let's show off Illinois and all you do!

  • $350 full conference for physicians and residents
  • $175 for one-day only registration 


Register today and gain access the top-notch education offered both during and after the AAFP's largest annual meeting, September 12-16 in San Antonio, TX.

Earn CME at the meeting-up to 26.75 Live credits on site-and continue to earn credit at home with FMX On Demand-a digital library of some of the most popular FMX sessions included in your registration.

AAFP Board Review Express- Coming to Illinois!

Ready for your Boards? Choose the best Board Review for family physicians. Choose AAFP Board Review Express®.

The AAFP Family Medicine Board Review Express® Live Course in Wheeling from September 20-23, is 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. 

Keep practicing long after your Board Review Express course is over. You will receive complimentary online access to the Board Review Self-Study Package on your first day of attendance at the live course.

Register online today!

Government Relations

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Gordana Krkic, CAE, Deputy Executive Vice President of External Affairs at [email protected]

State Update

Senate Bill 189, eliminating the criminal statutes of limitations for child sexual assault and felony child sexual abuse and supported by IAFP, was signed into law on August 11th. Public Act 100-0080 went into immediate effect.

IAFP sent a letter to the Governor asking him to sign HB3502, which was signed into law on August 18. The new law creates the Advisory Council on Early Identification and Treatment of Mental Health Conditions within the Department of Public Health. The Advisory Council shall: review and identify evidence-based best practice models and promising practices supported by peer-reviewed literature being implemented in this State and other states on regular screening and early identification of mental health and substance use conditions in children and young adults, including depression, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, and other similar conditions, beginning at the age endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, through young adulthood, irrespective of coverage by public or private health insurance, resulting in early treatment and develop a set of recommendations and an action plan to address the barriers to early and regular screening and identification of mental health conditions in children, adolescents and young adults in Illinois.

Federal Update

Teaching Health Center legislation introduced

A bi-partisan and bi-coastal group of U.S. Representatives introduced the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2017 (HR 3394) to reauthorize the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program for three years. This legislation will also allow for the expansion of new programs within existing centers and the creation of entirely new teaching health centers while emphasizing the importance of establishing sustainable funding. Illinois Representatives Janice Schakowsky, Danny Davis and Bobby Rush are co-sponsors. Contact your U.S. Representative and urge support. If we do not take action, this important program will expire on September 30, 2017! Tell your legislators to reauthorize the Teaching Health Center GME program by sending a pre-written letter from AAFP Speak Out.


News You Can Use

August is National Immunization Awareness month

Some parents still remain hesitant on vaccinating their children. IDPH has recently released a toolkit that helps to address these issues.

The toolkit includes:

  • Health Care Provider Commitment for Exam Room - this should be printed and displayed in exam rooms. Providers have the opportunity to add their signatures/pictures to the template to attest that they are partnering with IDPH to vaccinate Illinois children. 
  • Immunization Infographic - can be used online - on websites or social media - and/or printed for exam rooms 
  • CDC Fact Sheet on Vaccine Hesitancy (for health care providers) 
  • Immunization Action Coalition's Top 10 Reasons to Vaccine Your Child - English and Spanish

Illinois Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System

Did you know you can access statistical analyses of data on the health behaviors of new mothers on the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) website? The IDPH Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) population-based survey is conducted among women who reside in Illinois and had a live birth in the past two to six months. You can help PRAMS staff keep survey response rates high by displaying PRAMS posters and offering brochures in clinics and exam rooms. New moms who see this information when accessing care for their infant may be inclined to respond if selected for the survey.  Learn more here

Members in the News

If you have a news item to share, email it to Ginnie Flynn at [email protected].

IAFP student board member Sean McClellan of Rush Medical College has been selected as one of only six Pisacano Scholars from across the country. The scholarships are awarded to students attending U.S. medical schools who demonstrate a strong commitment to the specialty of Family Medicine. In addition, each applicant must show demonstrable leadership skills, superior academic achievement, strong communication skills, identifiable character and integrity, and a noteworthy level of community service. At Rush, Sean has been involved with the Latino Medical Students Association, Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leaders Institute and the IAFP Government Relations committee.

An August 21 story in the Springfield State Journal Register about the Integrated Wellness Clinic featured the medical director, IAFP member Cynthia Thomas, MD. The clinic provides behavioral health services in the primary care medical home to those with mental illness.

IAFP Resident Board member Kristina Dakis, MD was featured on "The Happy Doc" podcast this week, sharing her story and relaying her work in overcoming burnout and pursuing wellness in the face of personal and professional challenges. From starting a wellness program at UIC School of Medicine, to public speaking and research with Family Medicine for America's Health. 

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