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October 13, 2017

In This Issue...

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

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Practice Resources

Event Calendar

Member Benefits


Health Care Coverage



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Academy News

Disaster Relief - Where you can help your fellow members now!

Your family in California needs you. The Santa Rosa family medicine residency building/clinic are severely damaged and we know several faculty/residents may have lost homes. California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (CAFP-F) is collecting contributions; their President-Elect Lisa Ward, who practices in Santa Rosa, will help coordinate the relief efforts.

The Indiana AFP is spearheading relief efforts to aid (generators, communication and supplies) Puerto Rico AFP members in caring for their devastated communities. Members of the Puerto Rico Academy of Family Physicians have been on hand to personally accept and deliver supplies, and they will continue to do so as long as they are needed. You can donate via Indiana AFP


IAFP's 2017 Annual Meeting - Highlights

Use the links below for more on all the amazing things packed into ONE day in Rosemont on October 5.

Get in the game - sign up for a committee for 2018Learn more and then you'll find a quick and easy link to sign up.

If you are a Tar Wars presenter or wish to bring that tobacco-prevention program to a fourth or fifth grade classroom in your neighborhood, click here for more information and a link to the updated 2017-18 curriculum guide. Contact Ginnie Flynn for assistance.

Mentors needed! Mentor Connection extended and funded for 2018

Help us provide students with a variety of tangible family medicine exposures, positive mentoring and interaction only available and possible through the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians. Learn more and then sign up via the secure Mentorship Community Forum on our web site.


Evolution of the #FMRevolution

Illinois hosted a fantastic 6th annual Family Medicine Midwest Conference. Rosemont served as the Midwest hub of the #FMRevolution October 6-8. Our thanks to the many Illinois members who served on the Host and Education committees, along with those who donated to the scholarship fund, presented education sessions, exhibited their residency program and brought their enthusiasm to the event. View the photos on Facebook.

FREE CME Webinars in October and November

Alzheimer's Paradigm Shift: The Primary Care Physician's Role in Preserving Brain Health and Preventing Alzheimer's Disease
October 25, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

Register online

November 8, 2017 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Register online

Link to the IAFP Webinars page to see what's on the schedule

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]

Federal Update

On September 28, the House of Representative approved legislation extending Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program funding for three months. The extension was included in HR 3823, a bill to fund disaster assistance and other programs. The Senate approved it by unanimous consent, and President Donald Trump is expected to sign it. The AAFP signed a joint letter to congressional leaders urging sustained THCGME support. House and Senate leaders are committed to a long-term reauthorization later this year for these key primary care workforce programs. Sixty-one bipartisan Senators, including Illinois senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth signed a letter in support of the Community Health Centers Fund, THCGME and the National Health Service Corps. 

News You Can Use

Alzheimer's Association Annual Research Symposium November 2 in Chicago 

IAFP members can SAVE $30 off registration using the code:  IAFP

5 CME Credits available. World-class researchers present the latest and emerging dementia-related research topics including; Innovative Care Practices, Theories and Discoveries with a special focus on translating research into care. Learn more and register here

Oct. 17 NHSC Virtual Job Fair 5:45-9:15PM CT

National Health Service Corps Job Fairs are online recruitment events that connect primary care clinicians with health care organizations located in underserved communities nationwide. You'll be presented with more than 1,000 open positions, hear details about relocation, benefit packages, and populations served. Learn more here

AAFP FMX Call for Presentations is open until October 26
Link to more information

Submit Workshop Proposals for AAFP National Conference
Workshop proposals for the 2018 AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students are being accepted until November 12. The conference will be held August 2-4, 2018 in Kansas City, MO. Learn more

November 14 - Chicago Healthy Adolescents and Teens (CHAT) Conference, including FREE LARC training available

Hosted by the Chicago Department of Public Health at Malcom X Collge. Click here for more information and RSVP instructions

Curious how your practice can boost influenza immunization uptake in your older patient population?
Watch the AAFP's free webcast "Increasing Influenza Vaccinations for Adults 65 and Older: Evidence-based Strategies in Primary Care for Reducing Barriers to Immunization" today.

Watch the webcast now.

Supported through a grant from Sanofi Pasteur.

Free Flu Shot Clinics in Chicago

Chicago Dept. of Public Health has a  listing of FREE flu shot clinics. Please share with your Chicago patients, if you are not providing flu shots on site this year.

Learn more about the AAFP's new initiative: The EveryONE Project

The AAFP and its Center for Diversity and Health Equity are prepared to take a leadership role in addressing diversity and social determinants of health as they impact individuals, families, and communities. The EveryONE Project was created with those goals of confronting health disparities in mind. Watch the video for more details about this exciting new initiative. 

Renew your DEA registration

As a prescriber of controlled substances, you must secure a renewal from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) every three years timed to the date of your initial DEA registration. Learn more 

Members in the News

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

Congratulations to Michelle Byrne, MD of the Northwestern-McGaw Family Medicine Residency Program at Humboldt Park, who has been appointed as a resident representative to the AAFP commission on Membership and Member Services.

Sharon Smaga, MD of Carbondale has been honored as a Rural Physician of Excellence by the Illinois Rural Health Association.

Adeyemi Fatoki, MD, of Calumet City Advocate for Recovery Award from Vantage Clinical Consulting on Oct. 7 for his work in substance abuse disorders and mental health.

The Rural Medical Education Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine was featured in the Illinois News Network on September 24 for their work in training providers and ensuring access to health care in rural Illinois. IAFP Member John Plescia, MD is director of the program.

Lake Land College inducted IAFP member Sally Salmons, MD of Tuscola into their Distinguished Alumni Society, according to a September 28 article in the Mattoon Journal Gazette - Times Courier. Salmons earned an associate's degree in business administration from Lake Land College in 1982 and credits her time there with inspiring her to pursue a career as a doctor.

IAFP member and annual meeting plenary presenter Leslie Mendoza-Temple, MD of Evanston was featured in an October 11 Illinois News Network article about the Medical Cannabis pilot program which is currently no longer adding eligible conditions, after the medical cannabis program's advisory task force was dissolved earlier this year. Dr. Mendoza-Temple served as chair of that task force. 

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