May 26 2023

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

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Academy News 

Wishing you a safe and peaceful Memorial Weekend as we remember those who served our nation's armed forces.  The IAFP office is closed on Monday, May 29. 

Don't forget the newest issue of Illinois Family Physician magazine is online for your weekend reading pleasure! 

Family Medicine Midwest Abstract Deadline NEXT WEEK!
Students, Residents, Fellows, and Physicians are invited to submit proposals for the Family Medicine Midwest Conference, September 29 - October 1 at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville! Our theme is "Family Reunion: Uniting the Past, Present and Future of Family Medicine." 

All presentation submissions are due by May 30,  and poster submissions are due by June 12. Visit our website for more information and important instructions! Questions about the abstract submission process? Contact Sara Ortega.

Support Students at FMM - Donate to the Student Support Fund

Family Medicine Midwest provides vital funding support for students. For most of our student attendees, these scholarships make it possible for them to attend the live event. You can donate now to support students to attend FMM 2023 in Naperville. Questions about student funding? Contact Ginnie Flynn at [email protected] or visit the website for more information.

Get your tickets for the White Sox Game Foundation Fundraiser
Friday, June 23 at 7:10 PM vs. Boston Red Sox!
Get your tickets online here
Each ticket provides a $10 donation to the Family Health Foundation of Illinois which supports student and resident activities, Tar Wars and patient education programs. If you can’t attend, play along from home!  Make your pledge here to donate based on the game outcomes.  You can pledge per run, hit, strikeout, whatever you wish and we’ll contact you on June 24 to finalize your donation amount due.  

New Implicit Bias Live webinar 
June 28 at 7pm CT

Presented by Andrea Haynes M.D. & Ronald Rembert Jr. M.D, F.A.A.F.P., IAFP Health Equity MIG Co-Chairs

FREE Webinar meets Illinois licensing requirements

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the difference between explicit and implicit bias​
  • To look at the causes of implicit bias including how they form and operate​.
  • To understand the effects of implicit bias and the harm it causes​
  • To develop and implement strategies to recognize, interpret, and mitigate implicit bias

More information and registration 

Member Interest Group Updates

Physician Well-being - All members are invited to their Zoom meeting on June 13 at 8:15 for a Book Club to discuss A Doctor's Dozen - Lesson 2. Members may join the meeting even if you don't have a chance to read these chapters in advance. Learn more about their mindfulness activities on their MIG page and a link for the June 13 meeting. 

Urgent Care MIG:  The first meeting will be Thursday June 8 at 12:30PM on Zoom – subscribe to their e-list and join for the introductory meeting of MIG members to share resources and plan for the upcoming months leading up to the chance to connect live with the AAFP’s Urgent Care MIG at FMX.

Early Discount Ends July 1 - Save $100 

Take the Metra or the CTA to avoid the traffic and parking delays! Or “staycation” at any of the affiliated conference hotels connected to or close by McCormick Place. But don't miss this opportunity in your backyard to reconnect in-person with your family medicine friends. 

Registration includes up to 90 CME credits.
25 Live CME
40 E-Posters Enduring CME
25 On-Demand CME
Check out the highlights and our IAFP Annual Meeting plans during FMX

IAFP will celebrate our Annual Awards and board installation alongside FMX on Friday October 27. 
Now this the time to nominate your favorite family physicians for the IAFP Awards!  
Learn more and submit the online forms here for the Family Physician of the Year, Teachers of the Year and the Vince Keenan Award for Servant Leadership.  Deadline is July 4.

Resident Scholarly Works Virtual Summit Results
IAFP's Family Medicine Educators Committee hosted the all-day online research competition for the 11th straight year on May 24, featuring 15 presentations throughout the day. Congratulations to the top scoring presentation in each category!

You can view schedule and the recording of presentations online

Completed Project:
Rebekka DePew, MD, West Suburban Family Medicine  
Naloxone Distribution at Hospital Discharge: Implementation and Outcomes  View slides

Research in Progress:
Alexis Acernese, MD and Alex Wang,  MD - Rush Copley Medical Center
Engaging Residents through Special Olympics: A Collaborative Curriculum on the Care of Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities View Slides

 Government Relations

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Gordana Krkic, CAE, at [email protected]. 

Federal Update

Once again, IAFP was among the largest contingents participating in AAFP’s Family Medicine Advocacy Summit. Our members met with all but two of our 19 Congressional offices and seven visits included the Congressperson! 

Among the issues discussed:
Administrative Burden; asking Congress to pass legislation to streamline and standardize prior authorization and increase transparency in step therapy requirements;
Medicare Payment; find long term solutions to the Medicare physician payment system which lacks an adequate annual update, and
Workforce; urging Congress to invest in strategies that strengthen and diversify the family physician pathway, especially in underserved areas, and bring accountability to federal GME programs so that spending is aligned with workforce needs. We also shared data on the importance of family medicine in Illinois.
While AAFP’s day-to-day advocacy is extraordinary, family physician constituents telling their own stories in person, to their elected officials provides even more power to the message. Photos below show IAFP meeting with Congressman Bill Foster (D-11th) on the left. On the right is Monica Fudala, MD with Resident members Beverly Onyekwuluje, MD and Pablo da Silva, MD.  


Add your voice and follow up on the foundation they built on Capitol Hill this week. Use the AAFP Speak Out today and urge Congress to support family physicians and patients! 


Alert About the IAFP online CME Website
IAFP is aware that users of the IAFP Online Education Center are experiencing frequent unexplained issues accessing their account, pages operating slowly and even “crashing” or timing out.  We have escalated this issue with our service provider and hope to reach a resolution soon.  Should you encounter any problems accessing your education needs in the coming days, please use this form to log the issue for us or email [email protected]

Thank you for your patience and feedback on this important member service. 

Our Online CME modules for the State Licensing Requirements remain available for your free access.

This project is funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health and offers education and resources for primary care.  Access all the tools and resources on the Brain Trust website

 Early Detection and Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia webinar is now available with free access for all.

Click here to add the module to your education account  

New Podcast!  Episode 10 - Veterans

With Memorial Day ahead, think about the veterans in your practice now. Make sure their cognitive care includes dementia screening.  Avinash Mantha, MD with the Hines VA Geriatric Fellowship program joins Dr. Shah this week on the Brain Trust Project Episode 10: Early Detection of Dementia in Veteran Populations.  He’ll share the VA's multidisciplinary and collaborative care approach and also describe risk factors that all clinicians who care for veterans throughout Illinois to watch for.    Listen Now!

Other Organizations' CME 

Free CME Update on West Nile Virus
Through a partnership between CDC and Medscape, clinicians can register for Diagnosis and Management of West Nile Virus Infection: A Case-Based Approach for FREE through Medscape’s website and receive CME credit.

Georgia AFP Summer Family Medicine CME Weekend

June 9-11 

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) is live streaming and recording all of this Summer’s CME sessions. As a virtual attendee, you’ll be able to engage with the presenter, ask questions and earn CME! All sessions will be available for playback for a limited time post-meeting. Visit the GAFP meeting website.
Registration closes June 6 at 11 a.m. CT.

Illinois Summit on Antimicrobial Stewardship
Tuesday June 13 from 8:30am to 5pm 
LIVE at the Parke Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington, a one-day summit to bring you up-to-date on the regulatory and national landscape for antimicrobial stewardship. IAFP is a co-sponsor of this annual event. Register online today!                     

News You Can Use

Beyond the Needle Podcasts Season 2 

Long COVID needs a long podcast! Listen to Part 2 of 2 looking at Long COVID: A Pulmonologist's Long COVID Journey led by IAFP Board Member Christina Wells, MD, MPH.  She is joined by a UIC pulmonary and critical care physician who shares her own long COVID story and how that experience helps her approach with patients.  Listen here! 

Illinois Vaccinates Against COVID-19 (I-VAC) In-Person Vaccine Bootcamp 
Friday, June 16th, from 9am to 1:30pm Breakfast & lunch included
Wyndham Chicago O'Hare: 1450 E. Touhy Ave, Des Plaines, IL 60018
Gain knowledge on the most recent COVID-19 vaccine guidelines (updated May 2023), connect with peers, and prepare for commercialization. Register here by June 9th.

Visit the full I-VAC website for tools, resources, and support specific to Illinois from this collaborative effort with ICAAP, ECHO-Chicago and IDPH

Adult Vaccines Remain a Priority
We want to understand your Adult Vaccination Perceptions and Practices.  This short survey has 11 questions and should take about 2 minutes to complete. Thank you for your participation!  We've also added some of the AAFP's best resources to our immunizations resources website (look under Physician Education) for helping your adult patients catch up on vaccines. 

AAFP Pneumococcal Update CME
AAFP has a free 30-minute, 0.50 prescribed credit CME On-demand video for family physicians and other health care professionals that specifically addressees the Updates to the ACIP Pneumococcal Recommendations. Click here.

IAFP has a Membership App!

Take IAFP on the go:  IAFP members can download and use our new membership app for easy access to our events, online education, Career Center, IAFP's podcast series and Family Medicine Midwest. Learn more here.  Find “IL AFP” on your App store and then use your IAFP membership email to login and get the access code to get started. Or if you are reading this on a phone or tablet, click on the button below to go directly download on your device.


Visit the AAFP's Employment Contracting Resources 
AAFP has new tools and resources to help family physicians navigate the entire employment contracting experience—from choosing a knowledgeable lawyer to help review contract terms to negotiating key contract provisions. . Get started here!

 Members in the News

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

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