MAFP Hosts Annual Conference: Special Guests Include AAFP President, Michigan Legislators, and Guests from Six States
Academy Staff and Board members were pleased to welcome more than 100 Family Physicians from across the state to Lansing this past week, to take part in the 2014 Michigan Family Medicine Conference. Special guests included AAFP President Reid Blackwelder, MD, FAAFP, Michigan legislators from across the state, and guests from six different states.
Throughout the conference, which was held July 17-19, 2014, physicians enjoyed 23 exhibits from organizations and a silent auction to benefit the MAFP Foundation. Participants were given the option to choose one of two Self-Assessment Module (SAM) sessions and take part in sessions totaling 17 live activity CME credits.
In addition to CME events, the MAFP Conference also included the Annual Meeting, the President's Reception & Gala, and advocacy-focused events like the first-ever LIVE! Legislative Town Hall and the annual FMPAC Fundraiser, held this year at the Lansing Lugnuts' stadium.
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Since it's inception in 2009, the MAFP Annual Meeting (formerly the Annual Meeting of Members or 'AMOM') has served as the platform for Family Physicians in the state to reflect on successes from the past year and identify the challenges that lie ahead. At the Annual Meeting, members assemble to examine proposed changes to MAFP policy and governance, elect new leadership, and debate issues.
For more on the Annual Meeting, visit mafp.com/news/2014-annual-meeting.
The 2014 President's Reception & Gala were held Saturday, July 19. Honorees joined Board members at the Gala to celebrate the year in Family Medicine and present awards including:
- Family Physician of the Year – Mary Rupp, MD
- Outstanding Family Medicine Resident of the Year – Cheryl Smith, MD
- Friend of Family Medicine Award – Lt. Governor Brian Calley
- Honorary Michigander Award – Reid Blackwelder, MD, FAAFP
In addition to the more formal awards, recognition was given to student scholarship winners who received financial assistance from the MAFP Foundation to attend the Annual Conference as well as the AAFP national conference. Physicians who have been members for more than 50 years were also recognized, and the entire evening had the tone set by a heartfelt speech of welcome by newly-instated MAFP Board President Tina Tanner, MD.
Holding the Annual Conference in Michigan’s Capitol city naturally set the stage for the conference’s advocacy-focused events. This year, MAFP changed things up a bit and hosted its first-ever, live town hall with lawmakers representing both parties and chambers. Sen. Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw Twp.), Sen. Jim Marleau (R-Lake Orion), Rep. Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) and Rep. Andy Schor (D-Lansing) participated in the town hall, bringing with them a diversity of backgrounds and experiences as they were asked questions on a range of topics.
Participants debated many of the tough health care issues currently under consideration in Lansing, including Senate Bill 2, the nurse practitioner scope of practice bill, and recently-passed e-cigarette legislation. Much of the debate led back to the important role that primary care—and family medicine, in particular—plays in delivering better health outcomes and driving down costs in our health care system.
Overall, the inaugural event was considered a success and members should be on the lookout for a similarly formatted event next year in Traverse City!
The Annual Conference’s friday activities concluded with a special fundraiser at the Lansing Lugnuts game. Nearly 50 MAFP members gathered together at Gasoline Alley to cheer on the team and enjoy the company of other family physicians and their families. And although the Lugnuts were not victorious that evening, hot dogs and potato salad were plentiful and the evening rounded off with a spectacular fireworks show, providing members with a welcomed break from the day’s educational sessions.
Money raised during the event went to support the MAFP’s Family Medicine Political Action Committee (FMPAC), which contributes to candidates for political office who demonstrate, among other things, a commitment to improving the health of the public and the practice environment for Michigan’s family physicians.
If you’d like to make a contribution to the PAC and continue to support our advocacy efforts in Lansing, click here.