News & Announcements


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 2015 Michigan Family Medicine Conference. Special guests included AAFP President Reid Blackwelder, MD, Michigan legislators from across the state, and guests from Indiana and Ohio.

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Academy Position on E-Cigarettes

The Michigan Academy of Family Physicians is concerned about the increased use of e-cigarettes, especially among youth. Read the official statement and see articles coming from media attention for the Academy position.

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Loan Repayment Legislation Signed by the Governor

If you follow MAFP advocacy efforts you are likely aware of the advancing primary care loan repayment legislation MAFP has been championing for nearly two years. We are thrilled to share the bills, SB 648 and 649 passed the legislature in May and have been signed by the Governor!

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Loretta M. Leja, MD, Receives Prestigious Plessner Award

Congratulations to MAFP Board Member Loretta M. Leja, MD, of Cheboygan, who was recently presented with the most prestigious award of the Michigan State Medical Society. The Plessner Award recognizes Dr. Leja as a physician who "best exemplifies the practice and ethics of a rural country physician, and for her service to her patients, her community, and the medical profession.”

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President Van Alstine Talks Physician Shortage

In a recent interview with WILX-10 News, MAFP President Fred J. Van Alstine, MD, MBA, discusses the impending physician shortage and his concerns for the future of primary care.

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Have a Voice! Submit Your Resolutions to the Annual Meeting

You have a voice in your Academy! MAFP is soliciting resolutions for consideration at the 2014 Annual Meeting of Members, and any member in good standing is invited to submit his or her ideas to affect the policy or recommendations of the Academy.

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New Blog Post: Match Day and the Road to Residency

In a follow-up post, Nelli Thomas, a fourth-year medical student, shares her experience from Match Day and the start of her road to residency.

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New Blog Post: Celebrate National Doctor's Day!

On Sunday, March 30, the nation will celebrate National Doctors' Day, which is a day that is observed annually in the United States to celebrate the contribution of physicians who serve our country by caring for its' citizens. All of us at MAFP wish to thank our members—past, present and future Family Physicians—for all that they do to ensure high-quality, cost-effective health care for all.

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New Blog Post: The Road to the Match

Participating in “The Match” is one of the most exciting, yet terrifying, experiences of medical school as one fourth year medical student explains in the latest Family Medicine Perspectives blog post.

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Michigan AFP Joins Grassroots Efforts to Expand Medicaid

When Michigan senators expressed reluctance to approve an expansion of Medicaid in the state, medical associations statewide joined forces to advocate for change. The Michigan AFP was an active participant in efforts to effect a change, citing concerns for patients unable to afford health care.

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