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Stethoscopes for Residents - EAA Update
The 2019 EAA ticket raffle was a great success! Thank you to all who participated by contributing to the Stethoscopes for Residents. Your response has helped WAFP – Foundation move even closer to the goal of raising $5,000! Thank you Dr. Sabina Singh and her husband Ken for donating the ticket package.

The total amount raised through the ticket drawing was $4,000!

Didn’t get a chance to contribute? No worries, donate today towards the goal of providing 16 stethoscopes to our residency programs in 2020.  The goal of this program is to give away at least one stethoscope to a resident at each of Wisconsin’s 16 Family Medicine Residency Programs during an annual visit. Visits include a presentation by WAFP leaders on a topic of the Program’s choosing that includes a brief discussion about the benefits of membership as both a resident and an active practicing physician.
Congratulations to Barbara Hummel, MD – winner of the EAA Ticket Package!
To ensure the future of this program, your contributions to
the fund are greatly appreciated. Thank you to those who donated:
Dave Wehby, MD
David Olson, MD
Richard Roberts, MD, JD, FAAFP
Zachary Baeseman, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Barbara Hummel, MD
Brad Meyers, MD, FAAFP
Janice Litza, MD, FAAFP
Robert Mead, MD, FAAFP
Ann Stein, MD
Alan David, MD
Thomas Schreiber, MD
Lisa Dodson, MD
Thomas Grau, MD, MA, FAAFP
Matt Hunsaker, MD, FAAFP
Patricia Witte, MD
Welcome Back 2019 Students to National Conference
Thank you to all those who helped support the 2019 Send a Student Campaign, because of your generosity we raised $27,808. Short of our goal of $30,000, 54 Wisconsin students were still able to attend National Conference!

As an academy, we have significant influence in determining the success of this campaign. In eight years of supporting this program, we have provided funding for 307 students to attend National Conference, and 75% of those students have matched in Family Medicine.
Attendees of the 2019 National Conference of Family Medicine Resident and Student Delegates share their experiences and give thanks to the donors that made their trip possible, watch here:
It's Never too Early to start preparing for 2020!
Please consider donating again for the 2020 campaign and help us ensure a strong future workforce in family medicine. We appreciate your generosity and support for advancing family medicine in Wisconsin.
Summer Extern Spotlight - Joshua and James
“My time with the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians gave me a unique perspective on family medicine. Our time in the office was spent participating in committee/workgroup meetings, webinars, and various projects. Specifically, being able to partake in the legislative committee meetings opened my eyes to a side of policy and medicine that I had never been exposed to. Being able to actually meet with lobbyists and legislators in Madison was definitely a highlight of the summer. These meetings and projects cultivated interests in me that I was previously unaware of.
The four weeks of clinicals were also a very valuable experience. Getting to rotate through four different clinics allowed me to see how family medicine has such flexibility and a wide scope of practice. Each clinic was unique in that they saw different patient populations, performed different procedures, and managed the clinic in different ways. I think that a lot of students think of family medicine and envision one type of clinical setting, but you can really make a family medicine practice what you want it to be- and that was especially eye-opening. Being surrounded by an organization and preceptors who are so passionate about family medicine certainly inspired me and helped solidify my interest in family medicine.”

 – Joshua Matzke
“Wow! What a great experience spanning Family Medicine Advocacy and practice. I chose projects at WAFP that centered about scope of practice and direct primary care business models. A typical day included reading research articles to inform design of surveys that could be sent to WAFP physician members about their scope of practice in Wisconsin. A few days were very special. The day on capitol hill was an exciting route to learn more about policy and advocacy. The legislative staff welcomed me, Josh, and our guide Erik to discuss more about the WAFP's support of direct primary care and how it could help businesses and patients across Wisconsin. 

Fortunately, my legislative conversations were informed with a week-long direct primary care clinical rotation. For those new to direct primary care, it's a model where patients pay the physician a monthly membership fee for expanded access to a physician. For doctors, this model can keep relationships stronger with their patients since there's un-rushed time for appointments and access to patients by phone when needed.  It can be surprisingly affordable and even save some patients money to be part of this model. 

I also visited a rural family medicine clinic in Lancaster, WI. I was with family medicine doctors working in the emergency department, providing support for procedures in the office, and beside the doctors during a morning of colonoscopies. I even got to do cartwheels down the clinic hall with one of the kids. Variety made the time fly by.

 Later in my rotations I visited a family physician at the Central Wisconsin Center, which offers residential care for people with profound intellectual disabilities. The doctor had a core patient responsibility of about 40(ish) residents and a very good understanding and caring bond with his patients. I visited music therapy sessions with some of the residents where their smiles, joy, and musical movements added to my depth of what it means to live a good human life.
In my final rotation, I rotated with a rural physician who collaborates with patients' pain therapy. People are complex, and their pain ought not overshadow that. I realized my clinical skills grew over this summer when I helped an adult who may have ADHD access diagnosis and support. 

The experience culminated with the AAFP National Conference in Kansas City where my service as a delegate positioned me to hear heartfelt and tearful testimony about expanding adolescents' rights to confidentiality in transgender and gender affirming care. If I learned anything about family doctors, it's that they can handle transgender and gender affirming care that improves the health of the whole person. I'm grateful for the WAFP support and wish a wonderful experience to any future externs!”

- James Meyer

Participate in Amazon Smile & iGive

If you plan on shopping online, there is an easy way to help the foundation with every purchase you make. By shopping online through iGive and/or Amazon Smile, and selecting Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians - Foundation as your preferred charity, a portion of every purchase is automatically donated to us, at no cost to you! This is an easy way to help support the foundation! You shop, you get great deals, and at zero cost to you each website will donate a portion of your total purchase to help the foundation.
It's Easy to make your Charity of Choice of Amazon Smile!
The link to designate Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians - Foundation as your Amazon Smile charity of choice is: You shop, Amazon donates.

- Sign in to your account at on your desktop or mobile browser
- Go to Account and Lists from the navigation at the top of the page
- Select "change your charity" under shopping programs and rentals
- Enter Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Inc.


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iGive features 1,500 of your favorite online retailers, including Apple, Best Buy, Nordstrom and more! There are no costs, obligations or hidden fees – and you can actually save money with thousands of coupons and promo codes to use at checkout! Just about anything you can buy counts.  iGive takes care of the details, including sending the money you’ve helped raise to the foundation. Donations range from 0.5% of your purchase to 20%.

- Join for free at you can create an iGive account in just seconds
- Select the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians – Foundation as your preferred charity
- Start shopping
- Tell your friends and family to sing up for as well

iGive is totally free and private. Make sure to bookmark the iGive website or install their handy browser button to never miss out on a donation opportunity.
President's Corner
For several years, here in Wisconsin we have seen a decline in self-employed family physicians and a corresponding increase in family physicians employed by health care systems. This same trend is also occurring on a national level. The effect varies by state, but Wisconsin is on the forefront of this change as compared to most other states.
While the trend to fewer self-employed family physicians continues, it is important to note that the future need for Family Physicians whether self-employed or employed by health care systems in Wisconsin continues to grow. This shortage will impact the quality of healthcare in the state and the impact on work satisfaction of physicians.
WAFP – Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of family health care in Wisconsin through various means such as support for promotion a Family Medicine workforce. Our goals are to raise $84,000 annually to fund initiatives such as Send Students to National Conference, Scholarships, Summer Externship Program, and Stethoscopes for Residents. A responsible goal and a significant impact.
Whether you are self-employed or employed within a health care system, I personally ask you to support our mission by contributing today to the WAFP – Foundation. Your gift is important. It matters. It is appreciated.
Thank you,
Janice Litza
WAFP – Foundation’s Quarterly Drawings
WAFP – Foundation has had great success with raising funds through quarterly drawings, and we hope to continue with our Quarter 3 drawing that’s right around the corner by kick starting 2020 Students to National Conference with 4 Packers vs Raiders tickets for the game on October 20th.  The two-week drawing will begin September 4th and go until September 18th.
So far, the 2019 quarterly drawings have raised over $18,160 towards the foundation - $14,160 towards Students to National Conference and $4,000 towards Stethoscopes for Residents.  All within a two-week time period and amazing donors who contributed. 
Be a part of the action by donating a quarterly prize to the Foundation!
You can see that the return on investment when donating an item and the amount it can give back to the Foundation! If you have any questions or would like to donate an item for 2020 please contact Karlee Fowler.

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