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Presidential Column: February 2020
Allen Perkins, MD, MPH

Welcome all to 2020 - a new decade for ADFM! 

The most important thing on our plate is having a smooth (and so far successful) transition in Executive leadership from Ardis Davis to Amanda Weidner. Continue>>

Closing The Gap - Our Challenge, Our Opportunity

We can't wait to see everyone in New Orleans next week! There are educational opportunities for all, from leading-edge keynote speakers to session on crucial topics. The conference also offers valuable networking time with your peers, an opportunity to maintain/form career-enriching connections. Agenda highlights include:

Thu, Feb 13, 9:15 - 10:30am: Opening Session
Lessons from The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World
Professor Sir Michael Marmot is ADFM's very first Heritage Fund Speaker! His plenary will be followed by a book signing The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World during the break (there will be a very limited number of books for sale on-site - buy/read yours in advance!).
Raffle for Lunch with Professor Marmot! As a fundraiser for the Heritage Speaker Fund, we are holding a raffle for one place at the table of a small group having lunch with Professor Marmot on February 13. Each raffle ticket is $20 and you can purchase them at the registration table in Parish Hall during registration hours February 12 - February 13 @ 11:10am. 

Thu, Feb 13, 4 - 5pm
ABFM Updates and Opportunities for Research Partnerships
A Dialogue with Warren Newton, MD, MPH, President & CEO of ABFM
Moderator: David Schneider, MD


Fri, Feb 14, 10:30am - 12pm
Artificial Intelligence is Coming to Healthcare: What Does it mean for Family Medicine?
Steven Waldren, MD, VP and Chief Medical Informatics Officer, AAFP

Check out the day-by-day agenda, meeting materials, and other information here. If you haven't made your plans yet, register and reserve your hotel room now to join us at the Loews New Orleans Hotel, February 12 - 15, 2020. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

From Deputy to Executive Director!

Last November, ADFM Board Chair, Kevin Grumbach, announced the very good news of Amanda Weidner's promotion to ADFM Executive Director.

As an ADFM employee for the past 10 years, Amanda has been responsible for an increasingly diverse, and essential, series of projects, most recently as Deputy Director. 
Amanda shared that she is "delighted to serve in this new role. It is a great honor to take over from Ardis as the first and only ED (and my friend and mentor for the last 10 years!)." 

We will celebrate Ardis Davis as ADFM's first Executive Director at a reception and party on Thursday, February 13 at Mulate's Cajun Restaurant, during the Annual Conference in New Orleans. Please reserve your ticket(s) when registering for the conference or add to a completed registration by contacting Kim Sevedge at

First Dance with Ardis: As a fundraiser for the Heritage Speaker Fund, a raffle for a first dance with Ardis Davis will be held at the party. Tickets are $10 each (cash & check only please) and they will only be on sale on-site. Learn about Cajun two-step, jitterbug, and waltz dance moves here!  
Welcome All New ADFM Members

Robert Baldor, MD
Chair, Family Medicine and Community Health
University of Massachusetts Medical System - Baystate Regional Campus

David Baltierra, MD

Interim Chair, Department of Family Medicine
West Virginia University (Eastern Division)

Alisahah Cole, MD
Chair, Family Medicine
Atrium Health

Jonathan Cree, MD
Chair, Department of Family Medicine
Idaho State University School of Medicine

Joseph W. Gravel, Jr., MD
Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW)

Michael Grover, DO
Chair, Department of Family Medicine
Mayo Clinic - Arizona

Jeff Harrison, MD

Chair, Department of Family Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Michael Kidd, AM, FAHMS
Chair, Family and Community Medicine
University of Toronto

Clare Liddy, MD, MSc, FCFP
Interim Chair, Department of Family Medicine

University of Ottawa

Peter Nalin, MD, MBA, FAAFP

Department Head, Department of Family Medicine and BioBehavioral Health
University of Minnesota - Duluth

William Schwab, MD
Interim Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine

Noa'a Shimoni, MD, MPH
Interim Chair, Department of Family Medicine
New Jersey Medical School at Rutgers University


Josephine Fowler, MD 
Clinical Vice Chair, Department of Family Medicine  
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Sabrina Hofmeister, DO
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin

Susan McDaniel, PhD
Vice Chair, Department of Family Medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center

Erin Kavanaugh, MD, FAAFP
Vice Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Christiana Care Health System

Linda Meurer, MD, MPH
Vice chair for Academic Affairs 
Medical College of Wisconsin

Eric Skye, MD
Associate Chair for Educational Programs
Department of Family Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School

Iris Wesley
CEO, Center for Family Medicine

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine


Camellia Azarakhsh
Chief Administrative Officer, Department of Family Medicine
UC Irvine Health

Verdell Darisaw
Financial Analyst
New Jersey Medical School at Rutgers

Kimberly Harrison, MHA
Clinical Manager of Administration and Finance, Department of Family Medicine

Morehouse School of Medicine

Libby Melzer, MBOE, LSSBB
Interim Administrator, Department of Family Medicine
Ohio State University

Kendra Moore, MBA
Director of Administration and Finance II, Department of Family Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine

Wendy Nickerson
Administrator, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
University of Minnesota Medical School

Jana Ortigara
Department Manager, Department of Family Medicine
University of Chicago

ADFM's Strategic Committees will be meeting on Thursday, February 13, 12 - 1pm (at the Annual Conference) which are open to everyone. Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity; Education Transformation; Healthcare Delivery Transformation; Leader Development; and Research Development committees will have agendas for these meetings, giving you insight into the work of each. Perhaps to become a future committee member?

Joy in Practice Webinars
A two-part series on Telehealth, Part 1: The Current State, Policy and Training Challenges, and, Part 2: Logistics and Reimbursement, took place in January and you'll find their complete recordings, and those of previous webinars, HERE.

2020 -2021 LEADS Fellows
ADFM's LEADS Fellowship Program provides interactive training, tools, and experiential learning for faculty considering senior leadership positions in their careers. Our current LEADS cohort is the largest ever and we look forward to welcoming the 2020-2021 cohort at the Annual Conference. >>>More on LEADS Fellowship here


The 25 X 2030 Student Choice Collaborative
American Needs More Family Doctors
A Steering Committee comprised of staff and volunteers from all eight family medicine organizations, including ADFM, continues to collaboratively work on this initiative. Towards meeting the goal of ensuring, by 2030, 25 percent of U.S. medical students pursue family medicine as their specialty.

Building Research Capacity (BRC)
BRC is a joint initiative between ADFM and NAPCRG in cooperation with STFM and AFMRD. With the common goal of building or sustaining the research and scholarship capacity of all family medicine departments and residency programs. Learn more at their breakfast tables on Thursday and Saturday during the Annual Conference!

Physician Scientist Pathway
An ABFM-Approved Pilot Program of Integrated Mentored Research Training During Residency
This pilot program is designed to meet the needs of family medicine students who wish to pursue a career of independently-funded research without having a "gap" in research training during the years of residency.

In The News

Annals of Family Medicine January/February 2020 
ADFM's Commentary Page: ADFM: From Paper Clips to Performance - The last 15 Years

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) invited ADFM to submit one candidate for an At Large position on the Board of Directors of ABFM for their elections in April. See the letter for details on the role and, if you are interested in being ADFM's candidate, submit your CV and statement of interest to Amanda Weidner no later than February 24th.

I Have a PhD in Not Having Money - Medical school is expensive for everyone. But for low-income students, the hidden costs can be prohibitive.
New York Times article, November 25, 2019

The National Academy of Medicine recently announced newly elected regular members, which includes two family medicine faculty: Deborah J. Cohen, PhD, Professor of Family Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, and Laura M. Gottlieb, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine, UC San Francisco.

AAMC Announces Gender Equity Initiative
The AAMC Statement on Gender Equity serves as a call-to-action on this initiative with leadership asked to commit to three steps of accountability and planning, acknowledging the same through completion of this form by February 28, 2020.

Call for Proposals for a CERA Survey of Clerkship Directors
Deadline is February 10, 2020!


Workshop: Speaking Up: How Bystanders can Change The Conversation in STEMM
Wednesday, March 4, Washington, DC. Free - register in advance.

Implicit Bias Training Guide - AAFP
Includes facilitator guide, participant guide, customizable power points, videos, and learner activities. Free to AAFP Members; minimal cost for non-members.

Health Equity Curricular Toolkit
Developed by AAFP Center for Diversity and Health Equity, building on FMAH Health Equity team work and NRN evaluation.
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