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September 5, 2018



Date Set for CAFP FM Clinical Forum

CAFP’s Family Medicine Clinical Forum will return to the Monterey Marriott on March 29-31, 2019! It will be two-and-a-half days of excellent CME along with time to enjoy the beautiful California coast with family and friends. Registration opens this fall. Questions? Contact Jerri Davis at



FM Summit Is Here!

Get connected at CAFP’s Family Medicine Summit (FMS) this weekend at the Westin Los Angeles Airport. Whether you are searching for your future residency program or looking to grow your family medicine network, FMS is your opportunity to find your place in medicine, prepare for your future and acquire tools and resources to achieve your goals. Register now and join us September 8!



CAFP Hosts President of Great Britain's National Association of Primary Care

Dr. James Kingsland OBE, President of Great Britain's National Association of Primary Care, at a meeting on the Patient Centered Medical Home and population health management at Academy headquarters on Thursday, August 30. Dr. Kingland - far right - is shown with, from right to left, family physician Larry Shore, MD, Paul Grundy, MD (the father of the Patient Centered Medical Home), family physician Diane Rittenhouse, MD and CAFP Executive Vice President Susan Hogeland, CAE. Not shown: family physician Kevin Grumbach, MD and Conrad Amenta, CAFP Director of Health Policy.



Local Chapters in Action

Shout out to CAFP's East Bay Chapter, which held its first-ever Resident Mixer last week with the goals of having a raucous good time, fostering collaboration between their two local residencies and helping residents get connected to further their advocacy goals. CAFP Director of Government Relations Adam Francis was in attendance to discuss what CAFP is doing to advance health care in California and help residents learn about opportunities to be family medicine change-makers. Is your local chapter looking for support to organize a meeting or event to connect, educate and empower your members? Let us know and we can help.



Hotel Reservations Now Open for 2019 All Member Advocacy Meeting

It’s never too early to book your room for CAFP’s increasingly well-attended All Member Advocacy Meeting (AMAM) – next year’s event again will be held at The Citizen Hotel on March 9-11. Book your group rate for California Academy of Family Physicians today to ensure you’ll be where the action is for the AMAM and Family Medicine Lobby Day. The convention rate is $179 plus tax.


All members are welcome to attend this meeting; if you are interested in representing your county chapter as a delegate or alternate, please reach out to your chapter president. For more information, contact CAFP at



LAST CHANCE to Take CAFP Commercial Driver Medical Examiner Training

All physicians who want to provide physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers must complete a training course and pass a certification examination prior to offering this service. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) established the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners in 2014. CAFP's 2.5-hour online course will no longer be offered after October 2019. Visit our website for more information.



September Member of the Month – Cynthia Chen-Joea, DO

Congratulations to our September Member of the Month, Cynthia Chen-Joea, DO. Dr. Chen-Joea is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona and currently a third-year resident at the Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine Program. She is a member of the Los Angeles chapter of CAFP and serves as Resident Co-Chair on the CAFP Board of Directors. Food security is one of her passions. Prior to medical school, Dr. Chen-Joea worked at the Center for Hunger-Free Communities in Philadelphia while completing her Master’s in Public Health. She is working on a project addressing food insecurity at her residency program as part of the newly-developed Health Policy concentration.



Improved Transparency on CAFP Policy Resolutions

Two steps have been taken to ensure members are kept abreast of resolutions submitted to the Board of Directors between All Member Advocacy Meetings (AMAM) or after the deadline for submission of resolutions to the AMAM, have an opportunity to comment on those resolutions and be informed about Board actions taken subsequently on them:


1. All resolutions/policy proposals submitted to the Board of Directors after the deadline for receipt of resolutions at the AMAM and prior to the next meeting of the AMAM will be posted on the CAFP website and notification that they have been received and posted made to members in our Academy in Action electronic newsletter. The resolutions will remain on the website until the next quarterly Board meeting at which they will be considered, but for no less than one month prior to the next meeting. If a resolution is received within less than one month of a Board meeting, it will be held over until the following Board meeting to allow adequate time for members to comment.


2. A chart reflecting actions taken by the Board on all resolutions will be posted on the website and updated after each quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors.


Questions or comments on this policy are welcome. Please contact CAFP at If you have a policy you'd like to submit to CAFP at any time of the year, please use the CAFP Policy Resolution form to do so.



Register for the 2018 NEPO Summit

The 2018 Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) Summit, September 13-15, is a unique and exciting educational event for physicians, medical students, public health professionals and community leaders. The NEPO Summit provides opportunities to learn about key health policy issues, diversity in the workforce and cultural competency in clinical care.


This year's theme, Building the Best You: Celebrating the Joy of Medicine, also will address issues of physician Download the agenda.


Featured topics and speakers include:
• California State Senator Holly Mitchell
• Sleep medicine for physicians and patients: Raj Dasgupta, MD (as seen on The Doctors)
• Providing care to undocumented immigrants: Lilia Cervantes, MD
• LGBTQ cultural competency: John Madrigal
• Advancing diversity and inclusion: Christine Santiago
• Improving diagnosis of dementia: Freddi Segal-Gidan, PhD
• Medi-Cal funding and Prop 56: Jodi Black and Janus Norman
• Women physicians in leadership roles: Eleni Linos, MD, MPH, DrPH
• Mental health disparities: Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, MPH
• Health care in immigration detention centers: Scott Allen, MD


The 2018 NEPO Summit will be held at the Westin Pasadena. A block of rooms has been reserved at a special rate of $169/night. These rates are guaranteed through Wednesday, August 29, 2018 or until the room block is filled. To make a reservation, visit the hotel registration site.