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March 6, 2018



SPARK Is Live! Join the Conversation

SPARK, CAFP’s exclusive online member community, is now live! SPARK lets you ask and answer questions, exchange resources and build relationships with fellow California family medicine revolutionaries!


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The question is – will we hit 200 registrants before March 10? It’s very possible since 192 are registered now. CAFP’s All Member Advocacy Meeting (AMAM) is the Academy’s premier event for policy wonks and patient advocates. 120 have registered to participate in Family Medicine Lobby Day on Monday, March 12, when family physicians will swarm the Capitol to promote CAFP’s top agenda item – adoption of legislation to determine the primary care spend by all California insurance plans, AB 2895 (Arambula).


Committed, activated family physicians, residents and students will flood the Capitol with their passion, stories and facts about why California needs primary care and family physicians at its health care core. They will be briefed on the Academy’s legislative priorities, hear Senator Richard Pan and Ms. Kate Catherall discuss how to run for elected office, learn how some county AFP chapters have activated their memberships and more.


Register for the AMAM today and participate in Family Medicine Lobby Day on March 12 as well. A total of nine resolutions have been received and are posted for member comment on the CAFP website, along with the latest meeting schedule. The resolutions also are in the Participants’ Handbook sent to all registered attendees. A free mobile app for the meeting is available. CAFP’s room block is sold out, but you may still find a room at The Citizen Hotel by calling (877) 781-8559, or go online to your favorite travel website and stay nearby.


While 7.75 Prescribed credit will be offered at the AMAM itself, two additional Prescribed credits may be obtained by attending the FREE Sacramento-El Dorado Academy of Family Physicians continuing professional development program on opioids – Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives with faculty member Karen Muchowski, MD on Saturday morning, March 10 from 9-11 am. Questions on any of the above? Contact us at or 415-345-8667.



CAFP Secures Increase for Expanding Residencies

CAFP Director of Health Policy, Conrad Amenta, attended a meeting of the Health Care Workforce Policy Commission (which disburses grants to primary care physician residency programs via the Song-Brown Physician Training Program) last week and successfully advocated for a long-sought change in the size of grant awards. While CAFP previously secured $100 million for the program, we have sought for years to increase the grant amount awarded to primary care residency programs that seek to expand their residency class sizes. The cost of supporting a new residency slot is estimated to be roughly $150,000 per year, but the grants awarded in the past have never been more than $50,000 per year – insufficient to incentivize residencies to take on the financial risk of expansion. After persistent CAFP advocacy, the commission voted to increase the grants for expansion slots from $50,000 per slot, per year, to up to $100,000 per slot, per year. This represents an amazing opportunity for family medicine residency programs considering expansion, and will be available with the 2018 Song-Brown Program funding cycle.



Your Membership Matters

More than 150 active members whose CME compliance period ended on December 31, 2017 still must report hours to maintain membership, and confusion around the reporting process may be one reason. If you report your CME to the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), it is not reported automatically to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). ABFM shares with AAFP only information on members who attended ABFM courses. Don’t fret – CAFP is happy to help members get their CME reported to AAFP. Contact us for assistance. If you haven’t already, please renew your membership now to avoid being dropped later this spring. Thank you for your support.





Join Your Colleagues (and Otters) in Monterey!

Don’t miss this year’s Family Medicine Clinical Forum, April 13-15, at the Monterey Marriott! You and 300 of your colleagues will enjoy up to 20 CME sessions providing the latest practical advice, evidence and information on many clinical issues you deal with every day. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss challenging cases at the Practice Inquiry Sessions, review the latest resident posters, visit the exhibit hall and walk or run to support the CAFP Foundation. You also can help us celebrate the 70th anniversary of our Academy and explore beautiful Monterey! Did we mention there will be otters?


Save $50 by registering now and don’t miss out on our discounted hotel rooms at the Portola Hotel or the Hotel Pacific, both steps away from the Marriott.


#FMForum #CAFP70 #FamilyofFamilyMedicine #Otters #YouOtterJoinUs




Member of the Month Rebecca Bertin, MD

Congratulations to our March Member of the Month, Dr. Rebecca Bertin! Dr. Bertin is a graduate of Keck School of Medicine at USC and completed her residency at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles. She currently practices as a partner of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group and serves as Clinical Faculty and Director of the Community Medicine fellowship for the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Bertin has been an engaged member of CAFP and the Los Angeles Chapter for more than ten years and is the current LA Chapter President. On the most important resource CAFP offers her, Dr. Bertin says, “the people!”



Influenza Alert from the Medical Board of California

Prompt recognition and treatment of sepsis are critical at all times, but are especially topical during this challenging influenza season, which is likely to continue into spring. Influenza infection can cause sepsis by itself or from secondary infection. Protect your patients by recognizing signs and symptoms of sepsis and promptly treating suspected influenza in persons at higher risk for developing complications. Act fast if you suspect sepsis – initiate antibiotic therapy and frequent monitoring of vital signs. CDC has a number of materials on the timely diagnosis and treatment of sepsis.


The risk of influenza and associated sepsis can be reduced through immunization with influenza and pneumococcal vaccines. It is not too late for your patients to receive influenza vaccine if they have not already done so. Use this clinic flyer on pneumococcal vaccine for adults.


CDC’s Clinician Update on the 2017-2018 Influenza Season, providing free CME credits, can be streamed on this webpage.




CAFP's Medical Examiner Training Available through 2018

All practitioners providing physical exams for Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers now must be certified and listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME). To be listed on the Registry, providers must take a certified medical examiner training course and pass an in-person certification test.


CAFP has been offering this 24/7 accredited training (2.5 CME hours) for the past four years. Visit this webpage for more information.



AAFP Advocacy Summit Almost Out of Space!

The AAFP Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS) takes place in Washington, DC, May 21-22. FMAS is the federal equivalent to CAFP’s state-focused All Member Advocacy Meeting, with legislative briefings on Monday and Lobby Day on Tuesday. Please be sure to register and book your hotel before March 16, as FMAS is expected to sell out. About 100 spaces are left nationally. Help persuade Congress to act by speaking up for your specialty, your patients and your practice. At the Summit, learn how to turn your personal and professional experiences into teaching moments. In just two days, you will:


  • Gain practical, hands-on experience with the legislative process.
  • Explore vital issues and then confidently address Congress with fellow family physicians on payment reform, key primary care workforce programs and other topics.
  • Unite your voice with those of your colleagues at the Summit to help advance the specialty.