We are thrilled with the wonderful feedback received from first session of the 2020 Virtual Family Medicine Clinical Forum Nov. 14-16, 2020 held on our conference platform Pathable. More than 95.5 percent of attendees indicated they were satisfied or very satisfied with their sessions.
On Day One, we celebrated the accomplishments of our new AAFP Fellows and had fun shaking and mixing with CAFP President Dave Bazzo, MD during our virtual Happy Hour.
On Day Two, we were humbled and inspired by the first-hand accounts of service workers and community service organizers who have positively affected their communities during the COVID pandemic. These unsung heroes opened our eyes to all the good going on around us. We heard from Emily Fisher, MD and a two homeless clients about Project Room Key – a program offering hope for more sustainable housing solutions. We met Elaine Patel and a mother-son team and learned about careersparks.org, an organization providing mentorship opportunities for disadvantaged students #BeTheSpark! We also watched the mini-documentary Keepers of the House highlighting the importance of hospital environmental service workers and the meaningful relationships they develop with patients, making them a lifeline to the outside world during the COVID pandemic.
Attendees then enjoyed the wide variety of sessions (13 of them!) as well as the fun activities during the breaks – including a scavenger hunt and finding strategies for mind body and spirit through Haikus.
On Day Three, we were inspired by the powerful message on equity and inclusion. Attendees were encouraged to take steps to address racism in medicine and recognize ways we continue to promote it without even knowing. Another 13 CME sessions were offered along with engagement sessions like a mindful stress reduction course and the #DocsWhoRock virtual jam session. The day concluded with an address by Mark Ghaly, MD, MPH, Secretary of California Health and Human Services, who provided us with important recognition of our role on the front lines of this pandemic and notice that we are in for more hard times.
A range of companies supported the Forum and our virtual exhibit hall. And, we were treated with a virtual tour a Maine Alpaca farm leaving many wondering how to adopt these hypoallergenic, adorable creatures!
CAFPers gathered together for the second installment of the FM Clinical Forum. The day started with a bang as Jeff Luther, MD presented the keynote The Latest on COVID-10 Vaccines: Answering Family Physicians' Questions. Dr. Luther is CAFP’s representative on the CA Community Vaccine Advisory Committee. He encouraged everyone to engage in ongoing conversation on SPARK where he will provide ongoing updates and take your questions/comments to his statewide meetings.
Drs. Monica Hahn and Stephen Richmond followed Dr. Luther, returning to the topic of racism in medicine and providing learners with excellent suggestions to engage in these discussions and the next steps that can be taken. Following the plenary session, several BREAKOUT ROOMS were available for attendees’ informal conversations on November topics including vaping, women's health, dementia, increasing efficiencies, and COVID clearance for return-to-play, FM update, anti-racism strategies.
We had two fun engagements for attendees as well – some heard the choir performance and Tour of the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA); others joined Dr. Greg Sazima as he shared tips for handling whatever life throws your way in a session of "A Mindful Stress Reduction Routine.”
The day ended with a plenary session, "The Power of Social Media: Using Your Voice to Combat Misinformation discussion" by Drs. Laura Murphy and Robin Linscheid Janzen, and social media consultant Corey Perlman. Following the plenary session, Lisa Folberg, MPP, CAFP's CEO, gave an update on "Virtual Advocacy, Leadership, and You." Our final speaker of the day was AAFP President Ada Stewart, MD, FAAFP, who discussed many of the programs and activities conducted on behalf of family physicians at the national level.
The virtual three-part event annual meeting, 2020 Family Medicine Clinical Forum, concluded January 16th with an excellent keynote from Rishi Manchanda, MD, and follow up sessions on racism, COVID-19 vaccine news, and addressing vaccine hesitancy. Participants have been providing glowing reviews about the quality, timeliness, and importance of the educational sessions. Stressing the translation of education into practice change was the goal of extending the education beyond the first November sessions. The additional meetings in December and January allowed us to dive deeper into important issues of racism in medicine and help learners really understand definitions and positions and the steps one can take to become aware of bias and identify opportunities to change. Following up these discussions with Dr. Manchanda’s guide to moving upstream allowed us to leave the Forum with much to reflect on, and hopefully, the confidence and inspiration to change.
Drs. Kim Yu and Alex McDonald followed up a session by Dr. Jeff Luther where learners not only heard about the latest information regarding COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine distribution but were also provided with practical resources to combat vaccine hesitancy and be a leader for sound vaccine advice using social media. In addition to joining the #ThisIsOurShot campaign*, resources to help build vaccine acceptance and trust include:
CDC - Vaccination toolkits that are audience-specific and communication and confidence checklists: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/
AAFP - Help build a community of immunity with these resources from AAFP: https://familydoctor.org/
The Ad Council also has resources on messaging about COVID vaccinations here: https://adcouncil-covid-
Overall, the 2020 Family Medicine Clinical Forum and the recordings from the Forum, are worth a grant total of 73.75 CME credits! A large portion of these come from the Translation to Practice (t2p) opportunities from the 2020 Family Medicine Clinical Forum-Recordings session [Link] available on Homeroom through November 2021.
In addition, CAFP awarded prizes to the top three engaged learners – way to go!
To access the recorded content from November, you’ll need to go to Homeroom and register for the 2020 Family Medicine Clinical Forum – RECORDED event. It will be free for those who have already registered for the live event with an access code you will receive before launch.
The 2020 Family Medicine Clinical Forum has been approved by the AAFP for 22.75 Prescribed Credits. This encompasses all three events (Nov, Dec, Jan) of this virtual conference. Even more credits are available once Commitment to Change and Translation to Practice activities are documented after the meeting - and we'll help with this!
The California Academy of Family Physicians also designates this educational activity for a maximum of 19 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM The FM Family Medicine Clinical Forum is also approved for 19 AOA Category 2A credits and 19 nursing credits.
Join us in supporting student and resident activities, while covering the distance of the iconic California Pacific Coast Highway - 656 miles! We invite walkers, runners, joggers, and rollers (that includes rollerbladers, bicyclists, baby strollers, and wheelchairs!) to participate in this year's Move the Torch event.
The PCH Challenge can be done at any location and at any time from November 1 to December 31, 2020. However and wherever you want to move (in your neighborhood, at the beach, on a mountain), it doesn't matter to us - we simply want you to have a good time while contributing to a great cause! All proceeds benefit programming supported by the CAFP-Foundation.
You will receive engaging education and two timely keynote panel discussions (one on addressing health disparities and the other on COVID-19). You'll have multiple learning tracks to choose from and the education you can't attend "live" will be available on-demand for several months after the Forum. Key learning points will be clear, practical, and easy to start implementing right away. Access to additional information and resources will be available to extend your learning opportunities!
You will have opportunities to make new personal and professional connections in virtual small group sessions.
You'll also be amazed at new ways to connect with those companies that support Family Medicine - and inspired by our reimagined engaging activities.
Together we'll find ways to continue to celebrate with colleagues virtually as we highlight the joy and "family" of Family Medicine at the 2020 Family Medicine Clinical Forum.
Welcome to the 72nd Annual CAFP’s Family Medicine Clinical Forum. The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) is the largest chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is the ONLY organization solely dedicated to the family medicine specialty in California. We currently represent more than 11,000 members.
The Family Medicine Clinical Forum is CAFP’s largest CME meeting of the year and this year will be bigger and better than ever in a virtual environment! For our supporters, there will be new and exciting ways to connect with learners – and we expect record-breaking attendance this year.