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Published: October 23, 2020

New Academy President Says No to Status Quo

New AAFP President Ada Stewart, MD, told virtual FMX attendees that it was time for Family Medicine to take “its rightful place as the foundation of a high-quality health care system.” In her address as the newly installed AAFP president on Oct. 13, Ada Stewart, M.D., offered a lesson on a topic that FMX attendees might not have expected – U.S. history. Stewart’s example from history was the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was the product of “interesting times such as these” and passed, in part, because its advocates were unwilling to wait for the type of incremental changes that had been produced by civil rights legislation passed in 1957 and 1960. With a growing AAFP membership of 136,700 family physicians and an 11th straight year of growth in the National Resident Matching Program, Stewart said it’s time for the specialty of family medicine to have a movement of its own.

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