February 2021 E-Newsletter

Mark Your Calendar

  • Continuing Medical Education (Feb. 20): WAFP will offer approximately five hours of CME on Saturday, Feb. 20, beginning at 8 a.m. In keeping with the WAFP’s focus on helping family physicians, this CME event is free to WAFP members. Scheduled topics include insulin therapy, tackling structural racism, testosterone replacement in men, adult ADHD, and SARS-CoV-2 vaccination. Register today!
  • Register for the 2021 House of Delegates! This year’s House of Delegates (HOD) will be held virtually on Thursday, May 6. The HOD elects leaders and sets policy for the Academy, and the only requirement to participate is to be a WAFP member in good standing. Learn more on our website, or sign up to be a delegate today!
  • 2021 Annual Scientific Assembly: WAFP’s 64th Annual Scientific Assembly will be held virtually on Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8. There will be CME sessions; a virtual ABFM Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA); a lecture from AAFP Board member Dr. Tochi Iroku-Malize; and a student and resident poster session. More info, including registration information, will be available soon.Engage with WAFP

Stay In The Know

  • Board Approves 2021-24 Strategic Plan: At its meeting on Jan. 31, the WAFP Board of Directors approved a new strategic plan for the coming three years. There are discrete objectives under each of the following goals: influential advocacy; embracing students, residents, and early-career physicians; practice enhancement; promoting public health; and organizational health.
  • Represent WAFP at the 2021 National Conference of Constituency Leaders: This year’s NCCL will be held virtually, and WAFP seeks representatives in these five constituencies: women, minorities, new physicians (within the first seven years of practice following residency), international medical graduates, and LGBTQ physician or physician allies. If you’re interested or want to learn more, contact info@wafp.net.
  • FM Educator of the Year: Do you know a fellow family physician with an academic appointment who has made an extraordinary contribution to their clinic or their community? Tell us! WAFP is accepting submissions for the 2021 Family Medicine Educator of the Year award. The link contains information on requirements and how to submit your nomination. Applications must be received by Feb. 12.
  • WAFP Members Participate in N95 Project: Nearly 1,400 AAFP members nationwide procured PPE through the most recent offering from the N95 Project. Of those, 44 were WAFP members. More than 340,000 gloves and nearly 72,000 surgical masks were purchased.

Engage with WAFP

  • Resident and Medical Student Trustees: WAFP resident and medical student members interested in serving as trustees on the WAFP Board of Directors are invited to reach out to alyssa@wafp.net and to review the application on the WAFP website for residents and medical students.
  • Meet Your Local Health Officer: WAFP’s Public Health Committee is committed to strengthening bonds between local health jurisdictions and family physicians within those jurisdictions. WAFP staff is available to facilitate a meeting with your local health officer; if interested, please contact Brian Hunsicker at brian@wafp.net.

Take Advantage of Other Opportunities

  • UW Dept. of Family Medicine Speaker Series: The University of Washington Department of Family Medicine continues its speaker series to commemorate its 50th anniversary. The next speaker is professor emeritus Sharon Dobie, MD, who was WAFP’s Family Medicine Educator of the Year in 2018 (among numerous other awards). She will speak on Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required.
  • AAFP Annual Awards: Over the next few weeks, there are opportunities for you to nominate your colleagues for AAFP awards. The list of AAFP Family Medicine Awards notes what each award celebrates and the process for nominations. Some require a vote of the WAFP Board of Directors, so don’t delay. Contact info@wafp.net for assistance with submitting nominations for a vote.
  • ABFM Offers Organizational PI Program: Organizations, or groups of 10 or more family physicians, can sponsor a large group performance improvement activity. Any number of family physicians may participate and receive certification credit for their PI requirement; this may be a way to engage your colleagues for their participation in getting more people vaccinated. Learn more on ABFM’s website.