May 2021 E-Newsletter

Mark Your Calendar

  • 2021 House of Delegates (May 6): It’s not too late to represent your local chapter at the 2021 House of Delegates! Sign up today.
  • 64th Annual Scientific Assembly (May 7-8): Featured speakers include Dr. Tochi Iroku-Malize, AAFP Director, speaking on COVID-19’s long-haul effects; Dr. Renee Crichlow, incoming vice chair of health equity at Boston University, speaking on racism in medicine; and Dr. John Tomkowiak, founding dean of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. As a continued membership benefit, this is offered free to WAFP members. Click to register for May 7 here; click to register for May 8 here. There are different registration links for each day; though May 8 is primarily for medical students and residents, all WAFP members are welcome to attend. Full schedule and other information available here
  • Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (May 18-19): Join WAFP leaders and staff as we speak with Washington’s congressional delegation to highlight the importance of primary care and the critical role of family medicine in the nation’s health care. Learn more and register here, or contact Brian Hunsicker with questions.

Stay In The Know

  • ’21 Legislative Session Ends: The 105-day session of the Washington State Legislature concluded Sunday, with the legislature agreeing to a new budget among other major initiatives. Most WAFP legislation of interest was approved by the legislature and on their way to Gov. Jay Inslee, including HB 1091 (clean fuel standards), HB 1152 (public health districts), HB 1196 (audio-only telemedicine), and SB 5140 (pregnancy- and miscarriage-related care). Another bill, SB 5068 on extending postpartum health coverage, has already been signed by Inslee.
  • New Chronic Pain Toolkit: The AAFP has developed a chronic pain toolkit for members who care for patients with chronic pain. The toolkit helps family physicians with effective assessment, diagnosis and management of chronic pain. Learn more on the AAFP’s website. And stay tuned for an article detailing this information and providing practice examples in an upcoming journal edition! 
  • UW Dept. of Family Medicine 50th Anniversary Speaker Series: The next speakers in the series will be Laura-Mae Baldwin, MD, MPH and Matthew Thompson, MBChB, DPhil. The date of their presentation is May 27th at 5:30 p.m. More information and a link to register will be available on the department’s website.

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Take Advantage of Other Opportunities

  • CROP+TR CME Webinar Series: Washington State University’s Center for Rural Opioid Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (CROP+TR) is hosting a series of free webinars in the coming months called “Innovative Approaches for Substance Use Treatment and Recovery in Rural Washington.” Topics will include the clinical management of opioid, cannabis, and stimulant misuse. Webinar attendees have the option of applying for 1 hour of AMA PRA Category 1 CME credit for each event. More information and registration available here.  
  • 2021 COD to be Held In Person in Kansas City: The Congress of Delegates will be held Sept. 26-29 in Kansas City, MO, moving from its original location of Anaheim, CA. The Congress will also utilize virtual hearings from some reference committees on Sept. 12.
  • WMC Openings in 1st, 7th Districts: The Washington Medical Commission is accepting applications for upcoming openings. The commission is seeking physicians from the 1st Congressional District (represented by Rep. Suzan DelBene) and the 7th Congressional District (represented by Rep. Pramila Jayapal). Learn more and apply at the WMC website.