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2014 Neuroscience Symposium

September 19, 2014 at Bartle Hall-Kansas City Convention Center. Click here for more information and to register.


Today is the last day to apply for FMTOC
Today, Aug. 12, is the final day to apply to be a Family Medicine Tobacco Office champion. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to improve your practice and your patients' lives!

The KAFP is recruiting 10 family medicine offices for a project to train Tobacco "Office Champions" in evidence-based tobacco cessation strategies, and to implement system changes to promote the integration of tobacco cessation activities into daily office routines. Your office could be one of them! For more information and to apply click here.

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Still time to sign up to be an FIFM mentor
Mentors needed! To participate in the 2014-15 Faces in Family Medicine program, please go to this website and fill out the short bio info on yourself: FIFM is a program that showcases the many faces of the specialty with a dinner meeting on each campus and the opportunity for select pre-med and medical students to have a family physician mentor for the school year. The contact information will be provided to your mentee(s), so please provide what you're comfortable with the student receiving. The other information will be used by those who pair up students and mentors after the dinner meetings.

This year we are going to go to the KU pre-med program for our undergrad program, and of course, continue reaching out to first- and second- year students at all three campuses of the KU medical school: KC, Salina and Wichita. Thank you to all past participants and new participants are welcome!

Expectations for mentors include:
  • A commitment to mentor for one school year
  • Four social media or email contacts during the year (one per quarter)
  • If the contacts go well, an offer for shadowing experience in your practice
  • Attend a FIFM dinner close to you (if you choose — this is optional)

    The dinner meetings are being planned now. You'll hear more about the dinners as all the plans are finalized.

    Impact family medicine's future and choose to be a mentor!

    Be sure and check out our Facebook page for pictures from last year, at:

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      Certificate Program in Clinical Ethics

    Build your skills in bioethics. For over 30 years, clinicians and hospitals throughout our region have relied on the Center for Practical Bioethics to face the most challenging ethical issues in medicine. Our Certificate Program provides mid-career professionals with real-world tools to confront and analyze health ethics across work settings.

    Virtual SAM is Sept. 21 and limited to 20 registrants
    Online registration is now open at and is limited to the first 20 KAFP members who register.

    The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians in partnership with the Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin chapters of the American Academy of Family Physicians is excited to announce a virtual, American Board of Family Medicine endorsed self-assessment module session centered on Diabetes for Sunday, Sept. 21, beginning at 5 p.m.

    This innovative program will use a robust Web-based system that will allow family physician learners from across the country the chance to complete a Maintenance of Certification for Family Physicians SAM module while engaging their peers and an expert content leader from a location of their choosing. The KAFP registration cost for the virtual SAM is $150. ABFM fees still apply.

    SAM modules consist of two parts: knowledge assessment and clinical simulation. The virtual SAM program will focus on the knowledge assessment portion of the module and allow learners to complete the clinical simulation separately within one calendar year of the virtual SAM. Once fully completed, the physician learner will receive 12 Continuing Medical Education credits from the AAFP and recognition for having completed the required stage for MC-FP from the ABFM.

    This cutting-edge program will bring the issues of diabetes directly into the physician's home or office with guidance from a peer expert and the knowledge-sharing that occurs when completing a SAM with fellow family physicians.

    If you have questions or would like to register, please contact KAFP at 316-721-9005 or at or for more information visit our web page at

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    Kansas Health Summit on Breastfeeding: You're invited
    Kansas Health Foundation and United Methodist Health Ministry Fund
    Join us and be part of this important conversation about smart strategies for improving breastfeeding initiation and duration rates in Kansas. In spite of growing evidence of the many health benefits for mothers and babies, Kansas breastfeeding rates lag behind national averages and breastfeeding moms face many challenges. Please help us address barriers, explore opportunities and improve support for this low-cost, natural way to create a healthier Kansas.

  • Thursday, Sept. 25
  • Kansas Leadership Center and Kansas Health Foundation
  • Wichita, Kansas

    Make your reservation for the Health Summit now. Reserve your place today at

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      Physician Temporary Coverage

    Short and long-term temporary coverage opportunities for physicians are available throughout Kansas. Physicians select their assignments and are paid competitive rates. Hospitals, clinics, and private practices serving a rural or underserved population may request coverage. This program is administered by the KU Medical Center, Rural Health Education and Services.

    Lower your vaccine costs with Atlantic Health Partners
    KAFP and Atlantic Health Partners
    Atlantic Health Partners offers KAFP members the most favorable prices and terms on the entire portfolio of Sanofi Pasteur and Merck vaccines. With full availability of all products from the manufacturers you get the best prices on a wide range of pediatric, adolescent and adult immunizations.

    Atlantic also provides members incomparable customer service on all vaccine related issues including ordering, supply, reimbursement support and advocacy as well as other discount programs. Participation with Atlantic will help you strengthen your immunization efforts and practice performance, save you money on vaccines throughout the year and enhance patient satisfaction with your practice.

    We encourage you to contact Cindy or Jeff at 800-741-2044 or to see how Atlantic Health Partners ( can benefit your practice.

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    Top 7 safety tips for kids heading back to school
    Safe Kids Kansas
    Back to school is a busy time for children and families. Between school supplies, new clothes and sports tryouts, parents may not think about safety issues. During back to school time, Safe Kids Kansas wants to remind parents to talk to their children about how to stay safe.

    Pedestrian safety is very important this time of year as more than 19,200 children seek medical attention for injuries sustained while walking, and almost 500 children die every year in pedestrian accidents. According to a 2012 report by Safe Kids, pedestrian injuries among 16- to 19-year-olds increased 25 percent over the previous five years. Teens now account for half of all pedestrian deaths among children 19 and under.

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    Study: Rejection of Medicaid expansion costing Kansas, Missouri hospitals billions
    Kansas Health Institute
    A new study by the Urban Institute says that not expanding Medicaid will cost hospitals in Kansas and Missouri more than $9 billion over a 10-year period. The analysis from the nonpartisan research organization pegs the loss to Kansas hospitals at $2.6 billion between 2013 and 2022. Missouri hospitals would forfeit $6.8 billion over the same period.
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    Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2014
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services includes U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations on screening, counseling and preventive medication topics and includes clinical recommendations for each topic. This new pocket guide provides family physicians, internists, pediatricians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other clinicians with an authoritative source for making decisions about preventive services.
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