The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) will discuss the pre-accreditation of the proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine at their December 2, 2016 meeting. COCA allows 3rd party comments prior to their meeting but those comments must be received by COCA 30 days in advance of their meeting. If you would like to be involved with this process and provide your opinion to this accrediting commission, comments can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org prior to November 1. Below is a link to the COCA Web page outlining the process for third party comments. http://www.osteopathic.org/inside-aoa/accreditation/COM-accreditation/Pages/third-party-comments.aspx
Eighty Six clinics interested in participating in the second SHIP cohort completed an interest survey by September 30, 2016. The clinics that completed this short survey helped provide the IDHW with the contact information needed to distribute the final application for SHIP Cohort 2. The clinics were notified beginning October 3, 2016 as to when the final application will be available.
Through the SHIP Project, Idaho has undertaken the challenge to transform our healthcare system from the current focus on volume of care to a focus on keeping people healthy. Joining the SHIP represents an important opportunity for primary care physicians... To Read More About SHIP...
The AAFP’s Congress of Delegates (COD) was held in Orlando, Florida, from September 19-21, 2016. This annual gathering of representatives from constituent chapters and member constituencies is where AAFP policy is set and officers are elected. Resolutions are brought forward from various chapters, discussed and voted on. IAFP members Drs. Mary Barinaga and David Schmitz currently serve as Delegates, and Drs. Suzanne Allen and Scott Dunn serve as Alternate Delegates. The congress tackled some interesting topics this year. Lively discussions addressing a wide variety of topics from “Medicare Drug Pricing Savings” to “Removing the Fifth Vital Sign;” from “Major Changes Needed to ABFM MOC Process” to “Climate Change” and “Health to Support for Independent Practices” were debated in the reference committees and on the floor of the congress. Two of the Idaho delegates (Dr. Scott Dunn, Sandpoint and Dr. Mary Barinaga, Boise) served on reference committees and were in the “hot seat” for decisions around electrically charged resolutions.
We are very proud to report that Matthew Peters, current fourth year Idaho WWAMI student, served as Alternate Delegate for the Student Constituency. He was elected to his position in July at the National Conference for Residents and Students and will serve a two year term. To read more about the congress...
The IAFP would like to invite you to Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Sandpoint, Idaho on March 17 & 18, 2017 for the “Excellence in Primary Care Seminar.” This two-day family friendly conference will offer 7 CME credits along with the opportunity to ski and enjoy hosted social events with your family (Application for CME Prescribed Credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians, determination is pending). Registration materials and the full agenda will be available in November; watch the IAFP Web page at: http://idahofamilyphysicians.org/ for more details.
The IAFP would like to thank all of those members who took the short teaching survey we conducted a few weeks ago. Over 500 emails were sent to our members and of those members notified, 86 members responded to the survey. The following results were gleaned from the responses:
#1. How many weeks per year do you personally teach or precept healthcare learners currently (you may average the last 2-3 years if needed)?CURRENTLY TEACHING To read the results of the survey and the 25 comments at the end...
Dr. Keith Davis is the only practicing physician in Lincoln County, Idaho, a remote county in southern Idaho the size of Rhode Island with a population of more than 5,200 people. He received the Idaho Academy of Family Physician’s 2012 Family Physician of the Year award in 2012 at the IAFP Annual Meeting and then in 2013 received the AAFP Family Physician of the Year.
As owner, medical director and chief executive officer of the Shoshone Family Medical Center since 1985 (a recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home since 2014), Davis supervises five+ mid-level providers, including a certified nurse midwife, and attends at three area hospitals. He also has served the past 17 years as county coroner.
Davis, who attended medical school on scholarship from the National Health Service Corps, is a true NHSC success story. In return for the scholarship, Davis agreed to serve in a health professional shortage area after completing his training. Following residency, Davis moved to Lincoln County, which at the time had only had one physician who was awaiting retirement, and where he has remained for 28 years now. For more about Dr. Davis...
The IAFP Foundation was thrilled to provide a record number of scholarships to students attending the NCFMR/MS this summer. The Idaho students attending the conference this year were; Madison Skogsberg, Casandra Kirschner, Tate Saurey, Jessica Copeland and Matt Peters. Matt is the student board member on the IAFP Board of Directors and he was elected by his peers to serve as the student delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. Congratulations Matt!! Read more about the National Conference...
It's not too late to donate to the IAFP Foundation and have your dollars doubled by a matching sponsor. The inaugural IAFP Foundation Annual Giving Campaign kicked off in August and to date has generated $2,315 in donations. The goal this year is to raise $10,000 and recently an anonymous donor stepped up to match all donations up to $5,000. There is still $3,968 matching dollars available!! Therefore, we encourage IAFP members to donation prior to the end of the year so that the Foundation can take full advantage of this matching gift. Remember, your contribution is tax-deductible and helps Idaho student and resident participate in a variety of family medicine programs and conferences.
To donate, please CLICK HERE for the IAFP Foundation PayPal account or mail a check to IAFP, 777 N Raymond Street, Suite 100, Boise, ID 83704.
Idaho is losing a terrific advocate for rural Family Medicine that will be very hard to replace. Dr. Dave Schmitz, who many know from the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho and his research on rural workforce, has taken a job at the University of North Dakota as the chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. We will miss Dr. Schmitz and the contributions he has made to rural Idaho. He has always said that he's the "rural guy" for Idaho. Our loss is North Dakota's gain, they are gaining a terrific advocate for rural medicine. We wish Dr. Schmitz all the best in his new adventure. Read the official announcement from Dean Joshua Wynne, MD....
The Idaho Academy of Family Physicians is made up of family doctors who go above and beyond, every day. We have evidence of this, from the track record of AAFP Family Physicians of the Year. In the past 12 years, Idaho has been home to three nationally recognized Family Physicians of the Year. We have outstanding family physicians in Idaho and the Idaho Academy would like to recognize these amazing people for what they do for their communities and the citizens of Idaho.
Take a few minutes and nominate the next Idaho Family Physician of the Year by sending an email to Neva Santos at Idahoafp@aol.com.
The candidate must be a member in good standing of the IAFP/AAFP.
In less than 200 words, please describe how the physician exhibits the following criteria:
1) Provides his/her patients with compassionate, comprehensive and caring family medicine on a continuing basis.
2) Is directly and effectively involved in community affairs and activities that enhance the quality of his/her community.
3) Provides a credible role model professionally and personally to his/her community, to other health professionals, and residents and medical students.
4) Can effectively represent the specialty of family medicine and the AAFP in public speaking.
5) What one characteristic makes this person stand out among his/her colleagues?
Submit your nomination to the IAFP at Idahoafp@aol.com. The deadline for submission of nominations is January 15, 2017. The next Idaho Family Physician of the Year will be named at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians at Shore Lodge in McCall.