“The Academy of Family Physicians has been an integral partner in the ongoing work to get every Rhode Islander into a medical home,” said Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts. “As a state, we must increase the coordination of our health care, and our successful pilot of patient-centered medical homes and the progressing legislation in the assembly will make our health care system work better for us all.”
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2013 AAFP Congress of Delegates to Meet in San Diego
New AAFP Leaders Announced at Congress of Delegates
September 25, 2013 09:18 am News Staff San Diego – The AAFP Congress of Delegates today elected Robert Wergin, M.D., of Milford, Neb., to be the Academy’s president-elect. Others elected or chosen by acclamation for the following positions are
Robert Wergin, M.D., of Milford, Neb., hugs his partner, Brenda Bacon, upon hearing he has been elected AAFP President-elect.
- Speaker of the Congress — John Meigs Jr., M.D., of Centreville, Ala.
- Vice Speaker — Javette Orgain, M.D., M.P.H., of Chicago
- Directors — Jack Chou, M.D., of San Marino, Calif.; Robert Lee, M.D., of Johnston, Iowa; and Michael Munger, M.D., Overland Park, Kan.
- New physician Board member — Kisha Davis, M.D., North Potomac, Md.
- Resident Board member — Kimberly Becher, M.D., of Huntington, W.V.
- Student Board member — B. Tate Hinkle, of Birmingham, Ala.
FDA Recommending Schedule II Reclassification for Hydrocodone Combination Products
October 25, 2013 04:25 pm Matt Brown– The FDA has announced it will recommend(www.fda.gov) to HHS that hydrocodone combination products be reclassified as Schedule II drugs. These products currently are classified as Schedule III medications. The agency said it will submit a formal recommendation package to HHS by early December.
“We anticipate that the National Institute on Drug Abuse will concur with our recommendation,” said the FDA in its announcement. “This will begin a process that will lead to a final decision by the DEA on the appropriate scheduling of these products.”
According to Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., of Oregon, Wis., chair of the AAFP Commission on Health of the Public and Science, although the change could be viewed as a burden to prescribers and patients — requiring that prescriptions be written for no more than 90 days without an option for refill — the benefits outweigh any potential negatives.
“The AAFP is very concerned about the problem of opiate misuse and pain management, and we are working actively within our organization with the FDA and other organizations to minimize opiate misuse and maximize the treatment of pain relief for our patients,” Schwartzstein told AAFP News Now. “We recognize that the lack of ability to write for refills more than 90 days will require that our members more frequently write these prescriptions, but we understand and accept that this is necessary to achieve our goals.”
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If you could not view the Public Health Grand Rounds Webcast – Rhode Island Prescription Monitoring Program PMP – A Collaborative Effort to Reduce Deaths from Prescription Drug Overdose you can now participate in the webinar!
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LOCAL STUDENTS CHOOSE TO BE TOBACCO-FREE
MAY 14, PROVIDENCE, RI — On Saturday, May 12, the Rhode Island Medical Society, in partnership with the Rhode Island Academy of Family Physicians and the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, hosted the 19th Annual Tar Wars Rhode Island Poster Contest at Paul Cuffee School in Providence. Thirty seven 5th grade students from school districts throughout the state competed to win an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC to represent Rhode Island in the National Tar Wars poster competition. Celebrity judges include Barbara Morse Silva, Channel 10 news reporter; Dr. Michael Fine, Director of the Department of Health; and Grayson Armstrong, Brown University medical student and member of the Medical Society’s Student Council.
The winner of the 2012 Tar Wars Rhode Island poster contest was Lucy Handy from the Paul Cuffee School in Providence. Lucy received an all-expenses paid trip for her and her family to travel this summer to the National Tar Wars poster competition in Washington, DC. The second-place winner and recipient of a $75 Visa gift card was Andres Perez from Marieville Elementary School in North Providence; and the third-place winner was Evan Fortier from R.C. LaPerche School in Smithfield. Evan received a $50 Visa gift card.
Over the past 19 years, more than 34,000 Rhode Island fifth graders have participated in the Tar Wars Rhode Island program. Each year, member-physicians from the Rhode Island Medical Society, along with nurses, physician assistants, medical students and nursing students, visit classrooms throughout the state to talk with students about the importance of being tobacco-free, making positive choices, and becoming advocates in their communities. Subsequent to the classroom presentations, each participating school coordinates a Tar Wars poster contest which encourages children to create posters with clear and positive anti-tobacco messages. Each school’s first-place winner competes in the statewide poster contest.
The Rhode Island Medical Society (RIMS) is a voluntary, non-profit professional association of medical doctors throughout Rhode Island. Founded in 1812, RIMS is dedicated to the improvement of the public health and the advancement of the profession of medicine through education, advocacy and member services. Members of the Rhode Island Medical Society include medical doctors, osteopathic physicians, physician assistants and medical students.
Tar Wars, a national tobacco-free educational program from the American Academy of Family Physicians, was developed in 1988 as a program that would allow healthcare providers and community organizations to become involved in youth tobacco edu¬cation. The program is designed to educate students prior to the age when the decision to smoke or chew tobacco is made. _________________
May 6, 2013
Dear Fellow Rhode Island Family Physicians
We have just come back from the National Conference of Special Constituencies (NCSC) and the Annual Leadership Forum (ALF) where we were represented by yours truly as the Rhode Island representative for International Medical Graduates, Vice President Tom Guttmacher, MD and our Executive Director, Karen Dalton at ALF. It was a very good meeting.
At NCSC, we wrote resolutions and had them reviewed by reference committees. We also voted for candidates to represent the Special Constituencies (Women, Minority, New Physicians, GLBT and International Medical Graduates) at the Congress of Delegates in San Diego this year. AAFP has supported us as a small chapter and has offered to sponsor 1 more Family Physician (from one of the other Special Constituencies, new physician) to go to NCSC next year. The dates are May 1-3 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. I do hope that next year, we can have some volunteers to represent Rhode Island in the different Special Constituencies. These groups discuss issues specific to these groups, write resolutions about changes that we would like to see for these underrepresented groups. We will keep you updated as to the AAFP sponsorships. If you do have the time and you want to be involved with the AAFP and learn leadership skills, please let Karen know so we can have representation for next year.
Tom Guttmacher, MD attended ALF and there were several excellent talks that were helpful for the Board and for the chapter as a whole. We will continue to let you know how the information that both he and Karen received will help push RIAFP forward.
I am also proud to say that Rhode Island was the recipient of an award by the FamMedPAC, the lobbying arm of the AAFP. The FamMedPAC represents our interests to the legislators on Capitol Hill. Although we are a small chapter, nationally we have the highest percentage of members contribute to the FamMedPAC for 2012.
We want to make this distinction possible in 2013. Congratulations to all the members who contributed and we look forward for your contributions again this year. We will be having a group of RIAFP members go to Capitol Hill in May to represent AAFP to our RI legislators at the Family Medicine Congressional Conference (FMCC). This occurs every year and if you are interested in representing Rhode Island for 2014 at FMCC, please let Karen Dalton, our Executive Director know.
I am looking forward to seeing all of you at the RIAFP Annual Meeting June 14th & 15th at the Omni Hotel in Providence. This year’s conference promises to be a great one, a great time of learning, getting your required CME, SAM workshops and meeting with folks who you haven’t seen in a while.
Hope to see you all there!
Roanne Osborne-Gaskin, MD MBA
Rhode Island Academy
Of Family Physicians