Thursday, November 4, 2010

Family Medicine: Innovation and "The Hershey Conversation"

The Dr  Synonymous Show November 2, 2010
Family Medicine:  Innovation and "The Hershey Conversation"
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Introduction and Welcome
Congratulations to my hometown of Dayton, OH being named the Number One Worst City for Allergy Sufferers in the US.  

Disclaimer- I am a practicing family physician, but we're not practicing medicine on the show.  Your best way to get good health care is through your personal family physician.

Patient honoring: We're only doctors because there are patients.  Let's always honor them.
Patient Blog:  That's What She Said "Inflammation and My Hippie Ways"

Physician Blog:  Musings of a Distractable Mind by Dr Rob 11/2/10.  Election Reflection.

My blog: Surprised at the geography covered by readers. 
The Family Medicine Education Consortium NE Regional Meeting in Hershey, PA

The Healthcare Innovators Network- a Pre-conference session
Several speakers with special messages from :
Alan (Chip) Teel, MD Elder Power to help Seniors remain in their homes
     started in Damariscotta, ME. High Touch, High Tech Senior Support.
Seven Dollars Can Change Lives by Edward G. Zurad, MD. Improving employee health and saving health dollars.
Patient Broadcast Network by Shawn Moyer, MD of Pinchot Med Center, Pinchot, PA (Small,  successful family practice using OX Bow EMR- unique and family medicine friendly)

Co-Ops for Medicine by Cathy A. Smith, Using Farm Concepts to help people survive together- one vote per person.
Patient Centered Medical Home Presentations abounded.  Geisinger Health Center and others.

TV coverage of FMEC Meeting:  Notice the medical students. Emphasis on the pipeline to deliver good family doctors.

Challenged kids dance and arts program:  Reach USA with 400 youth involved.  Enthusiastic group danced at FMEC meeting. See photos below
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Other Important Presentations:  Social Media by Kenny Lin, MD; Doctor Anonymous, Dr Synonymous well attended, well received update on various uses for social media in Family Medicine.  PAFP students started a blog, tweeted and used facebook and YouTube at the meeting. 
Roland Goertz, MD, MBA President of AAFP "The Time Has Come" A great leadership talk with emphasis on where we're headed.  Special comments for medical students about a career in family medicine.

Coaching for Performance by Anton Kuzel, MD and Will Miller, MD Great leadership session about coaching and leading.

Beyond the PCMH: the Consumer-Oriented Human Centered Health Home (HCHH) by Steve  Deal, MS; Rosemary Ramsey, PhD; and Pat Jonas, MD.  A step in the right direction.

Aligning Primary Care Workforce and Infrastructure in an Era of Reform:  New Data and Online tools from the Robert Graham Center. Important data about primary care workforce from each medical school and residency.

Book Signing by authors in attendance:  Behavioral Medicine in Primary Care by Julie Shirmer et al.  The section on physician burnout is compelling. We need to take better care of ourselves.

So many great aspects to FMEC NE Meeting 2010. Overall a highly motivating experience and a breath of fresh air about the future of family medicine and health care.  It seems like we've started "The Hershey Conversation" about hope for health care and for people, like our patients and our selves.

My opinion of FMEC:  Important Organization. Stay tuned.

Go to and search for #fmecnet  for tweets from the meeting.  Notice the tweets from med students, especially those from the PAFP.
Next week at 8-9 PM Tuesday night on BlogTalk Radio, I'll interview Ken Bertka, MD past president of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) and recently a Board member of AAFP about family medicine, healthcare reform,etc.

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