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Family Medicine Residents And Students Discuss Leadership And Advocacy

Just wanted to get some initial thoughts down following the Family Medicine Summit organized by the California Academy of Family Physicians. I’ll have some more developed thoughts in a later post. These initial thoughts were from the plane going from that meeting to the Mayo Clinic Social Media Summit – the meeting I’m at right now.

First of all, thanks again to the California Academy of Family Physicians for the invitation to speak. The audience was mainly Family Medicine Residents and medical students. From my understanding, the registration numbers exceeded expectations (I take full credit for that – Hehe). It’s always energizing to me to present to residents & students.

The opening keynote was from CAFP President Dr. Carol Havens. She asked the audience for words that they think of when you hear “Family Physician.” And, as you can see from this twitpic, the audience came up with a huge list of Family Physician qualities. My favorites are “comprehensive care,” “revolution,” and, of course, “Love.”

My leadership & advocacy sessions went well. Thanks to my friend & colleague Dr. Jay Lee for the fun tag team presentation about leadership & advocacy. We were told that we should take our show on the road to inspire and empower others. We may actually do that. I tried to video record my sessions. I haven’t looked at them yet. We’ll see how they turned out.

The last session I want to talk about in this post is a session I was invited to take part in at the end of the long day. It was the program directors meeting in which the directors from California’s Family Medicine Residency Programs all gathered.

There were about 5-6 topic tables where issues were discussed like pipeline leadership development, advocacy, and data collection. I was very impressed with the ideas and action steps that were generated. At the end of the session, one of the participants said that it was a “historic” gathering in that the work that was done there – again – exceeded the expectations of the organizers. I’ll be curious to see if any of these actually advance past this stage.

There is so much more I want to talk about, but I just don’t have the time right now. Hopefully, during the course of the next few days, I’ll be able to share that with you. For now, I’ll be attending the Mayo Clinic Social Media Summit in Rochester, Minnesota…

*This blog post was originally published at Family Medicine Rocks Blog*


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