Member News
Boulger to Receive Honorary AAFP Membership
University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus, faculty Jim Boulger, PhD, is receiving the Academy’s highest honor: honorary membership to the AAFP. This award honors persons of distinction who have rendered outstanding service to the AAFP or medical profession.

For nearly five decades, Boulger has played a key role in the development of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus, and its mission to educate medical students who will go on to practice family medicine in rural Minnesota and American Indian communities.
The contributions of the Duluth campus to the family medicine pipeline are legendary, with a consistently high percentage of graduates choosing family medicine as their specialty. The success of this program is a testament to Boulger’s lifelong passion for training future family physicians and championing rural practice.

He will be honored at the 2018 AAFP Congress of Delegates in New Orleans, LA, on Tuesday, October 9 at 1:00 pm. This coincides with the AAFP Family Medicine Experience. MAFP members are welcome to attend the celebration.
Students & Residents
Minnesota Highlights from the AAFP National Conference
The Minnesota delegation had a wonderful time at this month’s 2018 AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.
Jeremy Springer, MD, MAFP Legislative Committee co-chair and University of Minnesota residency faculty, said it best: “I am impressed by the quality of students and the enthusiasm for family medicine. The nation will be in good hands. Family medicine is here AND strong AND committed to delivering the highest quality of care!”

The University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus, Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) was named a 2018 Program of Excellence. They were 1 of only 10 FMIGs in the nation to receive the “overall award,” which recognizes their work to advance the family medicine workforce. Congrats to Duluth campus FMIG students and faculty!

The University of Minnesota Medical Center Family Medicine Residency was one of eight Adolescent Immunization Award recipients. Resident Sharon Toor, MD, was honored for her work to increase immunization rates in adolescent Somali refugees.

University of Minnesota resident Katie Hinderaker, MD, was 1 of 12 docs who presented posters LIVE at the conference. Minnesota medical students Julia (Claire) Cambron, Hanna Nedrud and Christina Warner also shared posters.

Mayo resident Ben Meyerink, MD, was elected resident alternate delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates, and University of Minnesota resident Alex Gits, MD, was elected resident representative to the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Board of Directors.
Duluth FMIG
University of Minnesota resident Sharon Toor, MD
Resident leaders (l-r) Jay Sheree-Allen, MD, Ben Meyerink, MD, and Alex Gits, MD
CME Offerings
Summer Destination CME Conference Recap
Paula Termuhlen, MD, dean of the Medical School, Duluth campus, gives conference welcome at the MAFP 2018 Destination CME
Paula Termuhlen, MD, dean of the Medical School, Duluth campus, gives conference welcome
MAFP Board Chair Dave Bucher, MD, FAAFP, MAFP President Glenn Nemec, MD, and MAFP Foundation President Lynne Ogawa, MD at the MAFP 2018 Destination CME conference in Duluth, MN
MAFP leaders (l-r) Dave Bucher, MD, Glenn Nemec, MD, and Lynne Ogawa, MD
Two days of LAKE, LAUGHTER, LEARNING. This year’s conference saw record attendance—a 116% increase over last year. Thank you to all who joined us and to our outstanding presenters for sharing their time and knowledge on topics like opioid use disorder, LGBTQI healthcare, dermatology and more.
Because of our generous members, we flew past our MAFP Foundation fundraising goal (in support of resident and medical student innovators and researchers), raising nearly $3,500. Search the conference hashtag for more highlights and photos: #MAFPDuluth.

If you couldn’t join us this year, we hope to see you next year in Alexandria. Save the dates: Friday & Saturday, August 16 & 17, 2019.
Virtual KSA on Coronary Artery Disease

The virtual Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA) on coronary artery disease is an innovative program, allowing family physicians to complete a KSA while engaging their peers and an expert content leader from the comfort of their home or office. Registration is limited to 15 physicians. The cost is $125 for active members and complimentary for resident members. Registration costs do not include fees for ABFM Maintenance of Certification.
Practice Resources
CMS Accepting Comment on Proposal for 2019 Medicare Quality Payment Program
CMS is seeking comment on a variety of proposed policies for the 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP). Need more information about the proposals? Read the CMS press release or fact sheets. Submit comment(s) electronically through by September 10, 2018.
CMS Offers Free QPP Technical Assistance
CMS offers FREE technical assistance to small and rural practices to help them successfully participate in MACRA’s Quality Payment Program. Visit for more details.
LARC Training at the UMN
The University of Minnesota is offering a FREE two-hour training on Long-acting Reversible Contraception (LARCs), including Nexplanon® certification. Trainings are offered select Fridays from 10 am to 12 pm at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. Upcoming dates: September 26, October 26, November 30. Contact Alex Prince at for more information.
MDH Considering Changes to Immunization Rules
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is considering changes to the immunization rules, Minnesota Administrative Rules Chapter 4604. The changes would help align the law with current medical practice standards and simplify implementation. No additional vaccines are being added to the requirements. Changes being considered include changing age limits for pneumococcal and Hib and removing an outdated signature requirement for varicella and pneumococcal. Comments will be accepted until 4:30 pm on October 15. Email or call 651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414.
Other News
News Now Is Now Family Medicine Matters
MAFP News Now has been our regular e-newsletter, sharing relevant Academy news and updates with MAFP members. News Now has become Family Medicine Matters.

Why the name change? Your inboxes are full, and your time is valuable. We want you to know what you can expect from our monthly e-news: relevant, timely information that matters to YOU and family medicine.
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