IAFP News Bites
April 8, 2020
For the next several weeks, we will be sending out IAFP New Bites every Wednesday. The weekly e-news will increase our ability to provide you COVID-19 updates in one central location.
COVID-19 Resources
With the global spread of COVID-19,  IAFP wishes to provide members with the most accurate information as the Coronavirus situation evolves and wishes to direct members to four primary resources: 

  CDC's Coronavirus Center for Healthcare Professionals: Updated daily. Direct access to interim guidance on key issues, extensive health resources, etc.

  AAFP's Coronavirus Center: As more is being learned about the coronavirus infection, the AAFP has a team that is monitoring the situation on a daily basis and posting all relevant updates on its  dedicated COVID-19 resource . There is a lot of evolving, and sometimes inaccurate, information about the situation, so members can be confident that this page contains the most recent information they need that is aligned with the CDC and focused squarely on family medicine.

IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH:  Provides a variety of resources for physicians, patients and the public.

We are also continually  adding links to resources and information to our IAFP COVID-19 website  that we think will benefit our members. 

Join the New IAFP Member COVID-19 Facebook Community
The IAFP has created a private Facebook community group for Iowa Academy of Family Physicians members. The purpose of this group is to provide Iowa family physicians a place to connect and share ideas and information regarding COVID-19. You can request to join the private group HERE.
Daily COVID-19 Updates from
 IAFP Lobbyist 
IAFP Lobbyist, David Adelman, from Cornerstone Government Affairs, is providing state and national COVID-19 updates daily.  These can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the IAFP COVID-19 website.
Palliative Medicine in 
COVID-19 Patients  
 A message from IAFP Board Chair, James Bell, M.D., St. Luke's Palliative Care Medical Director

Dear colleagues,
There are many ways Iowa family physicians may be called on to support our patients and the public in the midst of the pandemic crisis.  Information is overwhelming, coming from multiple sources, and seems to be ever changing.  We at the IAFP want to be responsive to the needs of our membership but not just part of the information overload.  I practice palliative medicine and have access to resources for conversations and symptom management at end of life for patients with Covid-19. 

Click HERE for links on some specific topics of interest.   Please reach out to me personally at the email address below if I can provide assistance or answer any questions. 
Sincerely, Jim Bell, MD
IAFP Board Chair
AAFP to Hold Weekly
 Town Hall  on COVID-19 on Wednesdays
AAFP will be holding a weekly town hall
every Wednesday night from 7:00- 8:00 pm to provide updates on COVID-19. CME is available for participating.

You can join the Town Hall via the links below:
Twitter:  twitter.com/aafp

AAFP to Offer Free COVID-19 Live Webinar Update with CME on Fridays
AAFP has put together a Live CME credit webinar series that will take place each Friday night at  7:00 pm central on the COVID-19 crisis. 

The sessions are  completely free  and involve a presentation with extensive learner driven Q&A with follow-up on the learning community. Each week they will address clinical issues that they hope will help learners tackle this crisis. More information can be found at the link below
Using Telehealth to Care for Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic 
Telemedicine and virtual care have quickly become important tools in caring for your patients while keeping yourself and your staff safe as the COVID-19 pandemic quickly evolves. Here is what you need to know when providing telehealth services.
ABFM: Impact of COVID-19 on 
ABFM Certification Activities
The American Board of Family Medicine thanks all family physicians for their exceptional commitment to caring for their patients and their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that these are truly unprecedented times and want to do everything we can to allow you to focus on what is most important: your patients and your families. Our commitment is  that no family physician will lose their ABFM certification because of the extraordinary patient care pressures associated with this pandemic.

Family physicians across the country are learning rapidly about COVID-19, applying what they learned to their practice setting, and adapting their approach to provide better care for patients at an unprecedented rate. ABFM will recognize you for these contributions in its continuing certification program. Additionally, if you are unable to participate in certification activities or Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment (FMCLA) in 2020 because of the demands of this pandemic, it  will not jeopardize your certificate or your ability to continue your certification.

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Pam Williams, Executive Vice President, pwilliams@iaafp.org
Katie Cox, Deputy  Executive Vice President , kcox@iaafp.org
Kelly Scallon, Director of Education and Advocacy, kscallon@iaafp.org