IAFP News Bites
February 2020
Join us for the 2020 Legislative Coffee!

Cedar Rapids Family Medicine Residency Program will Close in July
IAFP leadership was sad to hear of the plan to close Cedar Rapids Family Medicine Residency Program in July. IAFP Board Chair, James Bell, M.D., has written a letter to the editor of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. In addition, the IAFP Board of Directors will be discussing how we might be able to help the first and second-year residents at the Board meeting on February 11th.  You can read more information about the closure in
this Cedar Rapids Gazette article.
Seeking Volunteers for 
IAFP Board of Directors
The IAFP Board currently has a vacated At-Large Director position that needs to be filled. We are seeking volunteers to fill the unexpired term through November 2020.  At that time you would be eligible to run as an incumbent for another three-year term from 2021-2023.  

The At-Large Director position provides an opportunity to assure we have greater diversity on the board whether through gender, race, geographic location, practice style, etc.
If interested, please submit your CV and a brief paragraph describing your interest in this position to Kelly and kscallon@iaafp.org by Tuesday, February 11th.
Exciting NEW Summer 2020 
CME Getaway in Galena!
IAFP 2020 Galena Summer CME Getaway
June 25 - 27, 2020
Eagle Ridge Resort
Register HERE

We are thrilled to be offering a brand new Summer CME Getaway in beautiful Galena in June of 2020! Eagle Ridge resort has something for the whole family. You can go horseback riding, unwind at the spa, hit the greens, or enjoy a dip in the pool. Check out the resort website for all the available activities and to view photos of the accommodations.  We hope to see you there!

Hotel reservation must be made directly with the resort at 1-800-892-2269. Please tell them you are with the IAFP room block to receive the discounted room rate. 
We are pleased to offer a rate of $190.00 per night for a King or Queen/Queen in the Inn. We are also excited to offer special rates of $190.00 for a one bedroom villa and $250.00 for a two bedroom villa. All room rates are quoted exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, currently 11%, as well as the resort amenity fee.  

Okoboji 2020 Summer CME Getaway
Save the Date for the 
IAFP 2020 Okoboji Summer CME Getaway
June 11 - 13, 2020
Bridges Bay Resort, Okoboji
Register HERE

The Summer CME Weekend Getaway in Okoboji is a long standing tradition at the IAFP and we are heading back to Okoboji in 2020 for all the fun, sun, education, and socialization this event is known for! This meeting is truly a family affair where there will be plenty of time for you to relax, explore and enjoy all the area has to offer. We will offer three, half-day CME sessions during this weekend beginning at 12:30 on Thursday and from 8:00 to 1:00 on Friday and Saturday. We are excited to return to Bridges Bay Resort for the 2020 meeting!  

Hotel reservation must be made directly with the hotel at 712-332-2202. Please tell them you are with the IAFP room block to receive the room rate of $199.00 per night for a Double Queen Room.
End of Life Care Course
End of Life Care Course
Coralville Public Library, Coralville, Iowa
April 3, 2020 - 1:00-3:30 pm (light lunch provided)

Cost-$125 to IAFP/AAFP Members and/or those attending the Spring Refresher Course
$175 to Nonmembers who DID NOT attend the Spring Refresher Course

This session meets the Iowa Board of Medicine CME Requirements on End of Life Care (Iowa licensed physicians are required to complete 2 hours of a Category 1 activity in end of life care every five years. This requirement, which became effective August 17, 2011, is for physicians who provide primary care to patients. 
Faculty: James Bell, MD, Medical Director, Palliative Care, St Luke's Hospital

Lecture 1: Palliative Care and Hospice Essentials
At the end of the lecture, the participant will
  • Understand the difference between palliative care and hospice care
  • Have a working knowledge of the universal principles of "primary palliative care"
  • Be aware of the specific circumstances calling for referral to a palliative care team
Lecture 2: Goal setting: The Family Meeting
At the end of the lecture, the participant will
  • Understand the essential elements of the family meeting for goals of care discussion
  • Be able to incorporate those elements efficiently into a limited office visit
  • Learn strategies for managing challenging situations such as requests to "do everything"
Lecture 3: The role of the Family Physician in the application of new technologies in advanced disease
At the conclusion of the lecture, the participant will
  • Recognize new technologies that patients may encounter as they face advanced disease
  • Understand the role of the family physician in supporting patients and families in these situations
  • Be able to support patients in decision making using specific communication tools

Physician Business Leadership Certification Program
Providers today are facing an era of change unlike any before. During times like these, physicians must show innovation and focused decision-making abilities. That's why IHA, with the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, Iowa Medical Society and Iowa Academy of Family Physicians, developed the Physician Business Leadership Certification Program to help physicians gain new competencies to equip them to successfully lead in today's complex health care environment.

Certification is achieved by attending quarterly in-person sessions and participating in networking and other industry and association activities. The 2020 program schedule is:

Session 1: Tuesday, Feb. 25 (in conjunction with IHA Hospital Day on the Hill)
Session 2: Tuesday, Apr. 28
Session 3: Thursday, June 18
Session 4: Monday, Sept. 14

All in-person sessions are scheduled in Des Moines. Each session features a lineup of well-known physician faculty and respected health care leaders. Content is designed around three focus areas:

* Foundational Leadership Skills: Applicable strategies to develop fundamental leadership and business skills.
* Equipping for Health Care Today: Topics helping physicians improve their execution, efficiency, and effectiveness.
* Hot Topics: Issues in health care delivery affecting physicians, such as the opioid crisis and behavioral health issues.

You can find more information and apply for the program here
FMCSA Medical Examiner Certification Training Course
The Iowa Academy of Family Physicians brings you medical examiner education to prepare you to take the National Registry for Certified Medical Examiners Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) examination. This course is open to all states. Watch this on-demand webinar at your leisure from the comfort of your home or office.

Iowa Academy of Family Physicians | 515-283-9370 | m ail@iaafp.org | w ww.iaafp.org
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