October 14, 2020
October 15 Webinar - Long Term Follow-up of COVID-19 Patients for Family Physicians
The FAFP will be hosting the next installment of COVID-19 webinars on Thursday, October 15 at 8PM (EST) on the topic of "Long Term Follow-up of COVID-19 Patients for Family Physicians. A Cardiologist, Neurologist and Pulmonary Perspective." Panelist will include Constance Katsafanas, DO, Lisa Jones, MD, and Dominick Angiolillo, MD, PhD.  

Topics discussed will include: 
  • Manifestations of COVID-19 from a cardiovascular, neurological, and pulmonary perspective.
  • Review current treatment protocols for each of these manifestations.
  • Discuss long-term prognosis and follow-up care for these manifestations.

Walktoberfest - What's Your Mile Marker?
The FAFP is celebrating October by hosting a virtual "Walktoberfest"! This virtual marathon can be done at any location and time during the month of October. Simply choose your location and then run/walk/jog/bike/swim/treadmill or even row at your own pace. Track your distance by downloading the calendar below or using your own tracking device. The goal will be to complete one of the following during the month of October:
  • Half Marathon - below 26.2
  • Full Marathon - between 26.2 - 50
  • Ultra Marathon - above 50

Once completed, hand write your name on your race number card along with your total mileage. Snap a photo of yourself holding it and send it to dwalker@fafp.org.
Prizes for the TOP 3 in each category (Half Marathon, Marathon and Ultramarathon) will be randomly awarded to allow all participants an opportunity to win. 
Download RACE NUMBER (please note that everyone has the same '2020' for the year 2020) 
We encourage you to participate, so ready, set, GO!
2020 Virtual Winter Summit
An educational opportunity to advance your clinical knowledge and improve your practice
Did You Know?
  • That access to a regular primary care physician has been linked to immunization rates above national standards, lower overall health care costs, and longer, healthier lives?
  • That Family Physicians are the only specialists qualified to treat most ailments and provide comprehensive health care for people of all ages?
Stay up-to-date on the latest scientific advances and important issues in family medicine with the following topic areas that will be covered:
  • Infectious Disease
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Neurologic Disorders
  • Practice Management
  • Patient Education
  • Ethical Issues/Pain Management
  • Family Medicine Update
Register NOW to avail of an early bird discount!
This is a live-only event, not enduring, so access to presentations and CME credit is only provided to registered participants. The virtual meeting will allow participants to earn up to 13.00 hours of live CME credits. Additionally, the FAFP will be offering Virtual ABFM KSA workshops, registration will open separately. Please stay tuned for the official announcement.
Stay at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island has generously extended a discounted rate of $209 per night to FAFP members who still want to enjoy the traditions of the holiday season at the Ritz Carlton that same weekend. Please note, reservations are limited and rate availability is for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night only (December 10, 11 and 12, first-come-first-served basis).

CLICK HERE to book now and use discount code LRR.
Pelvic Exam Law Clarified - Final Order!
The Florida Board of Medicine (BoM) has released a Final Order (in response to a Petition for Declaratory Statement filed by the FAFP, FMA, and others) clarifying SB 698, which requires written consent for pelvic exams. The following shows the FAFP advocacy efforts in action and appreciates the collaboration with its strong allies at the Florida Medical Association and the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association.
Although clearly the BoM does not have the statutory authority to change the wording of the law that went into effect July 1, 2020, the Board has made several interpretations that should help physicians in the future. A similar ruling is expected from the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine next month. CLICK HERE to read full article.
Save Money This Year by "Going Solar"
Now may be the time to add solar panels to your home or practice. This month, the Academy’s My Green Doctor offers six reasons why “going solar” could be your best financial decision this year (reading time: 5 minutes):  https://www.mygreendoctor.org/save-money-this-year-by-going-solar/.

 My Green Doctor is a free membership benefit from the Florida Academy of Family Physicians that saves our members money as our offices adopt wise environmental practices and as we share these ideas with our patients. This is how we can help prepare our patients for the health effects of climate change. Hundreds of offices use My Green Doctor. It adds just five minutes to each regular office staff meeting. My Green Doctor explains what to say and do at each meeting so there is nothing for the office manager to study. Ask your manager to register:  https://www.MyGreenDoctor.org/. Your patients will be impressed!