FPs Call for Expanding Education Topics in Residency

AAFP News (05/03/19) Crawford, Chris

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) members took action on resolutions considered by the Reference Committee on Education at the 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, held in Kansas City, Mo., from April 25–27. One resolution asked the AAFP to urge the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to call for residents in family medicine and other specialties to be trained on appropriate use of buprenorphine and other drugs to treat opioid use disorder before completing their second year of training. Another requested the AAFP uphold legislation to incentivize and/or supply funding for the inclusion of lifestyle medicine education in medical school education, graduate medical education, and continuing medical education. "We just don't get this education, we need it, and it should be the foundation for all of our prevention and disease management," argued resolution co-author Rosalie Cassidy, MD. "Even if we really knew what we were doing, it still is very poorly reimbursed." A substitute resolution adopted as amended asked the academy to co-recommend with the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors that family medicine residencies provide applied in-person supply education in billing and coding. Another adopted substitute resolution requested the AAFP to support means for preventing reduction or displacement of residency and fellowship training in maternity care by OB/GYN residencies at current residency and fellowship training sites. Supporters also asked for the academy to back these sites as resources of leadership and mentorship in family medicine maternity care education.

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