Doctor Day 2017 Recap
On Wednesday, March 29th, 50 members of the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) joined over 470 of their physician colleagues at the state capitol for Doctor Day 2017. The annual event brought together 22 physician organizations in an effort to advocate on behalf of patients and the healthcare field.
"Doctor Day was a tremendous success," stated Dr. Ken Schellhase, President of the WAFP. With a great response from both legislators and staff, it was an excellent opportunity for both physicians and state lawmakers to establish a relationship and discuss key issues facing the state.
WAFP Members Drs. Karen Hulbert, Becky Lundh,
Doctor Day gives family physicians the opportunity to meet personally with their legislators and discuss issues within their field, including: their opposition to the expansion of scope for nurse practitioners, political invasion into the physician-patient relationship, and support for the state's continued work to fight opiate addiction. In addition, attendees were able to hear from guest speaker and Wisconsin Medicaid Director Michael Heifetz and members of their field on legislative issues.
"Doctor Day fosters a unique connection between physicians and legislators, allowing participants to share personal experiences and firsthand medical knowledge. This type of open communication is vital to creating patient driven reform and continuing to provide the best care possible." Schellhase said.
The WAFP is a statewide association of Family Medicine physicians striving to promote excellence within the healthcare field and working to improve the health of the people of Wisconsin through the advancement of the art and science of Family Medicine. With 2,900 members, the WAFP is the single largest physician specialty group in Wisconsin. In addition to practicing physicians, the WAFP also supports education and research programs for medical students and residents.