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Annual Report

State of the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians

The Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) is the 15th largest state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The AAFP has more than 131,000 members. WAFP, having now completed 70 years of serving the family physicians of Wisconsin has 3,000 members and represents 82% of the family physicians in Wisconsin.

  • 2052 Active members
  • 227 Life members
  • 208 Residents
  • 522 Students

Eighty-four percent of our members report being employed by groups of 50 or more. In a recent membership survey, 79% indicated that they would choose family medicine as their specialty if they had to do it all over again and 76% indicated that they would encourage a medical student to select Family Medicine.

Our key areas of focus for the year:

  • Promote "Healthy Physician - Healthy Practice - Healthy Patients"
  • Promote Family Medicine Advocacy
  • Nurture and Develop Family Physician Leaders
  • Grow and Maintain a Family Medicine Workforce

2019 Highlights

Promote "Healthy Physician - Healthy Practice - Healthy Patients"

  • Participated in Wisconsin Medical Society burnout summits
  • Physician wellbeing member workgroup continued to provide website resources and survey members
  • Promoted annual clinical focus on opioids education with Responsible Opioids Prescribing CME webinar series
  • Worked to identify member needs around team-based care
  • Offered a virtual KSA session and communicated information about MoC and MoL with members

Promote Family Medicine Advocacy

  • Continued to be the voice of reason for health care policy and the go to medical organization for the legislature and the administration
  • Helped organize and promote a statewide Doctor Day at the state capital attended by over 50 members, residents and students
  • Introduced legislation on direct primary care
  • Raised $7,500 through the WAFP Political Action Committee and Legislative Involvement Fund
  • Conducted advocacy training at several residency programs

Nurture and Develop Family Physician Leaders

  •  Identified opportunities to help members develop leadership skills
  • Expanded diversity on the board of directors
  • Conducted an annual membership survey of members.
  • Formed leadership development workgroup to provide members with tool kits and resources
  • Featured 10 members in new Leadership Spotlight feature on our website and newsletter

 

Grow and Maintain a Family Medicine Workforce

  • Continued collaboration with Wisconsin Hospital Association and Wisconsin Nurses Association on collaboration with team based care development in the state
  • Continued involvement in the Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce to address primary care shortages in the state
  • Helped support 50 students to attend the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students. Supported a National Conference reception for all Wisconsin students, residents and Wisconsin residency programs in attendance
  • Presented at each medical school and each residency program in Wisconsin
  • Continued administration of the PassPort program, which encourages students to apply at Wisconsin residency program

2019 was an incredibly busy and productive year at the WAFP. We also helped support the reelection of Alan Schwartzstein, MD as Speaker of the AAFP Congress of Delegates.

We hope you understand how much the WAFP values your membership. This is a special organization – one that is committed to advancing the specialty of family medicine and the professional growth of Wisconsin family physicians.

Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors for 2019

CHAIR & PRESIDENTS

President

Lisa Dodson, MD

Wausau

President-Elect

Sabina Singh, MD

Green Bay

1st Vice President

Elizabeth Pyne, MD

Milwaukee

2nd Vice President

OPEN

Foundation President

Janice Litza, MD

Racine

Treasurer

Eric Stader, MD

Lancaster

DIRECTORS

Director

Danielle Gindlesberger, MD

Sun Prairie

Director

Beth Menzel, MD

Appleton

Director

Jim Slawson, MD

Milwaukee

Director

Kirsten Grove, MD

Grand Chute

Director

Keren Rosner, MD

Waukesha

Director

Blaise Vitale, MD

Grantsburg

Director

Rebecca Lundh, MD

Waukesha

Director

Erin Morcomb, MD

La Crescent

Director

Robert Sander, MD

Custer

Resident Director

Taylor Boland, MD

Madison

Resident Director

Heather Koch, MD

Milwaukee

Student Director

Collin Lash

Melrose

Student Director

Jayni Sanghavi

Milwaukee

DELEGATES

AAFP Delegate

Andrea Gavin, MD

Plymouth

AAFP Delegate

Suzanne Gehl, MD

Oconomowoc

AAFP Alternate Delegate

Mike Mazzone, MD

Brookfield

AAFP Alternate Delegate

Robert Sedlacek, MD

Merrill

Ex Officio

Larry Pheifer (Executive Director)

Thiensville

Ex Officio

Becky Wimmer (Chief Strategy Officer; Foundation Executive Director)

Thiensville

Government Relations Director

Tim Hoven

Madison

Deputy Executive Director

Brandon Wimmer

Thiensville

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