For links to the latest information on COVID-19 from government agencies, advocacy efforts, member stories, physician wellness and more, see ACOFP's new COVID-19 Resource Center for physicians.
Complimentary OMT Videos for COVID-19 Symptoms
To support members during the COVID-19 pandemic, ACOFP is providing complimentary access to six videos of OMT techniques that address upper and lower respiratory issues and can be used to treat COVID-19 symptoms.
Take Action: Request Congressional Funding for Family Physicians
As Congress continues to work on multiple packages to provide economic stimulus and financial relief from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we urgently need each ACOFP member to ask their representatives and senators for immediate support and relief, specific to the needs of family physicians. Take action today by submitting a letter to your members of Congress. To get you started, ACOFP has created a letter template, which should be personalized, to share how the pandemic will affect family physicians and the critical care coordination work you provide.
Member Stories of COVID-19: Caring for COVID-19 Patients
For patients with COVID-19 infections, OMT procedures that are directed at augmenting lymphatic circulation should be considered. For further discussion of the treatment of patients with upper and lower respiratory tract disease, and descriptions of applicable OMT procedures, see this week’s blog post by Kenneth E. Nelson, DO, FACOFP dist., titled Caring for COVID-19 Patients. His post offers a brief history and connection to the Spanish flu, including how OMT helped patients and improved the mortality rate compared to patients who did not receive OMT.
ACOFP '20 Virtual On-Demand Available Now
On March 19, ACOFP launched the ACOFP ’20 Virtual experience, featuring live-streaming sessions. Couldn’t make it? You can sign up for ACOFP ’20 Virtual On-Demand and earn an anticipated 27.5 hours of Category 1-A CME credit.
ACOFP '20 Virtual Video Highlights
In case you missed it, we posted some videos from the live-streaming event on our blog page: ACOFP ’20 Virtual Highlights . Hear from ACOFP President Robert DeLuca, DO, FACOFP dist., and President-Elect Nicole H. Bixler, DO, MBA, FACOFP, who discuss the current state of affairs and welcome attendees to the ACOFP ’20 Virtual experience. Listen to the full presentation on COVID-19 from Joseph Kanter, MD, MPH, hear about the latest initiative from the ACOFP Education & Research Foundation; and more.
Official Notice: Proposed Temporary Amendment to the ACOFP Consititution & Bylaws
ACOFP was forced to cancel the in-person 2020 Congress of Delegates due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Interim plans are needed to move forward with a few priority items of business. In consultation with ACOFP’s legal counsel, it has been deemed possible for us to conduct essential items of business via an electronic vote. By April 30, 2020, ACOFP will be asking all Congress delegates to vote to approve the budget and to approve a temporary bylaws amendment that will be in place for the remainder of 2020 and through the time Congress reconvenes in 2021. Read the memo to the ACOFP Congress of Delegates from the Board of Governors.
MSU Colleges Collaborate in Response to COVID-19 PPE Crisis
Michigan State University’s cross-campus collaboration is printing 3D personal protective equipment to help fight COVID-19. Several colleges combined their skills and equipment to 3D print face shields, laser cut the clear plastic shields and cut the elastic strap to hold the mask in place. The shields are reusable and the plastic can be disinfected without harming the shield.