Innovating Amid Continued Uncertainty: Progress in a Virtual World

In the May/June Osteopathic Family Physician Letter from the President’s Desk, ACOFP President Nicole Bixler, DO, MBA, FACOFP, provides updates on how ACOFP has successfully pivoted amid continued uncertainty, embracing the virtual environment. Review highlights from the ACOFP 58th Annual Convention & Scientific Seminars and explore future opportunities for virtual engagement as we await in-person connections in this converted blog.


ACOFP 2021 Principles of Health Care System Reform

Developed by the ACOFP Federal Legislation & Advocacy Committee and approved by the Board of Governors, the ACOFP 2021 Principles of Health Care System Reform outline ACOFP’s position on a number of issues essential to osteopathic family medicine. These principles advise ACOFP’s advocacy priorities, which include protecting patients during the pandemic, encouraging the appropriate use of telehealth, addressing the family physician shortage, preserving the family medicine model of care and more. Read all seven principles, with background and specific advocacy positions for each, to see what ACOFP is focused on this year and why it is important to you and your practice.


How Primary Care Can Overcome COVID-19 Vaccine “Hesitancy”

In the recent New England Journal of Medicine article, Missing the Point—How Primary Care Can Overcome COVID-19 Vaccine “Hesitancy,” authors caution labeling patients as “vaccine hesitant” when convenience could be the issue—and suggest how primary care physicians are the solution to addressing this. Read the full article to look at their recommendations, especially as COVID-19 vaccines are approved for more children and booster shots may be in the future.

ICYMI: Remember Your Training

A third-generation osteopathic physician, Kevin D. Treffer, DO, FACOFP, expresses pride for the field of osteopathic medicine—and his osteopathic students, residents and physician peers—in his recent blog, Remember Your Training, which was published as part of National Osteopathic Medicine Week in April.