Closing the Gap: Strategies to Promote Greater Physician Diversity

My message is that the process of healing has a lot to do with the trust that patients have in the people taking care of them. So, from a patient’s perspective, it’s important to have access to doctors who resemble and have similar experiences as them.

More than 18 percent of the U.S. population identifies as Hispanic, but less than six percent of physicians fit that description. As National Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, ACOFP Member and AOA Trustee David E. Garza, DO, MS, MEdL, FACOFP, reflects on his experience as a Hispanic physician and in this recent blog offers strategies for addressing this lack of diversity, which would lead to better patient outcomes.

#WhyDOFamMed: A National Primary Care Week Wrap-Up

I loved that, in family medicine, you get to promote health by promoting preventive health. I loved that, in family medicine, you get to treat people from birth to death. And I love that, in family medicine, you get to treat whole generations of family—where you become part of the family.
—Beth Vitucci, DO

As part of National Primary Care Week 2021, ACOFP asked members why they chose family medicine and shared video responses across social media. Check out this vlog to see some of their responses.

Want to share your own story? Submit your own video and you could be featured as part of ACOFP’s follow-up #WhyDOFamMed campaign to raise awareness of family medicine as a pathway for students and to celebrate the profession.


Pandemic Sank Routine Vaccination Rates for Kids

Amid COVID-19, many routine and preventive care visits dropped, and a recent study shows that fewer infants and children were up to date on routine vaccinations through September 2020, compared to the previous year. Non-Hispanic and Black infants were least likely to be found up to date, whereas Asian infants had the highest likelihood for the same age groups. Across all races, the proportion of children with up-to-date vaccinations was lowest in the 7-month, 18-month and 13-year age groups.

The study’s authors suggest that healthcare system changes, as well as policy changes, will be critical for addressing this going forward. Read the full article to review other considerations.


A Pediatric Case of Orbital Cellulitis With Pansinusitis and Subperiosteal Abscess

While less common than preseptal cellulitis, orbital cellulitis can lead to serious complications, such as ophthalmoplegia, cavernous sinus thrombosis, subperiosteal abscess and the potential loss of vision. Because of these complications, a timely diagnosis is imperative.

Read the recent Osteopathic Family Physician (OFP) article, A Pediatric Case of Orbital Cellulitis With Pansinusitis and Subperiosteal Abscess, to learn the distinguishing features of orbital cellulitis from preseptal cellulitis and to explore successful intervention methods. Then, read the full September/October issue and complete the OFP CME quiz—free for ACOFP members.