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March 2017
News Archive

U.S. has serious doctor shortage: report March 21, 2017
The United States has a shortage of physicians, a situation that is only going to become more dire, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). CBS News reports that the study estimates a shortfall of up to 104,900 doctors by 2030 as the population ages - including 43,100 in primary care.  
 
Family medicine makes Match Day history March 20, 2017
While family physicians from across the state were attending the PAFP's Harrisburg CME Conference, family medicine was making history across the nation on Match Day. The American Academy of Family Physicians reports a record 3,237 medical students and graduates chose family medicine residency programs! 
 
Educational sessions begin on day 2 of meeting March 17, 2017
This morning, educational sessions begin at the PAFP's Harrisburg CME Conference. Speakers will be discussing topics such as vaccines, obesity, and caring for LGBTQ patients. Today will also include the annual business meeting lunch, which will be live streamed on PAFP Connect for members unable to attend. 
 
CME weekend begins with government affairs events March 16, 2017
The sun is shining, and (most of) the snow has melted in time for the PAFP's  exciting, educational weekend in Harrisburg! The events beginning today are brought to you by the letter G, as in "government affairs": The PAFP's State Health Policy Symposium will be followed by a fundraising event for the PAFP-PAC. 
 
Plan your schedule for Harrisburg CME March 15, 2017
The PAFP's Harrisburg CME Conference, presented in conjunction with Penn State Health, kicks off tomorrow. Before you head into the capital city, check out the full conference agenda and plan your educational weekend! Walk-in registrations are still available. We're eager to see you in Harrisburg! 
 
As winter storm slams Pennsylvania, stay safe March 14, 2017
A blast of winter weather barreled into the state overnight, with Pennsylvania Weather Action saying it could be a record-setting event. Please stay safe: advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes knowing the signs of frostbite and hypothermia and avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning. 
 
New doctors to be allowed to work 24-hour shifts March 13, 2017
First-year residents will soon be allowed to work for 24 hours straight. According to The New York Times, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) says the rule is to help avoid the disruption of patient hand-offs. Critics allege that the rule will put patient and resident safety in jeopardy. 
 
PAFP partners with Susquehanna Service Dogs March 10, 2017
The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians is partnering with Susquehanna Service Dogs as a community outreach project during the Harrisburg CME Conference. Learn how these amazing dogs help children and adults become more independent, and make a donation to Susquehanna Service Dogs today! 
 
AAFP expresses concern with health proposal March 9, 2017
The American Academy of Family Physicians says it has "significant concerns" over Republicans' new health care proposal. The AAFP says it is worried about patients losing coverage they've received through the Affordable Care Act and that the new law won't maintain the ACA's affordability and comprehensiveness.  
 
Happy International Women's Day! March 8, 2017
The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians is celebrating its women physicians and patients on International Women's Day. In 1970, women made up less than 10 percent of the physician workforce; today, a third of doctors are women, but there is still much work to be done for women's health in the U.S.!
 
American Health Care Act released March 7, 2017
The Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act maintains some of its most popular provisions while forging a new path for U.S. health care. The American Health Care Act would forbid insurers from denying coverage while no longer penalizing Americans for having health insurance, reports The Washington Post 
 
GOP set to unveil its health care plan March 6, 2017
After years of promising to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the Republican party is set to unveil its own health plan this week. Reuters reports the expected bill is a "consensus" plan after reports of division within the GOP. President Donald Trump has long promised to repeal the ACA and has called it a "disaster."
 
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