Ohio Academy of Family Physicians President Don Mack, MD; American Academy of Family Physicians Alternate Delegate Sarah Sams, MD; OAFP Vice President Anna McMaster, MD; and Executive Vice President Ann Spicer represented Ohio at the 2018 Ten State Conference held February 16-18 in Hartford, CT. AAFP Director Gary LeRoy, MD, from Dayton, OH, attended as the official AAFP representative and speaker, fielding questions on issues and activities at the national level. The Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) hosted the meeting.
Programming included sessions on the drug epidemic, innovating practice offices for the future, joyful medicine, chapter management, reducing burnout, cybersecurity, and risk prevention. Chapters worked together to develop their million-dollar idea for promoting family medicine to specific audiences; those ideas will be forwarded to the AAFP by Dr. LeRoy.
On Friday evening, the CAFP hosted a reception at the Mark Twain House and Museum, the home of Samuel Langhorne Clemens and his family from 1874-91. Mr. Clemens wrote many of his best-known works while living there, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Constituent chapters of the AAFP that participate in Ten State are: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The conference provides excellent networking and learning opportunities for chapter leaders and staff.
The 2019 Ten State Conference will be hosted by the New York State Academy of Family Physicians.