The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians enthusiastically supports the one-year extension of the term of Ryan Kauffman, MD, on the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Continuing Professional Development. The number of positions on the commission is being reduced and current members have been asked to re-submit chapter letters of support if they are interested in continued service. Dr. Kauffman has served ably on this commission since 2015.
Dr. Kauffman’s letter of chapter support written by Immediate Past President Tom Houston, MD, states:
“Dr. Kauffman’s expertise and experience are, quite frankly, unparalleled. He is the physician champion for our chapter’s development of quality improvement modules on breast and cervical cancer and hypertension management and our soon-to-be released module on prevention and management of diabetes. He is actively involved in planning the Ohio chapter’s continuing medical education (CME) programming and has been since his days as a resident. Dr. Kauffman is the moderator of the knowledge self-assessment (KSA) session held during our annual meeting and has been for the last seven years. His moderator skills are so respected that he has moderated the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians self-assessment module study hall as well. He will be leading a hypertension KSA session at our Family Medicine Workshop in January 2017. Dr. Kauffman manages these sessions with skill and patience providing calm guidance to any technologically-challenged participants.
Dr. Kauffman presents CME lectures for his local hospital, has guest lectured for graduate level courses, and led the process mapping exercise at the OAFP’s Million Hearts Initiative; Check It. Change It. Control It program. He has authored CME articles for our quarterly magazine, The Ohio Family Physician; has served on the editorial board for that publication; and has contributed content for The Core Content Review of Family Medicine. In addition to presenting at a past AAFP Annual Leadership Forum, Dr. Kauffman has given multiple presentations for the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students – just this last year, presenting on Direct Primary Care (DPC).
And, Dr. Kauffman’s leadership at the state and national levels extends beyond CME. Dr. Kauffman distinguished himself nationally as a resident and student leader having served as resident delegate (2005) and alternate (2004) to the AAFP Congress of Delegates, as a member of the Congress’s Reference Committee on Special Issues, and as resident member of the Americans in Motion Advisory Panel. He represented the Ohio chapter as a student and resident at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students where he served on reference committees (in 2005 as chair). He also served on the AAFP Commission on Resident and Student Issues and on the AAFP Commission on Membership and Member Services.
As Ohio’s new physician delegate to the National Conference of Special Constituencies in 2009 and 2010, he served as new physician co-convener in 2011, as new physician delegate in 2011, and alternate delegate in 2010 to the AAFP Congress of Delegates, and was a finalist for the 2013 NCSC convener position.
At the constituent chapter level, Dr. Kauffman is currently serving as OAFP president. In the past year, Dr. Kauffman started a DPC practice in Bellefontaine, OH, and prior to that served as medical director, president, and practicing partner at Oakhill Medical Associates in West Liberty, OH.
The hallmarks of Dr. Kauffman’s leadership record are his reputation for always being exceedingly well prepared for any task or responsibility he undertakes; his thoughtful, evidence-based approach to problem solving; and his skill in making everyone feel heard and bringing groups to consensus.”
The OAFP hopes the AAFP Subcommittee on Screening sees fit to grant a one-year extension to the term of Dr. Kauffman on the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development. It is difficult to imagine someone with a greater body of experience and skill.
Good luck, Dr. Kauffman!