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AzAFP awards an FMCC scholarship to Medical Student:

May 2016

During my third-year family medicine clerkship, I loved watching residents and faculty members advocate for their patients.  They juggled notes and phone calls to other members of the healthcare team, explained test results and addressed patient concerns, and helped patients find health solutions that would fit into their daily lives.  I valued the way they approached each patient as a whole person, advocating daily for their health and well being.  Their efforts inspired me to join their ranks as a family physician.


Since then, I have learned that advocating for patients, both on an individual and collective basis, is a true a hallmark of family medicine.  That’s why I was thrilled when, last month, AzAFP provided me with an incredible opportunity to attend the Family Medicine Congressional Conference in Washington, DC. 


The energy in the room was palpable as family physicians from across the country discussed pressing issues, from prescription drug abuse to funding for Teaching Health Centers.  We also heard a fascinating analysis of the presidential election, learned about new payment models under MACRA, and more.


The following day, we set out to meet with our Congressional representatives.  For me, this meant meeting with representatives from the offices of Senator McCain and Senator Flake.  It was exhilarating to walk into the Senate office buildings and discuss specific actions Congress could take to help curb prescription drug abuse and to ensure the sustainability of Teaching Health Centers.  I came away with an added appreciation of the political process and with professional relationships that I hope to continue into the future.


I learned so much from this experience: always stand on the right on the DC Metro escalators, Washington is beautiful in the spring, and quiet reflection in front of the monuments never gets old.  Most importantly, though, I learned that it’s never too early in your career to speak up and be involved.  No matter who you are, you have valuable knowledge and experiences that can benefit your patients and your community as a whole.  This was never more true than for family physicians.



Mandy Boltz, MD, MPH


Mandy graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix in May 2016 and will be begin as a resident in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix (formerly Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix) Family Medicine Residency this June.


Please read this attachment which outlines ways in which YOU can get involved in your AzAFP!  We want YOUR help to make the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians the best it’s ever been in 2016!  After reviewing this document called “Getting Involved in Your Academy,” please email Christy with any questions!  Happy Holidays!

AAFP Congress of Delegates in Denver a Huge Success

Although the AAFP President-Elect Election did not go the way we had hoped it would, it was a successful trip for the AzAFP.  The AzAFP enjoyed learning more about and promoting our wonderful member Carlos Gonzales and his family!  He has made an enormous contribution to family medicine in Arizona.  We were so proud to have him as our candidate and to represent the State of Arizona.  For more information on the COD and the election, please visit

AAFP COD Election Results

The AzAFP would like to congratulate the following people for their newly elected positions:

Vice Speaker:
Alan Schwartzstein, MD- Wisconsin

Board of Director Members:
John Bender, MD, Colorado; Gary Leroy, MD, Ohio & Carl Olden, MD, Washington

President Elect:
Former Speaker, John Meigs, MD, Alabama

Commission chairs:
COCPD – Richard Lord, MD, North Carolina
Education – Deborah Edburg, MD – Illinois
Commission on Finance & Insurance – Russell Cole, MD, Kansas
CGA – Sarah Sams, MD, Ohio
CHPS – Patricia Czapp, MD, Maryland
CMMS – James Elzie, MD, Uniformed Services
CQP – Lee Mills, MD, Kansas

Check out what you missed at the AAFP COD & FMX:

The AzAFP also hosted it’s first ever FMX AzAFP Member Appreciation Reception. Thank you to all who attended! Please visit the AzAFP’s Facebook page in order to view photo’s from the Denver trip.



Congratulations to Arizona Residents Serving on National Committees

Katy Kirk, MD, MPH selected as Resident Member of AFMRD Board of Directors
We would like to extend our official congratulations to her on her election during this year’s AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

Elizabeth Daily, MD selected as Resident Member of STFM Board of Directors
We would also like to extend our official congratulations to her on her election during this year’s AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

Questions about Medicare or Medicaid? Contact our Region 9 Rep. Ashby.

Contact with our regional office (CMS San Francisco, Region 9):
Ashby Wolfe, MD, MPP, MPH
Chief Medical Officer, Region IX
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
90 Seventh Street, Suite 5-300
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Ph) 415.744.3631
(Faz) 415.744.3517

Here is the link to the CMS blog:

Non-AzAFP Sponsored CME Training

Register to attend the 27th Annual Arizona Geriatrics Society Fall Symposium – THE FUTURE OF GERIATRICS:  A Person Centered Paradigm – scheduled Friday-Saturday, October 30-31 at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix.  For more information or to register, visit our website ( or call the AzGS office at (602) 265-0211. The full brochure is attached.