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An Osteopathic Approach to Telemedicine

COVID-19 has emerged and infected every aspect of our lives and well-being. With changes in billing and HIPPA regulations, utilizing telemedicine has allowed us to adapt in a short period of time, to protect our most vulnerable patients. It also offers protection for our safety on the frontlines as primary care physicians. Of course, as a wife and mother, I was relieved to protect my family. However, I can’t help but wonder, why did it have to take a global pandemic to protect our most vulnerable populations?

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Small Victories

Discharged: Alive. That is the best thing I have read all week. My entire office celebrated. Our first COVID-19 patient fell ill quickly, became hospitalized, was transferred to intensive care and then intubated. I suppose in the bigger picture this may not seem like the biggest victory against the pandemic, but it was for our clinic.

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Forging Our Osteopathic Future

It is the family-like commitment that keeps both the ACOFP and the Foundation striving to provide the greatest value to ACOFP members and other stakeholders of osteopathic family medicine. We are committed to advancing our profession through our triple aim goal of better health, better care, at a lower cost.

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Uncertain Times Unite Us

Wow! What a weird time it’s been. As physicians, as humans, as citizens of our local communities and work families, as parents, as children, as partners, as business owners; we have had to decide how we will show up in the face of uncertainty.

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Celebrating Student Excellence

ACOFP is proud of its exceptional student members and their commitment to excellence and upholding osteopathic values. We are happy to recognize our Student Chapter Award winners and Auxiliary Student Award winners for the 2019–2020 academic year.

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Personal Effects of a Pandemic on Physicians

Every morning when I go to the office, to the hospital, to nursing homes, I ask myself now, “am I doing my patients a favor?” Maybe I will make them sick. Or maybe they will make me sick. After very visit to the homeless shelter, I wonder, should I immediately go into a two-week self-isolation period? How do we do what we love professionally in the time of plague?

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Caring for COVID-19 Patients

For COVID-19 patients, OMT procedures that are directed at augmenting lymphatic circulation should be considered. For further discussion of the treatment of patients with upper and lower respiratory tract disease, and descriptions of applicable OMT procedures, see chapters 24 and 25 in the second edition of Somatic Dysfunction in Osteopathic Family Medicine.

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What’s New in Iron Supplementation: Your Patient’s Gut May Thank You

While more research is needed to implement a new standard of care, the first few studies on iron supplementation and hepcidin have had promising results. This new research can lead to a positive discussion between patient and provider. It can also give us an alternative to offer if patients simply cannot stick to the standard dosing regimen. Regarding our own education, it offers physicians a new insight into a decades-old condition.