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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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March/April 2020: From the President’s Desk

Connect and Communicate Turn down for what? Historically, the osteopathic profession has met challenges and adversities with renewed passion, increased vigor and a stronger and more viable spirit. When osteopathic physicians were excluded from serving as physicians during the Second World War, the AOA met the challenge head on. As such, by the Korean War, DOs were given the opportunity […]

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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.

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COVID-19: How to Protect Our Patients, Family, Friends and Ourselves

By Katarina Lindley, DO, FACOFPIncoming Chair, ACOFP Federal & State Legislation Committee; President, Texas ACOFP As we are all aware by now, we are dealing with global outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and it causes the disease named COVID-19. Most COVID-19 cases outside of China have been associated […]

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A Taste of New Orleans

In less than a month, more than 2,000 attendees—including practicing osteopathic family physicians, residents and student—will descend on the Big Easy for the 57th Annual Convention & Scientific Seminars. The event will be held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, minutes from the French Quarter and in the middle of all the action. Whether you’re coming early, staying after or […]

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Why I Chose the Early Entry Initial Certification Pathway

When the American Osteopathic Board of Family Medicine announced the groundbreaking Early Entry Initial Certification (EEIC) pathway, I knew this was the direction I wanted to go.

Pursuing the now optional OMT portion of the board certification was an easy choice for me. I want my patients to know that beyond being trained in osteopathic medicine, I have gone through the process of having my skills reviewed and approved by a larger body—like any other board exam.

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For Diabetics, Exercise Is Medicine

An estimated 9.4% of the United States (U.S.) population has diabetes and 33.9% of U.S. adults 18 years and older have prediabetes (Center for Disease Control, 2017). A missed or underutilized opportunity for treatment in this population is education and motivation to part take in physical activity.