Inside this issue:
- The Medical Marijuana Debate
- Step Therapy Legislation
- Doc for a Day 2017
- Physician Champion
Inside this issue:
Patients often forget that physicians are people with their own beliefs, and ethical dilemmas can arise when these beliefs conflict with a patient’s medical needs and wishes. In the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post, Kimberly Becher, M.D., considers how to preserve both the dignity of physicians as well as appropriate care for patients when that occurs.
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The AAFP Foundation FMC USA grant helps free clinics care for the uninsured in areas of need by helping them purchase tangible items such as exam tables, EHR systems, and medical equipment. An FMC USA grant was awarded to the following West Virginia free clinic, Wheeling Health Right, Inc. They received a $5,000 FMC USA grant for stethoscopes, otoscopes, thermometers, and penlights. The physician champion for the clinic is Dr. James Comerci. The clinic’s primary contact is Executive Director Kathie Brown.
The Board of Directors of the Pisacano Leadership Foundation, Inc. has selected the recipients of the 2016 scholarships. Darrin Nichols, a 4th-year medical student at the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Medicine, is one of five scholars selected as a 2016 Pisacano Scholar. He is the first WVU medical student selected as a Pisacano Scholar since the start of the program in 1993. Darrin also received his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University.
Darrin Nichols, a 2016 Pisacano Scholar, is a 4th-year medical student at West Virginia University School of Medicine. Darrin graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University (WVU) with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology.
As an undergraduate student at WVU, Darrin was accepted into the WVU Honors College. As a WVU Honors Scholar he completed an honors thesis in Biology, examining the inflammatory relationship between asthma, obesity, and insulin resistance in children. As a senior, Darrin was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and was a recipient of the West Virginia University Foundation Outstanding Senior Award, an award given to students for their academic achievement, community service, research, and leadership skills. Darrin continues to volunteer alongside his family with a local youth basketball league as a volunteer coach, referee, statistician and administrative assistant, which he has done since middle school. He also served as a resident assistant at WVU and was recognized each year as the Resident Assistant of the Year for his dormitory.
Since beginning medical school, Darrin has continued to win awards and accolades. In 2014, 2015, and 2016 he was the recipient of the West Virginia University Institute for Community and Rural Health Scholarship, which recognizes students who are dedicated to becoming primary care providers in rural or underserved areas of West Virginia. Earlier this year he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Darrin has been involved in a number of research projects, including ongoing current research focusing on diabetes education in underserved populations. He has designed an educational workbook that participants will follow throughout the course of a program developed with other WVU medical students and volunteers. He has served as President of Stepping Stones and Student Coordinator of MUSHROOM, programs at WVU that involve medical students and local physicians conducting street rounds to provide basic necessities and medical care to the unsheltered populations of Martinsburg, WV and Morgantown, WV, respectively. Darrin is also the medical student coordinator of the Prevention of the Abuse of Substances in Students (PASS) Program for his local high school – a program he designed and obtained grant funding for with the collaboration of a local rural physician. Darrin was recently awarded the 2016 WVU School of Medicine – Eastern Division Community Health Outreach Award. He has also been named a Rural Scholar in the Department of Family Medicine at WVU School of Medicine – Charleston Division, a designation given to students dedicated to becoming family physicians and provides acceptance into the Charleston Area Medical Center Family Medicine residency program.
After residency, Darrin hopes to return to his hometown in West Virginia to practice as a family physician and to continue to provide education to students interested in Family Medicine, just as his mentors have done for him.
Dr. Kimberly Becher gives a heartbreaking account of how the flooding in WV has impacted her practice and the lives of her patients.
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The AAFP has been working diligently to make sure you and your practice know all the ins and outs of the the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) that was signed into law in April 2015. It’s setting up groundbreaking changes to the way physicians are paid by Medicare, and we want YOU to be aware of how this legislation can impact your practice.
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April 15, 2016 – Jeffrey Ashley MD, a family physician from Charleston, WV was the recipient of the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians highest award – Family Doctor of the Year for 2016. The award was presented by Adam Breinig, DO during the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians (WVAFP) 64th Annual Scientific Assembly banquet on April 15th, 2016 at The Clay Center in Charleston, WV. Dr. Ashley was surrounded by his family – wife Gail and four children – Aaron, Isaac, Caleb and Rachel, along with CAMC Family Practice Residency Program staff and residents.
The Family Doctor of the Year Award honors an outstanding, community-minded family physician that provides compassionate, comprehensive care. In addition, as Chair of the CAMC/WVU Family Practice Residency Program he is recognized for being a role model to medical students and resident physicians as well as to his physician colleagues.
Dr. Jeffrey Ashley, R.PH, MD, FAAFP, FASAM graduated from WVU Pharmacy School in 1980, practiced as a retail pharmacist in Kingwood, WV 1980-1981 graduated from WVU Medical School in 1985, completed his residency at WVU Charleston Family Practice Department in 1988 where he joined their faculty. He established rural practice in Sissonville in 1988 through the WVU Charleston Family Practice Department and served as Program Director for 1992-1999. He is currently the Chair of the CAMC Family Practice Department(formerly WVU-Charleston Program). In addition, he initiated and maintained a medication assisted treatment program for opiate abuse at Prestera in Dunbar and Danville, WV from 2008 to present; obtained Board Certification in Addiction Medicine 2014, and became a Fellow in 2016.
Founded in 1948, the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians represents more than 1,000 physicians and medical students statewide. It is the largest medical specialty society devoted solely to primary care. The West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians is a chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
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