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2013 AAFP NCSC/ALF Meetings

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For a long time, I have said that Family Medicine leadership is important. Tomorrow begins a huge Family Medicine leadership meeting in Kansas City. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend this year, but I have been there many times before.

Whether physicians know it or not, they are leaders. Unfortunately, "leadership training" per se, does not occur on a formal basis in college, medical school, or residency. I have learned through the years that there is a set of skills that need to be learned to communicate a message to your patients, the community, and especially, legislators.

It's always inspiring, invigorating, and empowering to be around friends and colleagues with similar interests and common goals. This synergy is needed to formulate and execute the ideas to change our broken health care system, and, frankly, to change the world.

The social media presence of this meeting continues to amaze me. In a previous post, there have been many youtube videos posted to help promote the meeting. In addition, I share the video above and the videos below to let you know that passionate Family Physicians are embracing digital communication to help spread the message.

Best wishes to all those attending the meetings this year - the American Academy of Family Physicians Annual Leadership Forum and National Conference of Special Constituencies. Sorry I could not be there this year. But, I will feel like I'm there while monitoring social media using #aafpncsc, #aafpalf, #fmrevolution