President's Message

January, 2019

Dave Gilchrist, MD – MASSFP President

Dave Gilchrist, MD

New Year, Continued Focus

2019 is upon us and for many, the new year helps us to reflect on the past year and set our goals for the coming year. The MassAFP board of directors likewise takes time before the new year to review our strategic plan and set goals for the coming year. I am happy to report that we have approved our strategic plan with the four areas of focus being:

  1. Family Medicine Advocacy
  2. Nurture and Develop Physician Leadership
  3. Resiliency in Family Medicine Workforce
  4. Promote Practice Transformation and Value Based Payment Reform

These areas of focus will guide our efforts on behalf of our members as we look to increase the value that we deliver to each of you. Each of these areas of focus will require engagement of our leadership and membership through committees, work groups and ongoing feedback. Reflecting back over the past year, feedback from our membership has helped us advocate for the passage of the extreme risk protection order bill, form a public health workgroup within the MassAFP, engage our members in how we can develop our future leaders, and promote wellness to our members to name a few examples. I encourage you to reach out to us if you want to get involved at and make a difference.

Looking forward, I hope to see many of you at this year’s Annual Meeting and Spring Refresher at the Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel in Cambridge March 22-23, 2019! This year topics will include general CME topics, physician well-being, practice improvement and transformation, as well as leadership development. Come ready to learn and catch up with colleagues. New this year: For any of you runners who don’t mind the cold, we will be doing a 5k Fund Run along the Charles River just outside the hotel on Saturday morning. Plan to run or walk part of the course to start out the day.


Dave Gilchrist, MD

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