President's Message

November, 2018

Dave Gilchrist, MD – MASSFP President

Dave Gilchrist, MD

Putting your Input into Action

This is an important time of the year for your MassAFP. The board of directors will be planning focus and strategies for 2019 during a strategic planning session, led by President Elect Dr. Jennifer Sparks, this coming weekend. Feedback you, the membership, have provided in the annual membership survey as well as from other recent surveys such that included emphasis on important issues such as wellbeing will be used to set the direction and priorities in the coming year.

A special thank you to those of you who have taken time to give us your input and share your needs and help us better understand your own personal stories. This not only helps us better serve you, but helps our board and committees make better decisions on your behalf. Our focus is on you and the things that are most important to you.

Engagement is an important factor to the success of the impact MassAFP can provide whether it be at the State House advocating for Family Medicine and your patients, in programming that will be beneficial to your continuing educational needs or helping you build leadership skills or achieve work/life balance and wellbeing…we are here for you and we need your voice, your perspective and your expertise to help move things forward. In next month’s newsletter, we’ll report back on the results of the strategic planning session and give you specific ways you can be part of helping to achieve the academy’s goals and making a difference for your specialty of family medicine and the patients you take care of.

By the way, I hope to see many of you at the 71st Annual Meeting & Spring Refresher March 22-23 at the Royal Sonesta Boston in Cambridge. It'll be a great program to go along with the new venue and our foundation will be incorporating some fun activities for you and the family, too!


Dave Gilchrist, MD



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