2014 Membership Benefits

CME:

SDAFP Provides a wide range of CME keeping up to date with the current needs of members. Most recently we developed training for the FMCSA DOT Medical Examiner Training. The SDAFP presented the training session 4 times within our state and completed 2 out of state sessions updating hundreds of physicians, PA’s and NP’s on the 8 core curriculum set forth by the FMCSA allowing participants to sit for the test to be part of the National Registry. The SDAFP also shared the program with 12 other AAFP Chapters.
Our annual meeting is well attended and attracts nearly a third of our membership each year out in Deadwood, SD. The CME at this 2 1⁄2 day meeting is delivered by local and national speakers and usually provides at least 15 CME Credits.

Professional Development:

SDAFP has developed and delivered SAM Group Sessions since the opportunity was put forth by the ABFM in 2009. Since that time we have presented over 20 SAM Group Sessions and have helped 100’s of diplomats from SD and surrounding states to complete their Maintenance of Certification requirements for the ABFM.
Part IV’s have been another part of MOC and Carletta has helped many people work through this process and she is available to answer any questions.

Social Media:

Currently the SDAFP website is being updated and will have a new look by the fall of 2014. For the last 3 years we have had online registration for our meetings and that has been well received by the membership. We do have a Facebook page however it does not get a lot of traffic.
Our newsletter the SDAFP News is produced and published twice a year with numerous blast emails to supplement throughout the year.

Advocacy:

For the last 6 years we have had representative from our board of directors attend the Family Medicine Congressional Conference in Washington, DC. We have had direct contact with our representatives and their healthcare aides and have been able to bring our concerns to them in our nation’s capital! This year our focus was pipeline issues. We will hopefully be bringing that message to Pierre this spring as we are currently working on a grant to host an advocacy day at our state legislature.

Students:

We meet and provide lunch to the first year students each fall and share with them the benefits of being a student member of the SDAFP/AAFP. We also sponsor several FMIG activities throughout the year. For the last 3 years we have co-sponsored a service learning project for approximately 55 first year medical students to the Pierre Indian Learning Center. Along with the service project the students meet with the Governor, the state epidemiologist and other state officials. They also observe and are recognized by both the House of Representatives and the Senate giving them the opportunity to understand the importance of state advocacy.

Resident Members:

For ten years we have had 100% resident membership in the SDAFP. Each year we have funding available for a number of residents to attend the SDAFP Winter Seminar. Most recently we have provided the residency programs with the DOT Medical Examiner Training Materials so that they can provide training through their program.

Retired Members:

Retired members enjoy the same benefits as Active Members. They are welcome to attend our CME conferences at N/C and are welcome guests at all receptions and special events.

Foundation:

The South Dakota Foundation for Family Medicine provides funding for several projects mostly regarding CME and Student/Resident activities.

Resources:

SDAFP is a valuable resource for members regarding a wide variety of topics including but not limited to: CME Reporting; ABFM Information; Student and Resident Leadership Opportunities;

Collaboration:

The SDAFP has many collaborative partners- in 2014 the list includes but not limited to: AAFP; state chapters- AZ/CA/CO/ID/IL/IA/LA/MI/MO/NV/NC/ND/PA and WY-The SD Beef Industry Council; Midwest Dairy; Comprehensive Cancer Control; The Anneberg Center; AAFP Foundation; Sanford School of Medicine; SF Family Medicine Residency; Rapid City Residency

Member Recognition:

The SDAFP annually chooses a FDOY and presents the award at the President’s Reception at the annual meeting. We also confer candidates who are ready to receive their AAFP Degree of Fellow.