March, 2017

Frederic Baker, MD

You Make a Difference

 I'd like to thank all of you who responded to the request to contact your legislator on our recent campaign to enlist more co-sponsors to a bill that explicitly supports increased funding for family medicine. This significant milestone represents many shared efforts. Thanks to you, we succeeded in garnering more legislators to co-sponsor the legislation.

 Every day, family physicians serve as advocates for patients, whether it's in the office, the hospital, academic setting, or in communities. It's a natural extension that our advocacy efforts go beyond the clinical setting, as policymakers quite often influence health care issues. It’s critical that we stay engaged, providing advice, consent, and objection where necessary. Developing and fostering stronger relationships with legislators and stakeholders, while reinforcing the value, visibility, and reach of family medicine, continues to be one of our strategic priorities. MassAFP is committed to helping all family physicians succeed in any environment. When you succeed, patients and populations succeed. 

Please mark your calendar for Family Medicine Advocacy Day, April 6th, as family physicians throughout the Commonwealth gather at the State House to meet with legislators, as we promote agenda germane to family medicine. As with all advocacy efforts, whether it’s pursuing positive outcomes with patients or legislators, our challenges and efforts to overcome adversity, are not confined to just “one encounter”, but rather a series of encounters and communications.  It’s the combination of collective knowledge, experiences, perseverance and the fostering of positive relationships over time that define our success both in the clinical setting and beyond.

I hope you'll join us for our Annual Meeting and Spring Refresher this month, which continues our tradition of great educational opportunities and the exchange of ideas and inspiration from peers on issues relevant to your needs. It's also an excellent time for networking and reconnecting with colleagues and friends. Be there as we welcome our new officers and as we install our next Chapter President, Dr. Flora Sadri. Her tremendous energy, talent, and life experiences will serve us well. 

As President, I thank you for the pleasure and honor of allowing me to serve and to represent you, my distinguished friends and colleagues. Every day, you make a positive difference in people’s lives, as you are great diplomats for family medicine. Please continue to share your talents and efforts beyond your typical settings. Together we share in the promise and fulfillment of enhancing the health and lives of individuals and communities in a manner that only family medicine can deliver. I look forward to seeing you at the Spring Refresher March 24-25 at the Taj in Boston.


Respectfully submitted,

Fred Baker, MD