The Talk - End of Life Conversations
The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) has created a podcast series on End of Life care and conversations: The Talk, and has made it available to WAFP members. The Talk features family physicians, palliative care specialists, an ethicist and others describing their experiences with patients at the end-of-life. The series delves into the meaning of palliative care and the need to mobilize the primary care workforce to offer palliative care services. It discusses approaches to advance care planning and patient and family communication. One episode which may not be as relevant to Wisconsin physicians explores California's new End of Life Option Act, which authorizes a terminally ill adult, who meets certain qualifications, to request and receive a prescription for "aid-in-dying" drugs. The other episodes are not exclusively specific to California and may be of value to you here in Wisconsin.
The Talk is one of many new resources available in CAFP’s End-of-Life Conversations initiative including an ABFM Part IV Maintenance of Certification Module, and a guide to weaving palliative care into your practice. We hope that you are able to use these resources to improve your communication skills and increase your capacity to serve patients at the end-of-life.
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Where to Find CME
AAFP CME CME from the American Academy of Family Physicians
Medical College of Wisconsin CME from the Medical College of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin Online CME available from the University of Wisconsin
CALS Course The Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) Course is a continuing medical education program developed by a multidisciplinary working group designated by the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians.
Other CME Related Sites
The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) recently released the Winter 2016 version of their quarterly newsletter, The Phoenix. In it, ABFM President James, Puffer, MD details recent changes made to their Maintenance of Certification Process. Highlights of the newsletter include:
- The unlinking of the clinical simulation component from the knowledge self assessment portion of the Self Assessment Modules (SAMs)
- The transition of all diplomates to an MC-FP point system effective July 1, 2016
- The MC-FP point system will require all diplomates to accumulate 50 MC-FP points during each stage, with the completion of one Part IV activity and one Part II activity, now known as a KSA (Knowledge Self Assessment) insead of a SAM
- Please read The Phoenix for complete information on the changes
Maintenance of Certification American Board of Family Medicine Maintenance of Certification
AAFP's AIM-HI Use these resources, developed through the AIM-HI (Americans in Motion - Healthy Interventions) initiative, to implement AIM-HI in your practice.
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