“I wanted to share how great it was to see everyone today. I’ve been feeling pretty burned out this semester – stressed about prepping for boards and missing my family. Every time I get to spend time with the MAFP folks I’m reminded why I’m doing this and that I have so much to look forward to in my career. I really appreciate how supportive and encouraging you all are.” This message was received from MAFP Student Board Member Stacey Mitchell, a William Carey Medical Student.
Family physicians and pediatricians from all over the state participated in a morning of activities highlighting family medicine on Tuesday, February 7.
Primary Care Day at the Capitol began with registration in the rotunda at the MAFP booth, where 55 attendees – including 16 residents from 6 family medicine residency programs – were given special buttons to wear and share with their legislator(s). More than 20 attendees enjoyed the Capitol building tour.
We loved having MEA Medical Clinic join us to conduct free health screenings to legislators, staff, and others. Lynda and her team, Leslie and Nancy were a great addition to the day.
MAFP visited with legislators and gave them information about the Academy. After being introduced in the House and Senate galleries, MAFP members then gathered for lunch to hear Senator Hob Bryan of Amory speak and hear updates on state issues.
When each House convened, MAFP members were recognized and introduced, including Dr. Paul Pavlov, MAFP President, of Ocean Springs.
Related organizations also taking part were:
- The MAFP Foundation was there to support a Smoke-Free Mississippi along with special guest Miss Mississippi Emmie Perkins. Emmie travels the state on behalf of MAFP Foundation teaching 4th and 5th graders about the dangers of tobacco use.
- Students from the MS Rural Physician Scholarship Program were there showcasing the program, funded by the Mississippi Legislature since 2007. In 16 years, the program has awarded millions in scholarships to medical students who commit to practicing primary care medicine in Mississippi’s rural communities, after their medical training. Because of the program, there are now more than 66 new primary care physicians working in Mississippi’s neediest areas, and many more in training.
- Pediatrician members of the American Academy of Pediatrics Mississippi Chapter joined in the event along with family physicians.
Additional photos can be viewed below.