New AAFP President Reid Blackwelder came out swinging at his inauguration and here is what he had to say:
- “People are talking about us like never before and usually in good ways. From the White House to our statehouses, people are pushing primary care.”
- “It’s happening now because family physicians are leading the way. We’re adapting our practices to be more effective patient-centered medical homes, and we’re working smarter, not harder.”
- “Even if we change our practice, we’re still the most comprehensively educated and trained physicians and cannot be replaced. We are what this country needs, and they’re starting to realize it.”
- “Our role is unique and it is critical. It’s time that primary care is being discussed, and we are the true constant in this transformation. Family physicians cannot be replaced.”
Really? Working smarter and not harder? I am not sure the EMR agrees with that. It feels like most of my peers are working harder.
He states not once but twice that we cannot be replaced. Either he is delusional or has a plan to push back against the attacks by NPs. Unfortunately, he doesn’t elaborate so I got a feeling he is living in pixie land with unicorns and leprechauns. Or as my favorite character on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Charlie, said:
“Oh, get a job? Just get a job? Why don’t I strap on my job helmet and squeeze down into a job cannon and fire off into job land, where jobs grow on little jobbies?!”