Good Times

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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?!”

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  5 comments for “Good Times

  1. mamadoc
    October 16, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    We in TN know this guy well. Lithium won’t help. And pixie land is pretty accurate.

  2. Kurt
    October 16, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    The guy does “mountain man” re-enacting stuff. He jokes about looking like the guy on the pot
    smoking rolling papers. He says he was in practice for 6 years then went into academics.
    Got tired of seeing the same things over and over!! I brought up the issue is why the hell the ABFM
    went into the MOC shit and he was sympathetic but I believe now bullshitting me.
    Now one’s academic allotment covers all the crap they make us do and FP is going to wither and blow away.
    I don’t know what crap they are feeding the med students. The uncompensatable paperwork the primary care doc has to do is obscene. We’re not giving them the cigarettes and fast foods. Not a damned thing is going to change in this country until patients are held accountable for their shitty habits. I think Doug’s
    suggestion of the R.O.A.D. specialties (Rads, Optho, Anesth, Derm) is valid and adviseable.

  3. Pat
    October 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    “From the White House to our statehouses, people are pushing primary care.” And that’s supposed to encourage me???

  4. Ken
    October 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Obvious in a manic phase. I think he needs to have his lithium level checked.

  5. Sir Lance-a-lot
    October 16, 2013 at 6:59 am

    This is what you get from legalizing medical marijuana.

    I want to get a prescription for what he’s smokin’.

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