New AAFP President Coming In


Yes, it is that time of year again.  The AAFP has a new incoming president and his name is John Meigs, M.D. You can read most of what he says here but basically over the next year the will supposedly tackle the tough issues facing family physicians, including pay, administrative burdens and opioid abuse.

My thoughts?  He would have done better reciting lyrics from the song Once In A Lifetime by the Talking Heads:

And you may ask yourself
What is that beautiful house? (substitute: What is this terrible job?)
And you may ask yourself
Where does that highway go to? (substitute: Why did I sign that contract?)
And you may ask yourself
Am I right?…Am I wrong?
And you may say to yourself yourself
My God!…What have I done?!

Then the audience could have come in with the chorus:

Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…

Wouldn’t that have been more fun? And true?

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] 

  3 comments for “New AAFP President Coming In

  1. RSW
    September 27, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Well . . . I do have to say his acceptance speech seems a little more in touch with reality than what we got from wild, wacky, wonderful Wanda “This is our time!” Filer. Jeez, what an embarrassment that woman was.

  2. September 25, 2016 at 10:42 am

    “”I never got a gold card,” said Meigs. “When I inquired as to why, I was told I had not ordered enough tests for them to have enough data to determine if I was an overutilizer,” he quipped to resounding laughter and applause.”


    You start a conversation you can’t
    even finish it
    You’re talking a lot, but you’re not
    saying anything
    When I have nothing to say, my lips
    are sealed
    Say something once, why say it
    —–Psycho Killer by Talking Heads

  3. Pat
    September 25, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Remember the mountain man beard on the previous prez? Check out the sideburns this dude sports. There is some odd associatin between the AAFP and atypical facial hair, not sure what, but it’s gotta mean something.

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