The AAFP’s Ingratiating Tone

This comes from a reader and fan of this blog:

Another item to share for your blog: attached is a letter I received from the AAFP, (which by the way, I have refused to pay or do any further MOC modules since 2014).  
You will find their ingratiating tone of concern for physician welfare so disingenuous as to be laughable, if not nausea-inducing.  The best is the perk of “exclusive access for AAFP members to check their own risk of burnout with the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) assessment.”  Woo hoo, I can hardly wait…
Keep up the great work.
Clearly, I am not alone in my sentiments.

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]

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5 Responses

  1. mamadoc says:

    AAFP and their nonsense is one of the biggest reason for burnout. Now they want to fix what they’ve created? No they just want to charge us for another stupid seminar. I don’t every do AAFP sponsored anything. They already take enough of my money for dues and MOC. I call BS

  2. Perry says:

    Isn’t a MIG a Russian fighter jet?

  3. Sir Lance-a-lot says:

    “Woo hoo, I can hardly wait…”

    You don’t need to.

    And just think of the thousands in dues you just saved…

    Choose the option that best describes how frequently you feel that way about your job.
    —0— Never
    —1— A few times a year or less
    —2— Once a month or less
    —3— A few times a month
    —4— Once a week
    —5— A few times week
    —6— Every day
    1. _________ I feel emotionally drained from my work.
    2. _________ I feel used up at the end of the workday.
    3. _________ I feel fatigued when I get up in the morning and have to face another day on the job.
    4. _________ I can easily understand how my patients feel about things.
    5. _________ I feel I treat some patients as if they were impersonal objects.
    6. _________ Working with people all day is really a strain for me.
    7. _________ I deal very effectively with the problems of my patients.
    8. _________ I feel burned out from my work.
    9. _________ I feel I’m positively influencing other people’s lives through my work.
    10. _________ I’ve become more callous toward people since I took this job.
    11. _________ I worry that this job is hardening me emotionally.
    12. _________ I feel very energetic.
    13. _________ I feel frustrated by my job.
    14. _________ I feel I’m working too hard on my job.
    15. _________ I don’t really care what happens to some patients.
    16. _________ Working with people directly puts too much stress on me.
    17. _________ I can easily create a relaxed atmosphere with my patients.
    18. _________ I feel exhilarated after working closely with my patients.
    19. _________ I have accomplished many worthwhile things in this job.
    20. _________ I feel like I’m at the end of my rope.
    21. _________ In my work, I deal with emotional problems very calmly.
    22. _________ I feel patients blame me for some of their problems.

    1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 13, 14, 16, 20 = Emotional Exhaustion: High 27+, Mod 17-26, Low 0-16
    5, 10, 11, 15, 22 = Depersonalization: High 13+, Mod 7-12, Low 0-6
    4, 7, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 21 = Personal Accomplishment: High: 39+, Mod 32-38, Low 0-31
    (High EE & DeP = Bad, Low PA = Bad)

    You’re welcome.

    Now, just send me one tenth of what you would have sent the AAFP…

  4. Pat says:

    Hahahahahahaha…what overworked, underpaid family doc doesn’t have the extra time and money to burn 3 days in Naples (plus 2 travel) for a hokey “Physician Health First and Well-being Conference”? Better to go 3 hours further south to the Keys, pretend to fish, get blind drunk, and show your ass for the whole time. At least you would’ve accomplished something.

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