Maryland Academy of Family Physicians
Executive Director’s Message
From the Desk of the Executive Director
January 2024
Becky Wimmer - MDAFP Executive Director

The new year brings new opportunities to get engaged and make an impact on your profession, your specialty, and your patients by joining forces with your colleagues from around the state. Advocating, networking, and learning together. Doing these things and more together make this organization, dedicated to serving you, stronger, too.

February brings your Academy’s two biggest events of the year – Family Medicine Advocacy Day on February 1 and the Annual Meeting & Winter Refresher, on February 23-25 and we want to see you there.

Why are these two special conferences so important to you?

First, Family Medicine Advocacy Day on February 1 is our chance to advance family medicine in the halls of our State House in Annapolis. Together we can take a stand and make a difference during this half-day event, scheduled for Thursday, February 1. It’s your opportunity to actively engage with policymakers, enhance your advocacy skills, and champion the causes that matter most for family physicians and our patients. This education will greatly help us in our advocacy efforts this coming session as we address issues important to the specialty and your patients with state legislators and other policymakers. Attendees will learn about this year’s family medicine legislative priorities and hear from speakers on the state of the legislature and how to effectively advocate and educate during their visits. Following the briefing session at the hotel, we’ll head across the street to the State House to meet with legislators and their aides. We make it easy for you by training you during the briefing session and making all the appointments for you. Just join us ready to learn and tell your personal stories. Register today!

Next, is MDAFP’s Annual Meeting & Winter Refresher. The CME event is designed by fellow Family Physicians for you and your Family Physicians peers in Maryland, and this conference is packed with a great lineup of speakers and terrific networking opportunities to celebrate Family Medicine in Maryland! The schedule is filled with highly-rated presenters, opportunities for networking beginning Friday night, and a chance to celebrate your passion for Family Medicine, as well as the Annual Business Meeting luncheon – What an exciting and informational event! Come celebrate with us, see some old friends, meet new ones and learn! View the schedule and other important information about the conference and hotel here.

The Pre-Conference workshop is focusing on evidence to support your patients with nutrition as well as attaining and maintaining healthy weight to achieve optimal health for each patient as an individual. This 4-hour session begins Friday afternoon. The 1 ½ day conference offers a good variety of clinical, population health and other relevant topics including heart failure, social determinants of health intervention and human trafficking.

Join us at the beautiful Graduate Annapolis Hotel and plan to stay, kick back and relax. Hotel rooms are available through our room block for a discounted rate of $124 per night plus tax. You can reserve your room online or by calling 410-263-7777. Mention 2024 MDAFP Winter Conference or use Group Code 6633487 when reserving your room to get the room rate. Fully immerse yourself in a weekend of learning, networking and celebration with your colleagues – plan your stay and book before the $124 room rate ends on February 1.

I look forward to seeing many of you at these 2 events and throughout the year! Plan to connect with one of our officers and me at these and other events. We love to interact with you and learn about you and your practices.

Becky Wimmer

MDAFP Executive Director