Maryland Academy of Family Physicians
President's Message
Shana Ntiri, MD, MPH, FAAFP | MDAFP President
October 2022

Better Together.

This expression was touted in Washington DC throughout the AAFP Congress of Delegates (COD).

It truly was a family reunion with the first return to in-person for this meeting since 2019. The power and camaraderie one feels when surrounded by hundreds of fellow family physicians is indescribable.

As a first time COD attendee witnessing the policy making process for the AAFP was intriguing. Family physicians from across the country gave passionate testimony and engaged in vigorous debate on resolutions from four reference committees—Health of the Public and Science; Advocacy; Practice enhancement; and Cross-topical issues—resolutions which will drive future AAFP policies. From gender affirming care and Medicaid payment parity to AAFP CME requirements and Statehood for the District of Columbia, family physicians discussed issues impacting the health and wellbeing of family physicians, our patients, and our communities. Substantial conversation centered on how best to maximize family physicians’ ability across the country to provide comprehensive quality care inclusive of full spectrum reproductive health services without fear of criminalization. Numerous resolutions generated conversations on health equity and strategic approaches to address social determinants of health. The medical student, resident and new physician delegates made clear they are ready to relentlessly and effectively advocate for our patients and specialty both today and into the future.

Shana Ntiri, MD, MPH, FAAFP  |  MDAFP President

A definite highlight of COD for the Maryland delegation and members of Team Kisha was the installation ceremony where our very own Dr. Kisha Davis was installed to begin her three-year term on the AAFP Board of Directors. Dr. Davis’ moving candidate’s speech was a powerful testament to the doctor-patient relationship, her words and presence undoubtedly distinguished her as a national leader in family medicine. Congratulations Kisha! Dr. Tochi Iroku-Malize was installed as the AAFP’s 75th president during the installation ceremony as well. She will continue to advocate for and advance issues key to the success of our specialty during her term. The COD also gave tribute to outgoing Board Chair Dr. Ada Stewart with a resolution in honor of her dutiful service during the pandemic and acknowledgment of her unprecedented term as the first African American woman to serve in the roles of President Elect, President, and Board Chair for the AAFP.

Wherever our differences and uniqueness may lay, our common ground is being family physicians committed to improving health for patients and communities in Maryland. Without a doubt, we are better together!

Shana Ntiri, MD, MPH, FAAFP

MDAFP President