Family Medicine Solstice 2015

Family Medicine Solstice 2015

Yesterday, we celebrated another winter solstice. The turning point in the year when the days get longer is reason to celebrate, even though the next few weeks will feel very much the same. It is proof that small changes can make a difference and lead to big changes down the road. As the year ends, it is a good time to reflect on family medicine’s solstices (“turning points”) in 2015.  

Family Medicine for America’s Health 2015 Update continues its advocacy work to transform the nation’s primary care system.

SGR is Repealed-the full impact of this, both positive and negative will not be known for years. You can find out more about the SGR replacement-MACRA here.

Mega-mergers, risings costs, oh my! Commonwealth Fund has a nice summary of the health care trends in 2015.

Family Medicine Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for Residents: The list of 20 EPAs collectively defines the type of care that the residency graduate can be trusted to deliver to the public.

Upcoming Meetings 2016

STFM Conference on Medical Student Education  Jan 28th-31st

Wisconsin Doctor Day at the Capitol  Feb 10th

Family Medicine Congressional Conference April 18-19th

STFM Annual Conference  April 30th- May 4th

DFMCH Faculty Development Day , May 11th

Worth a Read

Merging the Health System and Education Silos to Better Educate Future Physicians

Leading the Transformation of Health Care Delivery — The Launch of NEJM Catalyst


Wishing you all a wonderful holiday!


Melissa Stiles, MD


Winter Solstice


On this cold dark Winter Solstice day

we await the birth of the sun,

to take us into longer days

with more light for everyone.


From this the shortest day of the year

is the promise of hope and light.

The wheel ever turning onwards,

takes us through the longest night.


In between the end and the beginning,

the sun stands still, it would appear,

before it's return northwards

and the start of a bright new year.


Jacqueline C Nash