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Family Medicine Advocacy Summit

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Dr. Christie Alexander, Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health and graduate of FSU COM's inaugural class of 2005, represented FSU COM and the Florida Academy of Family Physicians at the 2017 American Academy of Family Physicians Family Medicine Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. The Summit is designed to give physicians practical, hands-on experience with the legislative process and to explore vital issues facing family medicine.

The Summit also provides an opportunity for family physicians across the nation to learn about the issues important to the American Academy of Family Physicians and gives physicians the chance to lobby their congressman about those issues.

The Florida Academy of Family Physicians sent eight people to the Summit – four of their physician leaders (including Dr. Alexander and Dr. Packing-Ebuen, pictured with Congressman Dr. Neal Dunn), one resident physician, two fourth year medical students, and the FAFP’s executive director. The group visited with a total of 11 Senators/Congressmen and their legislative aides while they were there. This was Dr. Alexander’s third trip to Capitol Hill, and says “it’s a great way to not only learn more about policies affecting family physicians and our patients, but to teach our Congressman the importance of these issues and about family medicine as a whole.” For more information about the Summit and how to get involved, feel free to contact Dr. Alexander at christie.alexander@med.fsu.edu.