August 30, 2013 02:30 pm James Arvantes – Family physicians in Maryland practice and work in various settings and capacities, using their skills and expertise to deliver and improve health care for thousands of patients throughout the state. This diversity is one of the Maryland AFP’s (MDAFP’s) greatest attributes, enabling family physicians to forge alliances and common bonds across various agencies, commissions and practice modalities, thereby strengthening the chapter’s commitment to public health and advocacy.
“We are a varied bunch,” says Yvette Rooks, M.D., executive vice chair and residency program director at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and head team physician at the University of Maryland in College Park. “We have folks who practice concierge medicine and folks who are medical directors, and we also have folks who run accountable care organizations. We represent a variety of specialties within our specialty of family medicine.”
Although the chapter only has 700 active members, its power and influence extend well beyond its actual membership, putting family physicians in a position to drive fundamental and enduring health system change.
“We are small, yet vocal,” says Patricia Czapp, M.D., a member of the governor’s subcommittee on health care delivery reform and chair of clinical integration at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md. “And we are at the table where decisions are being made.”