Support John Cullen, MD run for a three year term on the
Board of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Members of the Alaskan Academy of Family Physicians,
For the last
18 years I have served as delegate or alternate delegate to
the policy making body of the AAFP, the congress of
Delegates. I have also served as president of the AKAFP for
two separate terms. It is time to either step down as
delegate or pursue other avenues. I have decided to run for
a three year term on the Board of the American Academy of
involvement with our chapter started when I moved to Valdez.
I joined the academy and took a position within the leadership
as a way to remain connected to other physicians outside of
Valdez. I was worried about professional isolation.
connections served me well when our community, hospital, and
physician group went through some very difficult times, and
allowed me to tackle a situation that I would not have been
able to handle alone.
served on several committees for the AAFP, and most recently
on an advisory committee on rural health for Health and Human
Services. I have a fairly good idea of the challenges our
specialty faces and the value that we bring to our national
and state health care system.
I am greatly
worried about the primary care shortage we will be facing and
the expectations of insurers and government agencies for
information that our medical record systems cannot deliver. I
think we should be valued more as the only specialty that
reduces cost and increases longevity. Family medicine is the
way to fix our health care system and we need to be in
I would like
your support for my bid to become elected to the AAFP
board. I think that an Alaskan high latitude perspective
is useful for our national organization. We tend to see
things clearly. The election will be in Washington DC at the AAFP Congress of Delegates
October 20 - 22, 2014 just before
the Scientific Assembly in DC October 21-25, 2014 . I would
love it if you could come to DC and help me campaign. We are
going to have a lot of fun.
John Cullen MD