AOA Board Certification Pathways 
On February 26, 2019, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees announced it has approved the creation of two pathways for AOA board certification. Candidate diplomates will be given the choice of two initial certification pathways: to become board certified in the osteopathic practice of their specialty OR to become board certified in their specialty only, taking an exam without formal osteopathic content.

In Memoriam: Robert G. Maul, DO, FACOFP
It is with great sadness that ACOFP announces the passing of Robert G. Maul, DO, FACOFP. Dr. Maul served as ACOFP President from 1995 to 1996. He was the winner of the 2015 ACOFP Lifetime Achievement Award for his career in osteopathic family medicine and his many contributions to the ACOFP Board, Committees and membership. Please see Dr. Maul’s historical interview given in March of 2011 for more about his background, medical experience and time at ACOFP.  

2019 State of ImmUnions
Vaccinate Your Family’s 2019 State of ImmUnion report identifies why children, teens and adults may not be receiving vaccinations. Read about policy solutions to stop the loss of lives due to vaccine-preventable diseases and review the quick reference guide to vaccine safety and oversight. 

ACOFP '19 Women's Leadership Breakfast 
Calling all the ladies attending the ACOFP 56th Annual Convention and Scientific Seminars – don’t forget to sign up for the Women’s Breakfast and lecture titled Women, Medicine and Leadership presented by the ACOFP Women’s Health and Leadership Committee. Hear from physician leaders on the topics of leadership, education, wellness, and global health. You’ll have the chance to build your network, bond over common goals, and be re-energized by the wealth of shared knowledge and experience. Sign up for the breakfast on the registration page under ADDITIONAL CME.

Loneliness Reaches Epidemic Levels
CIGNA recently released the results of their 2018 U.S. Loneliness Index that surveyed 20,000 American to examine behaviors driving loneliness in the United States.

In the report, Cigna states approximately 1 in 6 adults in the US suffer from a mental health condition, and research has noted that mental health issues are one of the most rapidly increasing causes of long-term sick leave. When examining the different issues affecting people with mental health conditions, there is a consistent part of the pathology: they also suffer from loneliness. According to Dr. Nemecek, Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health at Cigna, loneliness has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, making it even more dangerous than obesity.