Leadership—A Journey with Many Paths

In the July/August 2021 Osteopathic Family Physician Letter from the President’s Desk, ACOFP President Nicole Heath Bixler, DO, MBA, FACOFP, discusses the wide array of leadership opportunities available to osteopathic family physicians. Read the blog to explore ways that you can lead within ACOFP.

What Does Being a Fellow Mean to You?

Each year, ACOFP awards individuals who have contributed outstanding national and local service—as well as dedication to ACOFP, to their communities and more—the designation of Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (FACOFP). Those who have gone above and beyond may be further recognized through the ACOFP Distinguished Fellow Award. What does it mean to be a Fellow? Members of the ACOFP Conclave of Fellows share their thoughts in this recent blog.


A Day in the Life of a DO: Dr. Bernadette Riley

As part of the new ACOFP Women in Leadership Committee blog series, Bernadette A. Riley, DO, FACOFP, FILM, shares what a day in the life means to her. She walks through her week and the different roles she plays—an osteopathic family physician, a volunteer, a teacher, a student, a daughter and more—in this blog post.


Study Suggests Lasting Immunity After COVID-19

As long-term effects of SARs-CoV-2 remain unknown, a recent Journal of the American Medical Association article suggests that recovered patients have some protection against the virus for at least a year. In addition, the findings indicated that when those individuals were vaccinated, their immune response was enhanced—even against variants of concern, like the delta strain.

Participants who had not been vaccinated maintained most of their plasma antibodies and had similar neutralizing activity against a nonreplicating virus with the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. Alternatively, participants who had received at least one vaccine dose had higher plasma antibodies and an almost-50-fold increase in neutralizing activity.