“I Am a Family Physician”

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A Creative Collaboration for Family Medicine

TAFP is embarking on a video campaign project to put a “face” on family medicine to educate medical students and the public about what family medicine is and what family physicians do. The campaign is called “I Am A Family Doctor” and it puts you—the up-and-comers of the specialty—in the driver’s seat.

Here’s the plan. TAFP will produce a short video that profiles successful family physicians around Texas in a variety of practice settings: doing sports medicine, delivering babies, performing procedures and, most importantly, making a meaningful difference in the lives of their patients. The goal of the campaign is to show the breadth, depth, joy and value of practicing family medicine.

In turn, we invite medical students, residents and new physicians to submit 1-to-2-minute videos under the theme “I Am a Family Physician” to tell your story—why you like being a family physician or plan to become one. Who knows, your video could get more views than UT Southwestern’s “I Wear a Coat” parody.

The best part is that you’ll be able to make the video your own, whether it’s funny, moving, serious or playful, and we’ll even provide you some stock medical imagery if you’d like.

All of your videos will be featured on a new TAFP blog for everyone to view. Your videos will then be entered into a competition held during TAFP’s Annual Session and Scientific Assembly in July with prizes awarded to the judges’ favorites. Top videos will even be featured on TAFP’s Facebook page, Twitter feed, and on http://www.tafp.org.

The video contest is just the tip of the iceberg. As we get the ball rolling using the new blog, we need your input to expand this project even further. We want you to help us create the ultimate social network for family medicine. We want you to become bloggers, video producers, moderators and missionaries for our specialty. Here, your opinion not only matters, it’s vital to crafting message, developing themes and providing direction to us as we help move family medicine forward in Texas and across the United States.

We need your thoughts on what you would do to create the ultimate social network for family medicine. There are no wrong answers. There are no wrong questions. We encourage you to invite your colleagues, classmates, faculty, and friends — anyone who could help us create this new community. If you have any questions, email us here.

Register as a user on this site, post your feedback to the various workgroup pages listed in the right hand sidebar of this page, and don’t forget to share this site freely with your peers. We will be most successful with widespread participation.

Thanks!

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