Thursday, August 19, 2010

Welcome to the AFP Community Blog!

Welcome to the AFP Community Blog, written and moderated by the editors of American Family Physician, a peer-reviewed medical journal published twice monthly by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The AFP Community Blog is a public forum for anyone interested in exchanging views on topics related to the journal and family medicine. You can comment on our articles or departments, as well as contribute practice management, policy, or public health perspectives on clinical topics. This blog is the most recent of several new ways that American Family Physician is building relationships with its readers. You can also follow AFP on Facebook and Twitter.

Whether you are a clinician, student, health educator, administrator, journalist, caregiver, or patient, I hope that the blog will have something to offer you - and that you will have something to offer the blog. You will notice that the right-hand sidebar includes an "FP Blog Log" containing links to blogs written by family physicians and other persons affiliated with the AAFP. This list is not intended to be comprehensive, nor a "best of" compilation, but rather an introduction to the richness and diversity of voices present in the specialty of family medicine today. If you know of another blog that you think should be included in the list, please let me know.

The cover article of AFP's July 1 issue, "Care of the Returning Veteran," elicited several heartfelt responses from veterans and physicians who have provided care to military servicemen and women and their families. The next blog post will include an excerpt from one particularly moving response. If you are interested in writing for the AFP Community Blog, please contact me. In the meantime, welcome again!

Kenny Lin, MD
Associate Editor for AFP Online
American Family Physician