Family Physicians Inquiries Network


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Heidi Fall

The department is a member of the Family Physicians Inquiries Network (FPIN) Consortium, a grass roots effort to make evidence-based family medicine and clinical scholarship more accessible to family physicians in clinical practice.

Department involvement

Tom Satre, MD, serves as the local editor for Evidence-Based Practice, FPIN's peer-reviewed journal.

Local editorial board members include:

  • Patricia Adam, MD, MSPH
  • Diane Madlon-Kay, MD, MS
  • David Power, MD, MPH
  • Andrew Slattengren, DO
  • Health sciences librarian Jim Beattie, MLS

Several of our family medicine residencies also participates in FPIN's HelpDesk Answers.

HelpDesk Answers

Residents work with faculty coauthors to write evidence-based answers to a HelpDesk question generated by FPIN.

What are HelpDesk Answers?

HelpDesk Answers are brief, structured answers to clinical questions written by physicians for physicians based on the best available recent evidence.

Submission process

  1. Residents work with a faculty coauthor to answer a HelpDesk question, utilizing recent literature.
  2. Manuscript, author checklist, and PDFs of references are e-mailed to research staff Heidi Fall,
  3. Manuscripts are sent to local editorial board members for review.
  4. Reviews are submitted to Heidi Fall and then sent on to authors for revision(s).
  5. Revisions are e-mailed back to Heidi Fall who forwards revised manuscript to FPIN's Evidence-Based Practice editor-in-chief for review.
  6. Editor's comments are e-mailed back to Heidi Fall and authors, and the manuscript is considered in an accept-revise process.