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DPC Summit 2022: July 15-17th
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So today I am so excited because we have all been waiting to have DVC conferences live and in person again, and today I have back on the podcast, Dr. Vance Lassey of Holton direct care, and he will be giving us a preview to the DPC summit coming up in Kansas city. Thank you so much, Dr. Last you for joining us today.
First of all. Thanks for having me back on. I love being on your podcast and I love what you're doing for the DPC community and just get the word out on what DPC is to the world and congratulations on your success. And it's awesome to be here and there's no place I'd rather be to announce what's coming up.
So this is the DPC summit. That's co-sponsored by the American academy of family physicians, the DPC Alliance, family medicine, education consortium, and American college of osteopathic family medicine. So, Dr. Lassey can you please start us off with, when is this conference going to be and where is it going?
So, first of all, well, for anyone who doesn't know, the DPC summit is, is the biggest DBC in-person event that historically there's ever been. And this year is no exception that we are at least 30% bigger than we ever were. Before COVID made us have the last two virtual, this thing is going to be huge and awesome.
And I cannot wait to see everybody there. So it's going to be in July. It's July 15th, 16th, and 17th, and it's in Kansas city and it's going to be at a hotel called the Sheraton crown center. I think it's called, uh, it's downtown. It's a beautiful location. Fantastic. And I definitely wouldn't say, if you are thinking about going, if you have kids that you want to bring, there's so much to do in Kansas city, it is a ton of fun and in Kansas city.
So now with that said, let's get into registration because I definitely know that that's one thing that I've seen on social media and people are contacting me about, as I'm sure that are contacting you about how do people register. Okay, so registration is not live yet. We will. I hope to see it go live in the next week or two.
AFP's working on a lot of logistics that have to happen before we can turn on the registration button, but you'll be able to register a DPC summit.org probably within the next week or two. I can tell you this, if you're in the DPC community at all on any of the social media for the direct primary care Alliance or mighty VC story, I'm sure.
And all the others, uh, you'll be able to find links to that, but it's DPC summit.org. Check back there. My guests. Registration set up in the next two weeks that being said, anyone can register. If you are a member of any of the hosting organizations, the, the big two are course, there can be the DBCA and the AFP.
Then there will be a discount, the price. I don't know exactly that it's going to go up because everything has skyrocketed in price with hotels and food and all that stuff. So I can't tell exactly what the price is going to be. I think there'll be a hundred bucks, a hundred bucks, 150 bucks more than it was the last time we did a live one in 2009.
But we should see the registration within the next two weeks. Anybody can register, but you will get a discount if you're a member of one of the hosting organizations. And if people are a member of the hosting organizations, how can they obtain those discounts? So when you, you'll just, I think you just click a button that says you're a member of that whenever you sign up, I think is how it works.
And I don't know if they'll have a database. That verifies that or what, but yeah, you'll, I think it's just during the registration process, there's a lot of, ad-ons you click, are you a member of this? Do you have that? Like, there's going to be some workshops that cost extra. You can click if you want that, then that calculates your price and the registration process.
Awesome. Now, when you mentioned workshops, I'm so excited to get into the nitty-gritty as to what's happening on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. So can you please share with the audience what to expect at this year's DPC summit in Kansas city? Okay. This is awesome. We see this with a disclaimer, some of this may change.
We're still verifying all these speakers and confirming everybody because we've been working on this since Thanksgiving putting this together. So many people. So the first thing is if you've been to a DPC summit before you haven't been, you need to go. If you're interested in DPC, It's the best and you learn everything and it's your tribe.
And it's just, everyone's got a smile on their face, as we always say. So you won't regret it. One of the things, if you've been before, you may have been accustomed to, is the FMS FMC. Traditionally did something called an employer workshop on the first half day, which will be Friday morning. That's not happening anymore.
We've gotten rid of that feature and we are instead we've plugged in more actual DPC content during that time. The other thing is. We have traditionally had for the most part, what we in the DBCA have started calling one-on-one content, which is basically, I want to be, you know, I'm thinking about doing DPC and.
Everything from the littlest things, the earliest things. And that's usually been kind of what the content was for it's for people that are either about to star or curious about DBC or about to start in general. Maybe there's a little bit of stuff for people who've just recently started, but that was about it.
So we, in general, I've always called that one-on-one content. Then we started doing like some 2 0 1 content, which is okay. I have a DPC office, but I'm having some problems or I want to grow, or I want to learn how to do something. Couldn't do before. That's 2 0 1 stuff. And then that's all been all there ever was at any DBC conference in the history of DP, DPC conferences until now.
And now we have 3 0 1 content, which I'm very excited about. This is something I've been behind for a long time. And that is when you become a, what we call a veteran DPC doctor, your maybe your clinic, your clinic, a panel is full and you're successful and all that kind of stuff. We need to go to DPC summit for you already know all of that stuff.
You're already doing it every day. The only reason you go is because you want to hang out with your friends and help other people learn. What if you're not teaching or anything, it's hard to justify the expense. So we have gotten an entire, entirely new track, entire third track that's going on? So we have three tracks the whole time.
One-on-one 2 0 1, 3 0 1 all going on. Same with simultaneously 3 0 1. Content is medical content. It's stuff for people who are already practicing, but they want to maybe learn new skills or it's. Just CME. So I'll talk about that first, since it's the new thing. And that's what you're clearly curious about.
So the first thing we have is we it's currently scheduled for Friday morning. We have a four hour point of care ultrasound course. That's an awesome one that I'm excited about it probably. I don't know for sure, but I think that might have an extra, you know, workshop fee, 50 bucks more or something like that.
Then we have another. That afternoon, Friday afternoon, which is going to be exciting. It's tentatively titled OMT for MDs. So this is going to be led by some of our dos and sponsored by the ACO FP. And they're going to teach us how to do some of the cool stuff that they do. Those are the MDs who weren't trained in, in the osteopathic stuff.
So that's gonna be a really neat it's a three hour workshop. So that's going on on Friday afternoon. The other things that are happening on the 3 0 1 content are, we've got specialists talking about complicated, the complicated CBC Dr. Kenny is going to be teaching or doing. We're going to learn about add ADHD, diagnosis and treatment from Dr.
Ryan, Dr. Rutherford's going to do addiction medicine. We've got dermatologists come in to teach us some stuff about inflammatory skin lesions and the skin cancer skin biopsy techniques. And then on Sunday, I think we have some others. We have an OB GYN update. We have migraine headaches with Dr. Blackwell and a pediatrics update from one of our pediatrics at ABC doctor.
So that's kind of what the 3 0 1 content looks like. And it's, it'd be, it's very exciting to be able to even offer that, let alone to offer that much of it. So that's very cool. So now hopefully we'll have something for everyone. There won't be a DPC doctor. I make an excuse for not coming now. So one-on-one to on content this year is fairly similar to what, you know, you might've experienced the previous DPC summits.
We've tried our best to organize it from the early stuff to the simple, to the more complicated as it goes. So obviously I'm starting out with kind of a, what is DPC lecture. And then we've got just a ton of rockstars teaching about everything from DPC expectations, growing pains. How to leave the system, how to, so in the 2 0 1 content, how to grow when to hire, when how to do contracts for employees, legal stuff, and the one-on-one.
We have you hosting a panel about how I started my small business DPC, which is a small business oriented lecture. Panel extra, I guess I'd call it business basics with Dr. Van Kirk branding, name, logo, location, all that kind of stuff. Next level marketing, which is cool. Getting into social media, community marketing, budget supplies, office startup.
Dr. Savage is coming to talk about third parties and DBC. If you've ever heard him talk about, uh, the myth of good insurance that I already know that lecture is going to be killer. Right. Super professional guy. That's going to be an awesome talk. We're doing a panel called it's our pleasure that Dr. Walsh is hosting.
That's going to be about how to get awesome staff and keep them. And she's going to have some of her staff members at the, at the event on the panel talking about what it is they do that you know, is the customer service part of DPC. And then Dr. Sharkey is coming with a patient and he and his patient are going to.
Do an hour long or a 45 minute, I think talk on kind of this, this patient's experienced. So you can actually see DPC working from both sides, not only the doctors side and why it makes the doctor happy, but the tremendous benefit that is seen by the patient. That's going to be cool on to that's on Monday.
I mean, that's on Friday. Sorry. So Saturday, Saturday is full. By the way, if you haven't figured this out, we start Friday, starts at, it, starts in the morning. So all day things Saturday, same thing, Sundays a half a day. And it gets done at like 1231. So on the second day, at least tentatively subject to change, we've got in the one-on-one track.
We're going to learn about the DPC pharmacy with Dr. a big panel after that, about getting started do's and don'ts, which is a very cool topic. We gave our four, I think three or four, three or four panelists. Each panelist will provide. This list and just in a minute or two, and then we'll talk and then talk about it.
But I'm, the moderator is going to keep them in, you know, cause you know, panels can get crazy questions and answers and we've got lots of time to Q and a and everything this year.
So each person's going to list off these four topics stuff you don't need to do ahead of opening. Number two stuff you absolutely need to do ahead of opening three stuff you need to learn before you open. Stuff, you can learn as you go. That's just, you know, each one will give those and then they'll talk about it.
I think that would be a very fun one. Very cool. And honestly, it's scheduled for an hour. They're going to have to work to get all that in, but it's going to be good. There may not be business Q and a time on that one back to one-on-one on Saturday, Dr. Q and Dr. White are going to do an awesome top 10 list talk things.
The docs wish they'd known before they opened their DPC. And then Maryal you're going to be leading a social media panel after that. Then Jack for Bush. DPCs undisputed tech whiz champion is going to do a technology at DPC lecture. That's also a panel featuring people that have different are using different technology angles to do DPC everyone's favorite lawyer.
Phyllis is taking the stage after that to talk about DPC legal issues. And then I lecture I'm very much looking forward to that. Yeah, we've done similar ones to it before, but this year Jeff gold is teaching it and it is the dark side of DPC, which is very cool. We don't want people to come to the DPC summit and feel like it's all sunshine, rainbows, and sparkles and pixie dust.
You know, there's still. There it's still hard work and not every day is perfect. That's going to be a great lecture. Then we have a efficiency expert coming to talk at that evening before what's going to be probably my favorite part of the whole weekend, which is that evening. We're having an after hours party hosted by the DBCA we've rented out the pavilion at the, at the, at the crown center.
Very cool. It's outdoors right next to the hotel. And it's got a big tent covering thing on it. So if it rains, we're good. And it's, we're going to have food and drink and it's like three or four hours long. It's just going to, everybody can get together, talk, socialize, learn from each other network. All of it.
That is going to be awesome. Okay. Back to the Saturday morning. This is 2 0 1 content where we're going to have another workshop on this is a workshop we did at one of the DPC masterminds in Maine that Dr. Forbush led, which I don't remember exactly what he called it at his mastermind event, but he called it.
Stuff doctors forgot or are embarrassed to admit. They never learned that. That was the name of that. That was the name of the workshop or something. It was very well received in Maine because let's be honest. There's a lot of stuff that maybe we learned in med school, but we never did it while we were practicing on the inside or in residency or whatever.
And it can be as simple as like phlebotomy, you know, just drawing blood it's sometimes it's easy. Sometimes it's not. And there's people who do it for a living. Because like anything, you do it every day. You get good at it and don't think twice about it, but people like us who don't do it every day, even if we order it every day, we're kind of embarrassed to admit.
I'm not really knowing. Draw blood very well. We're going to teach that stuff. So we're teaching quite a few hands-on things for doctors who want to learn how to do something that maybe they don't remember how to do it. Maybe we never learned, so what we teach and I am sub Q injections, EKG application.
And not really, it's not an EKG reading course, but it's like how to do an EKG and do it right. So we're going to do phlebotomy, vena puncture. Yeah, setting up basics like nebulizers, it's that kind of stuff. It's gonna be fun. That's I think that workshops be limited to 50 people. It probably has a small fee associated with it because of all the supplies we need as well.
That's going be a cool 2 0 1 1. After that we've got the DPC pharmacy 2 0 1, which. Next level pharmacy stuff, and the best person possible to teach that as Nick Thompson and he's teaching it, he's doing some really amazing things with his pharmacy to their clinic has gotten so big that the pharmacy was becoming burdensome and they figured out a way to streamline it.
That blows my mind. So he's going to talk a ton of time for that talk to do Q and a as well. So after that for the 2 0 1 track. Huge lecture, two hours long, tons of times, for questions from Shane Purcell about working with employers and CPAs, it's stuff people need to know, especially if you're trying to grow your DPC through working with employers, how do you do it in a transparent way without driving the cost up through middlemen?
And that that's gonna be an awesome talk. Two hours long, tons of times for Q and a. So after that other necessary evils of HR, so. Talk to anybody who's hiring. Cause DPC has grown beyond like just the doc and the nurse or whatever. They'll tell you, HR people come in and go in and turn off employees, OSHA compliance, CLIA stuff, NPI numbers, all of that.
We've got a lecture for that. It's going to be good. And then then about efficiency talk is after that, I already talked about the 3 0 1 content for Saturday. So let's move on to their last day. Sunday currently for the schedule looks like a lot. Big speaker town halls with rockstars galore. So we're doing a one-on-one town hall.
So we're doing two town halls, two hours each starting at 8:00 AM on Sunday, which is literally a hundred percent Q and a, if you go back to 2016, they didn't hardly have any Q and a, and me. And it was an awesome, awesome summit, but there was just so many people with so many questions and we were at the end of the conference cause I may have talked the whole time and then the conference is over and all these people starving for information where like I have questions, I have questions.
So Julie got there and myself and Amy Walsh sat down in one. No meeting rooms. While the people that worked at the hotel were picking up chairs and tables all around it. And it was like Storytime and a kindergarten where people just sit around you and it, and there must've been 50 people crowded around us.
And we just said, we both, we all just sat on a table and answer. And we just sit there and answer questions and it's for like hours. And it was reported by everybody that went as the best part of the whole thing. And it was completely impromptu. So we said, we've got to make that a formal part of the, of the summit because people love it.
People need it. So what we're doing is two, two hour speaker town halls, which are speakers from the conference, sitting down in a panel. Any question goes, you don't have to, try to squeeze it in to at the end of a smaller lecture, we got save it for Sunday. So there's a one-on-one and the two at one panel one-on-one panel features, quota, Ryan Elisia, Haynes, Kenny Q.
Jen Allen, Tiffany Leonard, Ryan, new Hoffa, and a Anand Mehta that's awesome. And so that's all going to be one-on-one content for people that are maybe more new or looking at it or DB SecureUs or whatever, then on the site and the 2 0 1 panel and Rebecca and Howard's moderating Amy Wallace, Jack Forbush, Shane Purcell, myself and Tom white.
That is. That's going to be awesome. Can't wait. Okay. Then during that time, I, and the three over in the 300, one side is the pediatrics update and the migraine hat diagnosis and treatment lecture. And then in the afternoon, or after the break out Sunday morning and the one-on-one contract, we've got Dr.
Jeff and Christie and his wife, Christine Davenport, and Stacy, and her husband, Phil bins, and doing that all in the family lecture that they've done before that it was very well received. How do you bring family members in and you work with them and how does. The family dynamics or DPC, but during that lecture, and then on the 2 0 1, Amber is going to be talking about working with specialists.
And at the same time is whenever Nick and Brandon are doing OB GYN update. And then we have a closing, you know, the big closing, motivational talk that we all look forward to, that I did like the carrot seed thing where, you know, you know, you're so, so this year. We're just taking a chance with this character, but Doug Perrigo is given the closing talk.
It's going to be obviously awesome. So that's kind of what it looks like. Again, I can't emphasize this enough. Some of this is subject to change, obviously, but it's looking like that's the way it's going to go down once all that stuff's confirmed, hopefully in the next couple of weeks, we'll see registration over.
For all of this. And I will say, if you want to go to the Pocus, the point of care ultrasound course, the OMT for MDs course, the what is it called? The stuff I forgot to learn or forgot workshop you're going to want to sign up soon because those have a limited number of attendance, you know, for those, I will go ahead and also preview this because.
The expense that's going up on everything. Everything's so expensive. The big party on Saturday night is going to be expensive. We are, we are paying a lot of money to pull that off. We probably won't be able to pay for everyone to come to it as much as we want to. So what we'll probably do is offer once we have exact numbers figured out we will probably offer a free ticket.
To that party, including food and drink tickets and everything to like the first X number of people who registered for the conference. So it might be the first 300. It might be the first 250. I mean, who knows that though? It's whatever the money comes out. And then if you, so if you sign up for the conference and you register soon, you'll get to come to that party for free, which is a.
Pretty decent value. And then if once those numbers are full, then after that, if you want to come to the party, you're going to buy a ticket to it, which I don't know, 30 bucks, 40 bucks. I mean, the, the catering is insanely expensive in the post COVID era. It probably was before that, too, but it makes it cost prohibitive.
So that's another reason to sign up early. Those two, those are two good reasons. As soon as signups go live, you'll know it'll be all over the DPC community. That is your preview. It is awesome. I mean, so many speakers. And very few, there's a few people that are, you know, noticeably absent from this year's faculty that are rock stars in the DPC community, who unfortunately had other family obligations and weddings to go to and stuff like that, that we couldn't quite get everybody, but honestly, 90% or more of uh seasoned DPC experts who are good at teaching are going to be there.
And it's awesome. I'm super excited about it. This is so exciting to hear all of these details and this amazing preview to what's coming. And I just really love that you guys have created these tracks to really appeal to anybody and everybody in the DPC ecosystem. And I love that you highlighted how it's changing, especially for Friday to not expect to arrive, you know, midday and start attending.
But it's going to be full day, Friday, full day, Saturday, and then Sunday will trail off to the end of the, of the summit, but ending with Dr. Doug for I go amazing. It's going to be good and it's worse, but that's right. We are hitting the ground running on Friday morning. Come like get some sleep on Thursday on Thursday night.
And because, I mean, it's going to be drinking from the fire hose for anybody who's new at DBC. It is going to be drinking from the fire hose. It's gonna be a lot of materials, so be ready for it. And don't plan on, come in at noon on Friday, come, you probably gonna want to come Thursday night, or you're gonna wanna fly into Kansas city.
If you're flying in or whatever on Thursday, get your hotel set up and everything, and be ready to go Friday morning, we'll be finishing around, you know, w roughly it looks like one o'clock on Sunday. That being said, you know, when, when it comes in, as far as this preview goes and telling people what to think about with regard to travel, You talked to just about anybody who started out their DPC journey at a DPC summit, they'll tell you that it was, it was hard to leave because they were just there talking to people that are, you know, that are so good and so called to just teach and help others do what they did and get free from the system and things that there's a lot of just standing around the lobby or going down to the hotel bar, the hotel restaurant, just sitting around and talking after it's over.
So if you're someone who thinks that might be you, um, don't be shy. Don't, don't be worried about. You don't plan a fly out at one o'clock on Sunday or to maybe make it three or four or five or something so that you have a little time to hang out and network and talk and ask questions. But I would encourage people to fly in on Thursday sometime, and then to fly out maybe Sunday, late afternoon or evening, depending on, you know, what you can do for plane tickets.
And the other thing for anyone who's never been to Kansas city or to understand is the Kansas city airport is. Oh, no, it depends on traffic, I guess, but it's no less than 30 to 40 minute drive from downtown. So it's not like it's a quick way. You're, you're going to plan to leave, you know, a couple of hours or three hours to get, to make your plane before your flight.
So kind of think about that, as well. This is wonderful. And thank you so much for just giving some advice about what to expect in terms of travel and what to plan for, because yes, I w at any live DPC event, especially after two years, a hiatus of having these in-person events, it's so important to be able to have that time.
So you can't ask questions and you never know who you're going to meet. And on that note, I just want to say, you know, one of the things I saw people frustrated with at the last summit in Chicago, I was, you know, oh, shucks. I didn't have. And so I want to ask you there in terms of things that people should prepare with, do you have any advice as to how people should prepare to come?
A couple of things? I mean, and the first I just thought of, and I just, it's not exactly an answer to this question, but it's, I guess it's. Comes on the whole tales of you talking about, you know, it's been a couple years since we did this, obviously the reason is because of COVID. And so that's one thing that, one of the reasons why there has been a delay, getting all this set up is determining what we're doing with regard to COVID safety, you know, with regard to the pandemic right now in the Kansas city area, COVID not an issue right now.
There's, there's no restrictions on anything at the current time. Obviously, if something changes between now and July, We're going to be abiding by whatever protocols that local health department wants us to do, you know, from those perspectives. But I did want to say that the AFP is using the same COVID safety protocols that they have used, um, in the past.
So what it's gonna look like is if, if you're vaccinated, you bring your vaccination card and you're good. If you're not, then. You can, do a, an antigen test or a PCR test in 72 hours prior to travel and bring the results with you and that'll get you into, through the AFP's protocols.
And so, um, that's, that's the only thing on that with regard to preparation is if, is to make sure you're prepared along those lines. Beyond that. I, you know, I, I have, I guess kind of a common sense approach to start. DPC when you're DPC curious. That's it's common sense. I think this would work for if you're starting a restaurant too, is when you're coming to a place like this with so many experts, people who've done it.
So come prepared by reading a lot of the basics, you know, buy books on DPC startup. I mean, obviously there's a dozen of them out there that are very good. The first one out is, was dug for his book. Julia has a book that I wrote a few chapters of as well. There's a lot of, there's a lot of material. But there's things that a quick Google search will answer your question.
The DPC has the DPC university on our website. A chunk of that material is free for anybody. The rest of it is available for, you know, members of the DBCA read through that stuff. Get a lot of information ahead of time so that you're not wasting time asking easy to answer questions from Google or whatever.
Instead you're talking to Shane about is. Working with employers or something. Cause that's, that's deep and complicated. There's always pros and cons. And now there's still material for that on the YouTube. But in general, educate yourself ahead of time. Yeah, it will help you focus your questions and who you ask them to a lot better.
So I would, I would advise not to come completely oblivious to what is DPC because you know, we're, we're two years and years at the DPC. Now there is a lot of information out there. I would encourage everybody to get on your podcast, listen to them. I mean, there's, how many do you have. You know, like 50 or something.
I mean more, I don't even know. Oh my gosh. More than I bought. So that's my point. Put the podcast on, listen to it when you drive or whatever, you're going to learn how everybody did things and it will make your experience better because you'll have a better opportunity to vet your own. Needs and know what it is because there's a lot to learn.
If you kind of know a lot about this, maybe you just need, you're not really worried about the scope of practice or something like that, but you are worried about running a small business. And when, when the world, how do you do payroll? Oh, so-and-so seems good at that. I'll I'll talk to them or something like that.
That that's, that's how I would tell people to prepare, but you have a lot of expertise in this, but what would you say is good for preparing ahead of time? Yeah, I think that those are gems in terms of just knowing, you know, a little bit about. DPC, whether that be, how to start up, whether that be how to grow, because it really makes you then be aware of, oh yeah.
I really do, or I do not need to ask people that question or more about this topic when you're in person. And I definitely would say. That's a gem there in terms of preparing for networking. Have a business card go on to Vista print, or wherever you go for your business cards and start printing those out now because with shipping delays, who knows when they will arrive, but you'll have them prepared by July.
The other thing I would say is if you're thinking about getting started in DPC and you're like, oh, , I, I do want to do this, but it's, I'm not ready yet. I would say, like I tell everyone. Get your domain now get your Instagram account now. So it's not taken by the time you go to the DVC summit, and also think about, if you're developing a website, you can DIY it.
You can pay someone to do it, whatever it is, but you can absolutely use networking as a time to say like, Hey. Which information would you take a look at my website? Give me your opinion. You know, it's little things like that, where this use this time to really help yourself succeed in DPC and become knowledgeable and confident in DPC and your knowledge in this whole ecosystem.
Those are some things that I would do. I, I went to my first summit. With washi tape. And I just took everybody's business cards and I put them in a book and I wrote little notes about them. So I could remember like who this person was. And like, I, I like to say also is within, you know, 72 hours cause it's a lot.
And so it's going to be an amazing, incredible summit, but it is a lot. So within 72 hours after the summit, you know, have some kind of macro to say like, Hey Dr. So-and-so, it was so great meeting you and learning about X, Y, Z, whatever you learned about them. So that way you can continue the networking going after the summit while it's still fresh in people's minds.
And if people are not fans of paper, you can absolutely take your business card digitally. And so you can, you know, have your contact ready. If people have iPhones, you can. Directly with iPhones by airdrop or texting. And also if you do like to work digitally, you can take pictures of people's business cards, fronts, and backs, just to make sure that you don't lose that information.
If something physically falls out of your bag, or you just are a little disorganized and don't keep paper organized all that easily. So just other things to think about in terms of ways to adapt, to networking in a digital sense. That's how I approach networking at conferences, but also just be prepared to pivot and to be like, oh my gosh, I had no idea that I was going to learn about this today and really, you know, really be open open-minded and just know that the people who are attending the DPC summit in Kansas city most people have had the DPC Kool-Aid so just be prepared for people off the hook with hugs and everything, because it will be so exciting. We say it all the time. It's, it's the only medical conference you go to where everybody's smiling, you know, and you've heard me say that a hundred times, but it's very true.
And, and you're right. I love your ideas about bringing a note notebook to put cards and notes in, because it is, like I said, it's drinking from the fire hose. And if you don't do some prepare and some afterwards reviewing. So you'll lose a lot of it. And so be ready for that. Another thing is if you're not a member of the DBCA, yet you should join at a time.
Cause then you get a discount. When you register, you also get a discount. If you're a member of the AFP, the ACO, or the FMTC, any of the four hosting organizations. So that's another thing to do ahead of time. The weekend where you out. So get some sleep, come prepared and.
Yeah. Once you go to one, you want to go to them every time. It's just, it's like, uh, I remember my very first one. It was like, I, I found my tribe. I found my people and everyone says that. And, It's neat to be in a place where everyone is independent DPC doctors who are completely outside of the system.
Nobody's reliant on insurance companies and middlemen to hassle them and rip their patients off and tell them what to do. And because of that, they're all happy. And, and it's good to hang out with your people. And here's the other reason to network for this. This is something along the lines of what you said when you're networking and trading business cards over time, you're going to.
Close friends and the DPC, you know, universe. And if you are like most of us, and you're an independent DPC doctor, basically it gets out of the system and just goes and hangs up, your shingle, that's great and million ways. And there's one way it's bad. And that is at least at first you're by yourself.
And humans are not meant to be by yourself. And heavy lifting is never meant to be done by one person. And that includes the heavy lifting of difficult medical cases. cognitive lifting, right? Or the heavy lifting of taking on the heartbreak of a patient who has cancer or who just lost a loved one.
All of the ups and downs that come with being a doctor in general are either cognitive or psychological, heavy lifting. And we all know it from your patients with bad backs. You tell them don't lift this heavy stuff by yourself. You help, we need each other. We need people to rely on people to help us lift heavy cases.
Intellectually or people's shoulders to cry on or people to prop us up when we're stressed out or whatever. And when you leave the medical field and group practice or whatever, and you're by yourself, you don't have help with heavy lifting, but you need it. And that is why this that's why this networking is so good.
Once you do have a, a core group of DPC doctors that are just like you, that are doing exactly what you're doing, probably five states away or whatever, you all become friends. You'll get yourself a nice tight-knit online, Group and now you've got that covered as well. And you will not be mentally, spiritually and emotionally happy until you do, because otherwise it feels overwhelming because you're like, this is great.
I'm outside of the system, but now I'm drowning in all of that and you need help with it. And that's how you get it is by meeting all these people in person. And then to be honest, MTPC every year we always say, have you see one DPC, you've seen one VPC, right? But it's the same way with like you see one DPC doctor, we're not all the same.
We don't all have the same personalities and whatever, pick something that, you know, I don't know, politics or hobbies or whatever it is that you're into that, you know, you'll find people that are like in your kind of lane on stuff. And, you know, you'll make a tight knit group of other DBC doctors are like-minded and that's what keeps you saying.
And that's what keeps you going. And that's what keeps you motivated not to mention when it comes to the cognitive intellectual heavy lifting, it also really helps you take better care of your patients and provide better medical care. Without jacking up their prices because you're always referring people as specialists all the time.
You know, this is a tough case, but I've got a friend in Texas who does this all the time. Let me talk to her and I'll get back to you. And then you can help them. Like if I got a complicated migraine case, I'm like, I don't know. Let me talk to kissy. I'll get, I tell him my face. I'll talk to Kizzy, she's the expert on this.
She'll help me figure it out and then bring them back and fix them. And they never had to go to the neurologist or whatever for their complicated situation. So anyway, that that's a big, big. Almost unstated value of these conferences. Awesome. So now I want to touch a little bit more on registration.
You mentioned registration, you know, keep, definitely checking back on the website and DPC summit.org to find out and to be able to register. But in terms of on the website, there is a section about scholars. Yeah. So I'm wondering about if you can touch on scholarships for this DPC summit in Kansas city, but also how to support somebody like a medical student who may be rotating in your clinic or a resident who you hope will join your practice.
Yep. Absolutely. So we, we just like everybody, we do our best to support the youngest generation of doctors up and coming and get them to learn about DBC. It's the number one focus of the DBCA right now is reaching medical students and residents and stuff. If you want to sponsor a specific person. So let's say you've got a.
A medical student that you're close to, or maybe even just a college kid, that's about to start medical school or whatever, but you're like, you need to see DPC sort of inaction by going to this conference and meeting people. But you know, this conference isn't cheap and you want to sponsor them.
And that spur that student or resident specifically, what you need to do is just have them register and then just write them a check. You need to pay for it because if you, and I'm not saying that's the only way, but I'm saying if you have a specific person that you want to sponsor, you're going to have to do it between them and you.
But the AFP has a nonprofit organization called the AFP foundation and they have a, I don't know, whatever you call it, it's a bank account or something. That's money earmarked for scholarships, for the DPC summit and anyone who. Goes to the summit can donate money to that. In fact, I think whenever you sign up, you can add, you know, I want to also include $50 to the scholarship fund or whatever.
And if you go to the website, the DPC summit website, which is DPC summit.org at the top, there's a link that's DPC summit scholarship. And at the bottom, there's a donate and inspire button. You can click as well. Both of those take you to the DPC. Student and a resident scholarship fund. And when you dump money into that, . Those donations are tax deductible, and that money gets used for just students or residents who just. This looks awesome. I want to go to this and if you don't have a student, you want to stop you, you want a sponsor, but you want to help. That's where we put the money. So if you want it to go to a specific person, you're just going to have to give them the money or whatever, because the foundation's deal is like, I don't know.
I'm not sure if it's a first come first serve or if they just divide it up between all of the people that apply the students or whatever, or if it's the first 20 or 30 or 50, I don't know. But that's, that's the way to do it. Are there any other details that you would like to add to this preview of the DPC summit coming up in. I don't think so. I'm just going to their website here. If you go to the DPC summit.org, that's the main website for the, uh, conference and it's, it's gonna have all the dates and all the registration materials on it soon.
So as soon as that goes live, but you'll, you'll hear about it. If you're in the DBC community at all. Well, We'll post it everywhere we can think of on all of the social media for the direct primary care Alliance. Mariel. I know you'll be talking about it on your podcast and on your website and on all your social media outlets and stuff like that.
So you'll, you'll hear about it as soon as it goes live and. The price and everything will be part of that. And we'll have the bill they'll post the price. Plus the discount rate, if you're a member of your organizations and stuff like that. And I'll be, I mean, I'll be out there talking about it too, cause I'm so excited about it.
And I've people have been asking me every day, when can we sign up? When can we sign up? So as soon as it's out there, I'll be posting it on my Facebook and whatever channels as well. I can't think of any other particular things other than just to, um, you know, for everybody who's new at this, do your homework ahead of time and be ready.
Drinking from the fire hose. You, you said it yourself. Come ready with your notebook and sharp pencil, you know. Awesome. Thank you so much, Dr. Last for joining us today and giving us this amazing preview of what's to come in Kansas city. I'll see you there. Can't wait. I'll see you there.
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