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Occam’s razor: “pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate”, which means plurality should not be posited unless necessary. The simplest solution or explanation is usually the best.

Family Medicine is supposed to be that cherished relationship between a patient and their physician. And yet, we have allowed a multitude of third parties to get in the middle of and ruin that relationship.

To fix this system, we should pursue the philosophy of Occam’s razor: pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate, which means plurality should not be posited unless necessary. The simplest solution or explanation is usually the best.

If we are to pursue the best solution to one of the most complex systems known to humankind—and that is the human itself–it should be disentangled through the clearest path. Introducing increasing complexity to an already complex problem presents the risk of error in the pursuit of solution. Payers, certification bodies, pharmacy benefit managers and the government all believe they can solve  healthcare delivery problems. They’ve been trying for decades and failing our patients.

Healthcare needs to become the simplest solution. The clearest path to that is through Family Physicians and Primary Care. The more outside entities seek to impact and become only financial beneficiaries of the core right to good healthcare, then the more they become confounders to the solution.

Family Medicine and Family Physicians will provide the core solution to our issues in healthcare. What is more fundamental to a person’s well-being than the individual they consider their “doctor”? Through demonstration and reinforcement of our value, advocacy and declaration of the necessity of a strong primary care foundation of healthcare, and, most importantly, by our patients choosing to be seen by their Family Physician more than anyone else, we will continue to strengthen our specialty and be heard and recognized the world over for what we bring to the betterment of patient health.

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Luke 22:26

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Andrew JP Carroll, MD, FAAFP, is a board-certified Family Physician who started his own practice 16 years ago. He and his practice evolved into strong advocates for private practice Family Physicians while adapting, and expanding the definition of Primary Care to include a fully embedded and integrated medical-behavioral experience for patients. Dr. Carroll is always looking forward to what patients and healthcare will need in the future, not just what they need today. He adopted an electronic medical record from inception of his practice and has participated in physician advisory committees and task forces, fighting for the electronic health records to adapt to practices and not vice versa.

Dr. Carroll has volunteered for leadership and delegate positions for the American Medical Student Association, Arizona Medical Association, American Medical Association, and most importantly the Arizona and American Academies of Family Physicians. Dr. Carroll is a Past President of the AzAFP, the current Delegate to the AAFP COD and the media relations liaison for the AzAFP.  He has served on the Commission for Quality and Practice and currently sits on the Commission for Governmental Advocacy. He frequently attends NCCL for Arizona, and has worked with legislators through the Family Medical Advocacy Summit. He currently is the Key Contact for Senator Kyrsten Sinema.

As a private practice physician, Dr. Carroll advocated against Theranos and the legislation that allowed patients to self-order lab work in Arizona. Despite the legislation passing, he continued advocating on behalf of patients and physicians, working with journalists from such prestigious publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the Phoenix Business Journal, and Politico.com to bring attention to unsafe and unfair practices with potential harm to patients, successfully helping bring a stop such practices as using private patient data to market brand name drugs directly to physicians.

Dr. Carroll was born in San Diego, went to college at UCSD and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology in 3 years. He then went to medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, completing the majority of his clinicals in Oakland, CA. From there, he moved to New York for residency at the unopposed Family Medicine residency in Kingston, reinforcing his belief in the importance of Family Physicians in rural communities. He then moved to Arizona for his first position as Medical Director of a County Clinic. He went into private practice in 2003. Currently, his clinic, Atembis LLC, employs 8 medical and behavioral providers with both suburban and rural presences.

Dr. Carroll, his wife Theresa, and their children Andrew and Thomas, support many philanthropic organizations, and have provided financial support to water.org, STARS-AZ, and others locally and internationally. He and his family enjoy travel, both domestic and international, and make it a point to find and enjoy street food while in foreign countries to make sure and get the full experience of visiting a new place. In his leisure time, he writes and is a published fiction writer, writing under pseudonym, but sometimes just enjoys a quiet night outside at his mountain home in Flagstaff, enjoying family and a star-filled sky.

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