Sun, Fun and CME at GAFP's Summer Family Medicine CME Weekend
Bring your family as you join your colleagues for GAFP's Summer Family Medicine CME Weekend, June 13-16 in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Not only will the meeting offer 16.5 CME credits, but your family will be able to join in the fun with activities planned to enhance their vacation.
This year's meeting will be held at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort and Spa, located 15 minutes outside of Jacksonville in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Resort guests have exclusive access to a championship golf course, Atlantic Ocean beaches and resort and spa quality services such as fitness classes, kids' nights, live entertainment, massages and body treatments.
You won't want to miss the opportunity to swing your clubs at one of the eight courses including two TPC Sawgrass courses available to Resort guests at discounted GAFP rates ranging from $95-$375. Named the 2013 North America Golf Resort of the Year by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators, the Sawgrass Marriott Resort and Spa has a course to challenge all golfers at any level.
Also available to guests of the Resort is complimentary shuttle service to the Cabana Beach Club. Beach club amenities include: private beach access, a junior Olympic size heated swimming pool, a kids' pool, playground, and beach rentals (kayaks, chairs, umbrellas).
Additionally, we've planned activities for attendees' families during the GAFP's Game Night on Friday and the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance's Team Sand Sculpting Challenge on Saturday.
This year's event is sure to sell out, so make sure you're registered to attend and you've reserved your room at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort and Spa. The hotel room block is open until May 6. To reserve your room, call the Sawgrass Marriott at 800.457.4653, select "1", then select "2" for room reservation and mention the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians conference to the representative. Room rates start at $169.
To register for this year's Summer Family Medicine CME Weekend, go to www.eply.com/gafpsummercme. To get a copy of the most recent Agenda, click here (as of May 17). A copy of the Summer Family Medicine CME Weekend brochure is available for download here.
Adult Vaccinations — Are Family Physicians Calling the Shots?
Sign up for 20 CME Credits
In February 2012, the GAFP was awarded a grant from the Physician's Institute for Excellence in Medicine to conduct educational activities focused on adult vaccinations. The project, entitled Partnership for Adult Vaccination Education (PAVE) was designed to increase the number of eligible persons who receive adult vaccines based on current recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).The GAFP's grant focuses on offering a combination of the following activities:
- Performance improvement (PI-CME) project
- Live lecture during our Summer CME conference
- Online CME developed from the live lecture
- Live webinar featuring an expert on adult vaccinations
All of the activities share the goal of improving vaccination screening efforts and administration practices for adult patients.
We are now recruiting for the PAVE project by soliciting participants for the PI-CME project. The GAFP PI-CME project will engage participants in the process of assessing, addressing, and improving their current adult immunization practices. Participants will have the use of several assessments, surveys, and tools to help them formulate a plan specific to the needs of their practices. Over the course of several months, participants will utilize a free online application tool that will help them focus on their exact needs, acquire necessary knowledge and skills, then apply that knowledge, use those skills, and implement desired changes in their practices in order to better vaccinate their adult patients.
The online PI-CME application tool will track participants progress and at the completion of each stage of learning they will receive up to 5 CME credits, with an additional 5 credits for the completion of all three stages in sequence, for a total of 20 CME credits. Additionally, PI-CME participants will have an opportunity to learn what their patients think about their experience in the physician's office. Participants will receive patient experience postcards that will be tracked and logged, along with a summary report of the evaluations submitted. The summary report can be used as an additional tool to help improve current practices. Participants will be compensated $250 for distributing the postcards to their patients.
If you are interested in participating the GAFP's Adult Immunizations PI-CME Project, please contact Angela Flanigan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 392-3841 to register and get signed up for the online application tool training webinars. You can also visit: http://www.gafp.org/cme_info.asp for more information.
PAVE Performance Improvement
This remarkable Performance Improvement (PI) CME activity will engage you in the process of assessing, addressing, and improving your current adult immunization practices. The use of several assessments, surveys, and tools and resources created by PAVE experts as well as sources such as the CDC, Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), and the NFID, will help you formulate a plan specific to the needs of your practice. Over the course of several months, you will utilize an online application in order to focus on your exact needs, acquire necessary knowledge and skills, then apply that knowledge, use those skills, and implement desired changes in practice in order to better vaccinate your adult patients.
As you review the following documentation, if you have any questions, please contact:
Angela Flanigan Director of Education Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Phone: 404-321-7445 email@example.com
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GAFP Project Takes the Stage at National CME Meeting
The GAFP's GO! Diabetes initiative has gained momentum over the past three years, including its 2010 expansion to include private practice physicians in the project. A testament to the popularity of this important project was its recent abstract acceptance as a part of the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education's (Alliance) national conference.
The Alliance is an international membership organization of more than 2,500 individuals devoted to designing and implementing certified continuing medical education (CME) activities for physicians, and each year organizations are requested to submit abstracts of projects they feel are important and highlight innovative ways of improving medical care.
On January 27th, the GO! Diabetes project was highlighted as one of the breakout sessions during the conference with more than 1,300 attendees. The presentation entitled, A Practice Improvement Designed to Improve Diabetic Patient Care, was developed and presented by Angela Flanigan, GAFP Director of Education; Susan Reichman, GO! Diabetes Project Director, and Amy Soto, Senior National Education Manager for Sanofi Aventis.
The lecture focused on the history of the GO! Diabetes project, the benchmarks reached over the past three years, the successes and challenges reported by participants, the funder's perspective of the project, and the documented improvement in patient care. The information was well received by the audience of CME professionals and further highlighted the important work done by family physicians, family medicine residents, and members of the clinical team.
The GAFP continues to offer the GO! Diabetes program as an ongoing practice improvement project and hopes to expand its reach in 2011.
Reporting your CME Credits
You can self report CME credits from any accredited AAFP event by visiting the AAFP site at www.aafp.org and logging into your account. Once logged in, on the left hand navigation bar, select View my CME Record. Then, in the left hand navigation bar, select Report my CME.
As a GAFP member, GAFP staff will submit your credits for all GAFP meetings in which a CME report form has been completed and returned to the GAFP offices.
For further information about reporting CME, contact the AAFP at (800) 274-2237
ABFM Certification\Recertification Exam Information
The American Board of Family Medicine has instituted the Maintenance of Certification Program for Family Physicians (MC-FP) to enhance the clinical excellence of its diplomats. To maintain certification with the ABFM, diplomats will be required to successfully complete the four components of MC-FP prior to the expiration of their certificate. For a full description of MC-FP, click here.
For additional information on MC-FP, you can download the
MC-FP instruction booklet.
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