GAFP Student Members

2014 T.A. Sappington Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2014 recipients of the T. A. Sappington Award. This prestigious award is given to student members who have demonstrated their commitment to family medicine by choosing to attend a Georgia Family Medicine Residency Program. This year we recognize:

Sunaina Nanchahal from Mercer University School of Medicine who will be attending Emory University School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program.

Daniel Gordon and Mary Keith (joint nominees) from the Mercer University School of Medicine in Savannah, both attending Savannah’s Memorial Health Family Medicine Residency Program.

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John Macon from the Morehouse School of Medicine who will attend Phoebe Putney's Family Medicine Residency Program in Albany.

Best of luck to the Sappington winners as they transition to residency programs in Georgia.

Student Meeting and Workshop at GAFP Annual Scientific Assembly and Exhibition

AM Busman and student casting legAM Busman with students

GAFP held its annual medical student meeting and hands-on workshop during the 2012 Annual Meeting at the Cobb Galleria. The meeting was well attended with over 40 students from across Georgia in attendance.

The day began with the students joining GAFP members during the Article Review session, followed by lunch with GAFP/AAFP leaders to hear about "A day in the life of a family physician." Thank you to Drs. Mike Busman, Beulette Hooks, Brian Nadolne, Shade Omole and AAFP Board representative Dr. Robert Wergin for sharing their time and experience with the students.

Following a presentation on common sports injuries by Dr. Busman, the hands-on workshop began. Students learned splinting and casting techniques and then practiced on each other. The students found the meeting and workshop to be educational and fun. One student was overheard saying that this was "the best meeting ever!"

How Students Can Become More Involved in GAFP

The Georgia Academy, as the local "grassroots" arm of the AAFP, provides support to students in the form of mentoring programs, scholarships, local meetings and leadership opportunities. The AAFP and GAFP are one of few specialty organizations to actively enlist their student members in leadership roles. Because we value the contributions made by medical students and recognize the importance of training future leaders of medicine, we provide students with opportunities to learn more about the practice of Family Medicine and contribute to the future of the Family Medicine.

To take full advantage of your AAFP/GAFP membership, students should:

  • Run for a GAFP Student Board of Directors position
  • Attend the GAFP Annual Scientific Assembly and Exhibition in November
  • Run for a leadership position with your school's FMIG
  • Attend AAFP's National Conference for Residents and Students
  • Stay connected to the Family Medicine community in GA by visiting GAFP's Facebook page and following GAFP on Twitter @GAFamilyDocs

2013 AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students

Are you a medical student or a resident? If so, how would you like to attend the 2013 AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students? It will be from Thursday, August 1 - Saturday, August 3 in Kansas City, Mo.

The 2013 AAFP National Conference is the place to explore, learn, and connect for the next chapter of family medicine. Immerse yourself in topics ranging from clinical skills and career planning to the factors that are influencing the health care system transformation. Leave with important connections and an energizing passion for family medicine.

To register, visit:

In addition, the AAFP is now accepting applications for poster presentations at the conference. Poster categories are:

  • clinical inquiry
  • community project
  • educational program
  • research

The contest is open to AAFP resident and student members enrolled in an ACGME/AOA accredited residency program or LCME/COCA accredited medical school. The submission deadline is April 12.

Selected entries will be displayed in the Exposition Hall, Thursday through Saturday. One resident and one student winner will be recognized on Saturday and will earn a trip to the 2013 AAFP Scientific Assembly in San Diego, California, September 25-28 to present their poster.

For details about this program, including application forms, visit For more information, contact Ashley Jungles at or 800.274.2237 ext. 6726.

In addition, if you would like to see 2012 Highlights or a recap of the real talk about family medicine that happened at National Conference, then go to this link: where you can browse photos, view the National Conference Family Medicine Video Contest winning submissions, and explore resolutions from the student and resident congresses.

AAFP National Conference Scholarships

AAFP has 200 scholarships available for residents and students to attend their National Conference, August 1-3 in Kansas City, Mo. The scholarships are for $600 and you must be a member of AAFP to apply.

Scholarship categories include:

  • First-time Student Attendee Award;
  • Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Leadership Scholarship Program;
  • Minority Scholarships Program for Residents and Medical Students;
  • Community Outreach Awards; and
  • Tomorrow’s Leader Award.

Application packages (application, required essay and/or supporting documents) must be received via fax, email or mail postmarked no later than May 1. To learn more about the scholarships available, please visit:

"Why did you become a family physician?"
This video highlights the diversity of the family physicians in Georgia and their love of family medicine.

Join GAFP on Facebook
"Like" us on Facebook under the Georgia Academy of Family Physician page. The Facebook page will have more pictures and events posted for our members with an emphasis on resident and medical student activities.

How to Join as a Student Member

Student Mentors for Medical Students

Georgia Family Medicine Residency Programs

Related Links

2012 Sappington Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2012 recipients of the Sappington Award. This prestigious award is given to student members who have demonstrated their commitment to family medicine by choosing to attend a Georgia Family Medicine Residency Program.

This year we recognize:
  • Jennifer Francois from Morehouse School of Medicine and attending Morehouse Family Medicine Residency Program.
  • Raj Singh from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and attending Floyd's Family Medicine Residency Program
Best of luck to both Sappington winners as they transition to residency programs in Georgia.

2013 GAFP Student Board of Directors

Student Director: Heather Ford, Mercer University SOM- Savannah
Student Director: Daniel Gordon, Mercer University SOM- Savannah
Student Director: Megan Potts, Mercer University SOM- Savannah
Student Alt. Director: Melanie Barnard, MCG/GHSU SOM
Student Alt. Director: Erik R. Clauson, GA-PCOM
Student Alt. Director: Bianca Islam, MCG/GHSU SOM

As the GAFP continues to outreach to potential future family physicians , the Student and Resident Recruitment Committee Members have created PowerPoint templates to be used for communicating with high school students, pre-med students, and medical students. The templates can be downloaded below and are easily adaptable to your audiences needs. If you are interested in a Georgia family physician presenting to your group, please contact GAFP at or by phone at 404-321-7445.

Future in Family Medicine High School
Speaking Points for High School Presentation

Future in Family Medicine Medical Student

Future in Family Medicine Pre-Med

What Medical Students Need to Know about Choosing a Georgia Family Medicine Residency Program
Click to Download PowerPoint Presentation
Click to View PowerPoint Presentation

How to Join
Visit to apply for student membership online, or you can fill out the form below to receive more information about AAFP student memberships.

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance pays the GAFP and AAFP membership dues for medical students at each of the four medical schools in Georgia . This gives the students an opportunity to learn about the GAFP and AAFP by receiving the publications and attending meetings.

Pathways to Medical School Program
GAFP supports the Pathways to Medical School Program and the program specifically targets Georgia college students originally from southwest Georgia who are enrolled in a pre-med curriculum and who plan to attend medical school to pursue a career in primary care upon matriculation. For more information please visit:

Pathways 2012 Class
Pathways 2012 Class

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Student Mentors for Medical Students
GAFP wants to assist medical students in Georgia who are interested in learning more about the real world of family medicine. In order to best serve the needs of the medical students and the potential mentors please contact us at with your name, contact information, and Georgia areas you are willing to visit.

Please note, GAFP will match candidates to any available mentors and some physicians will have additional screening activities such as a letter of request. Additionally, each student/mentor will determine how much time and what type of experience will be most beneficial. For high school students and other students GAFP encourages you to contact Georgia AHEC offices for more information on a career in primary care medicine. They can be reached at

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Georgia Family Medicine Residency Programs

Atlanta Medical Center Family Practice Residency
George Brown, M.D., Program Director
Georgia Baptist Fam. Prac. Ctr.
1000 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 200
Morrow, GA 30260
Phone: (770) 968-6460
Fax: (770) 968-6465

Columbus Family Practice Residency
John R. Bucholtz, D.O.
Director, Family Medicine Residency Program
1900 10 th Ave Ste 100
Columbus, GA 31901
Phone: (706) 571-1430
Fax: (706) 571-1604

Emory Family Practice Residency
Susan Schayes, M.D.
Residency Program Chair
4500 North Shallowford Rd.
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Phone: (404) 727-8868
Fax: (404) 727-1174

Floyd Family Practice Residency Program
Frank Don Diego, M.D., Program Director
304 Shorter Ave NW, Ste 301
Rome, GA 30165
Phone: (706) 509-3965
Fax: (706)509-4585

Georgia Regents University Family Practice Residency
Paul D. Forney, M.D., Program Director
1120 15th St. - HB 3022
Augusta, GA 30912-0004
Phone: (706) 721-3157
Fax: (706) 721-6123

Medical Center of Central Georgia Family Practice Residency
Y. Monique Davis-Smith, MD
Medical Center of Central Ga.
3780 Eisenhower Parkway
Macon, GA 31206
Phone: (478) 633-5550
Fax: (478) 784-5496

Memorial Health University Medical Center Family Practice Residency
Robert Milton Pallay, M.D., Program Director
Memorial Medical Center
P.O. Box 23089
Savannah, GA 31403
Phone: (912) 350-8838
Fax: (912) 350-5118

Morehouse Family Practice Residency
Folashade Omole, M.D., Program Director
Morehouse School of Medicine
Dept. of Family Practice
1513 E. Cleveland Ave
Bldg 100, 3rd Floor, Ste. 300A
East Point, GA  30344
Phone: (800) 724-1025
Fax: (404) 756-1229

Satilla Regional Family Practice Residency
George Wheeler, M.D., Program Director
410 Darling Avenue
Waycross, GA 31501
Phone: (912) 287-4168
Fax: (912) 338-6411

Southwest Georgia Family Medicine Residency
George Fredrick, M.D., Program Director
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital
2336 Dawson Rd, Suite 2200
Albany, GA 31707
Phone: (229) 312-8871
Fax: (229) 312-8473

A listing of all family practice residency programs nationwide can be found on the AAFP web page.

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Related Links

Upcoming Events

Virtual Family Medicine Interest Group

Student Mentor Program

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