2015 Annual Scientific Assembly Deemed a Huge Success by Attendees

November 5-8, 2015 marked the GAFP’s 67th Annual Scientific Assembly and Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia.  Hosting more than 500 family physicians and other health care professionals at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta Hotel, the GAFP offered a myriad of CME and exhibits to attendees while offering many opportunities to network with colleagues.

With a wide variety of clinical lectures attendees were able to attain up to 29.75 AAFP prescribed credits on a wide variety of topics pertinent to the broad range of practice needs of our members.

This year, the GAFP offered a pre-conference workshop on PCMH best practices for clinical teams from Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina who have achieved NCQA recognition as a patient centered medical home.  The teams came together and shared tools and tips for sustaining transformation.  Additionally, PCMH University graduates presented tools they have developed to maintain their medical home and enhance patient care, and participants heard from local and national experts about changes on the horizon and how it will impact the medical home.

Again this year, we offered four Self-Assessment Modules to attendees in an effort to fulfill the Maintenance of Certification, Part II – Self-Assessment and Lifelong Learning.  More than 65 attendees successfully completed the Maternity Care, Pain Management, Health Behaviors, and Care of the Vulnerable Elderly modules.  In addition to the SAMs workshops, we also offered a workshop on using disease registries and care protocols to improve patient care in diabetes and hypertension, which educated participants on how to successfully use hypertension protocols; offered information on the considerations when developing and implementing a registry; and offered tools on how to successfully use a diabetes registry in their practice.

Last year, the Department of Transportation implemented changes to the Medical Examiner requirements.  The GAFP took another opportunity to offer a DOT Training Course to physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other clinical staff involved in the examination process.  More than 20 people received updates on the new medical examiner requirements and tips on taking the test.  They walked away ready to conquer the new exam requirements and armed with the knowledge needed to successfully pass the DOT test.

Throughout the Annual Meeting, attendees had the opportunity to win several prizes by simply interacting with our Industry Partners when visiting the Exhibit Hall.  Of particular note this year were the PAC and the Annual Georgia Alliance for Healthy Families Raffles.  The GAFP PAC gave away complimentary Smart Phone Chargers if you made a nominal donation to the PAC.   The big raffle drawing at the PAC booth was the 3M Littman Electronic Stethoscope with Bluetooth Technology.  Dr. Eugene Jackson walked away with this great prize, valued at $350!

The most buzzed-about activity in the Exhibit Hall was the Alliance’s $10,000 Draw Down Raffle.  The goal of the raffle was to be one of the last numbers called by the Master of Ceremony.  With $10,000 on the line the competition was fierce!  Ultimately the last three players on the board decided to split the jackpot.  Congratulations to Dr. George Shannon; Dr. Rolf Meinhold; and Dr. Jessica Malmad.

Thanks to everyone who donated to the GAFP PAC and all who purchased Draw Down Raffle tickets!

Overall, attendees deemed the meeting a success and offered the following comments on their post-meeting evaluations:

Was a very good experience. I appreciate very much your efforts.

Enjoyed the meeting

Great conference overall! A weekend well spent!

All of the sessions were very good!

Really enjoyed the Women’s Health Forum. One of the best group of lectures at the conference


The meeting’s success was based on the hard work, volunteer time, and efforts of the Education and Research Committee, and the 2015 Annual Meeting Working Group.

The 2015 Education and Research Committee members were:

Susana Alfonso, MD (Chair)

Gurinder Doad, MD (Vice Chair)

Karla Booker, MD

Mike Busman, MD

Angelina Cain, MD

Audra Ford, MD

Wanda Gumbs, MD

Jason Hatcher, MD

Ken Howard, MD

Linu Joseph, MD

Yuan-Xiang Meng, MD

Oguchi Nwosu, MD

Wilhelmina Prinssen, MD

Harry Strothers, MD

Clark Gillett, MD


The Annual Meeting Working Group consisted of:

Daisy Anyakudo, MD

Carl McCurdy, MD

Yuan-Xiang Meng, MD

Adrienne Mims, MD

Sylveria Olatidoye, MD

Chetan Patel, MD


We would like to thank all of our attendees for their continued support of GAFP educational activities as we strive to offer quality CME to our members and guests.

Mark your calendars now for the 2016 Summer Family Medicine Weekend, which is scheduled June 9-12, 2016 at the Omni Hilton Head Hotel in Hilton Head, South Carolina.  Additional meeting information will be available in early 2016.