The 2015 Summer Family Medicine Weekend Was Hotter Than Asphalt!

June 18-21, 2015 marked the GAFP’s 2015 Summer Family Medicine Weekend in Miramar Beach, FL.  This year we hosted more than 125 family physicians and other health care professionals at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort.  We offered a myriad of CME and exhibits to attendees while offering many opportunities to network with colleagues, and plenty of family fun activities.

With an expansive number of lectures, attendees were able to attain as much as 15 AAFP prescribed credits on a wide variety of topics pertinent to the broad range of practice needs of our members.  Lecture topics included, Achieving Glycemic Control, Medicare Chronic Care Management, New Treatments in Obesity, Sleep Apnea, Concussion Guidelines, and a Lupus Update.

In addition to lectures and workshops, the GAFP offered three Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) to attendees in an effort to fulfill the Maintenance of Certification, Part II – Self-Assessment and Lifelong Learning.  More than 35 attendees successfully completed the modules.

We also hosted a Health Information Technology (HIT) workshop, which was facilitated by Dr. Adrienne Mims, and included faculty from Alliant GMCF (the State’s QIO), a representative from the Department of Public Health, and GA-HITEC.  The workshop was well received and participants noted that this was a great start to improving their clinical processes.

A special highlight for attendees was the kickoff to the George W. Shannon Family Medicine Leadership Lecture Series, with a special inaugural lecture from Dr. George Shannon.  During his “Lessons Learned” lecture, Dr. Shannon focused on his 44-year journey in family medicine, leadership in the AAFP and GAFP, and the qualities it takes to be a great leader.  In addition to our meeting attendees, we were joined by Dr. Shannon’s former residents as well as his family who all traveled to support him in his final lecture leading into his official retirement. The Academy would like to thank Dr. Shannon for being a great role model for so many family physicians and serving the Academy as an outstanding leader.

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

  • I enjoyed that the educational sessions were scheduled in such a way that allowed for ample family / fun time.
  • Excellent job!
  • Another great meeting.
  • … especially like the fact that most of the lectures were given by family docs.
  • I think the educational objectives were very practical and useful for the practicing physician

The meeting’s success was based on the hard work, time, and effort of the Education Committee.  The 2015 Education Committee members are Susana Alfonso, MD (Chair); Gurinder Doad, MD (Co-Chair);  Karla Booker, MD; Mike Busman, MD; Angelina Cain, MD; Audra Ford, MD; Wanda Gumbs, MD; Jason Hatcher, DO; Ken Howard, MD; Linu Joseph, MD; Yuan-Xiang Meng, MD; Oguchi Nwosu, MD; Wilhelmina Prinssen, MD; and Harry Strothers, MD.

In addition, this year we convened a Summer Meeting Working Group who offered input on lectures and faculty suggestions as well as served as pre-meeting and on-site volunteers.  The members of the 2015 Summer Meeting Working Group were Michelle Cooke, MD; Wanda Gumbs, MD; Nicole Haynes, MD; Ken Howard, MD; Theresa Jacobs, MD; Linu Joseph, MD; Kara Leverette, MD; Adrienne Mims, MD; Sylveria Olatidoye, MD; and Ramon Parrish, MD.

Thank you to the Education Committee and the Summer Meeting Working Group for all the hard work that went into making this meeting a success.

Mark your calendars now with the dates of the 2015 Annual Scientific Assembly!  This year’s Annual Meeting will be held Friday, November 6 – Sunday, November 8 at the Westin Buckhead in Atlanta, GA. We look forward to seeing you there!