Archive for August, 2015

GAFP Member Invitation – August Board and Committee Notice

Please note that over 100 of your peers will be gathering in Braselton at Chateau Elan over the August 23-23 weekend to discuss issues and policies during our next Committee and Board Conclave.  All GAFP members are invited to attend.   If you would like to attend as a guest  – please contact staff ( and indicate which meetings you plan to attend – so we can have an accurate count for meeting space and provide you with an agenda prior to the meeting. You may also call Alesa McArthur at the GAFP office at 404-321-7445 if you have any questions.


GAFP August Committee and Board Schedule


Saturday, August 22nd



10:00 – 11:30 am Legislative Committee


Practice Management Committee


Public Health Committee


Membership Committee

Champs Elysee

11:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch on Your Own

Onsite Options: Café Élan, Versailles, Paddy’s Pub

Chateau Elan and Surrounding Area

 11:45 – 1:15 pm PAC Board


1:00 – 2:30 pm Finance Committee

Champs Elysee

Student and Resident Committee


Education & Research Committee


4:30 – 6:30 pm GHFA Board Meeting


6:30 – 7:30 pm Chateau Elan Wine Tour & Tasting and President’s Award

Cask Room

7:45 – 9:30 pm GHFA Board & GAFP Executive Committee Dinner


Sunday, August 23rd



8:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast & Review of Action Items

Monte Carlo A-B

8:30 – 11:30 am GAFP Board Meeting

Monte Carlo A-B


GAFP Members Connect through All Member Town Hall Meeting

The GAFP held a highly successful and interactive All Member Town Hall Meeting in July.  The topics were timely and intended to be a benefit to our members in bringing experts to speak directly to Georgia’s family physicians about “what you need to know now”!

The topics and faculty included the following:

Bruce Brown , Esq – Constitutional Legal Expert – Affordable Care Act  and recent Supreme Court Challenges

Kevin Burke – Director of AAFP Government Relations – Life after SGR

Barbara Hays – AAFP Coding and Compliance Specialist – Tips to Implement Medicare Care Coordination Codes

If you missed the Town Hall but would like a copy of the slides, contact Fay Fulton (  Note:  Add to your calendar Tuesday, October 20th which will be the next All Member Conference Call when GAFP members have the opportunity to review and debate Georgia Academy’s proposed resolutions for our Congress of Delegates.

GAFP Launching 2015 Advocacy Meetings – Columbus, Albany and Savannah

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is inviting state representatives and senators to join members for dinner to discuss issues about health care and advocacy.  The upcoming events are listed below:

  • Columbus – Tuesday, August 18 – Chattahoochee River Club
  • Albany – Wednesday, September 16 – Merry Acres Event Center
  • Savannah – October TBD

The Georgia Academy is trying to expand its advocacy initiatives and believes the first step is connecting local family physicians with their legislators.  The intent is to break bread with our hard working legislators for some vibrant group discussions on health care in Georgia and how we can be a resource to them throughout the year.

As all politics is ‘local’ so is healthcare.  In the coming legislative session, the legislature will be called to debate many issues that will impact the citizens of Georgia who are their constituents as well as our patients. This program is continuing our previous successful advocacy dinners that we have held in Duluth, Valdosta, Macon, Rome and Gainesville.  For more information, contact Fay Fulton (

Emory School of Medicine Launches Primary Care Progress Chapter – GAFP/AAFP Highlighted

Emory SOM became the 51st chapter of Primary Care Progress and AAFP Board Chair Reid Blackwelder, MD and GAFP Board Members Candace Markley (Student), Susanna Alfonso, MD and Adrienne Mims, MD were part of the kick off presentation.

Photo Credit: Adrienne Mims, MD

Photo Credit: AAFP Board Chair Reid Blackwelder, MD

Primary Care Progress (PCP) is a non-profit organization working to revitalize the primary care system and build a new interprofessional generation of leaders in primary care. PCP is harnessing a student-led grassroots mobilization strategy, teaching students and other trainees skills in leadership, innovation, and advocacy so they can launch local campaigns to promote primary care, advance innovations in care delivery, and accelerate educational reform. PCP is made up of a network of 51 chapters and thousands of members across the country representing all primary care professions, including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work.

For more information about PCP go to

Students and Residents: Make Your Mark on Family Medicine at the National Level

Now is the time for students and residents to plan their next step to develop professionally and personally, and to get more exposure to family medicine outside the walls of your institution. Apply now for a national family medicine leadership position.

All it takes is a little passion, curiosity, and the realization that they can make a difference in the future of health care. In this video they can hear from the current resident and student leaders about their leadership experiences.

Find details and application materials for all the available leadership positions.

We’re looking for:

  • Residents and students to serve on AAFP commissions, teams, and task forces for the 2016 term. Applications are due September 8 for the following positions:
    • AAFP Commission Members
    • FMIG Network Regional Coordinators (students only)
    • Student Liaison to the Student National Medical Association
    • AAFP Tobacco Prevention and Control Committee

Don’t miss the chance to take advantage of these opportunities!