Archive for April, 2017

Mercer University-Macon hosts Suture Clinic

Mercer University School of Medicine’s Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) in Macon, under Faculty Advisor Dr. Harry Strothers, hosted a Suture Clinic for forty first and second year medical students with the support of upper level students, Family Medicine Department staff, and Navicent Family Medicine Residents and Faculty.  First and second year students learned the basics of using a scalpel and correct technique for stitching basic wounds.  Given the event’s popularity, Mercer Family Medicine Department used a points system to select participates. Students applied for a spot using a Google form. The event was made possible through AAFP and GAFP funding and support.

Third Year Medical Students:

Katie Rhoades

Sebastian Hyman

Deanna Joe

Fourth Year Medical Students:

T.J. Bergman


Sarah Choo-Yick, MD

Shayan Zafrani, MD


Hugh McLaurin, MD

Harry Strothers, MD

Patrick Roche, MD

David Burtner, MD


GHFA Community Health Grant Award Spotlight on: My Team Triumph, Georgia and Mercer School of Medicine at Columbus

MyTeam Triumph – Georgia Chapter” is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Columbus, Georgia and staffed by 3rd and 4th year Mercer medical students. The organization provides physically-limited children, adults, and veterans, or “Captains,” opportunities to participate in endurance races throughout several communities in Georgia with the assistance of specialized wheelchairs and teams of able-bodied runners, or “Angels.”   Their mission is “to enhance the health and well-being of individuals with physical-limitations by fostering lasting, authentic relationships through the teamwork environment of endurance athletes,” said fourth year Mercer medical student and My Team Triumph- Georgia Chapter Executive Director Kristen Kettelhut.

My Team Triumph-Georgia recently received a $5,000 Community Health Grant Award to purchase two ADA-approved Axiom Racing Wheelchairs to expand the reach of My Team Triumph to communities throughout Georgia. The wheelchairs will feature both Georgia Healthy Family Alliance and Georgia Academy of Family Physicians logos.








Currently, the primary impacted populations are children and adults with physical limitations, their families, and the Angels serving as their legs. Since December 2015, My Team Triumph has influenced 26 Captains, over 50 family members, and over 75 Angels. Additionally, each race they participate in draws more publicity and community support as thousands of individuals see the teams progress from starting line to finish line.  With the expansion to 10 races on the schedule this year, they plan to serve over 50 Captains, at least 150 Angels, family members, and thousands of race day participants and bystanders.









A Team Triumph Captain greets members of the military attending the recent Soldier Marathon.

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) is currently accepting applications for the second cycle of the 2017 Community Health Grant Awards. More than $28,000 was awarded during the first grant cycle of 2017. Grant awards of up to $5,000 are made to GAFP member affiliated charitable organizations that support GHFA program priorities including underserved populations and outreach programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of family medicine. Current GAFP members including medical students, residents and active/ life members are eligible to apply. The application deadline for second cycle 2017 awards is May 14th. Second cycle grant awards will be announced in June 2017.  Visit  to download the 2017 application or view a list of previously funded grant projects.

Upcoming webinars for you and your staff!

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is bringing you webinars with key information that is vital to Georgia’s family physicians and your patient population.  These educational CME webinars offer a streamlined, comprehensive approach to services that are needed and accessible to clinicians. Please register and plan on participating to hear the latest updates.

The Hypertensive Burden in African Americans: Reaching a Community in Crisis – April 26th from 12:30 pm- 1:00 pm

Please click the link to register for the April 26th webinar.

GA HIV/Syphilis Pregnancy Screening Act of 2015 – April 26thfrom 1:15 pm- 2:15 pm

Please click the link to register for the April 26th webinar.

Adult Disability Medical Home (ADMH) – Transitioning from pediatric to adult healthcare – May 24, 1:15 pm- 2:15 pm

Please click the link to register for the May 24th webinar.

Spring Cleaning– How Family Physicians Can Ease the Child Dental Crisis in Georgia­– May 31, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Please click the link to register for the May 31st webinar. 

Earn up to 35 CME Credits at the GAFP Summer Family Medicine Weekend!


The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) would like to invite you to the Summer Family Medicine CME Weekend, scheduled for June 8-11, 2017 at the Wild Dunes Resort located on the Isle of Palms, SC.  Come earn up to 35 CME credits while basking in the sun and sand!

Over the course of the three-day meeting, there is a robust selection of clinical topics including:  Vitamin Deficiencies, Treating IBS, Burn Care Management, Dementia and much more!  We also balance the CME sessions with family and beach activities. Join us on Friday, June 9th from 4:30pm-6:30pm to Go Fly a Kite with us!

Click here to register! Additionally, you can always call the GAFP office at 1-800-392-3841 to register by phone. The agenda is updated weekly at

Registration Now for the 2017 Summer Family Medicine Weekend and Save Big!!!

Have you registered for the GAFP Summer Family Medicine Weekend yet? Don’t miss your chance to SAVE BIG, member only rate of $320 to earn up to 35 CME* credits!  Join your colleagues at the Summer Family Medicine Weekend, scheduled for June 8-11, 2017 at the Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms, SC.

In addition to multiple social events, we will offer the latest updates on clinical topics including: Treating IBS, Vitamin Deficiencies, Dementia, and much more!  We also balance the CME sessions with family and beach activities.  The full agenda is available to preview at

To register, click here and then follow the registration link, or you can always call GAFP offices at 800-392-3841 to register by phone.

If you have any questions about the meeting schedule, registration or other concerns, feel free to contact me at or Ciera Mitchell at

* Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians Determination of credit is pending