Archive for August, 2017

Register Now!! GCT2 Monthly Webinar: Opioid Safety and the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain– Wednesday, August 23rd at 12:30

The GAFP serves as a partner of the Georgia Clinical Transformation Team (GCT2), a coalition of organizations who have aligned programs and services dedicated to connecting and collaborating to lead Georgia providers in transforming healthcare using technology and quality improvement processes.

The GAFP coordinates and hosts 30-minute monthly webinars on topics that foster collaboration on practice quality improvement, facilitated efforts around cardiac care, diabetes management, motivational interviewing, behavioral health, and medication adherence. These educational CME webinars offer a streamlined, comprehensive approach to services that are needed and accessible to clinicians.

This month’s webinar, Opioid Safety and the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, will be held on August 23rd at 12:30 pm with Mike Crooks of Alliant Quality.  From this webinar, you’ll learn how to recognize the 12 recommendations of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain; calculate Morphine Milligram Equivalents (MME) to compare potencies of opioid therapies; and describe opioid medication management best practices to reduce the risk of harm.

Can’t attend live? Register anyway and we will send you the link to our website once it’s been posted.

Please click the link to register for the August 23rd webinar.



The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) recently announced the “Your Giving is Great Medicine” 2017 Capital Campaign Leadership Cabinet

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) recently announced the “Your Giving is Great Medicine” 2017 Capital Campaign Leadership Cabinet led by Campaign Chair Dr.  Loy “Chip” Cowart of Statesboro, Ga.  The Campaign Leadership Cabinet is a group of GAFP leaders whose objective is to support the campaign’s mission of raising $4 million to fulfill GHFA’s mission to enhance the well-being of Georgians through educational and outreach programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of family medicine. Funds raised during the five-year capital campaign will allow GHFA to increase and expand the nationally recognized Community Health Grant program which has awarded more than $160,000 in grants to 38 GAFP members and their teams to support community health projects in all corners of Georgia since 2012.

The 2017 “Your Giving is Great Medicine” Campaign Leadership Cabinet is:

  • 2017 Chair: Loy “Chip” Cowart, MD- Statesboro, GA
  • Dr. Mike Busman- Americus, GA                                                                 
  • Dr. Evelyn Lewis & Clark- Newnan, GA                                                             
  •  Dr. Patrick “P.J.” Lynn- Rome, GA                                                         
  • Dr. Eddie Richardson- Eatonton, GA                                                                    
  • Dr. Mitzi Rubin- Atlanta, GA                                                                              
  •  Dr. George Shannon- Dadeville, AL                                                                        
  • Dr. Collyn Steele- Mcdonough, GA                                                                   
  • Dr. Harry Strothers- Macon, GA
  • Dr. Rick Wherry- Dahlonega, GA

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance is the philanthropic arm of the GAFP and a networking member of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. The Alliance is a charitable public foundation recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization and is thereby eligible to receive grants and tax deductible contributions. For more information, visit

Register Now!! October 25-28 Annual Scientific Meeting

Attend the Georgia Academy of Family Physician’s Annual Scientific Assembly. With an earlier date, this year’s four-day conference will be held at The Westin Buckhead October 25th-28th and will offer up to 42 AAFP Prescribed credits and up to 24 AMA PRA Category 1 credits for attendees. This educational activity was developed for family physicians, and the information is appropriate for other primary care clinicians, and office staff interested in improving patient care. Upon completion of the activity, participants should be able to 1) identify family medicine practices that are relevant to the well-being of their patient population; 2) recognize and describe current diseases, and offer proper diagnosis, management and treatment options to patients and their families; and 3) apply evidence-based treatments to effectively manage patient care.

This year’s meeting will cover current topics and workshops that highlight conditions and diseases that affect our communities.  We will have a lecture track devoted to medical home readiness, a domestic partner abuse track, and a workshop focused on behavioral health.  Additionally, we will offer small group learning sessions focused on physician wellness.

We will also provide four Knowledge Self-Assessment Modules (KSAs), formerly known as SAMs, on Heart Failure, Well Child Care, Health Behaviors and Medical Genomics. In addition to lecture tracks and workshops, there is education on diabetes, population health, cancer screenings, opioid abuse and the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.  There is something for everyone who attends the meeting.

Conference activities also include the All GAFP Member Party, which is open to everyone whether you are attending the Scientific Assembly or not, celebrating the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance’s (GHFA) “Your Giving is Great Medicine” Capital Campaign Kick Off. “BBQ and Boots” attire is encouraged as we kick off the Capital Campaign with a night of Southern Fare and Country Karaoke! Don’t miss out! Click here to learn more

For meeting information and registration, visit the GAFP’s website at If you have any questions, call the GAFP at 1-800-392-3841.

Georgia Dreams Big at the National Conference for Students and Residents

Georgia, along with family medicine residency programs from twenty-five additional states, set up decorative booths at the Kansas City Convention Center July 27th-29th to attract medical student candidates to Georgia to attend their residency in our state.  Current residents from our programs were there to offer information and share their passion for family medicine with medical students, who were excited and energetic about family medicine and the future.  The steady stream of medical students visiting the Georgia programs was non-stop for three days, and our programs engaged with hundreds of prospective applicants where they united to create a strong presence to the students.

In addition, we had representation in both the resident and student categories.  Drs. Monique Merritt-Atkins from the Morehouse School of Medicine Program in Atlanta and Jessica Brumfield from the Georgia South Family Medicine Residency at Colquitt Regional Medical Center in Moultrie, two of our resident Board members, were our delegate and alternate respectively. Alayna Dukes from the Mercer University in Macon, served as our student delegate.

The total conference attendance was 5,100, a record high composed of 1,147 Residents and 1,691 Students. A total of 30 resolutions were submitted.

SPECIAL NEWS: Natalie Britt, MD (Savannah) was elected as one of the two National Resident Alternate Delegates to the AAFP Congress of Delegates for 2017-2018!  Congratulations to Dr. Britt!

Chetan Patel, MD and Natalie Britt, MD pictured celebrating Dr. Britt’s win!

A message from Natalie Britt, MD: “What a privilege to attend the national conference again this year! It was an incredibly enriching and inspiring week. The energy and enthusiasm for family medicine is palpable, and I feel blessed to have taken part.  The opportunity to run for resident alternate delegate to the Congress of Delegates was especially exciting for me this year.  Seeing democracy at work as we advocate for our patients opened my eyes to the importance of being involved with public policy. I am very honored to serve my fellow residents over the next year, and I look forward to being more involved with the Georgia Academy as well”.







Chetan Patel, M.D., of the Columbus Regional Medical Center in Columbus authored a resolution on a topic that causes many residents a good deal of stress: personal finance. Dr. Patel asked the AAFP to include an educational session on personal finance at future National Conferences, which would be taught by a certified financial planner.

Another event that occurred at the AAFP National Conference is the Primary Care Leadership Collaborative (PCLC). Jamal Lawrence, MD – PGY-2 at Savannah Family Medicine Residency Program – is a coach for 2 of the FMIGs in the pilot program. Dr. Lawrence was selected to be a coach from a large group of resident and early career physician applicants.  He received extra training in June through Primary Care Progress to become a coach. Family Medicine Interest Groups (FMIG’s) Mercer Savannah Campus was selected from an applicant pool of 25 FMIGs that applied to be one of the 13 FMIGs in the program.  The student leader FMIG team members are Courtney Stone (M1), Tara Keil (M2), Ashley Hampton (M2), and Laurel Duvall (M4).

Our student delegate, Alayna Dukes, MPH, reported that she enjoyed lectures and a biopsy workshop designed to improve clinical knowledge and skills along with enjoying many opportunities to converse with students, residents, and physicians all excited about the “Family Medicine Revolution.”

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Alayna Dukes, MPH (Student Delegate) Monique Merritt-Atkins, MD (Resident Delegate) Jessica Brumsfield, DO (Resident Delegate) and Chetan Patel, MD (Resident Alternate Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates for 2016-2017).