Archive for September, 2017

Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) Seeking Colleague to serve on Alliance Board of Trustees

A Message from GHFA President Dr. Evelyn Lewis & Clark:

Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) Seeking Colleague to serve on Alliance Board of Trustees

Looking for a way to be more involved with your Academy?  Want to give back but aren’t sure where to start? The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) is seeking an interested GAFP member to serve on the Alliance Board of Trustees beginning in 2018.

Formerly the Foundation of the GAFP, the Alliance was founded in 1987 and is the philanthropic arm of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. The mission of the Alliance is to enhance the well-being of Georgia citizens through education and outreach programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of family medicine.

Now, more than ever the Alliance needs family physicians who are excited about our future focusing on our Capital Campaign that will raise up to $3 million dollars.  This funding will allow the Alliance to have a full-time team dedicated to improving the health and welfare of our local communities in Georgia.

New Board members will serve four-year terms and will help guide and oversee GHFA projects including:

  1. The Community Health Grant Program— This award- winning (2015 AAFP Foundation “Program of the Year”) program awards grants to GAFP member affiliated projects addressing health care needs throughout Georgia. Since beginning this program three years ago, the Alliance has awarded over $160,000 to community projects in all corners of the state.
  1. Tar Wars, a tobacco education program, presented to more than 2,000 fourth and fifth graders in Georgia during last school year alone. Board members are expected to attend each of the GHFA meetings in 2018. Meetings are typically held in March, June, August, and November.

Thank you in advance for considering this leadership role. Interested members should fill out the form below by September 5th and e-mail it to  To learn more visit us on the web at

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Hurricane Irma – Disaster Relief for Your Office Available

To:          Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Colleagues

From:     Evelyn Lewis & Clark, MD – President, Georgia Health Family Alliance

RE:  Hurricane Irma – Disaster Relief Fund for Your Office Available

We are aware that Hurricane Irma hit hard on the low-lying areas of the Georgia coast.  Our thoughts and prayers are with those of you who evacuated and headed to dry land.

While our hope is that Irma caused minimal damage to our state – we want you to know that the Georgia Academy’s Foundation (Georgia Healthy Family Alliance) has a Disaster Relief Fund to help our members who may have experienced damage to their practice.  We established this fund in 2007 and were able to help two family physicians who lost their practices when a tornado ripped through downtown Americus.

We encourage everyone to be safe – but if you need assistance – don’t hesitate to contact either Kara Sinkule ( or Fay Fulton ( to fill out a simple grant application.

For state-related information on Hurricane Irma – click here:

Register Now!! GCT2 Monthly Webinar: Healthier Patients, Improved Star Ratings: What Medication Synchronization Can Do for Your Patients and Your Pharmacy Business Wednesday, September 27th

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, Healthier Patients, Improved Star Ratings: What Medication Synchronization Can Do for Your Patients and Your Pharmacy Business, will be held on September 27th at 12:30 pm with Bri Morris, PharmD, Director, Strategic Initiatives National Community Pharmacists Association.  From this webinar, you’ll learn more about the ‘med sync’ program and how it can help improve patient outcomes; how a ‘med sync’ program can positively affect pharmacy operations; and the staffing/workflow considerations needed to begin a ‘med sync’ program.

Please click the link to register for the September 27th webinar.


Register Now for Big Savings

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) invites you to take advantage of the early registration discount for the 2017 Annual Scientific Assembly to be held Wednesday, October 25th – Saturday, October 28th, at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta Hotel!  This is a friendly reminder that the early registration price ends Monday, September 11th.

This year’s meeting will cover current topics and workshops that highlight conditions and diseases affecting 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. The complete schedule, with CME lectures and social events, is available online. View the 2017 Preliminary Annual Meeting Agenda (updated weekly)

In addition to CME, GAFP will offer four Knowledge Self-Assessment Modules (KSA’s) on:

  • Well Child Care
  • Health Behavior
  • Medical Genomics
  • Heart Failure

We are offering a reduced rate for GAFP members for the KSA’s modules at the meeting (ABFM fees not included). KSAs fulfill your Part II Requirement from ABFM towards your recertification; be sure to register early as the KSAs sessions sell out very quickly!

To register go to and click the registration banner on the home page or call the GAFP office at 800-392-3841 to register by phone.

Rates at the Westin Buckhead begin at $180. For reservations call 404-365-0065 or 800-253-1397. Request the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians room block-available until October 3, 2017. To make reservations online click here 2017 GAFP Scientific Assembly. GAFP rates are automatically applied.

If you have any questions about the meeting schedule, registration or other concerns, please contact me at or at 800-392-3841.

P.S.  Register for the Annual Scientific Assembly by September 11th, save money, and ensure that you receive much needed CME credits (up to 55.5 AAFP Prescribed credits)!

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2017 Annual Research Poster Competition

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is seeking submissions for the Annual Research Poster Competition to be held Friday, October 27, 2017, during the GAFP’s Annual Scientific Assembly.

Submissions from Pathway to Medical School Pre-med students and GAFP members who are medical students, residents and practicing physicians/fellows are welcome.

Posters presented may be research results, case reports, summer projects, or educational projects.  Posters may address any topic relevant to family medicine.  Submissions must be original work not yet published or presented at regional or national meetings.  However, concurrent (2017) submissions to other conferences such as NAPCRG and STFM are encouraged.  Medical student projects previously presented at medical schools or on student “Research Days” are accepted.

How to Submit Your Poster Information:

Please visit the GAFP website and access the Poster Competition information by clicking on the Education tab, then selecting the 2017 Research Poster Competition link.  Complete the entry form and submit it back to Angela Flanigan at by Friday, September 29th with a copy of your project abstract and an electronic copy of your poster.

Poster Acceptance Notification:

Competition finalists will be notified via email no later than Friday, October 13th.

During the Competition:

Posters will be judged at the time of presentation at the Annual Meeting on Friday, October 27 from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.  The review will focus on the Significance of findings for practicing family physicians; Quality of presentation of findings; and, Quality of methods used to generate findings.

Winners will be announced immediately after the competition in the Social and Information Hub.

After the Competition:

Awards up to $500 will be awarded to the winning outstanding pre-med student(s), medical student(s), and resident(s). The winning practicing physician/fellow will receive a recognition award. Monetary and recognition awards will be sent to the winners within two weeks after the meeting. Please note, if there are multiple presenters for a winning poster, they will share the award equally.

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For more information, please contact Angela Flanigan (800) 392-3841 or