Archive for January, 2018

Volunteer Now to Attend AAFP Leadership Development Meeting

Attention GAFP Members: Leadership Development Meeting – Join Us – Travel Stipend Available 

AAFP Leadership Conference – April 26-28, 2017 (preconference April 25) – Kansas City, Missouri Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

To: GAFP Colleagues

From: Loy D. “Chip” Cowart, MD, FAAFP – President

If you want to get more involved in your state and national academies, being a delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Annual Chapter Leadership Forum (ACLF) and the National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) is the perfect opportunity.

Join your Georgia colleagues and network with over 300 family physician leaders from around the country at this vibrant meeting! April 26-28, 2018 (optional preconference April 25) – Kansas City, Missouri.

Join your colleagues at the Annual Chapter Leader Forum and National Conference of Constituency Leaders. Whether you’re seeking professional development, leadership development, or a voice in policy development, the AAFP Leadership Conference is the place to network, learn, and train with hundreds of current and aspiring leaders in family medicine.

Three-plus days of training. Two dynamic tracks. One focus: LEADERSHIP.

The Annual Chapter Leader Forum (ACLF) is the AAFP’s leadership development program for chapter elected leaders, aspiring leaders, and chapter staff.

  • Discover solutions to chapter challenges.
  • Learn from your colleagues.
  • Strengthen relationships with peers and AAFP leaders.
  • Refine leadership skills.
  • Develop new leaders.

The National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) is the AAFP’s premier policy and leadership development event for underrepresented constituencies.

  • Create powerful platforms for change and influence AAFP policies.
  • Inspire yourself, your colleagues, and other AAFP members.
  • Lead the way for progress and improvement.
  • Voice your unique perspective and opinion with others who share common interests.
  • Build leadership skills to use in your practice and community.

At NCCL, you will elect national officers, gain and enhance skills to become an articulate policy advocate and an effective leader, and meet others who share similar interests. Chapter delegates participate in all NCCL-specific business functions and have the opportunity to attend a variety of educational breakout sessions each day as well. If you are chosen to be a GAFP representative to ACLF or NCCL, the Georgia Academy will reimburse your travel expenses up to $800 – $1,000*. (with the submission of an expense report and receipts).

*This travel stipend typically does not cover the cost of the entire meeting which is between $1,000 – $1,300. If you are interested as serving as a delegate to ACLF or NCCL please email ffulton@gafp.org and make a brief statement of your interest no later than Friday, February 2nd. All nominees will be notified in mid-February in time to register for the “early bird” AAFP registration discount. If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Fay Fulton (ffulton@gafp.org) or call 800.392.3841.

Visit the AAFP for more detail: https://www.aafp.org/events/aclf-nccl.html

Final Call for 2018 Committee Appointments – Slots Filling Up

This is the final call for GAFP members to participate in our committee system for the year.  The following slots are still available:

Bylaws Committee (11 family physicians, 1 resident and 1 student), Chair: Alice House MD, Vice Chair: Howard McMahan MD:  This committee will review governance issues and review any needed bylaws changes.  Bylaws changes must be sent to the general membership for review and approved by the GAFP Congress of Delegates.  Typically, only meets once in March.

Education and Research Committee (1 student member), Chair: Theresa Jacobs MD, Vice Chair: Ken Howard MD: This committee is responsible for all the educational activities of the Georgia Academy, including the annual and summer meeting, as well as our national GO! Diabetes project and the education for the Patient Centered Medical Home University.

Finance Committee (10 family physicians and 1 student), Chair: Sharon Rabinovitz MD (Treasurer), Vice Chair: Christina Kelly MD: This committee reviews the financials including staff benefits and the budget. It also makes recommendations to the Board on financial policies.

Legislative Committee (4 family physician and 1 resident) Co-Chairs: Bruce LeClair MD and Richard Wherry MD: This committee oversees all advocacy and legislative activities and recommends action to the Board to assure representation of family medicine and our patients.

State Legislative Session Working Group (unlimited members): This working group will meet weekly by phone from January – March to review the policy priorities of the Georgia Academy along with receiving updates on the activities of the Georgia General Assembly. Areas of focus will include the State Budget (Medicaid, Public Health), Tort Reform, Insurance Initiatives, Public Safety, Medical Education, Georgia Board Physician Workforce Funding of Family Medicine Residency Programs and Scope of Practice.

Membership Services Committee (4 family physicians, 1 resident and 1 student), Chair: Michelle Cooke MD, Vice Chair: Ivy Smith MD: This committee has the responsibility for membership recruitment and retention, overview of leadership development, as well as, for all local and national award nominations. This committee is also tasked with monitoring the communications to our members.

Practice Management Committee (4 family physicians), Chair: Jay Goberdhan MD, Vice Chair: Michael Satchell MD: The Practice Management Committee monitors insurance policies and issues that affect the business of family medicine. It also works on practice transformation and the patient centered medical home. The committee is continually monitoring new payment models and works to educate our membership on patient centered medical home, accountable care organizations, Medical Advantage plans and other business models.

Public Health Committee (2 family physicians), Chair: Jay Floyd MD, Vice Chair: Sherma Peter MD: This committee works to improve the health and welfare of our state’s citizens by assisting Georgia’s Department of Public Health in their mission. The Georgia Academy has an ongoing contractual relationship with the Department of Public Health that is overseen by this committee.

Student and Resident Recruitment (1 student, Chair: Julie Dahl-Smith DO, Vice Chair: Kevin Johnson MD): This Committee promotes family medicine to our Georgia medical students, pre-medical and high school students as well as looks for areas to support family medicine physicians-in-training.

Please only volunteer to be nominated if you can attend either in person or by phone all 3 meetings in 2018.  Although several committees meet more than 3 times a year, here are the dates for the 2018 Committee Conclaves:

Saturday, March 3 – Atlanta, GA (Westin Atlanta Perimeter)

Thursday, June 14 – Amelia Island, FL (in conjunction with the GAFP Summer CME Meeting at Omni Amelia Island Resort)

Saturday, August 4 – Savannah, GA (Hyatt Regency Savannah)

We are only strong with many voices of family medicine working together.  The expectation is that each member selected for a committee will have the ability to 1) attend the three committee conclave meetings, 2) respond to emails, and 3) review committee materials and be ready to offer advice and guidance.

There will also be a Legislative Session Working Group that meets for a shorter time period (January-March 2018) to assist in Georgia Academy programs.

Committee Membership Application

______________________________________________________________________Name

I am a __________Medical Student __________Resident __________Family Physician

______________________________is the Committee I would like to serve on in 2018.

If I am not selected for my committee of choice. I would like to be considered for the _______________ Committee.

I would also like to volunteer for the Legislative Session Working Group: __________.

__________I can attend all 3 committee dates (either in person or by phone).

I cannot attend all three committee dates, I can attend __________of the meetings.

My talents and expertise that will assist the committee are:

 

Click here to download the form

Register Now for Day At the Capitol – Join Your Colleagues – Thursday, February 15

Plan to Attend the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Legislative Day at the Capitol! Meet your state legislators and top government officials and learn how the state government and legislature impacts your practice and family medicine in Georgia. Join us under the Gold Dome!

Who Should Attend: The meeting is open to all GAFP members – family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students. We will be joined at the meeting by our physician colleagues in internal medicine, ob/gynecology and pediatrics.

There are travel stipends available for family medicine residents and medical students who are AAFP/GAFP members.

Register Now- Legislative Day Flyer

Please register by January 22, 2018.

Deadline to Apply for First Cycle 2018 Funding is February 1st

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) is currently accepting applications for the first cycle of the 2018 Community Health Grant Awards. 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 first cycle 2018 awards is February 1st. First cycle grant awards will be announced in March 2018. The second cycle application deadline is May 14, 2018. Visit www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org/grants/  to download the 2018 application or view a list of previously funded grant projects.

Over the last five years, the Community Health Grant Program has given more than $160,000 in grants back to GAFP members, residency programs, FMIG groups and their communities including the Emory Family Medicine Residency Program’s SIMPACT project pictured below

Emory Residents Volunteering for SIMPACT

Even if you do not have a community health project that could benefit from a grant, please consider making a contribution so that the Alliance can continue to support these important and vital projects. All donations are tax deductible. Make your Alliance contribution easily online at www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org/donate/ or contact Alliance staff at ksinkule@gafp.org or calling (800) 392-3841.