Archive for May, 2018

REMINDER: 2018 GAFP Awards- DEADLINE Friday, May 4th!

The deadline for award nominations is Friday, May 4th !  We’d like you to think about honoring a fellow Georgia family physician, or a deserving student or resident in your program. Please help me and the rest of your Georgia family physicians in recognizing exemplary service to the profession of family medicine and contributions to our State, by nominating someone for one of the following awards:

GAFP Awards Deadline
Family Medicine Community and Volunteer Services Award May 4, 2018
Georgia Family Physician of The Year May 4, 2018
Family Medicine Educator of The Year May 4, 2018

The Membership Committee will nominate a slate to be approved by the Board of Directors, and presentation of the awards will be held during the 2018 GAFP Annual Meeting in November.

Many noteworthy colleagues may not have been considered for an award because they were not nominated.  To download an electronic copy of the awards nomination package, go to  New this year is that the documents are now in a pdf format that you can fill out and email back to GAFP, which makes it easier for you to complete the application.

The awards nomination package includes the awards and criteria, nomination forms and a list of past winners of each award.

If you have questions, please contact Angela Flanigan at 1-800-392-3841 or


Loy “Chip” D. Cowart, MD, FAAFP

President, Georgia Academy of Family Physicians

Member Access to March Board Minutes and Leadership Decisions

In an effort to keep GAFP members more informed of Board decisions, members can access the March Board minutes. Even though major activities tend to be reported in our newsletter, members may keep track of leadership decisions and adherence to the GAFP mission and strategic plan by reviewing quarterly Board minutes via a simple request to staff. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the GAFP Board minutes, please contact the staff by email at Only GAFP members have the privilege to review the GAFP’s Board of Director’s minutes.

GAFP Members in the News

The AAFP Foundation selects Nicholas Schoenmann and Kimberly Fordham to receive the 2018 AAFP Foundation Family Medicine Leads (FML) Emerging Leader Institute Scholarship… An emerging leader is an individual who has shown historical aptitude for leadership and has exhibited to others a strong potential for future leadership. Each recipient will participate in the FML Emerging Leader Institute in conjunction with National Conference in August. Mr. Schoenmann is a medical student at MCG- Athens and serves on the GAFP Board of Directors. Kimberly Fordham is a resident at the Savannah Residency Program. Congratulations Nicholas and Kimberly!

John Bucholtz, DO, Receives 2018 AAFP Nikitas J. Zervanos Outstanding Program Director Award

The Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors and the American Academy of Family Physicians named Dr. John Bucholtz as the Nikitas J. Zervanos Outstanding Program Director Award winner for 2018. This prestigious award each year recognizes a family medicine residency director who has made a significant national contribution to the specialty of family medicine.  The Georgia Academy nominated Dr. Bucholtz for this prestigious award and was the 2017 Georgia Academy’s Family Medicine Educator of the Year honoree.

Dr. John Bucholtz is well-regarded both locally and nationally in family medicine education. This is evident in his work at the Columbus Regional Family Medicine Residency Program in Columbus, Georgia where he has been Program Director and Director of Medical Education since 1993, roles he fills concurrently. This family medicine residency was one of the first “dually accredited” training programs. He has also served as medical director to the Three Rivers Area Health Education Center (AHEC) since 2002. He currently chairs Georgia’s Medical Education Advisory Committee where he makes recommendations to the Georgia legislature on medical education funding and workforce issues.

In 1998, Dr. Bucholtz was elected to the Board of Directors and served as President of AFMRD from 2001-2002. He also served a five-year term on the American Board of Family Medicine, where he was a member of the Executive Committee and Treasurer. He is currently finishing a six-year term as a member of the Family Medicine Review Committee of the ACGME.

Dr. Bucholtz is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and has been involved nationally with AAFP during his 32 years of membership. He has served as chair of the AAFP Commission on Education and as chair of the task force on residency education for the Future of Family Medicine 1.0 project. Dr. Bucholtz also served many years as one of Georgia’s two delegates to the AAFP Congress of Delegates.  Congratulations Dr. Bucholtz!

GHFA Seeking Second Cycle Community Health Grant Applications

Deadline to Apply for Second Cycle 2018 Funding is May 14th!

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) is currently accepting applications for the second cycle of the 2018 Community Health Grant Awards. Grant awards of up to $5,000 are made to GAFP member identified community health care needs. Current GAFP members including medical students, residents and active/ life members are eligible to apply. The application deadline for second cycle 2018 awards is May 14th. Second cycle grant awards will be announced in June 2018. Visit 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 awarded 45 grants totaling $198,245 to Georgia communities including the Mercer Medical Student myTeam Triumph project in Columbus pictured below:

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 these vital projects. All donations are tax deductible. Make your Alliance contribution easily online at or contact Alliance staff at or calling (800) 392-3841.