Archive for June, 2018

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians 2018 Student Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients of the T. A. Sappington Award. This prestigious award is given to student members who have demonstrated their commitment to family medicine by choosing to attend a Georgia Family Medicine Residency Program.  We had a strong year with many of our graduates electing to remain in Georgia for residency.

This year we recognize:


Ms. Suzanne Abbasi, a student from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta, was nominated by Dr. David Kriegel.  She has been accepted and enrolled in MCG Family Medicine Residency Program at Augusta University.  Suzanne has led FMIG workshops and actively advocates for the patient through the college’s advocacy program.  She regularly volunteers and has also participated in past GAFP student activities.


Ms. Chivon Stubbs, a student from Morehouse School of Medicine, was nominated by Dr. Dolapo Babalola.  She has been accepted into the Morehouse School of Medicine Residency Program.  Chivon has served as the senior director at MSM’s HEAL Clinic, as the student representative for STFM MSE Collaborative Steering Committee, and as the Chair of MSM’s Curriculum Committee.  She has volunteered for Hosea Feed the Hungry and served as a part of the street medicine team for Mercy Care. Chivon also served as a GAFP Student Board Member and served on the Student and Resident Recruitment Committee.


Ms. Sarah Dupont, a student from Emory University, was nominated by Dr. Emily Herndon.  It was noted that she has always been interested in primary care and has been a member of the FMIG her entire matriculation at Emory University.  She has been accepted into the Emory University Family Medicine Residency Program.  Ms. Dupont was the winner of the prestigious McGowan Family Scholarship, awarded to one exemplary MD/MPH candidate each year and served as a gifted teacher having taught as a medical student guest lecturer, M3 Peer lecturer and a finalist in Emory’s Student Teaching Competition. Ms. Dupont’s deep faith and compassion drives much of her volunteer work both at Emory and in the community, including her work as an English tutor and Refugee Family Mentor, and Clinic Volunteer with Kenya Partners and the South Georgia Farmworker Project.  Ms. Dupont has served on the GAFP’ Legislative Committee and as a student member of the GAFP Board of Directors.

FREE WEBINAR!! Choosing Quality Measures to Maximize your MIPS Quality Score


Choosing Quality Measures to Maximize your MIPS Quality Score

July 17, 2018

12pm – 1pm

Registration is now open!

Choosing Quality Measures to Maximize your MIPS Quality Score

Registration: Please follow this link to register.

We are exciting to announce a free web-based educational opportunity for you on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 17, 2018 from 12 – 1 pm.

At the end of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Participants will understand the major changes in reporting and scoring for the 2018 Performance Year of the Quality Payment Program
  • Participants will understand the benchmarks of measures and how these benchmarks affect the Quality Score
  • Participants will understand how to obtain bonus points under the quality category



Deputy Director Population Health QIN-QIO

Alliant Health Solutions

Can’t Listen Live?  Register anyway – and we’ll send you the link once it’s posted on our website

All interested stakeholders are welcome, so please feel free to share this information. If you have any questions, please contact Angela Flanigan at or 404-321-7445.

CME Information:

AMA Credit: The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Gwinnett Medical Center’s Strickland Family Medicine Residency Program Awarded $5000 For Patient Hypertension Management Initiative

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) recently awarded Dr. Kristen McDermott, a resident in Gwinnett Medical Centers’ Strickland Family Medicine Residency program a $5,000 community health grant for a Hypertension Initiative project to improve management of hypertension in 80% of the Strickland Family Medicine Clinic’s patient population by providing blood pressure cuffs at no cost over the next year.

The Alliance is the philanthropic arm of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. Our nationally recognized Community Health Grant Program exists to support and create momentum in an area of need and provide vital funds for family physician sponsored healthcare projects across Georgia.  Since launching the program in 2012, the Alliance has awarded 50 charitable organizations more than $222,000.  The deadline to submit third cycle grant applications is July 9th. To download the application or learn more visit

Gwinnett Family Medicine Residency program director Dr. Kevin Johnson (Front Row 2nd from R) and Family Medicine Resident Dr. Kristen McDermott (Front Row 4th from L) are pictured with GHFA Director of Philanthropy Amy Turner (Front Row 3rd from L)

Medical Students – Medical Association of Georgia Abstract Competition

2018 MAG Student Abstract Competition Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) will host a Student Abstract Competition for medical students at their House of Delegates meeting this year. The competition will take place at the Jekyll Island Convention Center on Saturday, October 20.

The competition will have four categories, including basic science/bench work, clinical research, public health, and case studies.

One winner will be selected in each category, and the winning abstracts will be published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia. Every student will also be given the opportunity to participate in a “Best Pitch Competition,” where they will have 45 seconds to “pitch” a panel of physician judges. The winner of this competition will be featured on MAG’s website.

The deadline to submit an abstract for consideration is Monday, September 10. Students can submit an abstract using the link provided: Contact Renai Lilly  or 678-303-9263 directly with questions related to the competition.