Georgia Academy of Family Physicians
2019 Student Award Winners
Congratulations to the 2019 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:
Mr. Michael Land, a student from Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM), Macon Campus, was nominated by Drs. Monique Davis-Smith, Program Director and Department Chair, Harry S. Strothers. He has been accepted and enrolled in Medical Center Navicent Health Family Medicine Residency Program. Michael is the first student from the MUSM Macon campus to graduate in three years through the Accelerated Track Program and enter into the MCNH Family Medicine Residency. His other student activities include the Diversity in Medicine Interest Group-where he served as Treasurer; President, Genders and Sexuality Alliance, Treasurer of the Family Medicine Interest Group; President of the Kappa Mu Alumni Association (Honorary Society for college band members); and a member of the University of Georgia Alumni Pep Band.
Ms. Macy McNair, 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. Macy was very active during her medical school career at Morehouse. She served as the Student Government Association President for the Class of 2019 and was the FMIG 1st and 3rd year liaison as well as an FMIG Ambassador. She also proudly served as a Student Director of the GAFP’s Board of Directors. Ms. McNair is known for greeting people with a bright smile and always offering a helping hand to students, administrators and faculty/staff.
Mr. Joseph Coppiano, a student from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, was nominated by Dr. David Kreigel. Joseph served as Academic House Senator and was Education and Advocacy chair for the Latinio Medical School Association. He also served as the clinic supplies and lab coordinator for the student run free clinic, Clinica Latina. His outgoing and friendly personality made it easy to see that Joseph cares about people and enjoyed being helpful to his fellow medical students, faculty, and patients. He has served on several committees during his medical school tenure of particular note was his work with the tissue and MSK system module and the Augusta University High School Academy. He has been active in GAFP activities since 2017 and plans to continue his involvement as a resident at the Medical College of Georgia Augusta University Family Medicine Residency Program.
Ms. Jordan Moss, a student from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Georgia was nominated by Dr. Michael Sampson and has been accepted into the Floyd Family Medicine Residency Program in Rome. Ms. Moss was very active during her medical school career at PCOM where she served as the President of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians chapter. She is dedicated to practicing primary care in underserved areas with a focus on preventative medicine in adolescents and other at-risk populations.