Archive for July, 2019

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians: 2019 Student Award Winners

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.

Potential New Member Benefit – Group 401K Retirement Plan

To:       Georgia Academy of Family Physician Members – Life, Active, Supporting and Residents

From:  Donald L. Fordham, MD, FAAFP – President

Re:  Potential New Member Benefit – Group Retirement Plan

The leadership of the Georgia Academy are constantly seeking ways to support our members with ongoing benefits to enhance your practice, career and support your patients.  We would appreciate your participation in this survey, if you have a retirement plan, would like to participate in a retirement plan – and would like to reduce costs and administrative hassle by joining forces in a multiple employer plan.

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is considering establishing a Multiple Employer 401(k) Plan or MEP for its members who are business owners.  The goal of the GAFP MEP would be to allow Academy members to join forces to:

– Simplify plan administration
– Lower record-keeping costs by combining assets with other members plans
– Reduce fiduciary liability by using 3rd party plan level fiduciaries for investment selection and monitoring as well some administrative functions.
– A MEP with a larger asset base would potentially have access to investment options not available to smaller retirement plans

In order to see if a Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Multiple Employer 401(k) Plan would be viable we are collecting some additional information from our members. Please complete the following survey by July 22nd  so our Board will have the information it needs to pursue this further.  If you have already responded – no need to complete the 3 minute survey again.

Click Here to Complete Survey.

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Dr. Natalie Britt Wins Double Award from the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians

Pictured: Dr. Keith Ellis and Dr. Natalie Britt

Dr. Natalie Britt Wins Double Award from the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians

Congratulations to Dr. Natalie Britt, Chief Resident, Savannah Family Medicine Residency Program Memorial Hospital, for being chosen as the 2019 Dr. Keith Ellis Resident Scholarship Award winner as well as the 2019 Resident of the Year Award from the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians.

These prestigious awards recognize the individual efforts of family medicine residents who demonstrate leadership and academic skills, participate in professional affairs, and contribute positively to the community. Dr. Britt exhibits exemplary leadership skills within the residency program, her local community as well as provides dedicated service to the American Academy of Family Physicians as a Resident Delegate and Resident Member of the Commission on Education.

Dr. Britt received notification of her awards at a reception hosted by Dr. Robert Pallay, Program Director, Savannah Family Medicine Residency Program Memorial Medical Center in June. On a special note, Dr. Keith Ellis, for whom the Keith Ellis Resident Scholarship Award was named, was in attendance and helped congratulate Dr. Britt on her awards.

We look forward to many more years of commitment and leadership from Dr. Britt!

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Awards $25,000 in Second Cycle Community Health Grants to Support Local Health Projects 

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Awards $25,000 in Second Cycle Community Health Grants to Support Local Health Projects 

Final 2019 Grant Application Deadline is July 9th

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) awarded five Community Health Grant Award applicants a total of $25,000 in second cycle 2019 grants.  Grant awards were made to GAFP member affiliated community organizations that support GHFA program priorities including underserved populations and community programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of Family Medicine. The application deadline for third cycle 2019 grants is July 9, 2019.

Visit  for more information or to download the application. Second Cycle 2019 Community Health Grant Recipients are:

  1. Athens Nurses Clinic “Free From “C” Project,” $5,000 sponsored by Farris Johnson, MD                                                                                           

The Athens Nurses Clinic “Free from C” project identifies individuals who have been infected with hepatitis C in outreach populations (through a quick finger stick test) and in new patients to the clinic (through blood draws). Most outreach individuals and all clinic patients are uninsured and low income. Subsequent tests identify those still infected with the virus, tests of liver function, and evaluation of lifestyle identify those very likely to complete a 12-week course of drug treatment to cure the virus. Forty-three patients have been cured in the last 18 months. This program has had a significant impact on community health in underserved populations and has helped to restrict the spread of this disease.


  1. Free Clinic of Rome’s “I’d Like To Speak to The Manager” Project $5,000 sponsored by Leonard Reeves, MD

The Free Clinic of Rome’s “I’d Like To Speak to the Manager” project addresses the need to educate patients and at the same time continue to give them the tools to manage their own health and well-being. This is a continuum of the grant received from GHFA the past two years under the Log It-Learn It-Live It program.

Over sixty-five percent of clients consist of patients who were referred from area hospitals/emergency departments with a diagnosis of diabetes and/or hypertension. Since patients have no insurance (a criteria for enrolling) there is seldom a documented medical history to help establish any prior information or details of their diagnosis. Education regarding their diagnosis is usually minimal if at all. This grant provides patients with a means to measure blood pressure and/or blood glucose at home on a consistent basis by providing them with home monitors/supplies and a log in which to keep record of the results daily.  Physicians would then have much more detailed daily history to assess when patients come for appointments and are able to adjust medications according to an extensive history versus one measurement taken the day of visit or what the patient can remember.


  1. Dahlonega Community Helping Place “Free Medical and Dental Clinic” Project $5,000 sponsored by Allison Turk, MD

The Community Helping Place seeks to address the dilemma of Appalachian poverty and break the cycle of generational poverty. They provide basic needs to their clients, including emergency assistance and food as well as prevention, care, and treatment to medical and dental patients without insurance. The Free Medical Clinic has been providing care since 2008 and has recently expanded services to cover Women’s Health for existing patients. The clinic has a provider in place and has secured volunteer services from two nurse practitioners from University of North Georgia. They will be collaborating with the Women’s Health Clinic to provide testing and treatment of gynecological issues. Sixty-five percent of the clinic’s client population is female.

The Free Dental Clinic provides professional dental care to uninsured Lumpkin County residents. Each patient receives needed antibiotics, dental exams, x-rays, cleanings, needed extractions, and customized treatment plans.


  1. Adult Disability Medical Home (ADMH) Marietta “Get Fit and Be Healthy Project” $5,000sponsored by Andrea Videlefsky, MD

Over the past two years the Adult Disability Medical Home has expanded their patient population to include multiple complex developmental disabilities including Autism, Fragile X, Microcephaly, and Cerebral Palsy, and piloted a program called Get Fit and Be Healthy (GFBH) which includes group visits, nutrition, exercise and health education. The program was successful in providing health and nutrition information with 78% of patients losing weight in just 3 months.

The 2019-2020 program will expand to serve an additional 16 individuals and their caregivers. One of the most exciting expansion plans is to include patient graduates of the Get Fit and Be Healthy Project as leaders and role models in future GFBH sessions for new participants.  The ADMH also hopes to include individuals with disabilities who do not necessarily meet the definition of BMI obesity levels, but who need guidance and education regarding healthy eating, cooking, lifestyle and shopping habits that will help to improve their overall health status. These are important guidelines in transitioning and maintaining independence in one’s own community.


  1. Shifa Clinic Athens “Free Community Flu Vaccines and Cardiac Screening for High Risk Population” Project $5,000 sponsored by Irshad Syed, MD

Athens Clarke County is one of the poorest counties in the country and there are many medically uninsured people who lack access to basic medical care. Shifa Clinic Athens, a project of ICNA Relief USA, a 501(c) non-profit organization, has been reaching out to the underserved population of Athens-Clarke county for the last 2 years and providing essential medical care to them. Many patients suffer from hypertension and other cardiac-related issues.  However, due to resource constraints, Shifa Clinic has been unable to provide essential cardiac screening and evaluation to these patients. Funding for this project will provide free flu vaccines to more than 100 children, women, and men for the 2019-20 flu season and enable Shifa Clinic to buy an EKG machine which will facilitate cardiac screening/evaluating services to about 70 members of the community within the year.

GHFA Awards Disaster Relief Grant to GAFP Member Impacted by March 3rd Tornado

GHFA Awards Disaster Relief Grant to GAFP Member Impacted by March 3rd Tornado

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) Board of Trustees recently awarded a Disaster Relief Grant to GAFP Member Dr. Daniel Kosobucki Jr. after a tornado touched down in Waverly Hall, GA on March 3, 2019. The tornado caused extensive damage to Dr. Kosobucki’s property, and grant funds will be used to mitigate a portion of Dr. Kosobucki’s losses including time away from his practice.

GHFA’s Disaster Relief Fund was established in 2007 to assist two family physicians who lost their practices when a tornado ripped through downtown Americus, GA. If you are aware of another GAFP member who sustained damage during a recent storm, please contact us at (404) 321-7445.  Either Kara Sinkule ( or Fay Fulton ( can assist you with completing the application. For more information visit