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Registration Now Open: GAFP Fall Family Medicine Weekend, November 14-16, 2019

The GAFP invites you to take advantage of an early registration discount for the 2019 GAFP Fall Family Medicine Weekend to be held Thursday, November 14- Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort in Stone Mountain!  Early registration is $445 for GAFP and AAFP members and covers up to 46 AAFP Prescribed credits and up to 21 AMA PRA Category 1 credits over three days, with exhibits and networking opportunities. Take advantage of the early bird discount and register before September 19th.

Please note: The lowest price is the early bird registration.

CME Opportunities:

This year’s meeting will cover current topics and workshops that highlight conditions and diseases that affect our communities.  We will provide four Knowledge Self-Assessment Modules (KSAs), on Women’s Health, Care of Vulnerable Elderly, Childhood Illness and Hypertension. In addition to lecture tracks and workshops, there is education on diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, heart failure, child immunizations, cancer updates, and women maternal health. There is something for everyone who attends the meeting.

Networking/Social Opportunities:

Kick off the GAFP Fall Family Medicine Weekend experience at the Welcome Reception, November 14th at 5 pm. Enjoy food and drinks and get exclusive access to the exhibitors you’ve been waiting to meet; while networking with your colleagues from around the state. We will also present two of our members with special awards.

All Member Party: The Magic of Family Medicine:

The All Member Party “The Magic of Family Medicine” will take place Friday, November 15th from 6:30- 10:00 p.m. Network with members and experience the Magic of Family Medicine in a night filled with fun, food and feats of magic. Tickets are $75.00 and are available to purchase online through the regular meeting registration process, or by calling the GAFP office at 800-392-3841.

Discounted Group Lodging Information:

Rates at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort begin at $159. For reservations call 770-879-9900. Request the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians room block-available until October 22, 2019. You may also book a room online. GAFP room rates are automatically applied.

To learn more and to register, visit and click on the event slide on the homepage. The full brochure will be coming to your mailbox very soon!

If you have any questions about the meeting schedule, registration or other concerns, feel free to contact GAFP staff Ciera Mitchell at 800-392-3841.

Best Regards,


Theresa Jacobs, MD                                   Ken Howard, MD

Chair                                                              Vice Chair

Education & Research Committee          Education & Research Committee

*Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Members in the News  

Dr. Walkitria Smith and Dr. Maria Dinh discusses being a millennial physician and the importance of patient-centered care in the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Dr. Smith is a primary care physician and serves as Medical Director of Telemedicine for Morehouse Health Care at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Dr. Dinh is a family medicine physician at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, who is opening her own family medical practice later this month.

To review the article visit the Atlanta Business Chronicle:


The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is seeking resolutions for the 2019 Congress of Delegates (COD) meeting. Last year, the COD tackled issues such as online patient reviews and surveys, uncompensated afterhours physician care, and determinants of maternal mortality in Georgia.

What is the Congress of Delegates, you ask?  The GAFP Congress of Delegates is a governing body of the Academy that can set policy. It meets annually at the GAFP Annual Meeting to vote on and ratify decisions that are made by the Board all year, as well as to hear and vote on resolutions from all members.

We are soliciting your ideas and leadership in proposing resolutions for this year’s Congress of Delegates, the first session will be a live webinar/conference call on Thursday, October 17, at 6:00 pm and the final session will meet on Saturday, November 16 in conjunction with the Annual Meeting held at the Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort in Stone Mountain.

Do you need help writing your resolution? Staff and speaker Carl McCurdy, MD and Vice- Speaker Samuel “Le” Church, MD, MPH, FAAFP are available to assist you, contact Angela Flanigan at or 800.392.3841. You can submit your resolution online at  The deadline to submit resolutions is Friday, September 13.

Join us as a delegate!  If you are interested in serving your district by being elected as a COD delegate for your district, please reach out to Angela Flanigan and she will confirm your district number, then send you a survey to complete to nominate yourself and others from your district.

Did You Miss the Webinar, Primary Care Management of Adults with Sickle Cell Disease? Watch Now and Earn Valuable CME!

In July, the GAFP, in conjunction with Alliant Quality, hosted a live webinar on Primary Care Management of Adults with Sickle Cell Disease.  The 2-hour webinar with presenters, James Eckman, MD, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Hematology and Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine and Jeanette Nu’Man, MEd, Operations Manager of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia and Director of Camp New Hope, offered attendees an in-depth look at adults with sickle cell disease who have multiple conditions that impact the entire body. The educational activity focused on primary care physicians and their care teams, by empowering them with the knowledge and resources needed to give evidence-based person-centered care.

Additionally, the presenters provided foundational knowledge and discussed the availability of new regional assessments for care plan development, with telemedicine follow up. The live webinar audience consisted of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and medical assistants.

If you missed the live webinar you have an opportunity to learn more about this important topic and earn AAFP Prescribed credits.  Please click the link to register and view the July 2nd webinar.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how to care for the patient with sickle cell in the primary care setting.
  • Understand how to manage pain in Sickle Cell Disease.
  • Understand best practices in care coordination through the use of Community Health Workers and the clinical care team.
  • Understand the process of telemedicine follow up.

AAFP Prescribed Credit: This Enduring Material activity, Webinar: Primary Care Management of Adults with Sickle Cell Disease, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 2.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins 07/02/2019. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AMA Credit: The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The GAFP designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Georgia Unites at the 2019 AAFP National Conference

The three-day National Conference of Family Medicine residents and medical students in Kansas City, Missouri., featured workshops, social and networking events, an expo hall featuring hundreds of family medicine residencies, and resident and student congresses. Early numbers show the AAFP hosted some 5,159 people on July 25-27, including 1,893 medical students and 1,282 residents.

A total of 99 active medical students and residents from around the state of Georgia were in attendance along with the following Georgia state residency programs: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center FMRP, Columbus FMRP, Emory FMRP, Augusta University Medical College of GA FMRP, Medical Center of Central Georgia, Floyd FMRP, Savannah FMRP Memorial Medical Center, Northeast Georgia FMRP, Gwinnett Medical Center FMRP, Houston FMRP, and WellStar Kennestone FMRP.

The GAFP had representation in both the resident and student categories. Dr. Chivon Stubbs from the Morehouse Family Medicine Residency Program at Morehouse Healthcare Comprehensive Family Healthcare Center in Atlanta served as our resident delegate and Dr. Jemese Richards-Boyd from WellStar Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta served as our alternate. Sun Hee Shin “Sunny” and Carley Borrelli, both from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta served as our student delegate and alternate student respectively.

GAFP student delegate, to Sun Hee “Sunny” Shin said, “I learned so much from the AAFP national conference and felt honored to represent Georgia as the student chapter delegate”

2019 Highlights

Yes, Ma’am (Mothers Advancing in Academic Medicine), I Can Do It All! Panel

  • Another event that occurred at the AAFP National Conference was the Yes, Ma’am (Mothers Advancing in Academic Medicine), I Can Do It All: An Interactive Panel Discussion. GAFP Member Amy Bailey, MD was among a panel of academic family physicians in various career and life stages who shared their stories of motherhood and medicine, including traditional and nontraditional paths.

Amy Bailey, MD (seated left) during the panel discussion on “Yes, Ma’am (Mothers Advancing in Academic Medicine), I Can Do It All!”

Khaja Kamal Mohiuddin, MD PGY-1 HCA Memorial Health FMRP (left) and Kristen Kettelhut, MD PGY-3 Piedmont Columbus Regional FMRP (right) pose with their red candidate buttons

GAFP Student Delegate Sun Hee Shin “Sunny” (left) with alternate Carley Borrelli (right) during the student congress activities

George Brown, MD, Program Director at WellStar AMC Residency Program (left) with residents from his program

Northeast Georgia Health Systems FMRP Program Director (left), Monica Newton, DO with faculty members Jody Brahmiller, MD (middle) and Amy Baily, MD (right)