Archive for November, 2019

Get Involved in Committees! GAFP seeking member participation in its committees

Committee Recruitment 2020

The GAFP is now soliciting new members to our 2020 Committees! We are looking for GAFP members to join various committees in support of the GAFP’s mission to promote the health of the citizens of Georgia by advancing the specialty of Family Medicine through education, advocacy and service to family physicians in the State of Georgia.

The GAFP has implemented several successful initiatives in past years, all because of the dedication and commitment of our volunteer committee members.

All Committee members are appointed by our president, Dr. Jeff Stone.  He will evaluate each person’s volunteer application and make every attempt to have you serve on the Committee of your choice.

Committee membership will be held to no more than 15 members. For most committees, this will include one slot for a resident and a medical student. The expectation is that each member selected for a committee will have the ability to 1) attend the three committee conclave meetings, 2) respond to emails, and 3) review committee materials and be ready to offer advice and guidance.

We ask that you only volunteer to serve on a Committee if you can attend either in person or by phone all three meetings in 2020.  Although several committees meet more than 3 times a year, here are the dates for the 2020 Committee Conclaves:

  • Saturday, February 29                    Atlanta, GA (Le Meridian Atlanta Perimeter)
  • Thursday, June 4                              Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort (Miramar, FL, in conjunction with the GAFP Summer CME Meeting)
  • Saturday, August 1                         Pine Mountain, GA (Callaway Resort & Gardens)


Following is a list of the opportunities for service. You will find a more detailed list of Committee descriptions and Committee Recruitment Application by clicking here.

  • Bylaws Committee
  • Education and Research Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • State Legislative Session Working Group (unlimited # of members and has a shorter time commitment):
  • Membership Services Committee
  • Practice Management Committee
  • Public Health Committee
  • Student and Resident Recruitment

We encourage your interest and participation as this is certainly an important and pivotal time for family medicine. We are only as strong as the commitment and involvement of our members.

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians elects, Jeff Stone, MD, MBA, MHA, FAAFP as president at the 2019 Annual Meeting

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians elects, Jeff Stone, MD, MBA, MHA, FAAFP as president at the 2019 Annual Meeting

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians inaugurated Jeff Stone MD, MBA, MHA, FAAFP during their 51st Congress of Delegates, in conjunction with the Annual CME Meeting on Saturday, November 16th.  The 2019 Annual Meeting was held at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort, November 14th through November 16th. Dr. Stone joins other physician leaders who inspire and mount initiatives, education, resources, and advocacy efforts in service to fellow family physicians and Georgia families.  Dr. Stone is a native of Latham, New York but now resides in Canton, Georgia.

Dr. Jeff Stone received his bachelor’s degree in Biology and Russian from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. He obtained his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, W. I. and completed his residency program in family medicine at the Albany Medical Center Affiliated Hospitals in New York. In 2014, Dr. Stone obtained his Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) from Georgia State University. Dr. Stone is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Stone is currently a family physician at WellStar Health Systems in Marietta, Georgia. Prior to joining WellStar Medical Group, Dr. Stone was a managing partner with Latham Medical Group in New York. He has more than thirty years of experience treating patients for a wide variety of “cradle to grave” conditions. Dr. Stone is passionate about providing cost effective, value and evidenced based medicine.

In addition to his clinical background, Dr. Stone is heavily committed to community and professional leadership. He is a graduate of the 2017 Georgia Physician Leadership Academy. He served as the Treasurer of the GAFP Board of Directors for three years, and he previously served as the Speaker of Congress of Delegates. Prior to that, he was the Finance and Practice Management Committee Chairman for the GAFP. In 2017, Dr. Stone was awarded the Preceptor of the Year Award at Mercer University School of Medicine and Georgia Regents University (MCG).

“I look forward to a year supporting our members and advancing our strategic initiatives,” said Dr. Stone.

Dr. Stone will serve as the GAFP President 2019-2020 and will subsequently become Board Chair in 2021.


MCG at Augusta University Family Medicine Residents Present Tar Wars to Laney High School Students

MCG at Augusta University Family Medicine Residents Present Tar Wars to Laney High School Students

Family Medicine Residents from MCG at Augusta University recently presented the Tar Wars tobacco and vaping prevention program to Laney High School students in Augusta, GA. In addition to learning about the dangers of tobacco and e-cigarettes/vaping use, the students also received information on hookahs and secondhand smoke.

Pictured (L-R) are Laney H.S. Coach William Wallace, Dr. Sara Myers, Dr. Mark Beckman, Dr. Christian Bramwell and Dr. Bilal Fiaz. To learn how you can present the Tar Wars program in your community contact Kara Sinkule at


Support for Tar Wars in Georgia provided by the W.G. Raoul Foundation

Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H.

Commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health

November 19, 2019

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed 11 cases of measles in the past 10 days. That brings the total number of confirmed measles cases in Georgia to 18 so far this year – more than in the previous decade combined.

As physicians and health care providers, we must be ever vigilant for patients presenting with febrile rash illness and clinically compatible measles symptoms. If you suspect measles in a patient, notify Public Health immediately at 404-657-2588 (during business hours), or 1-866-PUB-HLTH after hours or weekends.

Please follow the guidance below in assessing patients for measles.

  • Healthcare providers should consider measles in the initial differential diagnosis of patients presenting with the following symptoms, particularly those who have a history of recent international or domestic travel, exposure to international travelers, or exposure to a possible measles case:
    • Fever ≥101˚F (38.3˚C) AND
    • Generalized maculopapular rash lasting > three days AND
    • Cough, runny nose or conjunctivitis
  • Isolate persons with suspect measles immediately (negative pressure room, if available). Patients should be managed in a manner that prevents disease spread in the healthcare setting
  • Report suspect cases of measles immediately by calling either the District Health Office or Georgia DPH at 404-657-2588 (during business hours), or 1-866-PUB-HLTH after hours or weekends. Do not wait on laboratory results before reporting.
  • Obtain appropriate clinical specimens. Laboratory testing for measles is required for confirmation. This includes two throat swabs and urine for measles PCR and culture, and blood for serology testing. Detailed specimen collection and shipping guidelines are available at the DPH measles website. DPH will assist in coordinating measles testing at the Georgia Public Health Laboratory.
  • Ensure patients are up-to-date on their vaccinations according to CDC’s recommended schedules for children and adults.

The number of measles cases in the U.S. continues to increase almost daily. Just a few weeks ago, the country was very close to losing its measles elimination status – a very sobering thought in this day and age.

The current measles outbreak in Georgia is small compared to other outbreaks documented around the country. However, the toll even a single case of measles takes goes well beyond physical illness – impacting economies, work forces, education, health care systems, and creating a public health burden to protect vulnerable populations. As such, our role becomes even more critical in identifying every case of measles and preventing transmission and strengthening vaccine confidence among parents and patients.

Thank you for all that you do to keep Georgians safe and healthy.


Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H.

Registration Now Open – Day at the State Capitol – Thursday, March 5, 2020

Registration Now Open – Day at the State Capitol – Thursday, March 5, 2020

Registration is now open for GAFP members to join your colleagues to advocate for our profession and our patients at our Legislative Day at the Capitol. This year’s Day at the Capitol will be held at the Freight Depot (next to the State Capitol) on Thursday, March 5, 2020.  You will receive important legislative updates and have the opportunity to visit with Georgia legislators at the Capitol prior to returning to the Freight Depot for lunch. Both your state representative and state senator will be invited to sit with you during the lunch program.  Small travel stipends available for GAFP medical students and family medicine residents.

Registration is free – but you must register before February 24th to be included.  Click here to register or complete the PDF version of the registration and email/scan to

Day at the Capitol Registration Form


8:30 am – 9:15 am          Breakfast/Legislative Priorities

9:15 am – 10:15 am        Policy Briefing

10:15 am – Noon             Legislative Visits at the Capitol

12:15 pm – 2:00 pm       Lunch with Legislators/Wrap Up

Questions?  Contact Fay Fulton at