Archive for March, 2020

A Message to GAFP Members on National Doctors’ Day from Staff

Monday, March 30th is National Doctors’ Day, a day celebrated to recognize the contributions of physicians to patients and communities. On National Doctors Day, we say thank you to our family physicians, residents and medical students for all that you do to promote the health of all Georgians.

Now more than ever, the staff of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians / Georgia Healthy Family Alliance are here to support and serve. It is an honor to work for you.

We will continue to serve as a resource for you by keeping you up-to-date on issues that are important to family physicians during this time of crisis. Visit the GAFP website for important updates on the Coronavirus and listen to our webinar on COVID-19 and telemedicine for valuable information on extending your practice beyond your four walls.

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance appreciates all you do every day for patients. The Alliance will continue to focus on providing community health grants and educating youth via our Tar Wars program, but our main priority right now is making sure we support our members as you support your patients and communities. Effective immediately, GHFA is opening applications for Immediate Needs Community Grants to provide assistance to GAFP member communities. If you would like more information on the Immediate Needs Community Grants, please contact Kara Sinkule at ksinkule@gafp.org. If you, or anyone you know would like to make a donation to allow the Alliance to continue to provide these critical resources, please contact Shan Hayes at shayes@gafp.org or 404-321-7445 ex.105, or follow this link to make an online donation http://www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org/donate/. We encourage you to stay connected and updated by visiting our website, www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org.

Share your story today! Email Tenesha Wallace Hood, Director of Communications and Public Health and share your story or photo that tells us why you became a doctor and how you are making a difference through your work. We’ll select several of the top stories to feature in an upcoming newsletter.

 

Happy National Doctors’ Day – take care and thank you!

 

 

Update to GAFP Members – COVID-19

To:  GAFP Members

From:  Jeff Stone, MD, MHA, MBA, FAAFP – President

During this critical time in our lives, family medicine physicians remain a vital asset to our communities and the state of Georgia.  The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians understand that in this time of uncertainty surrounding mass gatherings and travel, your safety is priority.

Close to Home 

We hope you will join us for our online CME next Wednesday evening, March 18th at 8:00 pm to get up update on AAFP and Georgia COVID-19 resources and how to best utilize telemedicine.  Register here

Our office staff is working from their homes – but they are still available to you by email – or calling the office at 404-321-7445.

AAFP COVID-19 resources (updated on a daily/hourly basis) – Click here

Georgia Department of Public Health Information and Resources – Click here

Upcoming Summer CME Meeting – Sandestin Resort – June 3-6 

We are hopeful that regularly scheduled meetings will be back on track by early summer.  We are in constant communication with the resort property, faculty and our partner (the Georgia Primary Care Association) for the June meeting.

The GAFP has made the decision to offer a full refund for this meeting if it is canceled, rescheduled or moved to a different format.

Currently, the hotel cancellation policy is to refund all required deposits for any cancellations or changes received seven days in advance of your arrival date.

We will continue to update you as we consult with both Georgia and local Florida public health officials and our faculty and will let you know if we need to postpone this meeting or move it to a different format.  We will update members by email as well as on our website – www.gafp.org

Final Thoughts 

I, along with the rest of the leadership and staff at the Georgia Academy and the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance, are here to support you during this pandemic.  Hoping that you and your family and patients are safe.

Sincerely, 

Jeff Stone, MD, MHA, MBA, FAAFP – GAFP President

Sandcastles & CME | Registration now open for GAFP’s 2020 Summer CME Meeting!

The Georgia Academy invites you to take advantage of the only early registration discount for the Summer Family Medicine Weekend, June 4-7, at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, FL.

The three-day meeting will provide an overview of clinical topics including: Case Studies on Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Failure, HIV Prevention and much more!  We also balance the CME sessions with family fun and beach activities. The full agenda is available to preview at www.gafp.org.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort offers the most desirable year-round sand, surf and golf vacation experience in the Southeast. Sandestin offers incomparable golf, including the Raven Golf Club, expanded tennis and a broad range of recreational activities. The resort’s 28-acre Village of Baytowne Wharf offers guests shopping, dining and entertainment options with its 30 unique retail offerings, restaurants, eateries and bars. This event sells out every year so make your hotel reservations now!  Room rates at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort start at $179 a night. To make your reservations, call 1-800 622-1038 and request the Georgia Academy of Family Physician’s room block or make your reservations online at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort website (GAFP room rates automatically applied). The room block closes on May 13th or when it sells out.

To learn more about the agenda and registration, visit www.gafp.org and you can always call GAFP offices at 800-392-3841 to register by phone.

Join us at the Beach for Sandcastles & CME!

Click here to register today!

WELCOME NEW GAFP MEMBERS

The GAFP would like to welcome the following new and returning members who joined our organization in January and February 2020.

Active:

Ayodeji Adeoya, MD

Kendra Allen, MD

Danielle Andrews, MD, MPH

Sherri Barton, MD

Cecil Beehler, MD

LaKeisha Blair-Watson, MD

Seshadri Chakravarthi, MD

Ivan Correa, MD

Michael Early, MD

Omofolarin Fasuyi, MD, MPH

Kenneth Harper, MD

Vickie James, MD

Joe Livingston IV, MD

Catherine Martin, MD

Titilayo Oluwabusi, MBBS

Neetu Singh, MD

Zaheeruddin Syed, MD

Karla vanRensburg Owen, DO

Gayle Wong, MD

 

Resident:

Romy Bhagat, MD

Jorge Margiela, MD

 

Student:

Mona Abraham

Juan Acevedo

Uchechuwku Agor

Amrit Ahluwalia

Deep Amin

Radhika Amin

Lauren Askew

Gislaine Bernabe

Danielle Blemur

Matthew Boles

Susan Brands

Brinkley Bray

William Britt

Nickeya Brown

John Buchanan

Shelby Buckner

Nijah Burris

Tommy Chau

Madison Coleman

Patrice Collins

Constance Ediale

Robert Ferguson

Kendall Flanigan

Shelby Flowers

Millie Foster

Jaclyn Gaffey

James Going

Tarik Gozel

Chase Griffin

Shruti Gupta

Gaither Horde

Ashley Howard

John Hurt

Austin Isaac

Kolby Johnson

Terrance Johnson

Ricky Ju

Hana Kusumoto

Pearce Lane

Sarah Lewis

Cyril Lukianov

Silas Money

Emily Myers

Julie Nguyen

Anjali Om

Chinedum Onyeka

Harry Owen

Shivam Patel

Cynthia Ponir

Nicole Pritchett

Zachary Ramsey

Victor Rivera

Hector Rivera Jacquez

Gabrielle Rivers

Alexandra Salas

Taj Shorter

Kiaken Sonkarley

Nathaniel Taylor

Laura Thompson

Lillie Tien

Jasper Tseng

Ahna Weeks

Brittany Whitlock

James Williams

Reid Windmiller

John Yamin

Message from AAFP President: Coronavirus Resources to Prepare Your Practice and Educate Patients

AAFP members,

With the recent outbreak and significant news coverage of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), your patients are likely turning to you with questions and concerns regarding their own health. The AAFP has gathered the latest information you need to ensure that your practice is prepared for COVID-19 and that your patients get evidence-based information from their trusted doctor.

The AAFP’s coronavirus page is your go-to resource that will be updated regularly with new information from the CDC and other credible sources that’s relevant for family physicians. This includes what’s currently known about:

  • Prevention
  • Infection control
  • Screening
  • Treatment
  • Pandemic preparation

Bookmark this resource and check back frequently to stay informed about this rapidly evolving public health situation.

In addition to patient concerns around coronavirus, I know many of us are still experiencing an active flu season. Thus, it is important we continue to remind our patients who haven’t gotten a flu shot that is it not too late to be vaccinated.

We will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation and will send you additional emails as appropriate.

Sincerely,

Gary LeRoy, MD
President
American Academy of Family Physicians

 

CTA: Visit the AAFP’s COVID-19 webpage