Archive for 2020

Members in the News

GAFP Member, Angela Evans, MD was quoted in the August 2020 issue of the Georgia Trend on “Telemedicine Tipping Point”. Click here to read the full article.

2020 Election – National and State Sneak Peek – Review of Key Races – Too Close to Call?

To:  GAFP Member – Exclusive Event for GAFP / AAFP PAC Donors

Re: 2020 Election – National and State Sneak Peek – Review of Key Races – Too Close to Call?

Tuesday, October 20th – 6:00 pm

If you have not already received an exclusive email from either the GAFP or the AAFP, it means that we haven’t received a PAC donation for your state PAC (GAFP PAC) or the national PAC (AAFP FAM MEDPAC) – and we want you to be a part of this donor-only event.

We want to offer all our members a sneak peek in key races – both nationally and at a state level – and how the election will shape health care in 2021 (and for many years to come).  Please join us for this update as we will be less than 20 days from election day – and every vote counts.


  • David Tully – American Academy of Family Physicians Director of Government Relations
  • Chuck McMullen – Consultant, Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, Co-lead Parker Poe Consulting’s Atlanta office

Donate Below – After Your Donation You Will Receive an Invitation to Register for the Tuesday, October 20th Event



If you have not participated in the GAFP Virtual Journal Club, you are missing a great opportunity!

Join the GAFP Journal Club – October 19, 2020 as we discuss two recent key journal articles:  The association of menopausal hormone therapy with breast cancer and the Impact of social and clinical complexity on diabetes control measures.

The GAFP Virtual Journal Club, is a free benefit to all members! Each one-hour forum will help participants stay current of research findings, exercise their critical thinking skills, and engage in scholarly discussions. During the session, journal articles vetted by the GAFP’s Education and Research Committee will be critically evaluated, exposing the study’s strengths and weaknesses. Presenters and participants may receive up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and *1.0 AAFP Prescribed Credits for their participation in each Virtual Journal Club session.

October 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm | Register


  • Chin-Hen Chang, MD (WellStar AMC Family Medicine Residency Program)
  • Nhi-Kieu Nguyen, DO (NGMC Family Medicine Residency Program)

Robert L. Addleton, EdD, Principal, Leadership in Practice


How to Submit an Abstract
Interested in presenting? The Education and Research Committee is still accepting abstract submissions.  All current resident member or a faculty member from a Georgia family medicine residency program are invited and eligible to submit abstracts to present.  There is no limit to the number of articles that may be submitted, however only 12 articles and presenters will be selected. Abstract submission details may be found by clicking here.

Facilitation of discussion qualifies as part of a Resident’s quarterly research activity.

How to Attend
Please use the registration links below to join the online forums.  Early registration is recommended as registration is limited.

Forum Schedule

October 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm | Register

  1. Racism as Experienced by Physicians of Color in the Health Care Setting
    Presented by Brittany Barthelemy, D.O, Northeast Georgia Medical Center
  2. Effects of Implementing a Comprehensive Opioid Reduction Protocol on Overall Opioid Prescribing Among Patients with Chronic, Non-Cancer Pain in a Rural Family Medicine Clinic: A Controlled Cross-over Trial
    Presented by Linu Joseph, MD, NGMC FM Residency

Available Journal Club Openings

For questions regarding registration or abstract submissions, please contact Angela Flanigan, GAFP Chief Operating Officer (

The Virtual Journal Club CME activity is supported by an educational grant from the American Board of Family Medicine.

*Approved for 1.0 Prescribed Credit

Review and Proposed Changes to the current GAFP Bylaws

Review and Proposed Changes to the current GAFP Bylaws

The Bylaws Committee typically convenes every other year and reviews our standing bylaws for potential changes.  This year, GAFP Bylaws Committee met in March 2020.  They are recommending updating our bylaws to include the new category of “Transitional membership.”  The AAFP adopted a Transitional member category in 2018, and the GAFP bylaws are currently silent on this new category.

Please click here to review the suggested Bylaws change.  The Congress of Delegates will review and make final decisions on the suggested changes at their upcoming meeting on October 29th (Reference Committee) and final session, Sunday, November 15th.

Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) Seeking GAFP Member to Serve on Alliance Board of Trustees

Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) Seeking GAFP Member to Serve on Alliance Board of Trustees

Looking for a way to be more involved with your academy?  Want to give back but aren’t sure where to start? The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) is seeking an interested GAFP member to serve on the Alliance Board of Trustees beginning in 2021.

Formerly the Foundation of the GAFP, the Alliance was founded in 1987 and is the philanthropic arm of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. The mission of the Alliance is to enhance the well-being of Georgia citizens through educational and community programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of family medicine.


Now, more than ever the Alliance needs family physicians who are excited about our future focusing on our Capital Campaign that is nearly halfway to raising $4 million dollars.  The campaign will allow the Alliance to expand its educational and community outreach efforts including the Community Health Grant Program, Immediate Needs Grants for COVID-19 assistance and the Tar Wars tobacco and vaping education program.  The campaign will also provide the Alliance with a full-time team dedicated to improving the health and welfare of our local communities in Georgia. There is an expectation that new Trustees will make a contribution to GHFA’s Capital Campaign in an amount that is meaningful to them.

New board members will serve four-year terms (2021-2025) and will help guide and oversee GHFA projects including:

  1. The Community Health Grant Program – This award winning (2015 AAFP Foundation “Program of the Year”) program awards grants to GAFP member affiliated projects addressing health care needs throughout Georgia. Since beginning this program in 2012, the Alliance has awarded over $365,000 to community projects in all corners of the state. In 2020, the Alliance also launched the Immediate Needs Grant program to provide urgent needs assistance in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Since launching in March, $35,000 has been awarded statewide and the program was named the 2020 AAFP Foundation Outstanding Program of the Year.


  1. Tar Wars – a tobacco and vaping education program presented to more than 3,000 fourth and fifth graders in Georgia during last school year alone. This year the Alliance will also launch a Southeast Georgia Tar Wars Strike Force anti-vaping initiative in addition to the two already underway in Rome and Gainesville to address the epidemic of youth vaping in Georgia.








Board members are expected to attend each of the three GHFA board meetings in 2021. Tentative 2021 GHFA meeting dates (some locations in Georgia TBD):

Saturday – March 2021 -TBD

Saturday – August 2021 – TBD

Friday- November 2021 – Atlanta, GA

Thank you in advance for considering this leadership role. Interested members should fill out the form below by September 25th and e-mail it to  To learn more visit us on the web at

Position Applying for:   Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Board Seat       





Current Volunteer Activities:



If selected, can you commit to attending all board meetings and responding to GHFA staff on a timely basis?



Why are you interested in participating on the Alliance Board?