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Summer CME Weekend Hotel Registration Extended Through May 20

The countdown continues! However, we are happy to share that we were able to extend hotel registration until Friday, May 20! You now have one more week.

Rooms are going fast.  There are still rooms available at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, but Hotel Effie is almost sold out. Our block at the Sandestin Resort vacation rentals features everything from studio efficiencies to 1, 2, and 3-bedroom units, condos, and villas, all located within walking distance of our conference center—along with all the complimentary perks and amenities.

GAFP has a full schedule offering up to 18 hours of CME and many opportunities to network and relax. Regular registration for the 2022 Summer Family Medicine Weekend ends June 10.

Join us at the welcome reception, visit the social & information hub throughout the weekend, and bring the family and participate in the sandcastle competition. Visit our website today and make plans to join us.

Sarah Bigorowski Hired as GAFP Director of Education

The Georgia Academy welcomes Sarah Bigorowski as director of education effective April 2022. Sarah will lead planning, development, and implementation of all educational activities and meetings for GAFP. 

Prior to joining GAFP, Sarah served as director of alumni services for Mercer University College of Pharmacy with a focus on improving alumni engagement efforts, managing the alumni association board of directors and planning events and programs to strengthen relationships with the college. She also previously served at the Georgia Pharmacy Association and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Grand Valley State University in Michigan and has lived in Georgia since 2009. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.

Contact Sarah at or (404) 321-7445.

GAFP Medical Student Members Attend Family Medicine Magic 2022

GAFP hosted its annual Student Meeting on March 11, 2022 at Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge.  Family Medicine Magic 2022 included participation from eight Georgia residency programs in the Hands-On Workshop and residency fair.  30 medical student members were given travel and a stipend for participation. First and second year medical students had first access to register in January 2022. However, all student members were invited to attend the residency fair.

The Academy’s medical student members were immersed in a day dedicated to step beyond the classroom and explore family medicine. The Student Meeting was designed to invigorate eagerness to practice in the family medicine specialty and network with family medicine residents and GAFP leadership.

A special thanks to the eight residency programs from across the state that helped make the day a success.

Medical College of Georgia
Mercer School of Medicine Family Resident Program
Houston Healthcare Family Medicine Residency Program
Gwinnett Northside Family Medicine Residency Program
Emory Family Medicine Residency Program
Northeast Georgia Family Medicine Residency Program 
Georgia South
Floyd Family Medicine Residency

Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Welcomes New Trustees

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) welcomed two new members to the Alliance Board of Trustees in 2022. Christina Kelly, MD, FAAFP of Fort Benning joined the GHFA Board for a four-year term and Dr. Alexandria Poitier of Atlanta was elected to serve a two-year term as a Resident board member.

Originally from Akron, OH, Dr. Christina Kelly was awarded her medical degree by the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. As an Army wife, Dr. Kelly has worked in various other settings – as an employed physician practicing full-scope family medicine including obstetrics, and as faculty at family medicine residency programs in Washington, Texas, Georgia and North Carolina. Currently, Dr. Kelly serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Having presented Tar Wars for the first time in 2003, Dr. Kelly has been active with the AAFP and the AAFP Foundation throughout her career and looks forward to continuing her advocacy work while serving on the GHFA Board. “Watching the videos where patients told their stories about how they were helped through the Community Health Grant Program showed me what a great service GHFA is to the state and how important this work is,” Dr. Kelly said.

New Resident board member and Florida native, Dr. Alexandria Poitier earned her medical degree from the University of Miami. She is currently a PGY1 Resident at Morehouse Family Medicine Residency Program where she serves on the Program Evaluation Committee.

As a GHFA Resident board member, Dr. Poitier looks forward to sharing information about  Alliance programs with her peers. “Participating on the GHFA Board allows me another opportunity to engage in projects to improve health literacy and decrease barriers to accessing care for vulnerable populations,” Dr. Poitier said.

GHFA board members help guide and oversee Alliance projects including the Community Health and Immediate Needs Grant Programs and the Tar Wars vaping and smoking prevention program.  GHFA also currently has three Tar Wars Strike Force Initiatives underway in Rome, Gainesville and Savannah to address the epidemic of youth vaping in those communities. Plans are currently underway to launch a middle Georgia Strike Force in Macon this year.

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.

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Inaugural Family Medicine OB Fellowship in Georgia Set for 2022

A newly created fellowship program in Savannah will train residency graduates who seek further training in obstetrics and women’s health. Fellows receive a comprehensive 12-month experience in FMOB in medical centers located in Savannah, Vidalia, Waycross and Dublin, Georgia.

“We are excited to be able to establish Georgia’s and HCA’s first FMOB fellowship here at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah,” said Dr. Robert Pallay, program director of the Family Medicine residency in Savannah. “Being fortunate enough to convince Dr. Candace Murbach to leave her position in Jacksonville and return to Savannah to take on this challenge has made me more confident of its success.”

Physicians often remain in the community where they had their residency and post-residency training. This fellowship program will allow rural communities in Georgia to hire and retain family medicine physicians who choose to offer obstetrics as part of their practice.

The expectation is that the improved access to medical and obstetrical care will make a significant impact in these rural and underserved areas and help to reduce our high infant and maternal mortality and morbidity.

“Georgia has the worst maternal mortality in the country and is also in the bottom 5 states in maternal morbidity and infant morbidity and mortality,” said Dr. Murbach, the new program director for this FMOB program. “It is our sincere hope that developing this program and working with the people of these communities and the various agencies throughout these counties, will quickly make a difference in the care of these pregnant women and their infants.”