2014 Annual Scientific Assembly

2014 Annual Scientific Assembly Deemed a Huge Success by Attendees

November 14-16, 2014 marked the GAFP’s 66th Annual Scientific Assembly in Atlanta, Georgia.  Hosting more than 450 family physicians and other health care professionals in our new location, the Westin Buckhead, the GAFP offered a myriad of CME and opportunities to network with both colleagues and Industry Partners.

With a wide variety of clinical lectures attendees were able to attain up to 20 AAFP prescribed credits on a wide variety of topics pertinent to the broad range of practice needs of our members.

This year the GAFP offered eight Self-Assessment Modules in an effort to fulfill the Maintenance of Certification, Part II – Self-Assessment and Lifelong Learning.  More than 75 attendees successfully completed the modules.  We also offered a Cardiac Care Workshop, which introduced the participants to learning principles such as AIM statements, workflow, process mapping, and process improvement as well as principles with the focus on Cardiac Care.  The objective of the workshop was to introduce members to the Million Hearts Initiative and offer tools needed to complete a Quality Improvement project.

Also, with Department of Transportation changes to the Medical Examiner requirements earlier this year, the GAFP took another opportunity to offer a DOT Training Course to physicians, nurses, and other clinical staff involved in the examination process.  More than 30 people received updates on the new medical examiner requirements and tips on taking the test.  They walked away ready to conquer the new exam requirements and armed with the knowledge needed to successfully pass the DOT test.

Additionally, the November meeting served as the final meeting of the PCMH University Collaborative.  This group was made up of primary care practices who have undergone a year-long practice transformation in an effort to become an NCQA-recognized medical home.  Their hard work and dedication to patient care will get them one step closer to becoming a recognized medical home.

Throughout the Annual Meeting, attendees had the opportunity to win several prizes by simply interacting with our Industry Partners when visiting the Social and Information Hub.  Of particular note this year were the PAC and the Annual Georgia Alliance for Healthy Families Raffles.  The GAFP PAC gave away complimentary Apple Shuffles if you made a nominal donation to the PAC.

The most buzzed-about activity in the Hub was the Alliance’s $10,000 Draw Down Raffle.  The goal of the raffle was to be one of the last numbers called by the Master of Ceremony.  With $10,000 on the line the competition was fierce!  Ultimately the last four players on the board decided to split the jackpot.  Congratulations to Dr. Ella Amador; Dr. Richard Glass; Dr. Ramon Parrish; and Industry Partner, Mary Vacala.

Thanks to everyone who donated to the GAFP PAC and all who purchased Draw Down Raffle tickets!

Overall, attendees deemed the meeting a success and offered the following comments on their post-meeting evaluations:

  • It was an excellent meeting with quality of lectures, posters and location
  • Great new venue
  • Liked location and hotel
  • The Westin location was nice and the close proximity to Lenox Mall was nice.
  • Good meeting, very practical information shared
  • Great meeting, as always

The meeting’s success was based on the hard work, volunteer time, and efforts of the Education and Research Committee, and the 2014 Annual Meeting Working Group.

The 2014 Education and Research Committee members were:


Susana Alfonso, MD (Chair)

Gurinder Doad, MD (Vice Chair

Dolapo Babaloa, MD

Karla Booker, MD

Mike Busman, MD

Audra Ford, MD

R. Clark Gillett, Jr., MD

Rosalind Harrington, MD

Ari Levine (Medical Student)

Carl McCurdy, MD

Yuan-Xiang Meng, MD

Yvonne Mukosolu Maduka, MD

Michelle Nichols, MD

Charles Sow, MD


The Annual Meeting Working Group consisted of:


Rianot Amzat, MD

Domonique Charles (student)

Mitch Cook, MD

Theresa Jacobs, MD

Hira  Kohli, MD

Ari Levine (student)

Jimi Malik, MD

Carl McCurdy, MD

Yuan-Xiang Meng, MD

Adrienne Mims, MD

Michelle Nichols, MD

Monica Parker, MD

Wilhelmina Prinssen, MD

Susan  Schayes, MD

Emily Marciniak, MD


We would like to thank all of our attendees for their continued support of GAFP educational activities as we strive to offer quality CME to our members and guests.

Mark your calendars now for the 2015 Summer Family Medicine Weekend, which is scheduled June 18-21 at the Sandestin Golf Resort in Destin, Florida.  Additional meeting information will be available in early 2015.

GAFP Annual Research Poster Competition Winners Announced at the GAFP Meeting November 15th in Atlanta

The GAFP Annual Research Poster Competition was held during the GAFP Annual Meeting and Scientific Assembly November 14-16, 2014 in Atlanta. Posters were displayed in the GAFP registration area of the Westin Buckhead Atlanta Hotel for all attendees to view, and were evaluated by Dr. Yuan-Xiang  Meng, Dr. Charles Sow, and AAFP Representative Dr. Jack Chou.  Practicing Physicians, Residents, Medical Students and Pre- Med students from throughout the state participated in the competition. Results were as follows:


Pre-Med Category:

 1st place:   Self-Reported Factors Affecting Medication Compliance – Cameron Baxter, Ethan McBrayer, and Morgan Smith (Pathway to Medical School Students)

Tie 2nd place: Factors Associated with Patient Perception of Quality of Primary Care – Kendra Hogan, Chijioke Ohamadike, and Stephen Yarbrough (Pathway to Medical School Students)

Tie 2nd place: Perceived Risk of Lung Cancer and Willingness of Patients Who Smoke Tobacco to Receive Lung Cancer Screening with Low-Dose CT Scan – Jennifer Ahweyevu, Leah Ellis, Rob Land, and Lindsey Wells (Pathway to Medical School Students)

Medical Student Category:

1st place:  Combined abuse of clonidine and amitriptyline in a patient on buprenorphine maintenance treatment – Erika Sigman, Trent Dittmer (Medical Center of Central Georgia/Navicent Health and Mercer University School of Medicine)

2nd place: Improving the Hepatitis B Birth Dose Rate at UNC Hospitals Susan Piggott, MPH (Emory School of Medicine; University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, Health Care & Prevention Program)

Resident Category:

1st place:  POEMS Syndrome: A Case Report of a Rare Disease and Difficult Diagnosis – P.J. Lynn, MD; Natalie Nekouian, DO (Floyd Family Medicine Residency Program)

2nd place: Smart-7 Study: A Pilot Study to Evaluate a Patient Self-monitoring Intervention to Improve Cardiovascular Health – Ambar Kulshreshtha, MD (Emory University School of Medicine)

3rd place:  Neuromyelitis Optica – Early neurologic symptoms with absence of ocular manifestations – Venkat S. Manubolu, M.D (Emory University School of Medicine)


Practicing Physician Category

1st place:  High Risk For Obstructive Sleep Apnea But Negative Sleep Study: What is the possible diagnosis? Khaldoon Al-Moosawi, MD, MPH (Atlanta Medical Center)
2nd place: A Brief Educational Intervention to Improve Staff Management of Disruptive Behaviors in the Nursing Home – Nikki Lorene Rodriguez, MD (Emory University School of Medicine)

3rd place:  Can Cola Soda Be Used as a Gargle for Sore Throat? – Marc Berger, M.D (Blue Ridge Integrative Health Care)


Congratulations to all our participants!

The 2014 Georgia Healthy Family Alliance First Annual Draw Down Raised More Than $15,000!

Congratulations to the 2014 First Annual GHFA Draw Down winners: Dr. Ramon Parrish, Dr. Ella Amador, Dr. Richard Glass and Industry Partner Mary Vacala who agreed to split the $10,000 Draw Down grand prize four ways during a fun-filled GAFP Scientific Assembly Welcome Reception November 14th at the Buckhead Westin in Atlanta. Each of the winners will receive $2,500. Nine other ticket holders received valuable door prizes including Here To Serve Restaurant Gift Certificates, an iPod shuffle donated by AAFP Board Member Dr. Jack Chou, a wine basket donated by Affinity Bank and more.

The Alliance Board of Trustees would like to thank everyone who supported this new fundraiser by buying a ticket and also the generous sponsors below without whom the $10,000 Draw Down would not have been possible!

Silver Level Sponsors

                               John R. Kludt, MD


Bronze Level Sponsors




   GHFA 3760 LaVistaRoad, Ste. 100 Tucker, GA 30084 ~ Georgia Raffle License No. 2007024

2014 Legacy Club Members Honored For their Generous Support of the Alliance at 8th Annual Legacy Dinner

The 2014 Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Legacy Club Members were recognized during the 8th Annual Legacy Club Dinner held following the GAFP Scientific Assembly Welcome Reception November 14, 2014 at The Palm Restaurant inside the Buckhead Westin. Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Board Members were also in attendance to convey their appreciation to the fifteen 2014 Legacy Club members and their families who donated $1,000 or more to the Alliance this year.

2014 Legacy Club members are:

Legacy Club Level ($1,000-2,499)

·Dr. Mike and Diane Busman·Dr. Mitch Cook

·Dr. Lanny and Mica Copeland

·Dr. Loy and Elizabeth Cowart

·Dr. Brian and Holly DeLoach

·Dr. Fred and Norma Girton

·Dr. Wayne Hoffman and Tom Torrey

·Dr. Beulette Hooks·Dr. John and Denice Kludt·Dr. Bruce and Sheila LeClair

·Dr. Adrienne Mims

·Drs. Brian and Marnie Nadolne

·Dr. D. Ann Travis-Honeycutt

·Dr. Harry and Karen Strothers

·Dr. George and Barbara Shannon

The Legacy Club is a special membership of the Alliance consisting of family physicians who contribute $1,000 or more to our programs – all of which is fully tax-deductible. As a Legacy Club member, you will receive acknowledgment in the GAFP and GHFA newsletters, special recognition at the Annual Assembly and an invitation to our exclusive event during the November Annual Meeting. Payments can be made in monthly installments starting at just $83. For more information on the Legacy Club contact ksinkule@gafp.org or call (404) 321-7445.

First Session of the GAFP Annual Congress of Delegates to Meet Remotely

Due to its popularity last year, the first session of the Congress of Delegates will be held via conference call and webinar on Thursday, November 6, at 6 pm.  This will allow all members to hear the resolutions being presented, ask questions and speak in favor or opposition to proposed policies and procedures.

The call in number is 1-800-791-2345, call in code 14297.  There will also be the ability to view a webinar, and the registration link is below.  In order to be on the webinar, you MUST register in advance through the link.

Discussion and debate will be heard on all resolutions that are listed on the website:  Click on “About” – 2014 COD Resolutions is a link in that section.  A reference committee (selected from members of the Congress of Delegates) will hear all of the debate and then develop a report with recommendations to the full Congress of Delegates.  The second session of the Congress of Delegates, where final debate and voting will take place,  will be from 1 until 5:30 pm on Sunday, November 16, at the GAFP Annual Meeting at the Westin Buckhead in Atlanta in Ballroom A.   All GAFP members are eligible to attend – but only COD delegates, officers, and past presidents have the ability to speak to the issues.

The 2014 COD Handbook is available on the GAFP website for members to download.  Click on the About section where you will see the 2014 COD Handbook as a dropdown, and download it from there. All of the information that you need to participate in the 1st Session of the Congress is in the Handbook, including all resolutions.


2014 Congress of Delegates – 1st Session


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