2015 Annual Scientific Assembly

Obtaining Only one Black Teacher Can Maintain Black Children In school

Enlarge this imageLA Johnson/NPRLA Johnson/NPRHow vital can it be to acquire a task design? A different working paper puts some figures to that query. Owning just one black trainer in 3rd, fourth or fifth quality decreased low-income black boys’ probability of dropping from high school by 39 percent, the review observed. And by highschool, African-American learners, both of those girls and boys, who had 1 African-American instructor had a lot much better expectations of heading to varsity. Retain in your mind, this effect was noticed 7 to ten years once the practical experience of getting just one black teacher. The analyze is ma sive. The authors, Seth Gershenson and Constance A. Lindsay of yankee College, Ca sandra M.D. Hart of U.C. Davis Otto Porter Jersey and Nicholas Papageorge at Johns Hopkins, appeared at long-term records for more than one hundred,000 black elementary school students in North Carolina. Then the scientists checked their conclusions by hunting at learners in the next point out, Tenne see, who were randomly a signed to sure cla ses. There they found that not just did the black students a signed to black teachers graduate highschool at greater costs, they also ended up far more po sible to acquire a college entrance examination. “The benefits line up strikingly nicely,” claims Papageorge.This paper is another bit of social science proof reinforcing the situation for owning more instructors of shade and for teaching instructors to be much more culturally responsive. We have documented on scenarios of implicit bias by white instructors, even towards preschool college students, that black pupils tend to be more usually advisable for gifted applications by teachers of colour which college students of all races choose instructors of coloration. And this is not news to several African-American families who presently come to feel strongly that their children need part versions of their education and learning. Khalilah Harris has seasoned the difficulty each as a policymaker and to be a mother of 3 daughters. She was the Deputy Director in the White Household Initiative on Academic Excellence for African People in america beneath the Obama administration. She just lately transferred her two older daughters, twelve and fourteen, to some progre sive private school to expose them to far more Bobby Portis Jersey a sorted academics and curriculum. “My youngest, who’s 7, goes to supposedly the ideal public school in Baltimore City, but there’s not any instructor of coloration there, which is deplorable,” she claims. “If you increase up in a world that doesn’t mirror your e sence as useful from beginning, the very fact that you just you should not have got a trainer … who appears like you, will cause cognitive di sonance.” Papageorge suggests the “role design effect” that Harris describes is quantifiable. “Sometimes after i discu s expectations, people today think I am discu sing magic fairy dust,” he suggests, “but in economics, it’s certainly one of the most important i sues that figure out the kinds of investments people make.” Put simply, irrespective of whether it’s dollars you place towards a mutual fund, or time and strength you expend on your own education and learning, how much you expect for getting out can establish just how much you put in. If a low-income black boy never sees anyone during the cla sroom who seems like him, Papageorge says he may po sibly conclude, “‘Hey, faculty is just not for me’. And afterwards why would Wendell Carter Jr. Jersey you work difficult at school?” Yolanda Coles Jones of Charlottesville, Va., says she and her spouse avoided the school program completely. They homeschool their 4 small children, two women who’re nine and seven, and 4-year-old twin boys. She states they didn’t see their regional public or non-public educational institutions “understanding the needed emphasis on black kids looking at black faces.” The family is a component of a homeschooling co-op referred to as Neighborhood Roots, that, Coles Jones suggests, was launched “to have an atmosphere that is certainly harmle s for children of colour being in.” In long run research, Papageorge hopes to duplicate the analyze and unpack the highly effective and long-lasting effects noticed. But depending on the evidence he by now has, he has a direct policy suggestion. Owning only one black instructor in his examine made all the difference to learners; owning two or three failed to maximize the effect significantly. Hence, educational institutions could work to alter pupil groupings to ensure that each and every black college student will get at the least one black trainer via the finish of elementary college. “Should we seek the services of additional black instructors?” he asks. “Yeah, probably, but it really nece sitates additional black faculty graduates … We could push all over rosters tomorrow, change the way we a sign youngsters, and po se s some consequences next university calendar year, not a decade from now.” NPR EdBias Is just not Just a Law enforcement Difficulty, It is A Preschool ProblemNPR EdStudy Finds Students Of All Races Like Academics Of ColorNPR EdTo Be Younger, ‘Gifted’ And Black, It helps To obtain A Black Teacher

Mitzi Rubin, MD, FAAFP – Marietta Family Physician Inducted as 2016 President

Drs Blair and RubnDr. Mitzi Rubin (left) and AAFP Representative Dr. Mott Blair (right)

Mitzi Rubin, MD, FAAFP was sworn in as the Georgia Academy’s president during the President’s Gala held in conjunction with the Annual Scientific Assembly in early November.  Dr. Rubin is in practice with the WellStar Medical Group Family and Internal Medicine/Pediatrics in Marietta.  Dr. Rubin is a proud Georgia Bulldog having completed her BS from the University of Georgia.  She graduated from Chicago Medical School and completed her family medicine residency from Emory University.

President Rubin challenged her GAFP colleagues to continue to remember to care for themselves as much as family physicians care for their patients.  She stated during her inaugural address (in part):

I am here today because of hard work and diligence. I grew up in a medical family. Dad is a gastroenterologist and mom a nurse. Medicine, for me was a part of life, spending time at the doctors lounge, working in my parents office.  After, I joined a practice in Kennesaw- along with Dr Catherine Andrews- we had a Patient Centered medical home before there was a “name for it”- She was my mentor. I am grateful for her asking me to “get involved in the Academy.”  Remember, you don’t ask to be a mentor but by leadership you are a mentor.

We have said again and again that there has never been a better time to be a family physician- and I believe this is still true. We are the only specialty that cares for the whole patient, from birth to death, treating over 90 % of all illness if not more.   We are not just their doctor- we are part of their families- they trust us with information that they wouldn’t tell anyone else, their greatest fears, weaknesses, pains, their joys.  We have been at every milestone from baby namings to funerals.  We take care of multiple generations within a family. 

I LOVE what I do, just as many of you do.  This week alone I was reminded of why I love what I do.  I welcomed in the next generation, newborn baby girl (I see 4 generations of that family) and unfortunately attended a funeral Thursday morning of a patient of whom I see 3 generations of his family.

Some of you may have heard that the AAFP has an initiative “Family Medicine for America’s Heath- Health is Primary.”  This is a chance for us to tell our story.  I highly recommend that you go to the website and sign up for their updates – http://fmahealth.org/

What concerns me is what is not often talked about is our health- your health as a family physician! Our health, both physical and mental needs to be primary as well.  If we are not doing well, then we can’t take care of our patients, families, communities.  More and more physicians suffer from depression and are not necessarily seeking treatment.  I argue that we love caring for our patients, we love what we do, but it is the external forces on medicine that bring the added stress, depression and dissatisfaction with the current state of healthcare.

I urge all of you to take the time to disconnect to reconnect- find your passion, what brings you happiness, remind yourself why you do what you do.

The 2015 Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Second Annual Draw Down Fundraiser Raises More Than $16,000 for the Community Health Grant Program and Tar Wars!

Dr. Rolf Meinhold (left) and Dr. George Shannon (right)

Congratulations to the 2015 Second Annual Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Draw Down winners: Dr. George Shannon, Dr. Rolf Meinhold and Dr. Jessica Malmad who agreed to split the $10,000 Draw Down grand prize three ways during a fun-filled GAFP Scientific Assembly Welcome Reception November 6th at the Buckhead Westin in Atlanta. Each of the winners will receive $3,333. Dr. Shannon donated his portion of the winnings to support the 2016 George Shannon Leadership Lecture Series and Dr. Meinhold donated $1,000 of his winnings back to the Alliance.  Five other lucky ticket holders received valuable door prizes including a Coach bag donated by Affinity Bank and gift certificates to the Hilton Head Omni Hotel,Callaway Gardens and the Lake Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge.

The Alliance Board of Trustees would like to thank our presenting sponsor Brian Bibb with  CircleLink Health as well as our silver sponsors Affinity Bank, Georgia Hospital Association, Graymont Associatesand Med Mal Direct without whom the $10,000 Draw Down would not have been possible!

2015 Legacy Club Members Honored For their Generous Support of the Alliance at 9th Annual Legacy Dinner

The 2015 Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) Legacy Club Members were recognized during the 9th Annual Legacy Club Dinner held following the GAFP Scientific Assembly Welcome Reception November 6, 2015 at The Palm Restaurant inside the Buckhead Westin. During dinner Georgia Academy of Family Physicians President Dr. Wayne Hoffman presented a President’s Award to Dr. John Kludt for his many years of service to the GAFP and the GHFA Boards. AAFP Board Member Dr. Mott Blair joined the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Board Members in attendance to convey their appreciation to the 2015 Legacy Club members and their families who donated $1,000 or more to the Alliance this year.


Dr. John Kludt (left) accepting his award from Dr. Wayne Hoffman (right).

2015 Legacy Club members are:

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

  • Dr. Bruce and Sheila LeClair
  • Dr. Lanny and Mica Copeland
  • Dr. Loy and Elizabeth Cowart
  • Dr. Denise Crawley
  • Dr. Wayne Hoffman and Tom Torrey
  • Dr. Beulette Hooks
  • Dr. Kevin Johnson                            
  • Dr. John and Denice Kludt
  • Dr. Patrick J. Lynn
  • Dr. Adrienne Mims
  • Dr. Thomas J. Miller
  • Drs. Brian and Marnie Nadolne
  • Dr. Mitzi and Jeremy Rubin
  • 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.

2015 Annual Scientific Assembly Deemed a Huge Success by Attendees

November 5-8, 2015 marked the GAFP’s 67th Annual Scientific Assembly and Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia.  Hosting more than 500 family physicians and other health care professionals at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta Hotel, the GAFP offered a myriad of CME and exhibits to attendees while offering many opportunities to network with colleagues.

With a wide variety of clinical lectures attendees were able to attain up to 29.75 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 a pre-conference workshop on PCMH best practices for clinical teams from Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina who have achieved NCQA recognition as a patient centered medical home.  The teams came together and shared tools and tips for sustaining transformation.  Additionally, PCMH University graduates presented tools they have developed to maintain their medical home and enhance patient care, and participants heard from local and national experts about changes on the horizon and how it will impact the medical home.

Again this year, we offered four Self-Assessment Modules to attendees in an effort to fulfill the Maintenance of Certification, Part II – Self-Assessment and Lifelong Learning.  More than 65 attendees successfully completed the Maternity Care, Pain Management, Health Behaviors, and Care of the Vulnerable Elderly modules.  In addition to the SAMs workshops, we also offered a workshop on using disease registries and care protocols to improve patient care in diabetes and hypertension, which educated participants on how to successfully use hypertension protocols; offered information on the considerations when developing and implementing a registry; and offered tools on how to successfully use a diabetes registry in their practice.

Last year, the Department of Transportation implemented changes to the Medical Examiner requirements.  The GAFP took another opportunity to offer a DOT Training Course to physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other clinical staff involved in the examination process.  More than 20 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.

Throughout the Annual Meeting, attendees had the opportunity to win several prizes by simply interacting with our Industry Partners when visiting the Exhibit Hall.  Of particular note this year were the PAC and the Annual Georgia Alliance for Healthy Families Raffles.  The GAFP PAC gave away complimentary Smart Phone Chargers if you made a nominal donation to the PAC.   The big raffle drawing at the PAC booth was the 3M Littman Electronic Stethoscope with Bluetooth Technology.  Dr. Eugene Jackson walked away with this great prize, valued at $350!

The most buzzed-about activity in the Exhibit Hall 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 three players on the board decided to split the jackpot.  Congratulations to Dr. George Shannon; Dr. Rolf Meinhold; and Dr. Jessica Malmad.

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:

Was a very good experience. I appreciate very much your efforts.

Enjoyed the meeting

Great conference overall! A weekend well spent!

All of the sessions were very good!

Really enjoyed the Women’s Health Forum. One of the best group of lectures at the conference


The meeting’s success was based on the hard work, volunteer time, and efforts of the Education and Research Committee, and the 2015 Annual Meeting Working Group.

The 2015 Education and Research Committee members were:

Susana Alfonso, MD (Chair)

Gurinder Doad, MD (Vice Chair)

Karla Booker, MD

Mike Busman, MD

Angelina Cain, MD

Audra Ford, MD

Wanda Gumbs, MD

Jason Hatcher, MD

Ken Howard, MD

Linu Joseph, MD

Yuan-Xiang Meng, MD

Oguchi Nwosu, MD

Wilhelmina Prinssen, MD

Harry Strothers, MD

Clark Gillett, MD


The Annual Meeting Working Group consisted of:

Daisy Anyakudo, MD

Carl McCurdy, MD

Yuan-Xiang Meng, MD

Adrienne Mims, MD

Sylveria Olatidoye, MD

Chetan Patel, 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 2016 Summer Family Medicine Weekend, which is scheduled June 9-12, 2016 at the Omni Hilton Head Hotel in Hilton Head, South Carolina.  Additional meeting information will be available in early 2016.