2015 Summer Meeting

The 2015 Summer Family Medicine Weekend Was Hotter Than Asphalt!

June 18-21, 2015 marked the GAFP’s 2015 Summer Family Medicine Weekend in Miramar Beach, FL.  This year we hosted more than 125 family physicians and other health care professionals at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort.  We offered a myriad of CME and exhibits to attendees while offering many opportunities to network with colleagues, and plenty of family fun activities.

With an expansive number of lectures, attendees were able to attain as much as 15 AAFP prescribed credits on a wide variety of topics pertinent to the broad range of practice needs of our members.  Lecture topics included, Achieving Glycemic Control, Medicare Chronic Care Management, New Treatments in Obesity, Sleep Apnea, Concussion Guidelines, and a Lupus Update.

In addition to lectures and workshops, the GAFP offered three Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) to attendees in an effort to fulfill the Maintenance of Certification, Part II – Self-Assessment and Lifelong Learning.  More than 35 attendees successfully completed the modules.

We also hosted a Health Information Technology (HIT) workshop, which was facilitated by Dr. Adrienne Mims, and included faculty from Alliant GMCF (the State’s QIO), a representative from the Department of Public Health, and GA-HITEC.  The workshop was well received and participants noted that this was a great start to improving their clinical processes.

A special highlight for attendees was the kickoff to the George W. Shannon Family Medicine Leadership Lecture Series, with a special inaugural lecture from Dr. George Shannon.  During his “Lessons Learned” lecture, Dr. Shannon focused on his 44-year journey in family medicine, leadership in the AAFP and GAFP, and the qualities it takes to be a great leader.  In addition to our meeting attendees, we were joined by Dr. Shannon’s former residents as well as his family who all traveled to support him in his final lecture leading into his official retirement. The Academy would like to thank Dr. Shannon for being a great role model for so many family physicians and serving the Academy as an outstanding leader.

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

  • I enjoyed that the educational sessions were scheduled in such a way that allowed for ample family / fun time.
  • Excellent job!
  • Another great meeting.
  • … especially like the fact that most of the lectures were given by family docs.
  • I think the educational objectives were very practical and useful for the practicing physician

The meeting’s success was based on the hard work, time, and effort of the Education Committee.  The 2015 Education Committee members are Susana Alfonso, MD (Chair); Gurinder Doad, MD (Co-Chair);  Karla Booker, MD; Mike Busman, MD; Angelina Cain, MD; Audra Ford, MD; Wanda Gumbs, MD; Jason Hatcher, DO; Ken Howard, MD; Linu Joseph, MD; Yuan-Xiang Meng, MD; Oguchi Nwosu, MD; Wilhelmina Prinssen, MD; and Harry Strothers, MD.

In addition, this year we convened a Summer Meeting Working Group who offered input on lectures and faculty suggestions as well as served as pre-meeting and on-site volunteers.  The members of the 2015 Summer Meeting Working Group were Michelle Cooke, MD; Wanda Gumbs, MD; Nicole Haynes, MD; Ken Howard, MD; Theresa Jacobs, MD; Linu Joseph, MD; Kara Leverette, MD; Adrienne Mims, MD; Sylveria Olatidoye, MD; and Ramon Parrish, MD.

Thank you to the Education Committee and the Summer Meeting Working Group for all the hard work that went into making this meeting a success.

Mark your calendars now with the dates of the 2015 Annual Scientific Assembly!  This year’s Annual Meeting will be held Friday, November 6 – Sunday, November 8 at the Westin Buckhead in Atlanta, GA. We look forward to seeing you there!

GAFP Member Invitation – June Board and Committee Notice

Please note that over 100 of your peers will be gathering in Destin, Florida at the Sandestin Resort over the June 18-20 weekend to discuss issues and policies during our next Committee and Board Conclave.  All GAFP members are invited to attend.   If you would like to attend as a guest  – please contact staff (gafp@gafp.org) and indicate which meetings you plan to attend – so we can have an accurate count for meeting space and provide you with an agenda prior to the meeting.

If you would still like to register for the GAFP Summer Family Medicine Weekend in conjunction with the June Committee and Board Conclave, please contact Mary Claire Leverett at mleverett@gafp.org or the GAFP office at 404-321-7445.

GAFP June Committee and Board Schedule

Thursday, June 18



10:00 – 11:30 am PAC Board

Terrace 1

Practice Management Committee

Terrace 2

Education & Research Committee

Terrace 3

11:45 – 1:15 pm Legislative Committee

Terrace 1

Membership Committee

Terrace 2

Student & Resident Committee

Terrace 3

1:30 – 3:00 pm Public Health Committee

Terrace 3

Finance Committee

Terrace 2

Friday, June 29



8:00 – 11:00 am Nominating Committee

Terrace 1

11:15 – 2:15 pm Executive Committee

                        Terrace 1

2:30 – 3:30 pm Policy Review Meeting

Terrace 3

Saturday, June 20



10:00 – 11:00 am COD Planning Meeting

                       Terrace 1

2:30 – 5:30 pm GAFP Board Meeting

Bayside/LeCiel EFG

Georgia Academy Pilots ABFM MOC Project

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is embarking on an effort to make MOC easier for board-certified diplomates.  The ABFM has pledged to invest up to $13 million into the first clinical registry for Family Medicine.  The DataAbstraction and Intelligence Quality Engine for Research and Improvement (DAIQUERI), a data extraction tool developed by FIGmd and ABFM, will help physicians extract and report useful data from their Electronic Health Records (EHR) and for your own use in managing your patient panel.

DAIQUERI, will have the capacity to:

  • Extract EHR data
  • Produce patient-level quality measures and disease registries for your use
  • Enable family physicians to send their measures for MOC so that you don’t have to hand-enter data (in 2016 this will also allow PQRS reporting for Medicare payments)

For this important pilot project, the ABFM is partnering with the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians to invite members to take part in the registry pilot. We would like to recruit 100 physicians, particularly those in small practices.

How long is the Pilot Project?

The pilot will run June through November 2015.

What’s in it for me?

  • No Separate Reporting to PQRSYou won’t have to do anything to report your data to PQRS or for Meaningful Use in 2016 and beyond (no payment penalties).
  • Complimentary Tools & DashboardsDAIQUERI will turn your EHR data into information that can help you with patient and panel management.
  • This is a FREE Pilot Initiative!! ­— All you have to do is register for the pilot.

What do I have to do?

ATTEND the GAFP Summer CME Meeting!  Although it’s not a requirement to attend, representatives from the ABFM will be on-hand all weekend to complete enrollment, discuss valuable information via a CME lecture, and  offer face-to-face interaction in the Social & Information Hub.  Simply click the link to register for the Summer CME Meeting, June 18-21 at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort.  https://www.gafp.org/cme-event/2015-summer-meeting/

If you are or are not able to attend the Summer Meeting, we ask that you please complete the short questionnaire below and return it to Angela Flanigan at aflanigan@gafp.org or fax it to (404) 321-7450 to sign up for this pilot project!  Once you have been successfully registered for the pilot project, a FIGmd representative will contact you to navigate you through the partnership agreement, install the registry, and get you on your way to extracting useful data for your practice.

The GAFP and ABFM see the registry as an important investment in family medicine. For more information on the DAIQUERI project, please contact John Johannides at jjohannides@theabfm.org.

YES!  Please register me for the DAQUERI Pilot Project.

Practice Name:_____________________________________________________________________      

Primary Practice Contact (name, title, phone #, email):______________________________________

# of Physicians in Your Practice: _______________________________________________________

Do you have an EHR? ___Yes   ___No          EHR System & Version:_________________________

Sign Up Now for the Nexplanon Clinical Training Program Provided by Merck Prior to the Summer Meeting!

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) invites you to attend a complimentary Nexplanon Clinical Training Program provided by Merck prior to the GAFP Summer Meeting on Thursday, June 18th in Destin, FL.

Are you engaging in regular and routine contraceptive conversations with your patients?

Would you be interested in offering your patients a long acting, reversible contraceptive (LARC) versus a daily pill?

If you answered YES to these questions, this Training is for YOU!

Date: Thursday, June 18th, 2015
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, LeCiel G
9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy West
Destin, FL 32550

Please Note: Only those clinicians who have completed the training program are eligible to purchase the Nexplanon® product.  You must be a physician or an advanced practice clinician in order to attend.

Deadline for registration —- May 20, 2015

What is Nexplanon®
Nexplanon® a progestogen-only subdermal implant that has now replaced the contraceptive implant, Implanon®. Nexplanon and Implanon are bioequivalent (i.e. they both contain 68 mg etonogestrel and they have the same release rate and 3-year duration of action). The main differences are that Nexplanon is radio-opaque and has a different application device and insertion technique.

We are only able to accommodate 30 providers for the workshop, so please complete following form to register as soon as possible. You may submit online at this link or return by email to aflanigan@gafp.org or by fax to 404-321-7450.

P.S. Don’t forget to sign up for the GAFP Summer Family Medicine Weekend starting after the Nexplanon Clinical Training Program! Find registration and meeting information on the GAFP website.

GAFP Summer Meeting – Here’s Your Chance to Earn Extra Credits from the ABFM

Join the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians for the 2015 Summer Family Medicine Weekend, June 18-21 at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Sandestin, FL.  We’re excited to expect over 125 attendees from around Georgia and surrounding areas.  We are also excited to offer three ABFM Self- Assessment Modules during our Summer Meeting.  This Summer we will offer Heart Failure, Hypertension, and Childhood Illness SAMs Modules.  That’s three opportunities for you to complete a SAMs Module!

Here are a few more things you need to know about the SAMs Sessions…

  • SAMs sessions will SELL OUT!  Be sure to reserve your seat in one or more of the SAMs sessions to complete all sections of the Part II Module.  This includes the Clinical Simulation!!
  • You will be surrounded by family physician colleagues as you navigate the SAMs session and clinical simulation.
  • You will need to contact the ABFM Support Center at (877) 223-7437 or http://www.theabfm.org to determine which SAMs session you need as a part of your Maintenance of Certification record.
  • Once you’ve decided which SAMs you’d like to take and you’ve registered for the GAFP Summer Meeting, be sure to contact the ABFM Contact Center to pay for your SAMs module.
  • Remember to bring your ABFM login and password the day of the session.
  • You will receive up to 12 CME credits from the ABFM immediately after completing each 60-question module and clinical simulation.

There’s no better way to complete a SAMs module than in a group setting with your colleagues.  Be sure to register early because these sessions will sell out.

Visit the GAFP website, www.gafp.org/cme-event/2015-summer-meeting/ to review the meeting schedule and register for your SAMs session.  We look forward to seeing you in June!