2016 Summer Meeting

The 2016 Summer Family Medicine Weekend Was a Beach Bash!

June 9-12, 2016 marked the GAFP’s 2016 Summer Family Medicine Weekend in Hilton Head, SC.  This year we hosted more than 130 family physicians and other health care professionals at the Omni Hilton Head Resort.  We offered up to 16 CME credits to attendees while offering many opportunities to network with colleagues, and Industry Partners. We also left time for plenty of family fun activities.

With an expansive number of lectures, attendees were able to attain as much as 16 AAFP prescribed credits on a wide variety of topics pertinent to the broad range of practice needs of our members.

Lectures that took place during the three-day conference included Children & Youth Transition to Adult Healthcare, The Many Facets of Chronic Pain Management in Primary Care, Hemophilia Awareness, Diagnostic Evaluation and Management of Dementia, and Depression Screening in the Pregnant and Postpartum Woman.

Additionally, there were three noteworthy workshops offered during the Summer Meeting as well.

  • Transforming Care Delivery through Collaboration brought together teams from the ABFM’s (American Board of Family Medicine) PRIME network and QualityImpact Practice Transformation Network.  The groups discussed the current healthcare landscape and offered tips to transforming clinical practice.
  • Using a Team Approach to Improve Hypertension Care Satisfying your MOC Part IV offered a comprehensive, hands-on look at using a practical team approach to improving hypertension care using rapid cycle quality improvement tools.  The project was designed to help participants start and complete an ABFM Maintenance of Certification Part IV project. The workshop was well received and participants noted that this was a great start to improving their clinical processes.
  • Managing Sleep Health in a Primary Care Setting,brought to usby our educational partner, the National Sleep Foundation, offered a broad look at sleep stages; the importance of sleep; and how sleep affect many functions of the body.  The lecture track focused on how to manage sleep in the primary care setting.

New this year, the GAFP forged into uncharted territory with the addition of a mobile meeting app.  The app allowed attendees to view the meeting schedule and the list of exhibitors prior to arriving for the Summer Meeting.  Once onsite, attendees were able to view the presentations, claim CME credit, and submit evaluations using their phones or tablets. The app also allowed attendees to message each other

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

  • The app was SUPER easy to use and a great addition to the meeting!
  • Great information for family physicians. I’ll use a lot of it in my practice.
  • I enjoyed that the educational sessions allowed ample family fun time.
  • Excellent job!
  • Another great meeting.


The meeting’s success was based on the hard work, time, and effort of the Education Committee.  The 2016 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; Ken Howard, MD; Theresa Jacobs, MD; Riba Kelsey-Harris, MD; Carl McCurdy, MD; Yuan-Xiang Meng, MD; Adrienne Mims, MD, MPH; Jada Moore-Ruffin, MD; Oguchi Nwosu, MD; and Harry Strothers, MD.

Thank you to the Education Committee and the Educational 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 2016 Annual Scientific Assembly!  This year’s Annual Meeting will be held Thursday through Saturday, November 10 – 12, at The Westin Buckhead in Atlanta, GA. We look forward to seeing you there!

Join GAFP and GCT2 for a Part IV Workshop at the 2016 Summer Meeting!

GAFP is pleased to announce “Using a Team Approach to Improve Hypertension Care – Satisfying your MOC Part IV,” a live Learning and Action Network event coordinated by the Georgia Clinical Transformation Team (GCT2). This workshop will be held in conjuction with the GAFP Summer Family Medicine Weekend on Friday, June 10th from 1:30 to 3:30pm. The workshop will focus on quality improvement in your practice.

You may register for this workshop and the complete GAFP Summer Family Medicine Weekend by visiting the GAFP website and clicking the registration link.  If you have already registered for the Summer Meeting and you would like to add this workshop, please email Ciera Mitchell at office@gafp.org. There is no additional fee to participate in the workshop.

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

•          Understand a practical approach to a practice based rapid cycle quality improvement project

•          Begin the ABFM’s Part IV requirements for maintaining board certification

•          Employ a team approach to improving hypertension care

Faculty for this workshop are:

       Adrienne Mims, MD, MPH                           Donna Cohen, RN, BSN                       Brittany Taylor, MPH

Vice President, Chief Medical Officer           Task Lead, Population Health       Cardiovascular Health Program Manager

   Medicare Quality Improvement                         Alliant Quality                       Georgia Department of Public Health

              Alliant Quality

This is an interactive, hands-on workshop.  To insure your Part IV workshop experience is beneficial and you’re able to apply the principles learned, we ask that you please bring the following items with you to Hilton Head.

Required Homework/Data Points (Clinical Team):

**From your patient population, please bring in the number of adults (aged 18+) with a diagnosis of Hypertension.

**Bring in data on BP control. From your EHR, this can be run as PQRS measurement 238 as a percentage (%).  If you need to do a chart review – pick 25 charts from your listing of hypertensive patients (aged 18+) and note how many of them on their last clinic visit had a blood pressure below 140/90 for both numbers


Register NOW for the 2016 Summer Family Medicine Weekend!

Have you registered for the GAFP Summer Family Medicine Weekend yet?Don’t miss your chance to take advantage of the low, member only rate of $358 to earn up to 16 CME* credits!  Join your colleagues at the Summer Family Medicine Weekend, scheduled for June 9-12, 2016 at the Omni Hilton Head in Hilton Head, SC.

In addition to multiple social events, we will offer the latest updates on clinical topics including: Managing Type 2 Diabetes, Sleep Health in Primary Care, Dementia, and much more!  We also balance the CME sessions with family and beach activities.  The full agenda is available to preview at www.gafp.org.

To register, click here and then follow the registration link, or you can always call GAFP offices at 800-392-3841 to register by phone.

If you have any questions about the meeting schedule, registration or other concerns, feel free to contact me at mleverett@gafp.org or Ciera Mitchell at office@gafp.org

* Pending AAFP approval.

REMINDER: What’s Your Opinion: GAFP Summer CME Meeting?

GAFP leadership would like to know your thoughts as we move forward with planning future CME meetings for the Academy.  We ask that all active members (residents and students excluded) take a moment to complete our survey on the Summer CME Meeting.  We appreciate your feedback and look forward to your input.

If you have already completed the online survey, please do not complete it again — your input has been recorded.

Now You Can Earn up to 16 CME Credits at the GAFP Summer Family Medicine Weekend!

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) would like to invite you to the Summer Family Medicine CME Weekend, scheduled for June 9-12, 2016 at the Omni Hilton Head in Hilton Head, SC.  Come earn up to 16 CME credits while basking in sun and sand!

Over the course of the three-day meeting, there is a robust selection of clinical topics including:  Managing Type 2 Diabetes, Sleep Health in Primary Care through a partnership with the Sleep Foundation, Dementia, and much more!  The full agenda is available to preview at www.gafp.org/cme-event/2016-summer-family-medicine-weekend/

We also balance the CME sessions with family and beach activities. Join us on Friday, June 10th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm for Brownies at the Beach! Before or after you head to dinner, come to our outdoor event for dessert. Members will have an opportunity to meet with up to four Industry Partners. Through your involvement, the participating Industry Partners will make a donation to the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance, so join us and show your support!

This event sells out every year so make your hotel reservations now!  Room rates at the Omni Hilton Head start at $229 a night. To make your reservations, call 1-800-843-6664 and request the Georgia Academy of Family Physician’s room block or make your reservations online at http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/hilton-head/meetings/gafp-2016-summer-cme-weekend (GAFP room rates automatically applied). The room block closes on May 10, 2016.

Click here to register! Additionally, you can always call GAFP offices at 1-800-392-3841 to register by phone.