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Georgia Academy Delegation Shines and Wins National Recognition

At the AAFP Annual Chapter Leadership Forum and the National Conference of Constituency Leaders, the Georgia Chapter was recognized for winning second place for the largest increase in active membership for 2021.

The meetings are held concurrently and were back in person this year after a two-year in-person “pause” because of the pandemic.  These conferences are the AAFP’s leadership development event that empowers a select group of change makers to catalyze positive change in family medicine. ACLF and NCCL bring together chapter leaders from all over the nation to leadership skills and create lasting relationships with other family physician leaders

The Georgia delegation included the following leaders and staff:

  • Susana Alfonso, MD – Chapter President – Atlanta
  • Michael Satchell, MD – Albany
  • John Gerguis, MD – Statesboro
  • Angela Gerguis, MD – Statesboro – (NCCL Representative)
  • Le Church, MD, MPH – Hiawassee
  • Mike Busman, MD – Americus
  • Christina Kelly, MD – Ft. Benning – (NCCL Representative)
  • Monique Davis-Smith, MD – Macon
  • John Vu, MD – Griffin
  • Ali Bohannon – GAFP Manager of Operations and Membership
  • Kamela Boyd – GAFP Director of Communications and Marketing
  • Alesa McArthur – Deputy Executive Vice President
  • Fay Fulton – Executive Vice President


AAFP Shares New Vaccination Resources For World Immunization Week

AAFP has developed fact sheets for physician members and clinical staff to address vaccine skepticism and fear.

Click the links to download resources.

Building Confidence When Talking to Parents About Children’s Vaccine- Responses to common questions and misconceptions parents may have about vaccines for children.

How to Approach Conversations With Parents About Routine Pediatric VaccinationsTips for effectively communicating with families.

2022 AAFP Member Satisfaction Study Launches April 27 – We Want to Hear from You

Thank you for being a member of the Georgia Academy and the American Academy of Family Physicians. You want up-to-date information, substantial support, and essential resources to help you in your day-to-day practice. The AAFP wants to provide all of that and more.

Tell us what’s important to you and how we can better meet your needs as a family physician by completing the 2022 Member Satisfaction Survey. Plus, this year’s survey will take only 5 minutes to complete.

All members should have received an email from the AAFP on April 27 with a link to the survey.

All individual responses will be kept confidential and only reported in the aggregate. Thank you for your time and feedback.  Contact Kathy Reid at or 913.906.6352 with questions.


AAFP National Conference for Residents and Medical Students Early Bird Registration Ends June 17

Join us for National Conference July 28–30 in Kansas City, Missouri. This is the only event focused on bringing together family medicine residents and medical students. Regardless of where you’re at in your medical journey, there is something for everyone at National Conference—including hands-on learning, educational sessions, and inspiring Main Stage presentations.

This three-day event is the perfect opportunity to delve deep into the family medicine specialty.  Shake the hands of future employers or residency program directors who are excited to connect with you. Meet like-minded peers and focus on the next step of your journey toward family medicine.

Come experience all that family medicine has to offer and discover what makes this specialty so impactful.

Save $50 when you register by June 17.

Register Now

Upcoming Opportunity Gives Members Access to PPE

Collaboration with AAFP and Project N95 Runs August 24-September 2

A new collaboration between the GAFP, AAFP and Project N95 will help family physicians secure personal protective equipment — even in hard-to-find small quantities — during a limited-time opportunity.

The project, which began August 24th offers GAFP members (including students and residents) the opportunity to purchase items such as N95 masks, gowns, and face shields. Orders must be shipped within the United States.

This collaboration with the not-for-profit organization Project N95( is part of the Academy’s ongoing work to empower family physicians to continue their work as the foundation of America’s health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Helping family physicians secure PPE has been a crucial part of the AAFP’s government and private-sector advocacy from the beginning of the pandemic.

If you have questions – contact the AAFP member resource center at

GAFP Stands Strong during the AAFP National Conference

The NEW virtual three-day National Conference of Family Medicine residents and medical students featured virtual workshops, social and networking events, an expo hall featuring hundreds of family medicine residencies, and resident and student congresses. A total of 70 active medical students and residents from around the state of Georgia participated in the virtual conference along with the following Georgia state residency programs: Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center FMRP, Columbus FMRP, Medical Center of Central Georgia, Floyd FMRP, Northeast Georgia FMRP, Northside Gwinnett Medical Center FMRP, Houston FMRP, and Wellstar Kennestone FMRP.

The GAFP had representation in both the resident and student delegate categories. Dr. Kamal Mohiddiun from the Memorial Health Family Medicine Residency Program in Savannah served as our resident delegate and Dr. Macy McNair from Morehouse School of Medicine FMRP in Atlanta served as our alternate. Grace Saxon and Lindsey Wells, both from the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta served as our student delegate and alternate student, respectively.

The National Congress of Family Medicine Residents (NCFMR) and the National Congress of Student Members (NCSM) traditionally meet during National Conference, but congress sessions were moved to virtual due to Covid-19 and our delegates were unable to attend the conference in-person. The GAFP instead offered delegates and opportunity to attend the GAFP August Conclave at Callaway Gardens, where they participated in a networking dinner and other online virtual leadership sessions as a state.

GAFP student delegate, Grace Saxon said, “It has been a wonderful experience serving a Georgia student delegate.”

GAFP resident delegate, Dr. Kamal Mohiddiun said, “I very much enjoyed serving as a GAFP resident delegate. It motivates me to get more involved in the direction of my residency but also gets me thinking about applying for some of these national positions next year. Thank you for the opportunity.”

GAFP resident alternate delegate, Dr. Macy McNair said, “It was an honor to experience the first virtual AAFP National Conference while representing and serving the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians as a resident alternate delegate. To lend my voice to offer examples, possible solutions, or to simply cosign on common practices was an amazing experience. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as a GAFP delegate!


A Message from the AAFP: Complete the 2020 Member Satisfaction Survey by April 30th

Deadline Extended!

Recently we asked you to share feedback by taking the AAFP Membership Survey. That was before the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Right now, your free time is invaluable as you work hard to keep your communities healthy. We still would like to know how we can best serve your needs, so we’ve extended the survey deadline to April 30.

If you can find 10 free minutes in the next few weeks, please share your thoughts about this past year of your membership. As always, your response is confidential.

Take the survey – AAFP Member Satisfaction Survey

We will continue to fight for you every day on Capitol Hill. We will continue to vet and provide the latest information and best practices so you can make informed decisions and educate your patients.

Thank you for your time. And thank you for all you do every day.

AAFP Foundation Offers Scholarships to National Conference

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students (National Conference) will take place Thursday-Saturday, July 30–August 1, in Kansas City, MO. Past attendees consistently rate this event as an invaluable opportunity because of the practical sessions, networking, and chance to learn more about family medicine.

The AAFP Foundation is offering 250 Family Medicine Leads Scholarships (FML Scholarships) to assist students and residents in attending National Conference. This financial assistance, valued at $600 per scholarship, helps offset expenses such as registration, travel, lodging, and meals. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 29.

Information regarding scholarship eligibility and application requirements can be found on the AAFP website. If you have specific questions about National Conference or the FML Scholarships, please contact Rachel Larsen or call 800.274.2237, ext. 6369.