AAFP News

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(www.projectn95.org) 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 aafp@aafp.org.

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.

Message from AAFP President: Coronavirus Resources to Prepare Your Practice and Educate Patients

AAFP members,

With the recent outbreak and significant news coverage of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), your patients are likely turning to you with questions and concerns regarding their own health. The AAFP has gathered the latest information you need to ensure that your practice is prepared for COVID-19 and that your patients get evidence-based information from their trusted doctor.

The AAFP’s coronavirus page is your go-to resource that will be updated regularly with new information from the CDC and other credible sources that’s relevant for family physicians. This includes what’s currently known about:

  • Prevention
  • Infection control
  • Screening
  • Treatment
  • Pandemic preparation

Bookmark this resource and check back frequently to stay informed about this rapidly evolving public health situation.

In addition to patient concerns around coronavirus, I know many of us are still experiencing an active flu season. Thus, it is important we continue to remind our patients who haven’t gotten a flu shot that is it not too late to be vaccinated.

We will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation and will send you additional emails as appropriate.

Sincerely,

Gary LeRoy, MD
President
American Academy of Family Physicians

 

CTA: Visit the AAFP’s COVID-19 webpage