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Members in the News

State reaches 200,000 COVID-19 case mark; county hot spots remain

Three GAFP members were highlighted in the latest Georgia Health News article on COVID hot spots – Dr. Harry Heiman of Atlanta, Dr. Earl Martin of Waycross and Dr. Brent Waters of Blackshear were all quoted, offering various insights regarding the spread of the virus. Thanks to our members who are serving on the front lines and keeping Georgians abreast about COVID-19 around the state.

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians: 2020 Student Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2020 recipients of the T. A. Sappington Award. This prestigious award is given to student members who have demonstrated their commitment to family medicine by choosing to attend a Georgia Family Medicine Residency Program.  We had a strong year with many of our graduates electing to remain in Georgia for residency.

This year we recognize:

Mr. Connor O’Sullivan, a student from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, was nominated by Dr. David Kriegel. He has been accepted and enrolled in Wellstar Kennestone Family Medicine Residency Program in Marietta. Connor has been an uplifting voice for Family Medicine. He has worked with the student-run free clinics in the community, served as a race volunteer for the MedWars Medical Wilderness Race, and volunteered at the Equality Clinic and Women’s Clinic in Augusta.  Additionally, Connor worked as a behavioral data analyst for the Marcus Autism Center’s Feeding Disorders Clinic where he spent time with autistic patients with behavioral issues related to food.

Ms. Catherine Waldron, a student from Mercer University School of Medicine – Savannah, was nominated by Dr. Robert Pallay.  She has been accepted into the Memorial Health Medical Center Residency Program in Savannah.  Catherine is committed to improving herself, those around her and her community. She has volunteered during COVID-19 pandemic and facilitated health screenings at Forsyth Farmer’s Market. Catherine also served as a GAFP Student Alternate Board Member and Treasurer of the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) at Mercer University SOM – Savannah campus.

Ms. Alexis Brown, a student from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-Georgia, was nominated by Dr. Michael Sampson. She has been accepted into the Memorial Health Medical Center Residency Program in Savannah. Ms. Brown is passionate about promoting healthcare to underserved and under-represented groups. In addition to working with special needs population, she has worked with the Triaged Navajo women in an outpatient clinic. Ms. Brown has also served as the President of PCOM Georgia Chapter ACOFP.

Mr. David Daniels, a student from Morehouse School of Medicine, was nominated by Dr. Dolapo Babalola. He has been accepted into Morehouse School of Medicine Residency Program in Atlanta. Mr. Daniels is a hard-working student with a commitment to serving his community. He has served as a student leader for the 2019 National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine. In addition to serving as co-director of the HEAL Student-run Free Clinic. Mr. Daniels was the 2019 1st Place Medical Student Winner of the GAFP Research Poster Competition and a member of the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) at Morehouse SOM.

CALL FOR POSTERS: GAFP’s 2020 Virtual Research Poster Presentation

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians

2020 Virtual Research Poster Presentation

Held in Conjunction with the GAFP’s Fall Hybrid Meeting

November 13-14, 2020


Submission Deadline September 7, 2020 (NO EXCEPTIONS)

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is seeking submissions for a Fall Virtual Research Poster Presentation to be conducted during the 2020 GAFP’s Fall Hybrid Meeting, November 13-14.

Criteria/Who Can Participate:

Submissions from Pathway to Medical School Pre-med students, and GAFP members who are medical students, residents and practicing physicians/fellows are welcome.

Posters presented may be research results, case reports, summer projects, or educational projects.  Posters may address any topic relevant to family medicine.  Submissions must be of original work not yet published or presented at regional or national meetings and completed.  Concurrent (2020) submissions to other conferences such as the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) and Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) are encouraged.  Medical student projects previously presented at medical schools or on student “Research Days” are accepted.

During the submission review and acceptance process, several authors will be selected to virtually showcase in the research poster competition.  Each presenter will create an online poster presentation with the option to include both audio and video clips. Only presentations containing audio or video submissions will qualify for full competition judging.   The online poster presentation website will be open for viewing during the GAFP Fall Hybrid Meeting.

How to Submit Your Poster:

Complete Application Form   One application form should be completed for each abstract and poster submission.  Please indicate on the entry form the primary presenter (the on-site person) and please indicate if an advisor or coordinator was involved in the completion of the research poster, and the extent of their participation.


One copy of the abstract should be submitted with an electronic copy of your poster. The abstract should be no longer than 250 words.

Submit to GAFP                     

Submit application form, abstract, and electronic copy of your poster in .pdf format to Felicia Kenan, at by September 7, 2020.

Poster Acceptance Notification:

Competition finalists will be notified via email no later than Monday, October 12th.

All finalist will be notified by email if their abstract has been accepted for the virtual poster presentation competition.    Please make sure the presenter’s email address is current to ensure that all important communication is received.  After receiving their email notifications, participants will be provided guidelines to upload official virtual posters and oral video files.  All presentations must be uploaded no later than October 23rd for judging.  Oral presentations will be judged no later than November 6th.  Notification of competition results will be released by the start of the Fall meeting, November 13th.   ALL posters will be virtually displayed during the Fall Hybrid Meeting.

E-Poster Design and Oral Presentation Tips Webinars
Accepted presenters will be notified of complimentary live webinars that will cover e- poster design, video production, and best practices for your oral presentation. Webinars will be recorded if you cannot attend the live sessions.

During the Competition:

Oral Presentation Videos
For the 2020 Fall Hybrid Meeting, each approved presenter will prepare a 3-minute oral presentation video that will be uploaded along with their abstract and e-poster pdf. These materials will be available for meeting attendees and the general public through an online poster presentation portal

All abstracts and oral presentations will be reviewed and judged by a minimum of three judges.

Review will focus on the following:

  • Significance of findings for practicing family physicians.
  • Quality of presentation of findings.
  • Quality of methods used to generate findings.

In instances in which the above criteria do not apply, reviewers will seek to evaluate the extent to which the submitted presentation will be of interest to family physicians.

Posters will be virtually displayed during the Fall Hybrid Meeting.  Oral presentation judges will review posters containing video/audio clips by November 6, 2020.  Presenters should be concise, thorough, and knowledgeable of the presented research.  Presenters are expected to answer questions submitted via the poster portal from viewers over the course the conference.

One award will be given for the best presentation in the following categories:

  • Pre-med Students (one $500 award)
  • Medical Students (one $500 award)
  • Residents (one $500 award)
  • Practicing Physician/Fellow (1 recognition award)

Please note, if there are multiple presenters for a winning poster, they will share the award equally.

A listing of all winning posters will be published in a GAFP publication following the November meeting and announced during the Fall Hybrid Meeting.

Important Dates to Remember:

  • September 7, 2020 – Submission Deadline
  • October 12, 2020 – Finalists Notified
  • October 23, 2020 – Finalist Presentations Uploaded for Judging
  • November 6, 2020 – Final Oral Presentations
  • November 13, 2020 – Posters Displayed during Virtual Fall Meeting

For more information, please contact Felicia Kenan (404) 321-7445 or




The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is seeking resolutions for the 2020 Congress of Delegates (COD) meeting. Last year, the COD tackled issues such as coverage for HIV testing and treatments, remove barriers to physician credentialing in rural and physician-shortage, and obstetric privileges for family physicians.

What is the Congress of Delegates, you ask?  The GAFP Congress of Delegates is a governing body of the Academy that can set policy. It meets annually at the GAFP Annual Meeting to vote on and ratify decisions that are made by the Board all year, as well as to hear and vote on resolutions from all members.

We are soliciting your ideas and leadership in proposing resolutions for this year’s Congress of Delegates, the first session will be a live webinar/conference call on Thursday, October 29, at 6:00 pm and the final session will meet on Thursday, November 12 in conjunction with the Annual Meeting held at The Avalon Hotel in Alpharetta.

Do you need help writing your resolution? Staff and Speaker Carl McCurdy, MD and Vice Speaker Monica Newton, DO are available to assist you, contact Angela Flanigan at or 800.392.3841. You can submit your resolution online at The deadline to submit resolutions is Friday, September 11.

Join us as a delegate!  If you are interested in serving your district by being elected as a COD delegate for your district, please reach out to Angela Flanigan and she will confirm your district number, then send you a survey to complete to nominate yourself and others from your district.


Medicaid Provider – COVID Relief

Targeted Payments to Medicaid and CHIP Providers

HHS announced this week plans to distribute $15 billion from the Provider Relief Fund targeted to eligible providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and have not yet received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Distribution. This funding will supply relief to Medicaid and CHIP clinicians experiencing lost revenues or increased expenses due to COVID-19. Additional payments will also be made to safety-net hospitals.

To be eligible for this funding, health care clinicians must not have received payments from the $50 billion Provider Relief Fund General Distribution and either have directly billed their state Medicaid/CHIP programs or Medicaid managed-care plans for health-care-related services between January 1, 2018, and May 31, 2020.

The Provider Relief General Distribution directed $50 billion to Medicare facilities and providers affected by COVID-19, based on eligible providers’ 2018 net patient revenue, in April and May. This distribution reached approximately 62% of all providers participating in state Medicaid and CHIP programs. For this reason, many family physicians may not be eligible for the Medicaid targeted payments. This new Medicaid and CHIP Targeted Distribution will make monies from the Provider Relief Fund available to the remaining 38% of providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and have not yet received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Allocation.

Action Required to Receive Payments

HHS launched the Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal( on June 10. To receive a payment, clinicians who participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and/or Medicaid and CHIP managed care organizations, and who have not yet received General Distribution funding, should report their annual patient revenue through this portal. The distribution will be equal to at least 2% of reported gross revenues from patient care. The final amount each provider receives will be determined after the data are submitted, including information about the number of Medicaid patients served. The deadline to submit an application for the Medicaid Targeted Distribution is July 20, 2020.

Instructions( and the application form( are provided to assist applicants in applying for funds. Once a payment is received, providers must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agree to the Terms and Conditions( within 90 days.