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Georgia Academy of Family Physicians elects, Jeff Stone, MD, MBA, MHA, FAAFP as president at the 2019 Annual Meeting

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians elects, Jeff Stone, MD, MBA, MHA, FAAFP as president at the 2019 Annual Meeting

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians inaugurated Jeff Stone MD, MBA, MHA, FAAFP during their 51st Congress of Delegates, in conjunction with the Annual CME Meeting on Saturday, November 16th.  The 2019 Annual Meeting was held at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort, November 14th through November 16th. Dr. Stone joins other physician leaders who inspire and mount initiatives, education, resources, and advocacy efforts in service to fellow family physicians and Georgia families.  Dr. Stone is a native of Latham, New York but now resides in Canton, Georgia.

Dr. Jeff Stone received his bachelor’s degree in Biology and Russian from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. He obtained his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, W. I. and completed his residency program in family medicine at the Albany Medical Center Affiliated Hospitals in New York. In 2014, Dr. Stone obtained his Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) from Georgia State University. Dr. Stone is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Stone is currently a family physician at WellStar Health Systems in Marietta, Georgia. Prior to joining WellStar Medical Group, Dr. Stone was a managing partner with Latham Medical Group in New York. He has more than thirty years of experience treating patients for a wide variety of “cradle to grave” conditions. Dr. Stone is passionate about providing cost effective, value and evidenced based medicine.

In addition to his clinical background, Dr. Stone is heavily committed to community and professional leadership. He is a graduate of the 2017 Georgia Physician Leadership Academy. He served as the Treasurer of the GAFP Board of Directors for three years, and he previously served as the Speaker of Congress of Delegates. Prior to that, he was the Finance and Practice Management Committee Chairman for the GAFP. In 2017, Dr. Stone was awarded the Preceptor of the Year Award at Mercer University School of Medicine and Georgia Regents University (MCG).

“I look forward to a year supporting our members and advancing our strategic initiatives,” said Dr. Stone.

Dr. Stone will serve as the GAFP President 2019-2020 and will subsequently become Board Chair in 2021.

 

Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H.

Commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health

November 19, 2019

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed 11 cases of measles in the past 10 days. That brings the total number of confirmed measles cases in Georgia to 18 so far this year – more than in the previous decade combined.

As physicians and health care providers, we must be ever vigilant for patients presenting with febrile rash illness and clinically compatible measles symptoms. If you suspect measles in a patient, notify Public Health immediately at 404-657-2588 (during business hours), or 1-866-PUB-HLTH after hours or weekends.

Please follow the guidance below in assessing patients for measles.

  • Healthcare providers should consider measles in the initial differential diagnosis of patients presenting with the following symptoms, particularly those who have a history of recent international or domestic travel, exposure to international travelers, or exposure to a possible measles case:
    • Fever ≥101˚F (38.3˚C) AND
    • Generalized maculopapular rash lasting > three days AND
    • Cough, runny nose or conjunctivitis
  • Isolate persons with suspect measles immediately (negative pressure room, if available). Patients should be managed in a manner that prevents disease spread in the healthcare setting https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/pdf/guidelines/isolation-guidelines-H.pdf.
  • Report suspect cases of measles immediately by calling either the District Health Office or Georgia DPH at 404-657-2588 (during business hours), or 1-866-PUB-HLTH after hours or weekends. Do not wait on laboratory results before reporting.
  • Obtain appropriate clinical specimens. Laboratory testing for measles is required for confirmation. This includes two throat swabs and urine for measles PCR and culture, and blood for serology testing. Detailed specimen collection and shipping guidelines are available at the DPH measles website. DPH will assist in coordinating measles testing at the Georgia Public Health Laboratory.
  • Ensure patients are up-to-date on their vaccinations according to CDC’s recommended schedules for children and adults.

The number of measles cases in the U.S. continues to increase almost daily. Just a few weeks ago, the country was very close to losing its measles elimination status – a very sobering thought in this day and age.

The current measles outbreak in Georgia is small compared to other outbreaks documented around the country. However, the toll even a single case of measles takes goes well beyond physical illness – impacting economies, work forces, education, health care systems, and creating a public health burden to protect vulnerable populations. As such, our role becomes even more critical in identifying every case of measles and preventing transmission and strengthening vaccine confidence among parents and patients.

Thank you for all that you do to keep Georgians safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H.
Commissioner

Registration Now Open – Day at the State Capitol – Thursday, March 5, 2020

Registration Now Open – Day at the State Capitol – Thursday, March 5, 2020

Registration is now open for GAFP members to join your colleagues to advocate for our profession and our patients at our Legislative Day at the Capitol. This year’s Day at the Capitol will be held at the Freight Depot (next to the State Capitol) on Thursday, March 5, 2020.  You will receive important legislative updates and have the opportunity to visit with Georgia legislators at the Capitol prior to returning to the Freight Depot for lunch. Both your state representative and state senator will be invited to sit with you during the lunch program.  Small travel stipends available for GAFP medical students and family medicine residents.

Registration is free – but you must register before February 24th to be included.  Click here to register or complete the PDF version of the registration and email/scan to ffulton@gafp.org.

Day at the Capitol Registration Form

Agenda

8:30 am – 9:15 am          Breakfast/Legislative Priorities

9:15 am – 10:15 am        Policy Briefing

10:15 am – Noon             Legislative Visits at the Capitol

12:15 pm – 2:00 pm       Lunch with Legislators/Wrap Up

Questions?  Contact Fay Fulton at ffulton@gafp.org.

 

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Awards Dolapo Babalola, MD, FAAFP, its 2019 Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) awarded Dolapo Babalola, MD, FAAFP its 2019 Family Medicine Educator of the Year, for her exceptional influence on medical students and residents as faculty at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Dr. Babalola is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and the Director of Medical Education and Rural Health at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Dr. Babalola has led many innovative efforts, including the Family Medicine Sub-Internship Selective Curriculum both structurally and educationally for the fourth-year medical students to promote primary care. She volunteers in the free student run clinic where she supervises and teaches students as they provide medical care for underserved and uninsured populations. She continues to develop new curricula and initiatives for medical students which includes; mid-clerkship evaluation meetings, group clinical skill sessions and National Board of Medical Examiners Subject examination prep review.

Dr. Babalola received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Guyana School of Medicine, in Guyana. She completed Postgraduate Training at Morehouse School of Medicine and a fellowship in the Department of Family Medicine Faculty Development and Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Babalola has received the following awards; Grady Community Teacher’s Award, Outstanding Family Medicine Educator by the Morehouse Student Government Association. She was the 2nd place recipient for the Morehouse Faculty Teaching Competition and she was the 2018 GAFP Research Poster Award winner in the Practicing physician category at Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Annual Meeting.

Dr. Babalola embodies the true definition of an effective educator in Family Medicine. She is an emerging leader and we look forward to supporting her in her pursuit of being a lifelong educator.

Dr. Babalola will be among a group of four individuals honored by GAFP at the Annual Fall CME meeting in November.

 

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Awards Folashade Omole, MD, FAAFP its 2019 Community & Volunteer Services Awards

 

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) selected Folashade Omole, MD, FAAFP as its 2019 Community & Volunteer Services Award recipient, for her outstanding commitment to the community and efforts in raising awareness about access to and affordability of medical care in underserved communities in Atlanta.

Dr. Omole holds the Sarah & William Hambrecht Endowed Chair of Family Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine. She is the Professor of Family Medicine and the Medical Director of MSM H.E.A.L. (Health Equity for All Lives), a student-run clinic.

Dr. Omole exemplifies what it truly means to be a volunteer not only giving of her time, but her talents as well. At MSM, she’s a role model for students and residents and goes above and beyond to commit herself to the H.E.A.L. Clinic and the Good Samaritan Health Center in Atlanta. She leads other community initiatives at Morehouse School of Medicine including community health fairs and community engagement days to screen for chronic diseases and provide education.

Dr. Omole is a graduate of the Morehouse School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program. She received a BSc in Physics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria; and her medical degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, lle-lfe, Nigeria; two of the foremost prestigious universities in Nigeria. In 2000, Dr. Omole was appointed Clerkship Director in the Department of Family Medicine at MSM; and Residency Program Director in September 2004. She practices the full scope of family medicine including obstetrics; and is also a licensed medical acupuncturist.

Dr. Omole has served in various roles with the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) including Treasurer, District 11 Director for the GAFP Board and the GAFP Executive Committee. She was the recipient of the Georgia Academy Family Physician Educator of the Year Award in 2006 and the GAFP Family Physician of the Year in 2015. Dr. Omole will be among a group of four individuals honored by GAFP.

Dr. Omole will be among a group of four individuals honored by GAFP at the Annual Fall CME meeting in November.