Georgia Academy Leadership Meets with Georgia Congressman Tom Price, MD

Chapter President Mitzi Rubin, MD recently sat down with Georgia Congressman Tom Price, MD to discuss a variety of issues affecting family medicine and our patients. One key discussion that Congressman Price and Dr. Rubin focused on was the epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction. Dr. Rubin also encouraged Congressman Price to join the Congressional Primary Care Caucus. Part of this discussion included Dr. Rubin giving Congressman Price a campaign donation from the AAFP FAM MED PAC to support his re-election.

The Georgia Academy has a state PAC ( and encourages all family physicians to contribute to both our state and national PAC to help foster ongoing relationships with our elected officials.  For more information about the AAFP’s advocacy efforts click here:


Family Physicians-Advocating for Our Practice and our Patients

Please click here to make a donation now:

My name is Mitzi Rubin, MD and I’m a mom with two young boys, a wife to a great husband, a growing family medicine practice in Marietta and a diehard Georgia Bulldog!  I’m also the president of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and a supporter of the Georgia Academy’s Political Action Campaign (PAC).

You might not think of me as the typical supporter of political campaigns – but I know how important it is for the Georgia Academy to have legislators who understand the importance of a strong workforce of family physicians in our state.   I was a typical physician and assumed that other people, those out in practice longer than me or with less medical education debt- were always giving. But I was wrong, only 4% of our active membership donated to our PAC last year. Now I realize just how important giving to our PAC is!

Let’s help increase that percentage this year. A $100 donation is equal to about 27 Cents a day! The best quarter a day I have ever spent!   I would appreciate your taking time to consider making a contribution to our PAC.

A few facts about our PAC that you might be unaware of:

  • 100 percent of your donation will go to support candidates who are friendly to family medicine.  None of the PAC money collected go to offset GAFP’s advocacy activities.
  • If all of our active members donated $100, our PAC would outpace the lawyers, chiropractors and most other state political committees.
  • Our GAFP PAC is our voluntary family medicine PAC provides Georgia family physicians a strong voice in the Georgia state legislature and helps the Academy in its efforts to impact both health policy and the overall practice environment.
  • Our PAC is non-partisan and gives to candidates who are knowledgeable about family medicine and interested in the needs of our patients.

Please click here to make a donation now:


Your PAC Dollars at Work –

·         Increase Medicaid reimbursement.

·         Prohibit further expansion of other providers and disciplines into primary care’s scope of practice.

·         Thwart regulations that add to administrative overload and impede patient access to quality care.


Thanks for your help and support.


Mitzi B. Rubin, MD, FAAFP

Chapter President


Emory Residents present Tar Wars


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Emory Family Medicine Residents (L to R)

Bipin J.S. Bagga MD, Jairaj Vailoor MD, Priya Gulati MD, Gayle Wong MD, Rani Patil MD and Torrance Laury MD recently presented the Tar Wars tobacco prevention program to more than 150 5th graders at Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston, Ga.

To learn how you can present the program in your community contact Kara Sinkule at



Your Voice Matters: Speak Up at the Legislative Day at the Capitol!

Join your family physician and medical student colleagues and attend our Legislative Day at the Capitol on Thursday, February 11, 2016.  This day-long event allows GAFP members to build and nurture relationships with state legislators and their staff at the Capitol in Atlanta.  It is also the perfect opportunity to share personal stories related to important health policy issues – such as access to primary care, scope of practice and graduate medical education.

The event is open to all GAFP members who are passionate about policy issues and want to help advance the specialty of family medicine and primary care in Georgia, as well as meet and network with fellow advocates from around the state.  Registration is free (until February 1) and will include a light breakfast and lunch.  We will invite your local legislators to sit with you during lunch.

Legislative Day at the Capitol

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Floyd Veterans Building, Floyd Room, West Tower, 20th Floor
2 Martin Luther King Drive, Atlanta, GA 30334
And Georgia State Capitol

Hosted by Patient Centered Physician Coalition of Georgia

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, Georgia OBGyn Society, Georgia Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics, Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association, Georgia Chapter – American College of Physicians


8:30-10:00 am Breakfast – Advocacy Training

Keynote – Department of Community Health Briefing on Medicaid and State Health Benefit Plan

10:00-10:30 am Review of Legislative Priorities

10:30 am – Noon Legislative Visits at the Capitol

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

Registration – Free Until February 1st!

Name ___________________________________________________________

HOME Address __________________________________________________________

***Home Address to Be Used to Identify Your State Representative and State Senator.


Phone__________________________   Email____________________________

____Physician  ____Residents/Med. Student

____Res/Med Student requesting travel stipend.(up to $75 for mileage and parking)

____Clinical/Business Staff

Please register by February 1, 2016

Fax Back: 404-321-7450 or email: Fay Fulton (

Legislative Day @ the Capitol
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Plan to Attend the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Legislative Day at the Capitol! Meet your state legislators and top government officials and learn how the state government and legislature impacts your practice and Family Medicine in Georgia. Join us under the Gold Dome!

Who Should Attend: The meeting is open to all family physicians, residents and medical students, clinical and business staff. We will be joined at the meeting by our colleagues in internal medicine, OB/GYN and pediatrics.

Support the GAFP Political Action Campaign Committee! Is your name on this list?

Drs. George Arimah, Karla Booker, Srinivas Bramhadevi, Karen Bullington, Mike Busman, Chip Cowart, Mark L. Daniel, H. Gordan Davis, Chastity R. Ducksworth, Clifford Dunn, Kim Eubanks, Tom Fausett, D. Paul Fieseler, Gary Fischer, Edwin Flournoy, Jairaj Goberdhan, Julia Hendrich, Wayne Hoffman, Matthew L. Jenkins, Evelyn Johnson, Bruce LeClair, James Lemley, Steven Lucks, Sean Lynch, Ronald McLean, Rolf Meinhold, Michael Miles, Thomas J. Miller, Harold Moore, Kerry Neises, Brian Nadolne, Ifechukwude Nwadei, Chetan Patel, Sherma Peter, Wilhelmina Prinssen, Eddie Richardson, Rodrigo Sanchez, Ted Scoggins, Vandana Setia, George Shannon, Susan Shayes, Michael Sims, David Sowell, Jeff Stone, Donald Thomas, Rachel Gordon Velez, John Vu, W. Steven Wilson, Rick Wherry.

(GAFP PAC Donors as of May 20, 2015)

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is the only association in the state of Georgia solely dedicated to advocating for OUR profession and patients.

GAFP PAC supports candidates who are sympathetic to the cause of promoting quality health care and family medicine in Georgia. GAFP PAC is nonpartisan and provides education to all who seek public office.  A candidate’s commitment to the values of family medicine determines the support from the GAFP PAC.

Join YOUR GAFP PAC and make a contribution today. Join YOUR GAFP PAC, encourage our colleagues to join with you, and wear the PAC donor ribbon proudly!

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