Resident News

CALL FOR POSTERS: Submission Deadline September 6, 2019 (NO EXCEPTIONS)

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is seeking submissions for the Annual Research Poster Presentation to be held Friday, November 15, 2019, during the GAFP’s Family Medicine Weekend. In addition, GAFP is partnering with the Georgia Primary Care Association seeking submissions for community-based abstracts for the GPCA Annual Meeting, October 11, 2019.

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 (2019) 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.

How to Submit Proposal:

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.

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

Poster: A one-page copy of the poster display (e.g., created in PowerPoint, Photoshop, Publisher, or Canva etc. and saved both in its original form and as a PDF).

Submit to GAFP:   Submit application form, abstract, and electronic copy of your poster to Felicia Kenan, at fkenan@gafp.org by September 6, 2019.

Presenter Schedule:

October 11, 2019: GPCA Annual Meeting, The Hotel at Avalon, 9000 Avalon Blvd, Alpharetta, GA. 30009 (Research that’s Beneficial to the Community for more information contact Theresa Jacobs, MD trjacobs@yahoo.com)

November 15, 2019: GAFP Family Medicine Weekend, Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort – Stone Mountain, GA, 4021 Lakeview Drive, Stone Mountain, GA  30083.  In addition to displaying their posters electronically, the top submissions from each category (Pre-med students, medical students, residents and practicing physicians/fellows) will be chosen to do a small presentation on the abstract mainstage during the meeting.

Deadlines:

  • September 6, 2019: Abstract submission deadline. Submit applications and abstracts to fkenan@gafp.org.
  • October 14, 2019: Deadline to Notify Submitters of Acceptance
  • October 21, 2019: Deadline to Notify Oral Presenters
  • October 24, 2019: Deadline for Oral Presentation Acceptance/Response
  • November 7, 2019: Deadline to Submit Electronic Poster to fkenan@gafp.org

Download a PDF of the proposal guidelines here

Georgia Unites at the 2019 AAFP National Conference

The three-day National Conference of Family Medicine residents and medical students in Kansas City, Missouri., featured workshops, social and networking events, an expo hall featuring hundreds of family medicine residencies, and resident and student congresses. Early numbers show the AAFP hosted some 5,159 people on July 25-27, including 1,893 medical students and 1,282 residents.

A total of 99 active medical students and residents from around the state of Georgia were in attendance along with the following Georgia state residency programs: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center FMRP, Columbus FMRP, Emory FMRP, Augusta University Medical College of GA FMRP, Medical Center of Central Georgia, Floyd FMRP, Savannah FMRP Memorial Medical Center, Northeast Georgia FMRP, Gwinnett Medical Center FMRP, Houston FMRP, and WellStar Kennestone FMRP.

The GAFP had representation in both the resident and student categories. Dr. Chivon Stubbs from the Morehouse Family Medicine Residency Program at Morehouse Healthcare Comprehensive Family Healthcare Center in Atlanta served as our resident delegate and Dr. Jemese Richards-Boyd from WellStar Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta served as our alternate. Sun Hee Shin “Sunny” and Carley Borrelli, both from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta served as our student delegate and alternate student respectively.

GAFP student delegate, to Sun Hee “Sunny” Shin said, “I learned so much from the AAFP national conference and felt honored to represent Georgia as the student chapter delegate”

2019 Highlights

Yes, Ma’am (Mothers Advancing in Academic Medicine), I Can Do It All! Panel

  • Another event that occurred at the AAFP National Conference was the Yes, Ma’am (Mothers Advancing in Academic Medicine), I Can Do It All: An Interactive Panel Discussion. GAFP Member Amy Bailey, MD was among a panel of academic family physicians in various career and life stages who shared their stories of motherhood and medicine, including traditional and nontraditional paths.

Amy Bailey, MD (seated left) during the panel discussion on “Yes, Ma’am (Mothers Advancing in Academic Medicine), I Can Do It All!”

Khaja Kamal Mohiuddin, MD PGY-1 HCA Memorial Health FMRP (left) and Kristen Kettelhut, MD PGY-3 Piedmont Columbus Regional FMRP (right) pose with their red candidate buttons

GAFP Student Delegate Sun Hee Shin “Sunny” (left) with alternate Carley Borrelli (right) during the student congress activities

George Brown, MD, Program Director at WellStar AMC Residency Program (left) with residents from his program

Northeast Georgia Health Systems FMRP Program Director (left), Monica Newton, DO with faculty members Jody Brahmiller, MD (middle) and Amy Baily, MD (right)

Dr. Natalie Britt Wins Double Award from the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians


Pictured: Dr. Keith Ellis and Dr. Natalie Britt

Dr. Natalie Britt Wins Double Award from the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians

Congratulations to Dr. Natalie Britt, Chief Resident, Savannah Family Medicine Residency Program Memorial Hospital, for being chosen as the 2019 Dr. Keith Ellis Resident Scholarship Award winner as well as the 2019 Resident of the Year Award from the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians.

These prestigious awards recognize the individual efforts of family medicine residents who demonstrate leadership and academic skills, participate in professional affairs, and contribute positively to the community. Dr. Britt exhibits exemplary leadership skills within the residency program, her local community as well as provides dedicated service to the American Academy of Family Physicians as a Resident Delegate and Resident Member of the Commission on Education.

Dr. Britt received notification of her awards at a reception hosted by Dr. Robert Pallay, Program Director, Savannah Family Medicine Residency Program Memorial Medical Center in June. On a special note, Dr. Keith Ellis, for whom the Keith Ellis Resident Scholarship Award was named, was in attendance and helped congratulate Dr. Britt on her awards.

We look forward to many more years of commitment and leadership from Dr. Britt!

Nominate a Colleague for a GAFP Award – Deadline is April 12th

To My Colleagues:

It’s award nomination season and we’d like you to think about honoring a fellow Georgia family physician, or a deserving student or resident in your program. Please help me and the rest of your Georgia family physicians in recognizing exemplary service to the profession of family medicine and contributions to our State, by nominating someone for one of the following awards:

Awards Deadline To Submit Nominations
Family Medicine Resident of the Year April 12, 2019
Keith Ellis Resident Scholarship April 12, 2019
T.A. Sappington, MD Award April 12, 2019
Family Medicine Community and Volunteer Services Award May 3, 2019
Georgia Family Physician of The Year May 3, 2019
Family Medicine Educator of The Year May 3, 2019

The Membership Committee will nominate a slate to be approved by the Board of Directors, and presentation of the awards will be held during the 2019 GAFP Annual Meeting in November.

Many noteworthy colleagues may not have been considered for an award because they were not nominated.  To download an electronic copy of the awards nomination package go to http://www.gafp.org/awards.asp.  Please complete the nomination form and return it via email to Angela Flanigan at aflanigan@gafp.org, or by fax (404) 321-7450.

The awards nomination package includes the awards and criteria, nomination forms and a list of past winners of each award.

If you have questions, please contact Angela Flanigan at 1-800-392-3841 or aflanigan@gafp.org.

Sincerely,

Donald L. Fordham, MD, FAAFP

President, Georgia Academy of Family Physicians

Family Physicians Leading in Advocacy

On February 28th over 200 physicians and medical students stormed the State Capitol to bring the Georgia Academy’s legislative priorities to the Georgia General Assembly.  Governor Brian Kemp made welcoming remarks and Medicaid Chief Blake Fulenwider gave the group an update on current state health policy initiatives.

GAFP’s current legislative priorities are listed below:

House Bill 287 (Sponsor Rep. Matt Dubnik – Gainesville)

Workforce – Preceptor Tax Credit – Support tax credits for community-based physician faculty to precept Georgia medical students, physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses.  (Pending House Ways and Means Committee – as of February 27)

Senate Bill 106 (Sponsor Senator Blake Tillery – Augusta)

Medicaid – Support Medicaid innovations (state waivers) to provide affordable access to health insurance for low income Georgians and stabilize the current insurance market for individuals and small businesses.  (Passed the Senate on February 26!!  Now heads to the House.)

House Bill 63 (Sponsor Rep. Sharon Cooper – Marietta)

Insurance – Step Therapy – Support legislation to require insurance (non-ERISA) and State Health Benefit Plans to have a process for step therapy exception protocols.  (Passed the House and now pending in the Senate Insurance Committee)

House Bill 409 (Sponsor Rep. Alan Powell – Hartwell/Senate Bill 109 (Sponsor Sen. Larry Walker – Perry)

Patient Safety – Oppose legislation that would allow APRN’s to order imaging without supervision of a physician and would also allow physicians to increase supervision from four to eight advance practice nurses at the same time in active practice.  The Georgia Academy has concerns about additional abundance of over-imaging of patients by allowing non-physicians to order screenings.  The GAFP also believes that increasing the number of active APRN’s working concurrently under a physician’s supervision diminishes the ability to provide accurate review of patient care. (Pending in the House Special Committee on Access to Quality Health Care / Passed in Senate Health Committee)

House Bill 416 (Sponsor State Rep. Rick Williams – Milledgeville

Child Safety – Oppose legislation that would create a state vaccine board to allow easing of mandatory childhood vaccines.  This legislation would reduce Georgia’s child immunization rates.  It would also be duplicative of the federal National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.  Vaccines save lives by preventing disease. (Pending in the House Health & Human Services Committee.)

Thank you GAFP leaders who made the time to support our advocacy by connecting with our legislators.  Save the date for the 2020 Day at the Capitol – Thursday, March 5.

Sponsor of HB 287 (Tax Credit for Preceptor) State Rep Matt Dubnik – Gainesville joins Drs Monica Newton and Amy Bailey

Medical students at Capitol with past presidents’ Drs Mitch Cook and Mitzi Rubin

Georgia Academy Board-chair, Loy “Chip” Cowart, MD and President, Donald L. Fordham, MD pictured with State Representative Terry Bruce