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Georgia Academy of Family Physicians: 2019 Student Award Winners

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians

2019 Student Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2019 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. Michael Land, a student from Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM), Macon Campus, was nominated by Drs. Monique Davis-Smith, Program Director and Department Chair, Harry S. Strothers. He has been accepted and enrolled in Medical Center Navicent Health Family Medicine Residency Program.  Michael is the first student from the MUSM Macon campus to graduate in three years through the Accelerated Track Program and enter into the MCNH Family Medicine Residency. His other student activities include the Diversity in Medicine Interest Group-where he served as Treasurer; President, Genders and Sexuality Alliance, Treasurer of the Family Medicine Interest Group; President of the Kappa Mu Alumni Association (Honorary Society for college band members); and a member of the University of Georgia Alumni Pep Band.

Ms. Macy McNair, a student from Morehouse School of Medicine, was nominated by Dr. Dolapo Babalola.  She has been accepted into the Morehouse School of Medicine Residency Program.  Macy was very active during her medical school career at Morehouse.  She served as the Student Government Association President for the Class of 2019 and was the FMIG 1st and 3rd year liaison as well as an FMIG Ambassador.  She also proudly served as a Student Director of the GAFP’s Board of Directors.  Ms. McNair is known for greeting people with a bright smile and always offering a helping hand to students, administrators and faculty/staff.

Mr. Joseph Coppiano, a student from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, was nominated by Dr. David Kreigel.  Joseph served as Academic House Senator and was Education and Advocacy chair for the Latinio Medical School Association. He also served as the clinic supplies and lab coordinator for the student run free clinic, Clinica Latina.  His outgoing and friendly personality made it easy to see that Joseph cares about people and enjoyed being helpful to his fellow medical students, faculty, and patients.  He has served on several committees during his medical school tenure of particular note was his work with the tissue and MSK system module and the Augusta University High School Academy.  He has been active in GAFP activities since 2017 and plans to continue his involvement as a resident at the Medical College of Georgia Augusta University Family Medicine Residency Program.

Ms. Jordan Moss, a student from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Georgia was nominated by Dr. Michael Sampson and has been accepted into the Floyd Family Medicine Residency Program in Rome.  Ms. Moss was very active during her medical school career at PCOM where she served as the President of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians chapter.  She is dedicated to practicing primary care in underserved areas with a focus on preventative medicine in adolescents and other at-risk populations.

Family Medicine Leads Scholarships for National Conference

Send your FMIG leaders to the AAFP National Conference July 25 – July 27, 2019, Kansas City, MO to sharpen their FMIG leadership skills. The AAFP will offer multiple programs for new and seasoned FMIG leaders in addition to the rest of the amazing programming and networking at the conference. Students can apply for a scholarship to attend by May 1!

If you have questions about any National Conference scholarship, email Rachel Larsen at rlarsen@aafp.org  or call (800) 274-2237, ext. 6369.

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

The Annual Georgia Medical Student Family Medicine Day a Great Success!

Thirty-five medical students from Georgia attended the Annual Family Medicine Day in Athens on Saturday, March 2nd. The much-anticipated event brought together medical students, residents, and residency programs from across Georgia. It was a day packed with inspiration, clinical skills development, and connection building. The Georgia Academy would like to thank everyone for their participation this year, and most importantly, the Georgia residency programs and faculty for their continued support and participation in our residency fair.

Yasir Anzar (M4) says “It was one of the best experiences I have ever had in any conference of such nature. Not overly crowded, very professional staff, great food, fantastic environment and, not to mention, a stipend for medical students. I hope GAFP maintains this level of excellence in the future.”

Keshia Parker (M2) says “The conference was great! I learned a lot about the opportunities in Georgia and was able to make some great connections.”

For more information, updates and photos visit www.gafp.org/members/students/.

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