GAFP News

Welcome to Family Medicine, M4 Medical Students!

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians would like to congratulate all medical students on a successful Match Day held on March 20th. Although celebrations were different this year, we hope that everyone was able to find a way to share the excitement with their friends and family!

We heard from Monica Newton, DO, Residency Program Director at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Family Medicine Residency Program as they welcome their first class of 12 Family Medicine residents… Congratulations to NGMC-FMRP and their incoming residents!

2020 Match Day by the numbers (according to the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®):

  • 40,084 applicants submitted program choices, with 37,256 total positions offered
  • Family medicine offered 4,685 positions, 557 more than 2019 and 13.7% of positions offered overall
  • 4,335 medical students and graduates matched to family medicine residency programs in the NRMP Match: an increase of 487 from 2019

Read more about the Match on the American Academy of Family Physicians website. Also, be sure to check out the America Needs more Family Medicine: 25X2030 Collaborative, which is calling for 25% of all U.S. medical school seniors and graduates to match into family medicine by the year 2030.

GHA and GAFP Partnership for Coordinated Patient Care: COVID-19

Ensuring Proper Testing of Patients from Community Health Centers 

Recognizing that individuals who suspect they have COVID-19 may call physicians at community health centers, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) recognize it is important to have a plan in place to ensure these patients are properly tested by the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). Many independent physicians and health centers may not have the capability to conduct testing and will need to rely on their local hospital and DPH for next steps.

What hospitals need to do:

To facilitate necessary testing of any patient suspected to have COVID-19, we are asking hospitals to select a hospital liaison that your local health center(s) can call to coordinate specimen collection and contact with the Georgia Department of Public Health for testing. This partnership will ensure that patients and staff members are appropriately treated and protected.

What community health centers need to do:

If you don’t already have a plan in place, contact the hospitals in your area and ask who the liaison or person of contact for COVID-19 is. If a patient presents to your location and you believe testing is warranted, call the hospital liaison for help in implementing a plan to initiate testing and get instructions on next steps. You can also contact DPH directly by dialing 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584) and ask to speak to a medical epidemiologist.

*The link below is a great resource from the CDC for how you can determine the risk level of your staff members and the recommended protocol based on levels of exposure in the event that you see a patient in your office who tests positive for COVID-19.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-risk-assesment-hcp.html

***The GAFP continues to serve as a resource by keeping you up-to-date on issues that are important to family physicians during this time of crisis. Visit the GAFP website for important updates on the Coronavirus and listen to our webinar on COVID-19 and telemedicine.

GAFP Seeking Family Physician Who is Exemplary in Supporting Georgia’s Maternal and Child Health Population

The Georgia Academy, in collaboration with the Department of Public Health, is seeking nominees for members who have supported Georgia’s mothers and children above and beyond the scope of family medicine.  Last year’s awardee was Zita Magloire, MD of Cairo, Georgia who is a board-certified family physician currently in private group practice at Cairo Medical Care. In addition to practicing both inpatient and outpatient medicine, Dr. Magloire has a special interest in women’s health, and provides full obstetrical services including cesarean sections for her patients.

Our 2018 awardee was Viktoria Nurpeisov, MD of Smyrna, Georgia who is the Medical Director of WellStar Family Medicine Clinic, a service of Kennestone Hospital, a comprehensive outreach clinic for patients, including mothers with unplanned pregnancies, limited resources, and recent immigrants.

We are looking for YOU or a colleague who have gone the extra mile to support healthy moms and children in your community.  Please email Tenesha Wallace (twallace@gafp.org) with the name of your nominee and a few sentences about what makes them unique in their support of healthy moms and children.  The award will be presented at our Summer Family Medicine Weekend meeting in June.  Please send us your nomination no later than April 13th. 

UPDATE: Upcoming Summer CME Meeting – Sandestin Resort – June 4-7

We are hopeful that regularly scheduled meetings will be back on track by early summer.  We are in constant communication with the resort property, faculty and our partner (the Georgia Primary Care Association) for the June meeting. Although we are unsure of what is to come, you can still register for GAFP Summer CME Meeting on June 4-7 in Sandestin.

The GAFP has made the decision to offer a full refund for this meeting if it is canceled, rescheduled or moved to a different format.

Currently, the hotel cancellation policy is to refund all required deposits for any cancellations or changes received seven days in advance of your arrival date.

We will continue to update you as we consult with both Georgia and local Florida public health officials and our faculty and will let you know if we need to postpone this meeting or move it to a different format.  We will update members by email as well as on our website – www.gafp.org.

 

A Message to GAFP Members on National Doctors’ Day from Staff

Monday, March 30th is National Doctors’ Day, a day celebrated to recognize the contributions of physicians to patients and communities. On National Doctors Day, we say thank you to our family physicians, residents and medical students for all that you do to promote the health of all Georgians.

Now more than ever, the staff of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians / Georgia Healthy Family Alliance are here to support and serve. It is an honor to work for you.

We will continue to serve as a resource for you by keeping you up-to-date on issues that are important to family physicians during this time of crisis. Visit the GAFP website for important updates on the Coronavirus and listen to our webinar on COVID-19 and telemedicine for valuable information on extending your practice beyond your four walls.

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance appreciates all you do every day for patients. The Alliance will continue to focus on providing community health grants and educating youth via our Tar Wars program, but our main priority right now is making sure we support our members as you support your patients and communities. Effective immediately, GHFA is opening applications for Immediate Needs Community Grants to provide assistance to GAFP member communities. If you would like more information on the Immediate Needs Community Grants, please contact Kara Sinkule at ksinkule@gafp.org. If you, or anyone you know would like to make a donation to allow the Alliance to continue to provide these critical resources, please contact Shan Hayes at shayes@gafp.org or 404-321-7445 ex.105, or follow this link to make an online donation http://www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org/donate/. We encourage you to stay connected and updated by visiting our website, www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org.

Share your story today! Email Tenesha Wallace Hood, Director of Communications and Public Health and share your story or photo that tells us why you became a doctor and how you are making a difference through your work. We’ll select several of the top stories to feature in an upcoming newsletter.

 

Happy National Doctors’ Day – take care and thank you!