Georgia Academy of Family Physicians 2018 Student Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 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:


Ms. Suzanne Abbasi, a student from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta, was nominated by Dr. David Kriegel.  She has been accepted and enrolled in MCG Family Medicine Residency Program at Augusta University.  Suzanne has led FMIG workshops and actively advocates for the patient through the college’s advocacy program.  She regularly volunteers and has also participated in past GAFP student activities.


Ms. Chivon Stubbs, 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.  Chivon has served as the senior director at MSM’s HEAL Clinic, as the student representative for STFM MSE Collaborative Steering Committee, and as the Chair of MSM’s Curriculum Committee.  She has volunteered for Hosea Feed the Hungry and served as a part of the street medicine team for Mercy Care. Chivon also served as a GAFP Student Board Member and served on the Student and Resident Recruitment Committee.


Ms. Sarah Dupont, a student from Emory University, was nominated by Dr. Emily Herndon.  It was noted that she has always been interested in primary care and has been a member of the FMIG her entire matriculation at Emory University.  She has been accepted into the Emory University Family Medicine Residency Program.  Ms. Dupont was the winner of the prestigious McGowan Family Scholarship, awarded to one exemplary MD/MPH candidate each year and served as a gifted teacher having taught as a medical student guest lecturer, M3 Peer lecturer and a finalist in Emory’s Student Teaching Competition. Ms. Dupont’s deep faith and compassion drives much of her volunteer work both at Emory and in the community, including her work as an English tutor and Refugee Family Mentor, and Clinic Volunteer with Kenya Partners and the South Georgia Farmworker Project.  Ms. Dupont has served on the GAFP’ Legislative Committee and as a student member of the GAFP Board of Directors.