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Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Awards Folashade Omole, MD, FAAFP its 2019 Community & Volunteer Services Awards

 

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) selected Folashade Omole, MD, FAAFP as its 2019 Community & Volunteer Services Award recipient, for her outstanding commitment to the community and efforts in raising awareness about access to and affordability of medical care in underserved communities in Atlanta.

Dr. Omole holds the Sarah & William Hambrecht Endowed Chair of Family Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine. She is the Professor of Family Medicine and the Medical Director of MSM H.E.A.L. (Health Equity for All Lives), a student-run clinic.

Dr. Omole exemplifies what it truly means to be a volunteer not only giving of her time, but her talents as well. At MSM, she’s a role model for students and residents and goes above and beyond to commit herself to the H.E.A.L. Clinic and the Good Samaritan Health Center in Atlanta. She leads other community initiatives at Morehouse School of Medicine including community health fairs and community engagement days to screen for chronic diseases and provide education.

Dr. Omole is a graduate of the Morehouse School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program. She received a BSc in Physics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria; and her medical degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, lle-lfe, Nigeria; two of the foremost prestigious universities in Nigeria. In 2000, Dr. Omole was appointed Clerkship Director in the Department of Family Medicine at MSM; and Residency Program Director in September 2004. She practices the full scope of family medicine including obstetrics; and is also a licensed medical acupuncturist.

Dr. Omole has served in various roles with the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) including Treasurer, District 11 Director for the GAFP Board and the GAFP Executive Committee. She was the recipient of the Georgia Academy Family Physician Educator of the Year Award in 2006 and the GAFP Family Physician of the Year in 2015. Dr. Omole will be among a group of four individuals honored by GAFP.

Dr. Omole will be among a group of four individuals honored by GAFP at the Annual Fall CME meeting in November.

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

GAFP Annual Research Poster Competition Winners Announced at the GAFP Annual Meeting, November 9th in Stone Mountain

The Georgia Academy Annual Research Poster Competition was held during the Annual Meeting and Scientific Assembly November 7-10 in Atlanta. Posters were displayed outside of Salon E-G of the Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort in Stone Mountain for all attendees to view, and were evaluated by Dr. Rhonda Walton, Dr. Catherine James Peters, and AAFP Representative Dr. Leonard Reeves.  Pre-med, medical students, residents and practicing physicians from throughout the state participated in the competition.

Results were as follows:

Pre-Med Category Winner:

1st Place – “Say What?” Patient Health Literacy as a Determinant of Effective Physician-Patient

Communication in a Community Clinic

Author/Presenter: Taylor Bennett, Clark Hall, Kathryn McGraw

Advisor/Coordinator/Contributor: Catherine Apaloo, MD, FACP; Zahraa Rabeeah, MD

 

Abstract:

Effective communication is a key element in patient care. Health literacy can affect understanding and subsequent adherence to the treatment plan.  Miscommunication is thought to be the root cause of medical errors and malpractice cases.  In this study, we evaluated patient health literacy and physician communication style to protect patient safety using a descriptive cross-sectional at Piedmont Athens Regional Community Care Clinic (PARMC).  Questionnaires were given to patients and doctors to evaluate health literacy, communication style, autonomy, and shared decision capacity before and after the visit.  Analysis was done using IBM SPSS Statistics. Study population consisted of 51 percent male and 49 percent female.  83 percent of surveyed patients stated that they asked a lot of questions, yet only 50 percent were unable to read labels or follow hand out instructions.  Patients older than 50 years old asked more questions than younger patients [p=0.02].  Females were more likely to understand labels [p =0.03]. 66 percent of participants had difficulty navigating insurance plans.  Our studies show that low health literacy is a major contributor to non-adherence and loss of follow-up.  Future plans to improve physician-patient communication will include a score sheet for each physician implemented every 3 months designating patient feedback and advice for areas of improvement.  Communication workshops targeted towards health literacy will be conducted every 6 months in order to improve physicians’ attention to health literacy and to provide safer care.

Medical Student Category Winner
Reducing Non-Essential Emergency Department Visits Among Mercy Health Center Patients

Authors/Presenters: Jakob Feeney, Silki Modi, Nzota Nsona, E’Lexus Okafor, Kyle Royalty,

Harini Vakamudi, Eden Woubshet

Advisor/Coordinator/Contributor:

 

Abstract

Purpose. Approximately 20 percent of U.S. adults seek emergency department (ED) care each year, and at least 30% of these visits are non-urgent. Inappropriate ED use leads to unnecessary testing, treatment, and larger downstream healthcare costs for patients/providers. Interviews with patients/providers suggest a knowledge gap pertaining to proper ED use. This study aims to use patient education on appropriate ED use to decrease financial burdens on hospitals and improve long-term patient care.

Methods. Bilingual informative television slides and posters were displayed highlighting appropriate ED use and Mercy Health Center’s services. Surveys were administered eliciting patient comprehension of the posters. Mock phone calls to Mercy tested ability to schedule acute care appointments. Viability of a triage hotline was assessed for afterhours care recommendations.

Results. Surveys were completed by 40 patients. About 78 percent of patients reported increased willingness to call Mercy for an acute appointment, and 40 percent learned new information from the poster. Phone calls to Mercy highlighted barriers for making acute appointments, including scheduling unavailability during evenings and inconsistent callbacks. The initiation/use of triage hotlines was not currently a feasible option.

Conclusions. This study identified several factors to increase patient utilization of Mercy. Mercy’s scheduling can be improved by modifying voicemail protocol. Patient receptiveness to informational posters warrants converting them into brochures for distribution. This study reinforces using an educational, lifestyle medicine approach to increase patient understanding of symptoms and availability of medical resources which decreases inappropriate ED use, hospital financial burdens, and poor patient care.

 

Resident Category Winner
Implementation of Multi-Disciplinary Teams to Provide Comprehensive Care for Type 2 Diabetes Population in a Primary Care Clinic Setting

Author/Presenter: Afua Akhi-Gbade, MD

Advisor/Coordinator/Contributor: Miranda Moore, PhD; Susana A. Alfonso, MD, MHCM; Yawen Wang, MPH

Practicing Physician/Fellow Category Winner
Evaluate the Effectiveness of the American Heart Association (AHA) Check. Change. Control Hypertension Management Program in patients with uncontrolled Hypertension at Grady East Point Health Center.

Author(s): Dolapo Babalola, MD

Advisor/Coordinator/Contributor: Denise Bell-Carter, MD, Esther Iwotor, DNP, Carli Barbo, MS, Mark Mooney, MPH, Unique Waker, MPH, Nike Agbe, PharmD

 

Abstract

Evaluate the Effectiveness of the American Heart Association (AHA) Check. Change. Control Hypertension Management Program in patients with uncontrolled Hypertension at Grady East Point  Health Center.

Background

It is well documented the cardiovascular risk doubles with uncontrolled blood pressure for systolic and diastolic greater than baseline of 120/80. Data analysis reveals 60 percent of patients at Grady East Point Clinic (GEP) have uncontrolled Hypertension. This leads to macrovascular disorders complications from longstanding hypertension to include coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, stroke, congestive heart failure, and peripheral vascular disease. These patient outcomes lead to increased healthcare bill and overall poor health.

Hypothesis

The Hypothesis is will the Evidence based American Heart Association (AHA) Check. Change. Control Hypertension Management Program reveal at least 70 percent of the patients seen at Grady East Point recruited with uncontrolled blood pressure of greater than 140/90 will have a BP of less than 140/90 or a 10 mmHg decrease in systolic blood pressure by the proposed four months multidisciplinary intervention involving physicians, community personnel, nutritionist and pharmacist.

Method

Setting:

  • The study will be conducted at Grady East Point (GEP) ambulatory clinic in the East Point Community. GEP is a Grady’s Neighborhood Health Centers which offers primary care and more for men and women of all ages. Providers offer complete care for all parts of your body and for most diseases. Referrals are made if there is a need to see a specialist.
  • The population density in East Point is 1319 percent higher than Georgia. The median age in East Point is 4 percent lower than Georgia. In East Point 15.43 percent of the population is Caucasian. In East Point 75.64 percent of the population is African American.

Design study

The procedure for the study is as follows;

  • There will be a Retrospective chart review of patients with uncontrolled Hypertension seen at Grady East Point Health Center between January to November 2017
  • 50 Adult patients’ ages 18-75 seen and treated at Grady East Point Health Center with uncontrolled hypertension greater than 140/90 will be recruited and consented by the physician champions to voluntarily participate in the study to monitor their blood pressure by using the AHA Check. Change. Control Hypertension Management Program.
  • The Intervention period will run for 4 months with patients participating in the following activities;
  1. Twice a month blood pressure check measured at either Grady East Point Health Center or the YMCA facility. This will take 15 – 30 minutes each time.
  2. Once a month blood pressure check via remote monitoring using the free blood pressure cuff monitor provided to patients to record their blood pressure on a log sheet which will be submitted to the physician champions to review the blood pressure and make treatment plan.
  3. Once a month nutritional seminar held at either Grady East Point Health Center or the YMCA facility to discuss the impact of nutrition, low sodium, low fat, and portion control on hypertension goals. The sessions will be one hour long.
  • Post-Intervention retrospective chart review will be done in July 2018 and results will be compared to patients’ baseline blood pressure.

Results/Discussion

 Table 1: Bivariate association between Final BP Meet Goal and covariates

Variable Final BP Meet Goal
Yes No
N (%) N (%) P-value*
Class Taken 1 or 2 6 (85.7) 1 (14.3) 0.585
3 or 4 6 (66.7) 3 (33.3)
Age < 60 6 (85.7) 1 (14.3) 0.585
>=60 6 (66.7) 3 (33.3)
Gender Male 2 (100) 0 (0) 1
Female 10 (71.4) 4 (28.6)
Smoking Status Yes 1 (50.0) 1 (50.0) 0.45
No 11 (78.6) 3 (21.4)
Alcohol Consumption Yes 2 (100) 0 (0) 1
No 10 (71.4) 4 (28.6)
*Fisher’s exact tests were used to calculate p-values.

 

Table 2: Association between Final BP Meet Goal and Number of Class Taken adjusted

for Age using logisitc regression model

Variable  aOR (95%CI) P-value
Class Taken 1 or 2 ref
3 or 4 0.399 (0.016, 4.734) 0.488
Age < 60 2.509 (0.211, 61.279) 0.488
>=60 ref
aOR=adjusted odds ratio, 95 percent CI= 95% confidence interval

The aOR for ‘Class Taken 3 or 4’ is 0.399, which means patients who attended 3 or 4 classes were about 60% less likely to meet the BP control goal compared to those who had 1 or 2 classes, but the result was not statistically significant (p=0.488). Intuitively, people who had more classes were supposed to be more likely to meet the goal. Two major explanations are;

(1) The sample size is too small to represent the true situation. Table 1 reveals 4 patients whose blood pressure didn’t meet the goal, but three of them actually attended all the four classes.

(2) Some confounding factors may play a part in the relationship between ‘Number of Class Taken’ and ‘Whether BP meet goal’. For example, baseline severity of hypertension may confound the association. People with severe hypertension or worse baseline health condition might be more interested and adhering to these classes, but it is also more difficult for them to meet the goal compared to people with much better health condition.

Conclusion

The purpose of this research is for GEP patients to improve and maintain a healthy heart as well as creating a Healthier Community by overcoming barriers by using a multidisciplinary approach with involves the following;

  • Checking their blood pressure with routine self-monitor and clinic appointments
  • Changing their blood pressure with healthy lifestyle habits: exercise and food
  • Controlling their blood pressure with the YMCA Community programs

 

Congratulations to the GAFP 2018 Research Poster Winners!  We wish them continued success in their research efforts!

Register Now for the October 3rd Webinar on Georgia’s Preceptor Tax Incentive Program

Host: Healthcare Georgia Foundation

Date:  Wednesday, October 3rd

Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EST

Speaker: Erin Mundy, MPA, Director of Community Based Training Programs and Cindy Peloquin, PTIP Program Manager

Program Description:

Georgia faces a critical shortage of health care professionals, particularly in primary care. Georgia Area Health Education Centers coordinate community-based training for health professional students in primary care specifically rural/underserved areas. The Preceptor Tax Incentive Program was created to entice physicians who are not compensated to train health professional students.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the presentation, attendees should be able to:

  • Examine the process Georgia followed in creating the Preceptor Tax Incentive Program including developing a greater understanding of legislative processes in creating the bill and the challenges encountered during the process.
  • Examine the mechanisms utilized to certify the eligible rotations and eligible practitioners for tax purposes.
  • Recognize the critical role of the Georgia Statewide AHEC in collaborating partnerships with legislators, university leaders and state departments in creating a workable framework for reporting, managing, and auditing incentive dollars impacting the state’s revenue

Register Here

2018 Annual Research Poster Competition

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is seeking submissions for the Annual Research Poster Competition to be held Friday, November 9, 2018, during the GAFP’s Annual Scientific Assembly.

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.  However, concurrent (2018) submissions to other conferences such as NAPCRG and STFM are encouraged.  Medical student projects previously presented at medical schools or on student “Research Days” are accepted.

How to Submit Your Poster Information:

Please visit the GAFP website at www.gafp.org and access the Poster Competition information by clicking on the Education tab, then selecting the 2018 Research Poster Competition link.  Complete the entry form and submit it back to Megan Neuffer at mneuffer@gafp.org by Monday, October 1st with a copy of your project abstract and an electronic copy of your poster.

Poster Acceptance Notification:

Competition finalists will be notified via email no later than Friday, October 15th.

During the Competition:

Posters will be judged at the time of presentation at the Annual Meeting on Friday, November 9th from 9:30am – 12:30pm.  Review will focus on the Significance of findings for practicing family physicians; Quality of presentation of findings; and, Quality of methods used to generate findings.

Winners will be announced immediately after the competition in the Social and Information Hub.

After the Competition:

Awards up to $500 will be awarded to the winning outstanding pre-med student(s), medical student(s),

and resident(s). The winning practicing physician/fellow will receive a recognition award.

Monetary and recognition awards will be sent to the winners within two weeks after the meeting.  Please note, if there are multiple presenters for a winning poster, they will share the award equally.

For more information, please contact Megan Neuffer (800) 392-3841 or mneuffer@gafp.org

Family Medicine Leads provides scholarships for GAFP Students and Residents

The winners of the 2018 Family Medicine Leads Scholarships for National Conference have been determined. Here is a list of scholarship recipients from Georgia.

  • Saira Bari (student)– Cairo
  • Deema Elchoufi (student) – Atlanta
  • Shilpa Jhol (student) – Marietta
  • Michael McCullagh (resident) – Augusta
  • Keisha Parker (student) – Atlanta
  • Setu Patel (student)– Valdosta
  • Vijay Venkatesan (student) – Alpharetta
  • Maria Westerfield (student) – Macon

This program provides $600 scholarships to help cover out-of-pocket travel and registration expenses for students and residents to attend National Conference, August 2–4 in Kansas City, MO. These scholarships are made possible because of donations from family physicians across the country. Nearly 600 scholarship applications were received, and 220 Family Medicine Leads Scholarships were awarded.

Family Medicine Leads Scholarships for National Conference are comprised of the following categories: Early Career Student, Student or Resident Primary Care Champion, and Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Leaders.

Congratulations to all the Georgia recipients. See you in Kansas City!