The 2016 Summer Family Medicine Weekend Was a Beach Bash!

June 9-12, 2016 marked the GAFP’s 2016 Summer Family Medicine Weekend in Hilton Head, SC.  This year we hosted more than 130 family physicians and other health care professionals at the Omni Hilton Head Resort.  We offered up to 16 CME credits to attendees while offering many opportunities to network with colleagues, and Industry Partners. We also left time for plenty of family fun activities.

With an expansive number of lectures, attendees were able to attain as much as 16 AAFP prescribed credits on a wide variety of topics pertinent to the broad range of practice needs of our members.

Lectures that took place during the three-day conference included Children & Youth Transition to Adult Healthcare, The Many Facets of Chronic Pain Management in Primary Care, Hemophilia Awareness, Diagnostic Evaluation and Management of Dementia, and Depression Screening in the Pregnant and Postpartum Woman.

Additionally, there were three noteworthy workshops offered during the Summer Meeting as well.

  • Transforming Care Delivery through Collaboration brought together teams from the ABFM’s (American Board of Family Medicine) PRIME network and QualityImpact Practice Transformation Network.  The groups discussed the current healthcare landscape and offered tips to transforming clinical practice.
  • Using a Team Approach to Improve Hypertension Care Satisfying your MOC Part IV offered a comprehensive, hands-on look at using a practical team approach to improving hypertension care using rapid cycle quality improvement tools.  The project was designed to help participants start and complete an ABFM Maintenance of Certification Part IV project. The workshop was well received and participants noted that this was a great start to improving their clinical processes.
  • Managing Sleep Health in a Primary Care Setting,brought to usby our educational partner, the National Sleep Foundation, offered a broad look at sleep stages; the importance of sleep; and how sleep affect many functions of the body.  The lecture track focused on how to manage sleep in the primary care setting.

New this year, the GAFP forged into uncharted territory with the addition of a mobile meeting app.  The app allowed attendees to view the meeting schedule and the list of exhibitors prior to arriving for the Summer Meeting.  Once onsite, attendees were able to view the presentations, claim CME credit, and submit evaluations using their phones or tablets. The app also allowed attendees to message each other

Overall, attendees deemed the meeting a success and offered the following comments on their post-meeting evaluations:

  • The app was SUPER easy to use and a great addition to the meeting!
  • Great information for family physicians. I’ll use a lot of it in my practice.
  • I enjoyed that the educational sessions allowed ample family fun time.
  • Excellent job!
  • Another great meeting.


The meeting’s success was based on the hard work, time, and effort of the Education Committee.  The 2016 Education Committee members are Susana Alfonso, MD (Chair); Gurinder Doad, MD (Co-Chair); Karla Booker, MD; Mike Busman, MD; Angelina Cain, MD; Audra Ford, MD; Ken Howard, MD; Theresa Jacobs, MD; Riba Kelsey-Harris, MD; Carl McCurdy, MD; Yuan-Xiang Meng, MD; Adrienne Mims, MD, MPH; Jada Moore-Ruffin, MD; Oguchi Nwosu, MD; and Harry Strothers, MD.

Thank you to the Education Committee and the Educational Meeting Working Group for all the hard work that went into making this meeting a success.


Mark your calendars now with the dates of the 2016 Annual Scientific Assembly!  This year’s Annual Meeting will be held Thursday through Saturday, November 10 – 12, at The Westin Buckhead in Atlanta, GA. We look forward to seeing you there!