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GAFP’s Congress of Delegates 2016 Resolutions and Information

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians would like you to participate in the 48th Annual Congress of Delegates.  There will be a call on October 20 at 6 pm where all members are invited to listen in and discuss the policy deliberations.  Time and call in information will be announced in the next newsletter.  We would like for all members to participate.

 Please plan to be on this call as we would like for you to voice your opinion on the resolutions being presented.

The request for resolutions deadline has passed and therefore these are the final resolutions.


  1. Bylaws Revision

Submitted by: The Bylaws Committee

The GAFP Bylaws Committee met once this year at the March GAFP Committee Conclave in Pine Mountain because a resolution related to bylaws from the 2015 Congress of Delegates was referred to the GAFP Board of Directors.  The Board recommended forming a brief task force of the COD, which met by phone in January and recommended the following revision to the GAFP Bylaws:

CHAPTER 7, Section 6:

And, let it be resolved that, the Family Medicine Residency Programs consider a full delegation to be up to 3 resident members and 3 alternate resident members, each from different Georgia family medicine residency programs, with elections by resident members;

CHAPTER 7, Section 7:

And let it be Resolved that, the Family Medicine Interest Groups move to a full delegation of 2 medical student members and 3 alternate medical student members, each from different Georgia medical school campuses, with elections by student members;

And, let it be further Resolved that, this new Congress of Delegates composition be effective beginning the 2017 Congress of Delegates.

This update was approved by the Bylaws Committee as recommended from the Task Force and was sent to the Georgia Academy membership to review in advance of the 100 days’ deadline per Chapter 14 of the GAFP Bylaws where it states that notices must be given “at least one hundred (100) days prior to any regular or special meeting of the Congress of Delegates,” and will be included as a resolution to the 2016 Congress of Delegates.

The proposed changes were published in the August 15, 2016 issue of Briefly Stated and also uploaded on the website at


  1. Identification of the Entity initiating Prescription refill requests

Submitted by: Willard A. Snyder, Jr., MD

      Whereas, electronic prescriptions and reconciliation of medications have become the standard of care in order to prevent medical errors;

Whereas, auto-refills or robotic refill requests often present inappropriate requests, and potentially result in excessive refills, inappropriate refills of discontinued medications, or other mistakes;

Whereas, being able to identify the source of the request (patient, auto-refill, or pharmacy) will assist the physician in identifying the need for the refill;

Resolve that, the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians forward a resolution to the American Academy of Family Physicians to promote rules and regulations to assist physicians in identifying the initiator of refill requests, particularly web-renewals;

And be it further resolved, that the Georgia Academy forward a resolution to the American Academy to promote standardization of location of labeling of prescriptions, including font size, etc. to assist physicians in being able to gather important information from medicine bottles to appropriately determine need for refills.


  1. Education for Changes in payment models

Submitted by: Tammy Robinson, MD

Whereas, Family Physicians need training in new payment models;

Whereas, MIPS and MACRA are to go in effect in 2019 ;

Whereas, planning and preparation are needed to adopt these models;

Resolve that, The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians explore effective training sessions in these areas;

And, Resolve that, the Georgia Academy develop methods to educate its members on upcoming changes in payment models;

And, Be it further resolved, that the Georgia Academy be proactive in education of its members.

2016 Annual Research Poster Competition

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is seeking submissions for the Annual Research Poster Presentation to be held Friday, November 11, 2016, during the GAFP’s Annual Scientific Assembly.

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.  Medical student projects previously presented at medical schools or student “Research Days” are accepted. Concurrent (2016) submissions to other conferences such as NAPCRG and STFM are considered legitimate and are, in fact, encouraged.

Please visit the GAFP website and access the Poster Competition information by clicking on the CME & Events tab, then selecting the Research Poster Competition link.  Complete the entry form and submit it back to Angela Flanigan at by Friday, October 7th with the requested information.

Each submission will be reviewed by a panel of judges and accepted posters will be notified via email by Friday, October 21st. Posters will be judged for awards at the time of presentation at the meeting.  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.

Awards up to $500 will be awarded to an outstanding pre-med student(s), medical student(s), and resident(s). Practicing physicians/fellow receive a recognition award.

For more information, please contact Angela Flanigan (800) 392-3841 or


2016 Annual Scientific Assembly- Early Registration Closes September 11th

The 2016 Annual Scientific Assembly will be held at The Westin Buckhead, November 9th through November 12th.

This year’s meeting will cover current topics and workshops that highlight conditions and diseases that affect our communities.  We will have two mini-tracks devoted to women’s health and chronic kidney disease.  Additionally, there will be a one-day workshop on cardiac stress testing, which will cover the basics for cardiac ECG exercise stress testing (EST), including indications, contraindications, limitations, alternatives, equipment, and personnel needs.

We will also offer four Knowledge Self-Assessment Modules (KSAs) formerly known as SAMs, including the new Medical Genomics module.  In addition to lecture tracks and workshops, there will be education on cancer survivorship, adult immunizations, direct primary care, and management strategies for long-term COPD patients.  There is something for everyone who attends the meeting.

Register for the Annual Meeting

View the Preliminary Agenda

Hotel Information

Rates at the Westin Buckhead begin at $165. For reservations call 404-365-0065 or 800-253-1397. Request the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians room block-available until October 9, 2016. You may also book a room online. GAFP room rates are automatically applied.