Final Call for 2018 Committee Appointments – Slots Filling Up

This is the final call for GAFP members to participate in our committee system for the year.  The following slots are still available:

Bylaws Committee (11 family physicians, 1 resident and 1 student), Chair: Alice House MD, Vice Chair: Howard McMahan MD:  This committee will review governance issues and review any needed bylaws changes.  Bylaws changes must be sent to the general membership for review and approved by the GAFP Congress of Delegates.  Typically, only meets once in March.

Education and Research Committee (1 student member), Chair: Theresa Jacobs MD, Vice Chair: Ken Howard MD: This committee is responsible for all the educational activities of the Georgia Academy, including the annual and summer meeting, as well as our national GO! Diabetes project and the education for the Patient Centered Medical Home University.

Finance Committee (10 family physicians and 1 student), Chair: Sharon Rabinovitz MD (Treasurer), Vice Chair: Christina Kelly MD: This committee reviews the financials including staff benefits and the budget. It also makes recommendations to the Board on financial policies.

Legislative Committee (4 family physician and 1 resident) Co-Chairs: Bruce LeClair MD and Richard Wherry MD: This committee oversees all advocacy and legislative activities and recommends action to the Board to assure representation of family medicine and our patients.

State Legislative Session Working Group (unlimited members): This working group will meet weekly by phone from January – March to review the policy priorities of the Georgia Academy along with receiving updates on the activities of the Georgia General Assembly. Areas of focus will include the State Budget (Medicaid, Public Health), Tort Reform, Insurance Initiatives, Public Safety, Medical Education, Georgia Board Physician Workforce Funding of Family Medicine Residency Programs and Scope of Practice.

Membership Services Committee (4 family physicians, 1 resident and 1 student), Chair: Michelle Cooke MD, Vice Chair: Ivy Smith MD: This committee has the responsibility for membership recruitment and retention, overview of leadership development, as well as, for all local and national award nominations. This committee is also tasked with monitoring the communications to our members.

Practice Management Committee (4 family physicians), Chair: Jay Goberdhan MD, Vice Chair: Michael Satchell MD: The Practice Management Committee monitors insurance policies and issues that affect the business of family medicine. It also works on practice transformation and the patient centered medical home. The committee is continually monitoring new payment models and works to educate our membership on patient centered medical home, accountable care organizations, Medical Advantage plans and other business models.

Public Health Committee (2 family physicians), Chair: Jay Floyd MD, Vice Chair: Sherma Peter MD: This committee works to improve the health and welfare of our state’s citizens by assisting Georgia’s Department of Public Health in their mission. The Georgia Academy has an ongoing contractual relationship with the Department of Public Health that is overseen by this committee.

Student and Resident Recruitment (1 student, Chair: Julie Dahl-Smith DO, Vice Chair: Kevin Johnson MD): This Committee promotes family medicine to our Georgia medical students, pre-medical and high school students as well as looks for areas to support family medicine physicians-in-training.

Please only volunteer to be nominated if you can attend either in person or by phone all 3 meetings in 2018.  Although several committees meet more than 3 times a year, here are the dates for the 2018 Committee Conclaves:

Saturday, March 3 – Atlanta, GA (Westin Atlanta Perimeter)

Thursday, June 14 – Amelia Island, FL (in conjunction with the GAFP Summer CME Meeting at Omni Amelia Island Resort)

Saturday, August 4 – Savannah, GA (Hyatt Regency Savannah)

We are only strong with many voices of family medicine working together.  The expectation is that each member selected for a committee will have the ability to 1) attend the three committee conclave meetings, 2) respond to emails, and 3) review committee materials and be ready to offer advice and guidance.

There will also be a Legislative Session Working Group that meets for a shorter time period (January-March 2018) to assist in Georgia Academy programs.

Committee Membership Application


I am a __________Medical Student __________Resident __________Family Physician

______________________________is the Committee I would like to serve on in 2018.

If I am not selected for my committee of choice. I would like to be considered for the _______________ Committee.

I would also like to volunteer for the Legislative Session Working Group: __________.

__________I can attend all 3 committee dates (either in person or by phone).

I cannot attend all three committee dates, I can attend __________of the meetings.

My talents and expertise that will assist the committee are:


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