Georgia Academy of Family Physicians: 2020 Student Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2020 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:

Mr. Connor O’Sullivan, a student from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, was nominated by Dr. David Kriegel. He has been accepted and enrolled in Wellstar Kennestone Family Medicine Residency Program in Marietta. Connor has been an uplifting voice for Family Medicine. He has worked with the student-run free clinics in the community, served as a race volunteer for the MedWars Medical Wilderness Race, and volunteered at the Equality Clinic and Women’s Clinic in Augusta.  Additionally, Connor worked as a behavioral data analyst for the Marcus Autism Center’s Feeding Disorders Clinic where he spent time with autistic patients with behavioral issues related to food.

Ms. Catherine Waldron, a student from Mercer University School of Medicine – Savannah, was nominated by Dr. Robert Pallay.  She has been accepted into the Memorial Health Medical Center Residency Program in Savannah.  Catherine is committed to improving herself, those around her and her community. She has volunteered during COVID-19 pandemic and facilitated health screenings at Forsyth Farmer’s Market. Catherine also served as a GAFP Student Alternate Board Member and Treasurer of the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) at Mercer University SOM – Savannah campus.

Ms. Alexis Brown, a student from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-Georgia, was nominated by Dr. Michael Sampson. She has been accepted into the Memorial Health Medical Center Residency Program in Savannah. Ms. Brown is passionate about promoting healthcare to underserved and under-represented groups. In addition to working with special needs population, she has worked with the Triaged Navajo women in an outpatient clinic. Ms. Brown has also served as the President of PCOM Georgia Chapter ACOFP.

Mr. David Daniels, a student from Morehouse School of Medicine, was nominated by Dr. Dolapo Babalola. He has been accepted into Morehouse School of Medicine Residency Program in Atlanta. Mr. Daniels is a hard-working student with a commitment to serving his community. He has served as a student leader for the 2019 National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine. In addition to serving as co-director of the HEAL Student-run Free Clinic. Mr. Daniels was the 2019 1st Place Medical Student Winner of the GAFP Research Poster Competition and a member of the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) at Morehouse SOM.