Resident members of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) are vital to the mission of promoting the specialty of family medicine.

Georgia Family Medicine Residency Programs

Family Medicine Residents Benefits of Membership

  • Georgia Public Health Lectures Developed for Family Medicine Residents
  • Leadership Opportunities – Board of Directors, Committees, Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Foundation
  • Legal Start Up Kit for Residents Starting their Own Practice
  • Employment Contract Review for Residents
  • Discounted CME opportunities – online and around the state
  • Networking opportunities with your peers and family physician leaders
  • Make Connections – National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students
  • Member Interest Groups
  • Stay up to date – podcasts, state, and national information! 
  • Community and Urgent Needs Grants Available from Alliance Foundation
  • Fellowship Opportunities Search
  • Advancing from Residency to Vibrant Practice – AAFP exclusive content

Key Information for Georgia’s Family Medicine Residents

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors has established a program which allows all GAFP resident members to have their employment contracts reviewed by an attorney from Southern Health Lawyers, LLC (a Sanders & Mustari Law firm). 

The benefit is especially important for GAFP residents who intend to remain in Georgia upon graduation from their respective residency programs: GAFP will pay for the legal review of the contract! If the resident has made the (unfortunate) decision to leave Georgia, GAFP has negotiated a reduced rate that the resident can pay directly to Southern Health Lawyers, LLC.

To be eligible:

  • You must be a current member of the AAFP/GAFP.
  • You must be enrolled as either a PGY2 or PGY3 in training at a Georgia family medicine residency program.
  • You must contact Southern Health Lawyers, LLC directly by phone at (404) 806-5575 or email at or (it maintains a list of GAFP Resident members).

The senior partners, Rich Sanders and Jeff Mustari, have been working with the Alabama Chapter of the AAFP for many years on a similar project and have more than 25 years of experience reviewing employment agreements between physicians and their employers.

Rich and Jeff represent a variety of health care providers on a broad range of issues, including business transactions, fraud and abuse compliance (Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark), Certificate of Need (CON) issues, medical staff credentialing, Medicare reimbursement, antitrust policy, and legislative activities. The firm also assists providers in their relationships with federal and state regulatory agencies. 

After graduating from Duke University in 1992 with a double-major in political science and history, Rich earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Emory University School of Law in 1996. In 2013, Rich was rated as a “Top Rated Lawyer in HealthCare Law” and has an AV Preeminent® peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.™  Rich is a former intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy, where he worked with an Atlanta-based unit supporting the U.S. Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy. After graduating from Emory University with a B.A., Jeff earned his Juris Doctor degree from Georgia State University School of Law in 2009. Jeff has since become licensed as an attorney in Georgia and Florida and shares his time between the Atlanta, Georgia office and Jacksonville, Florida office.

If you have questions about this benefit, please contact Ali Bohannon, Manager of Membership & Industry Engagement (and lead staff liaison for GAFP Residents) at (404) 321-7445 or