Quarterly Newsletter for Medical Students & Residents -- February 2021
MS Legislature Could Give Advanced Practice Nurses Full Practice Authority; MAFP Working to Stop Bill

In a blast e-mail sent to all MAFP student members February 2, we explained that bills are active in the Mississippi Legislature right now to give Advanced Practice Registered Nurses the ability to practice solo, without collaborating with a physician, after they reach 3,600 practice hours.

We asked medical students to reach out to legislators about the bill. THANKS to the medical students who called state legislators. The message was as follows: Please protect my commitment to train to give quality medical care to Mississippians. I am asking you to vote NO on HB 1303.

Unfortunately, the bill passed the Mississippi House Feb. 3 and is now in the Senate, waiting for committee assignment. Full details on our website. We will alert you when more calls are needed, but if you have a relationship with your Senator, please start discussions. We need student voices as well as physician voices!

For now, we urge you to post the "Vote No on HB 1303" graphic on your social media pages.
Attend MAFP Spring Fling This April in Jackson

Mark your calendar -- MAFP will host its annual Spring Fling for residents and students at the Hilton Hotel in Jackson Saturday, April 24 from 8 am to 3 pm, with a Crawfish Boil the night before in Ridgeland. Spring Fling is known for procedural workshops and topical sessions aimed specifically toward residents and students.

For medical students who live outside of Jackson, hotel rooms are furnished free of charge. Registration information will be sent out soon.
Student Board Member Positions Available
Students can gain valuable experience and network with family physicians as a Student Board Member! MAFP is seeking candidates now for the election scheduled for Apr. 24.

Student Board Members are voting members of the two MAFP boards. You have a choice of which board to run for:
  • MAFP Board of Directors - MAFP's governing body
  • MAFP Foundation Board - oversees fund raising

To be elected, you must apply to run for the position and be present at MAFP's Spring Fling in Jackson. Campaigning and voting takes place at Spring Fling on April 24 and only students can vote for student positions.

Read more here and submit your application online:

Current Student Board Members are: MAFP Board: Weston Eldridge, member, and Lane Williamson, alternate. MAFP Foundation Board: Daulton Newman, member, and Huong Nguyen, alternate.
Be an Academy Ambassador! We Need Students to Help With Our Annual Meeting in Destin

Attend the MAFP Annual Meeting July 17-21 in Sandestin, FL, compliments of the MAFP Foundation? Yes, please!

Each July, medical students attend the MAFP Annual Meeting in Sandestin to help staff the convention. In exchange, their registration, hotel room and meals are taken care of. The students network with practicing family physicians, residents, and representatives from the residency programs. They also hang out with other medical students and enjoy some fun at the beach.

Mallory Harmon, Daulton Newman, Alex Huff and Cailey Crawford (pictured) served as 2020 ambassadors. They helped with decorations, checked attendees' temperatures, handed out PPE, and much more at the event.

Interested in serving as an Ambassador this July? Grab a friend who wants to go, too, and submit your Academy Ambassador Online Application by Monday, May 3. Contact Kristen Kern with any questions.
Follow MAFP on Social Media

Join us online! MAFP has more than 1,100 followers on our public-facing MS Academy of Family Physicians Facebook page. We have 600 followers on Twitter @MSFamilyDocs. We have about 300 followers on Instagram at @MSAFP.
Drive-Through Event Brings Holiday Spirit
The MAFP office in Ridgeland was the site of the drive-through Christmas party given by the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program on Dec. 1. MRPSP staff greeted and gave out holiday gifts to participants, who drove by in a steady stream for two hours. MAFP staff also gave out gifts and brought Santa Claus (high school senior Rob Embry) to take part in the fun. Santa is pictured here with UMMC M4 Jordan Jackson, a past MAFP Student Board Member. More photos on Instagram.
William Carey Students Participate in Virtual
Tar Wars Presentation with Miss Mississippi

Although schools are not allowing visitors, students at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, along with Mary Margaret Hyer, Miss Mississippi, teamed up to produce a TAR WARS video to ensure Mississippi elementary students continue to hear about the dangers of tobacco.

Melissa Stephens, MD, of WCUCOM, took the lead on the student part of the video assisted by Carol Ann Morreale, PharmD, of WCUCOM. Students taking part in the planning and filming of the video were: Corey Abdeen, Blake Hill, Bradley Lewis, Victoria Ly, Simran Mehrotra, Daniel Paglia (pictured), Shalini Paliwal, Sanjana Pratti, Michael Reen. Miss Hyer edited and produced the final product, which will be available in the coming weeks for school use. Thanks to these students for helping make a difference to Mississippi's children!
William Carey Univ. College of Osteopathic Medicine students gathered in September at MAFP offices for testing. The 3rd-year students visit the MAFP monthly to take their tests.
UMMC students at the August 2020 recruitment event for M1 students. From left, Lane Williamson, Weston Eldridge and Cailey Crawford spoke to M1 students at the event.
Medical Student Activities This School Year
A Little Different Due to Pandemic
We are proud to have 535 total student members at both the University of Mississippi School of Medicine (UMMC) and the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM). Although many in-person events have been cancelled in favor of virtual, we have still kept up relationships with student members.

This school year, MAFP has participated in three events with the UMMC student chapter, making a live presentation to M1s at Family Medicine Day for UMMC, sponsoring a virtual booth at the Family Medicine Residency Fair hosted by the Family Medicine Interest Group, and participating in a FMIG virtual chapter meeting with MAFP President Dr. James Griffin.

Each month, the MAFP enjoys visits from almost 20 third-year WCUCOM students for their testing requirement. It is great to have the students visit the MAFP headquarters -- we invite any students any time to stop by if you need a quiet place to study. Just e-mail Kristen Kern to see what we have going on that week.

Scholarships to Attend AAFP, ACOFP Events

The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians is also hosting a virtual Annual Convention and Scientific Seminars March 11-14, 2021. The conference offers more than 30 CME hours plus virtual sessions and product showcases.

The American Academy of Family Physicians' biggest event for residents and medical students will be held virtually for a second year in a row. The AAFP National Conference for Residents & Students, a 3-day mix of education, booths and networking, is scheduled for July 29-31 this year.

Interested? MAFP offers a scholarship to students who want to virtually 'attend" one of these national family medicine conferences. We reimburse your registration expenses, and all you have to do is apply! Apply for a Scholarship to a National Conference. The application deadline varies because applications must be submitted 14 days prior to the early bird registration deadline for each conference.
Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians
755 Avignon Drive, Ridgeland MS 39157
(601) 853-3302 - https://www.msafp.org