Quarterly Newsletter for Medical Students and Residents         September 2017
Student Ambassadors Make a Great Impression and Have Fun in Destin (video)
We couldn't have done it without them! From unpacking, loading, handling children's activities and folding t-shirts, the MAFP student ambassadors worked hard to make sure over 400 MAFP Annual Meeting attendees had a great time this past July.

This year's Student Ambassadors were Jackson Browning (UMMC), Leah Burch (UMMC), Emily Bustin (UMMC), Justin Dyer (UMMC), and Zack Watson (UMMC). Along with the Ambassadors, medical students who serve on MAFP boards also attended, including Craig Bullock (UMMC), Will Casey (UMMC), Terry Moran (WCUCOM), and Caleb Zumbro (UMMC).

"The trip was a great opportunity to network and meet family physicians around the state," Justin Dyer said. He added that he enjoyed attending a casting and splinting workshop and getting interviewing tips from practicing physicians.

Student Ambassadors attended the Annual Meeting in Destin, Florida, with MAFP paying for their hotel room and meals. Hattiesburg Clinic also hosted a dinner one night for the group. During the meeting, they networked with practicing physicians and exhibitors and even had some free time to have fun together! Craig and Will spent some time on the golf course in friendly competition with physicians and exhibitors, while Leah, Emily and Justin tapped into their creative juices by taking an Adult Abstract Art class. Jackson and Caleb enjoyed a day on the water by hopping aboard the MAFP Charter Fishing Trip to reel in the catch of the day.

Students apply each spring to be an Ambassador at the Annual Meeting in the summer. Applications for next spring are available now on the MAFP website. A limited number of students are accepted each year, so apply early! 
National Conference attendees (L-R) Leah Burch, Emily Bustin and Rachel Yi.
MAFP Foundation Awards 3 Students Scholarships  to AAFP  National Conference
MAFP Foundation awarded scholarships to three medical students who  represented Mississippi at the AAFP's Family Medicine National Conference for Residents and Students in July. Leah Burch, Emily Bustin and Rachel Yi are each UMMC students interested in pursuing family medicine.

"I felt as though I was given a whole new perspective on family medicine," Yi said after returning from the trip. "I had no idea about the breadth and depth of family medicine which held so many different possibilities and opportunities."

The National Conference, attended by 2,500 medical students and residents each year, offers workshops and clinics, plus an exhibit hall featuring residency programs and potential employers. Held each year in Kansas City, Missouri, the next National Conference is August 2-4, 2018.

Bustin said she learned a lot from a workshop on residency interviews. "We used some of the example interview questions we were given to practice on each other. Overall, we all agreed that we felt much more prepared for residency interviews."

MAFP awarded each of the students a scholarship to cover their out-of-pocket expenses like registration, travel, hotel rooms and meals.  Applicants for the scholarship must be first-time attendees, and preference is given to those in Year 2 or 3 of medical school.

Burch wholeheartedly recommended the experience to others. "The quality of information provided in the National Conference meetings and workshops was unparalleled," she said. "I cannot stress the importance of emphasizing the benefits of this experience to both students and residents alike. If I had any suggestions, it would be for Mississippi medical students and residents to become even more involved on a national level."
WIN a $50 Shell Gift Card: Just Recruit More  Residents/Students to MAFP!
It's membership recruitment time, and we've got a contest for you! Encourage your friends to join MAFP and be entered to win a $50 Shell card. We'll draw for a winner on Oct. 16.

Medical students can join for free, and residents pay $30 annual dues. When you join the American Academy of Family Physicians using the applications below, you are automatically a member of MAFP, too.

How to enter: Print out the membership form below and indicate your name at the bottom as the recruiting MAFP member. Have your friend(s) complete the form.  Take a picture of the application and e-mail it to us. You can FAX to  (601) 853-3002, or mail/bring applications to 755 Avignon Drive, Ridgeland MS 39157. For residents, don't worry about payment; AAFP will bill you.

UMMC medical student Craig Bullock has already entered! In August, he encouraged lots of M1s to complete the application and then brought them to the MAFP office. Thanks, Craig!

North Mississippi Family Medicine representatives received a certificate at AAFP National Conference recognizing their QI project. From left: Dr. Hughes Melton, AAFP Foundation Board President; Dr. James Taylor; Dr. Emily Landrum; Angee McDaniel of Pfizer. 

North Mississippi Family Medicine Residency Earns Recognition for QI Project
Tupelo's North Mississippi Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program recently completed a Quality Improvement project to increase immunization rates in senior adults. They were invited to the AAFP National Conference in July to present their project and receive a certificate. You can read their award-winning case study and see their QI poster here.
Students at the UMMC FMIG meeting Aug. 30. Back row, from L-R: Leah Burch, Beth Wilson, Will Casey, Craig Bullock, Jonathan Sappington, Brad Murray, Justin Dyer. Front row: Katrina Johnson, Van-Vi Le, Falan McKnight, Regan Maxwell, Rachel Yi.

UMMC FMIG Kicks Off New School Year
UMMC's Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) had the first meeting of the school year August 30 and welcomed MAFP's Workforce Director Kay-Lynn Meador to the meeting.  The group discussed event plans for the coming year, including: 
  • Sept. 27 - UMMC FMIG Recruitment Fair at Student Union from 11 am - 1 pm. (For more information, contact Beth Wilson.) 
  • Oct. 4 - Q&A with Dr. David Green of UMMC Family Medicine Residency Program
The group also has service projects planned for the year, including an event for trick-or-treaters in October, and participation in campus charity events.

FMIG Officers are: President Will Casey, Vice President Craig Bullock, Secretary Katrina Johnson, Treasurer Justin Dyer. FMIG Faculty Adviser is Dr. David Norris.
Several William Carey University COM students visit the MAFP headquarters monthly for periodic testing. Each of these students are OMS-IIIs who are working in Central Mississippi during the year. L-R:  Jong "Joseph" Kim, Shea Qarqish, Jasmeet Kaur, Kathryn Cooper, Shelby Wagner, Jiten "Jay" Gosai, Alexandra Moore, Rachel Jimenez,  Zachary "Chad" Pinkard, Shireen Dogar, David Crasto, Lee McCraney.
WCUCOM Family Medicine Association Announces Student Activities
Ashley Day, President of the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) Student Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (SA-ACOFP), has announced the following dates:
  • October 2 - Q&A With Dr. Jessica Tullos, DO, of Forrest General Family Medicine Residency Program
  • October 20 - WCUCOM Hospital Day & Residency Fair from 10 am - 2 pm at Southern Oaks House & Gardens, Hattiesburg
  • November 15 - MAFP Luncheon & Presentation at Lecture Hall
  • January 9 - Presentation by Dr. Rodney Wiseman, National President of ACOFP
SA-ACOFP has service projects planned, including volunteering at a food pantry, collecting donations for Operation Christmas Child, and decorating Christmas cards for local nursing homes. Contact Ashley Day  for more info.

Officers for SA-ACOFP include Ashley Day, OMS-II, President; Colbert Nelson, OMS-II, Vice President; Shelbi Bolton, OMS-II, Secretary; Lia Morales-Ramos, OMS-II, Treasurer.
Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Events
March 7, 2018 -- MAFP Capitol Day, Jackson (Residents/Students Welcome)
April 20, 2018 -- MAFP Crawfish Boil, Jackson (Residents/Students Welcome)
April 21, 2018 -- MAFP Spring Fling for Residents & Students, Jackson
July 21-25, 2018 -- MAFP Annual Scientific Assembly, Destin, FL
NEW MEMBERS (June - September)
Hollie Ables
Katheryn Adam
Omair Arain
Jessica Arnold
Marco Aru
Reid Black
Kaylie D. Bradshaw
Sarah Brannan
Anna B. Britt
Evan Browning
William Buchanan
Robert H. Burrow
Anissa Butler
Joshua Campbell
Samuel Chafin
Cathy Chen
Katherine Cranston
William S. Crows
Breland Crudup
Michael Dedwylder
Sean Duke
Erin Leigh Dyer
Mariam Ebeid
Nathan Ford
Ruth Fowler
Sebastian Galante
Rosario K. Guastella
Jonathan Hamilton
Skiey Hardin
Kyle Hart
Wilson Helmhout
Kelly Hill
Kelsey Hillhouse
Haley Hobart
Alex Huff
Joshua Irby
Jordan Jackson
Lance Jaynes
Rose Joachim
Candise Johnson
Amanda Kaminski
Muzamil Khawaja
Kelton Kingsley
Jaslyn Langford
Sallie Lin
Abby Matthews
Lily F. McCrory
Jon Abigail McDonald
Alexander J. Meyer
Jenni K. Miles
Paige Mims
Sorsha Morris
Alexander Mullen
Rachael A. Nelson
Daulton Newman
Dai Nguyen
Ashley Noblin
Rohan Pareek
Kirby G. Parker
Sara B. Parker
UMMC STUDENTS (continued):
Mitul Deepak Patel
Naishal Patel
Daniel Patterson
Sean Patterson
James Shelby Presgraves
Chandler Pride
Frank H. Redd
Amit Reddy
Jeremiah Reese
Michael Robinson
Walker Robison
Damien Roland
Cary N. Roy
Jacob Scoggin
Conner Sears
Chamnee P. Seo
Melinda Solomon
Austin D. Southern
Louise Spencer
Shanesse Spratt
Elliott Taylor
Jack G. Tharp
Peyton Thigpen
Sam Thomas
Jared Vaughan
Christina B. Wallace
Elizabeth Wicks
Alexis Witcher
Hobart Zhu

Alexander Chen
Matthew Dowdy
Samuel Hall
Kaitlin McNamara
Alexander L. Moore
Saba Munir

Abdu M. Abdallah Ahmed, MD (UMMC)
Ashley Alphonse, MD (UMMC)
Cameron Bonds, MD (NMMC)
Jacob Cox, DO (NMMC)
Sarah Hudson, DO (FGH)
Chinedu G. Ifejiagwa, MD (UMMC)
Lilian E. Massihi, MD (UMMC)
Ndianabasi Mbride, MD (UMMC)
Mimi T. Nguyen, DO (NMMC)
Cody Robertson, MD (FGH)
Melissa E. Sanders, DO (UMMC)
Joshua Spake, DO (FGH)
Ivy Chantal Wicks, MD (UMMC)
Austin D. Worley, DO (FGH)
Michael Yeung-Lai-Wah, MD (UMMC)
Timothy Zepponi, DO (NMMC)

NMMC = North Miss. Family Medicine Residency. FGH = Forrest General Family Medicine Residency

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