Quarterly Newsletter for Medical Students and Residents         October 2018
Residents and students at the Fall Conference: Dr. Jessica Douglas, Anita Santpurkar, Marco Garcia, Falan McKnight, Adam Purvis and Lucy, Terra Cody and Will Casey.
Students, Residents attend MAFP Fall Conference in Pickwick
Students and residents spent the weekend of Sept. 21-23 at the MAFP Fall Conference at Pickwick Landing State Park, just over the northern state line in Mississippi. They were able to take part in 7 hours of CME, networking with family physicians, and taking part in meetings. In addition to the MAFP Board meeting and MAFP Foundation Board meeting, the students and residents attended committee meetings, a Friday night barbecue and bonfire, and a Saturday night fish fry at the home of Dr. Bill and Linda Jackson of Corinth. MAFP covered their rooms and registration as part of their participation in MAFP boards.
2018 Student Ambassadors. Back row: Kaylie Bradshaw, Wisam Beauti, Anita Santpurkar, Falan McKnight, Hannah Whitlock, Conner Sears, Terra Cody and Regan Maxwell. Front row: Adam Purvis, Will Casey, Weston Eldridge and Sonny Hodge.
Ambassadors Visit Destin with MAFP
Five days in Destin sounds like fun! The twelve medical students chosen as Student Ambassadors this year spent July 21-25 at the MAFP Annual Meeting in Destin, FL, getting to know each other, learning about family medicine at education sessions, and networking.

"I loved meeting physicians and seeing their passion for family medicine," one ambassador said. "It was great to see the future side of medicine that we as students do not always get to see."

They also provided invaluable help to MAFP staff -- they were in the thick of things, preparing for activities, helping staff events, working a booth in the exhibit hall, and selling Draw Down tickets and other items.

The Student Ambassadors had opportunities to meet practicing physicians, different residency programs, more than 80 exhibitors, MAFP leaders and Dr. Conrad Flick, former AAFP Board member. And d id we mention fun? In addition to some free time to enjoy Destin, students also took part in MAFP activities like golf, shard-art, the Academy Amazing Race, Family Fun Night, charter fishing, Bingo and Bay Day.

MAFP pays for the Student Ambassadors' hotel rooms and meals during the Annual Meeting.  Students apply to be an Ambassador for that summer, and the application for next summer is now available.

Financial Smarts for Residents/Students:
Make smart financial decisions in medical school and residency, and your future self will thank you! Here's some information to point you in the right direction.
Johnny Campbell, Rubana Khan, Van-Vi Le, Meg Mathis and Marco Garcia at the AAFP National Conference for Residents and Students. Le served as alternate delegate for Mississippi and the others were scholarship winners.
Students Attend Kansas City Conference
The MAFP Foundation awarded scholarships to four Mississippi medical students to attend  the AAFP's National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students in August.  The scholarship covered their meals plus travel expenses to Kansas City, MO. Three WCUCOM students, Johnny Campbell, Marco Garcia and Rubana Khan, and one UMMC student, Meg Mathis, were the scholarship winners.

"The serious, purposeful atmosphere of the conference made me proud to be a future family doc," Mathis said. "My favorite aspect of attending was being a part of a large group of like-minded young professionals in an environment that promoted professional development."
Eight family medicine residents attended MAFP Annual Meeting, including Vineeth Sankoorikal, MD; Jessica Douglas, MD; Alana Piersanti, MD; Susan F. Williams, MD; Lindsey McCormick, DO; Craig Moffett, DO; and Sarah Hudson, DO. Not pictured is Brock Banks, MD.
Residents Network at Annual Meeting
Eight residents representing each of Mississippi's four family medicine residencies attended the MAFP Annual Meeting in Destin this past July, including three from UMMC, two each from Forrest General and NMMC, and one from EC HealthNet.

To encourage involvement, MAFP offers steeply-discounted registration for residents to attend Academy events. At the Annual Meeting, it hosted networking events aimed at these young physicians, including an opening reception, a special breakfast with an AAFP speaker, and a closing reception. Residents were encouraged to meet medical students and also young practicing physicians.

Several CME sessions were specifically planned for residents and physicians just starting out, including "Start Well: The Basics of the Business of Medicine" and "Code Well," both presented by Dr. Nick Ulmer of Spartanburg, SC. Other CME sessions residents attended were: "How to be a Rock Star Doctor" and "Five Things I Wish I Knew Last Year."
UMMC student members at the UMMC family medicine luncheon for M1s were: Joshua Jackson, Jackson Browning, Sonny Hodge, Regan Maxwell, MAFP's Kay-Lynn Meador, Kaylie Bradshaw, Weston Eldridge, Wisam Beauti. Not pictured are Will Casey and Van-Vi Li.
100 New Medical Students Join MAFP
Current student members did the talking at the Family Medicine luncheon for University of Mississippi Medical Center M1 students on Aug. 9, and 100 students joined the Academy as a result.

MAFP and the UMMC Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) partnered to provide  lunch for each of the 165 new first-year medical students, during which MAFP staffer Kay-Lynn Meador and medical student members discussed the role of MAFP and the specific benefits of student membership. The presentation, plus testimonials from student members, encouraged 100 new members to join that day.

Family medicine appreciated the spotlight during the orientation for new students. Dr. Sheree Melton of UMMC Family Medicine department was present. Both FMIG president Will Casey and Miss. Rural Physicians Scholars Program director Dr. Wahnee Sherman also presented to the students. Many thanks to Beth Wilson of the UMMC Family Medicine department for coordinating the luncheon.

You can encourage other students interested in family medicine to join by sending them a link to this  and reminding them that membership is free!

WCUCOM to Shine Spotlight on  MAFP at October 30 Student Lunch
MAFP will meet William Carey University OMS1 and OMS2 medical students on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at a luncheon at WCU's College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) in Hattiesburg. Speakers will include Kay-Lynn Meador, Foundation and Workforce Director, and Adam Purvis, WCUCOM student board member. They will discuss the benefits of membership and how to get involved.

In other news at  WCUCOM:
  • About 15 WCUCOM third-year students visited the MAFP office in Ridgeland Aug. 28 for testing and will continue to visit once a month for the rest of the school year. They received a briefing and presentation from MAFP staff on the Academy's purpose.
At the FMIG booth Aug. 17 are Van-Vi Le, FMIG vice president; Will Casey, president; Dr. Lou Ann Woodward, Dean, School of Medicine; and Weston Eldridge, M2 representative.
UMMC FMIG Starts School Year With Activities
Family medicine was well-represented Aug. 17 at the UMMC Student Welcome Luncheon for medical students. At the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) booth, chapter leaders met new students and discussed opportunities for the coming year, recruiting students to join the organization.

The chapter has its annual Family Medicine Residency Fair planned for October 3, with more than 30 exhibitors already signed up, including residency programs and other health care organizations. FMIG also plans to participate in UMMC's Spooky U in late October, and has a speaker from Amboss (a medical learning platform dedicated to helping future physicians prepare for the Step 2 Clinical Knowledge exam) planned for November 7.

Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Events
January 30, 2019
MAFP Capitol Day, Jackson (Residents/Students Welcome)

April 13, 2019
MAFP Spring Fling for Residents & Students, Jackson

July 20-24, 2018
MAFP Annual Scientific Assembly, Destin, FL
NEW MEMBERS (June - Sept. 1)
Amira Abbas
Nathan Armstrong
Joshua (Hunter) Aultman
Kaleb Barnes
Madelyn Barr
Agatha Louise Berryhill Stewart
Taylor Bertrand
Andrew Biesemier
Lauren Billington
Amanda Boudreaux
Kameron Boulton
Leah Bowlin
Brett Bowling
Matthew Bridges
Mark Briscoe
Caleb Buckner
Jeremy Burt
Blair Bush
Ellen Berry Carter
Joseph Andrew Carter
Ana Gayle Christian
Ian Coate
Kyle Cooper
Jordan Cothern
Jack Culbertson
John Andrew Del Castillo
Maggie Dickerson
Nntamaka Ezekwe
Thomas Brent Ferguson
Taylor Ferris
Courtney Filliben
Anna Fryar
Tyler Gatewood
Anna Gathings
Kimberly Gilbert
Ashley Gnam
Adam Goodman
Jamie Lou Goodwin
Callie Grey
Mary Harvey
Bismah Arif Hasan
Reya Hayek
Sean Himel
D. Graham Hodge
Michael Holman
Yousef Hreish
Gracie Hubacek
Jeremy J Hudson
Jeshanah Johnson
Taylor Johnson
Elizabeth Jones
Katie Jones
Monica Kala
Raman Kaur
Daniel Kennedy
Darius Kennedy
Hasna Khandekar
John Khoury
Alexander Knight
Caroline Lambert
David Mitch Lang
Anna Elizabeth Langford
Tracey Thuy Phuong Le
Kever Lewis
Mark Lewis
Davi Li
Harrison A Livingston
Parker Litchliter
Michael Magee
Khalid Manzoul
Andrew Duncan Maxwell
Alexandra Mazzola
Matthew McMullan
Keely McNeer
Roland   Joseph Mestayer
Hannah Miller
Brittany Mitchell
Perry Ellis Morgan
Mary Caroline Morris
Summer Morrissette
Kristin Myers
Somtochukwu Ngwudike
Lee Ogletree
Shannon Palmer
Hamza Patel
Murti Patel
Niki Patel
UMMC STUDENTS (continued):
Taylor Patterson
Joseph Pongetti
Christopher Price
George Puneky
John Nathan Rhodes
James Roberts
Chad M Ross
Renira Rugnath
Khoula Saleem
Dean Scafidi
Hayleo Schrock
Gulrukh Shaheen
Rachel Sharp
Andrew Shine
Wilkes Skelton
Chelsey Smith
Jessie Smith
Casey Andrew Spell
George Walker Stayer
Ross Straughan
Shelby Swede
Marjada Tucker
Kevin Varghese
Marty Waddell
Seth Warren
Zachary C Watters
Katie Webb
Taylor Webb
Mary Frances Weeks
John Whitaker
Cal Wilkerson
Jessica Williams
Lane Barry Williamson
Gerri Anne Wilson
Lindsey Winbome

Babatune Adeyemi
John Barbara
Johnny Campbell
Felix Chen
David DaCosta
Marco S. Garcia
Lia Morales-Ramos
Thu Nguyen
Zariad Saran
Urooj Shahid
Kinsley Stepka
Jasmine Tetley
MarcusJ Wilson

Jason Brown, MD
Matthew Capalbo, DO
Dennis Matthews, MD  
Jenisus Owens, DO
Danielle Parker, MD

Forrest General Family Medicine:
Ross Ganucheau, MD
Amber W. Norris, DO

North MS Family Medicine:
Blayne E. Beene, DO
Robert Dickson, DO
Matthew Dowdy, DO
Adam Guntharp, DO
Benjamin Lambert, MD
Brad A. Murray, MD
Michael S. Thompson, MD
Samuel A. Twedt, DO

University of Mississippi Family Medicine:
Danish Ather, MD
Parth Bhavsar, MBBS
Sarah Champagne, DO
Catherine Chokuba, MD
Maria Hussain, MD
Robert Kidnie, MD
Kshama Vyas, MD
Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians
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