Quarterly Newsletter for Medical Students and Residents                May 2018

Residents, Students:  Apply for Up to $1,000 in Scholarship Money to Attend  AAFP National Conference

Now's your chance! Apply for a scholarship from MAFP Foundation to attend the American Academy of Family Physicians National Conference for Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students, to be held August 2-4 in Kansas City, Missouri. Students can attend procedural skills courses, workshops and relevant sessions in family medicine, and residents can learn about the process of successfully transitioning from residency to practice. To top it off, the exhibit hall has hundreds of residency programs all in the same place, ready to talk to potential residents. More information.


Scholarship applications are due by Thursday, June 14. Questions? Contact Kay-Lynn Meador.

Resident Board Members: Drs. Lindsey McCormick, Stephen Morgan, Jessica Douglas and Sarah Hudson.
Student Board Members: Will Casey, Falan McKnight, Anita Santpurkar and Adam Purvis.
Eight Residents, Students Elected to  MAFP Board, MAFP Foundation Board
After qualifying and campaigning, four residents and four medical students were elected April 21 by their peers to represent them on the MAFP Board and MAFP Foundation Board. Each of Mississippi's four family medicine residency programs and both of Mississippi's medical schools are represented.  Learn more about the newly-elected members.
Residents, Your Help Needed:  Please Complete This 5-Minute Survey
AAFP and the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies have created an  important survey aimed at residents . The survey takes 5 minutes and it is an important opportunity for you to participate in the creation of national policy that relates to the primary care workforce.

The survey is voluntary and anonymous. It seeks to understand what resources are available to residents in searching for post-residency employment, the type of employment that residents seek, and where residents might want to work.

Any questions can be directed to Robert Baillieu, MD.
Cody, Santpurkar Travel to Austin to  Family Physicians National Conference
Cody, left, and Santpurkar, at the ACOFP national conference this past March.
With scholarships from the MAFP Foundation, two William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine students attended the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians annual convention this past March. Each student is awarded up to $1,000 in reimbursements for registration, meals, and travel expenses to the event's location in Austin, TX.

Anita Santpurkar, a 3rd year WCUCOM student, said she enjoyed learning about specialization. "I learned about the different routes one can go with the family medicine residency, including sports medicine, OBGYN and pediatrics," she said. "I learned how inclusive family medicine was, and how many different options I had."

Terra Cody, who is completing her 3rd year at WCUCOM, said her favorite presentation was one on rural medicine. "Dr. Jacob Curtis gave an amazing talk on his personal life as a rural family doctor along with the expectations to have as a rural doctor," Cody said. "Wanting to be a rural physician myself, I found this one the most intriguing and helpful."
MAFP Recognized Nationally for High Resident and Student Membership Numbers
In recognition for 2017 membership numbers, Mississippi AFP received awards in April for its 100% resident membership as well as First Place among medium chapters for the Highest Percent Increase in Student Membership. The American Academy of Family Physicians issues awards each spring to member chapters for outstanding recruitment efforts.
MAFP Recruits 39 New Members
January - April 2018 New Members:
Esosa Adah
Taylor Allen
Bernice Anderson
Wisam Beauti
Laura Beneke
Madeline Campbell
Bridget Cheng
Adam Coombs
Megan Fasick
William Flowers
Ben Giuffria
Bonnie Hodge
Meghan Johnson
Meredith Jordan
Seth Knight
Torey Krause
Meg Mathis
Regan Maxwell
Haley McCool
Matthew McGuire
Hunter McLendon
Sarah Miller
Brannon Morris
Courtney Mullins
UMMC STUDENTS (continued):
Jasmine Padgett
Nyiua Porter
Alison Redding
Mark Rushing
Jake Sivils
Bethany Summerford
Michelle Wheeler
Dorothy Whitlock

Luke Fondren
Brice Guy
Alexandra Livingston
Quinn Quebodeaux

Hunter Harrison, DO - ECH
Samantha Mosby, DO - ECH
Eric Tillotson, MD - NMMC

NMMC = North Mississippi Medical Center. ECH = EC HealthNet Family Medicine Residency

Spring Fling Wrap-Up
About 89 residents and students attended the MAFP Foundation's Spring Fling on April 21, which brought together people from both medical schools in Mississippi and all four Mississippi family medicine residency programs. Attendance at the event grew 33% over last year.

The day-long event featured speakers on mastering the MATCH, opioid prescribing, dispelling myths about family medicine, financial planning and an introduction to manipulation techniques. In addition to the residents and students, 22 exhibitors were on hand as part of ROMP, the Rural Opportunities for Mississippi Physicians trade show.

Several residents took part in a QI poster presentation during the trade show, answering questions about their research.

The day concluded with a crawfish boil on the Barnett Reservoir featuring fresh crawfish catered by MAFP member Dr. Bradley Suggs, live music and a corn hole tournament. Residents and students were able to socialize with active physicians at this joint event with MAFP. More than 50 active physicians took part.

Those who attended are encouraged to fill out the event's online evaluation to give organizers feedback on this year's event:

Next year's event will be held in April 2019.

MBN's Dowdy Speaks to WCUCOM Students
At William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine on Feb. 9, the college hosted John Dowdy, director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, at a lunch meeting on campus. MAFP Foundation arranged for the speaker. Dowdy offered a law enforcement perspective on prescription opioids and gave some cautionary tales. He advised rising physicians what they needed to be aware of regarding opioid prescribing.
Explore Family Medicine ---
As a member of MAFP, you're also a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, which has a wealth of articles available for you to research family medicine:

Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians
755 Avignon Drive
Ridgeland, MS 39157
P: 601-853-3302 F: 601-853-3002