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WVAFP Officers and Committee Chair Appointment Standing Rules

The information below is intended to give specific on the process of becoming a WVAFP Officer. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Gerry D. Stover, MS, EVP at gerry.stover@wvafp.org.

Prerequisite to becoming a WVAFP Officer

All of the following conditions must be met for consideration:
• Holds active membership in the WVAFP-AAFP
• Holds a valid medical license without restrictions
• Participates for one full year on the WVAFP Legislative Committee
• Serves as Doc4Day during a legislative session

Call for membership in Legislative Committee

Once a year, active members will receive an email, fax or newsletter asking about their interest to serve on the WVAFP Legislative Committee. Active members who respond will be screened by the WVAFP EVP. This will ensure there are no issues with the WV Board of Medicine and that they are valid active (retired members may serve on the Legislative Committee but can not become Officers of the WVAFP) members. The active member will be asked to provide a copy of their CV. Then the Chairs of WVAFP Legislative Committee will review the background information on the member and make a recommendation to the Board to appoint them to the WVAFP Legislative Committee.

If the Chairs of the Legislative Committee do not know the individual or are unable to verify their prior background the Chairs may ask the member to appear and discuss their interest in serving on the WVAFP Legislative Committee.

The Chairs of the WVAFP Legislative Committee may submit names to the Board anytime during the year to be added to the roster of the WVAFP Legislative Committee.

Selection of Officers for Secretary

Unless an officer has resigned his/her position the WVAFP bylaws require that only the Secretary position be filled as the other officers with the exception of the Treasurer move up one position per year. The President will review the roster of the active members that have served as Doc4Day and select a member to contact and determine their interest in becoming an WVAFP Officer. The President may delegate this activity to any member of the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee will be composed of the President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary and the Executive Vice President (as a non voting member). Once a candidate for office has been selected a slate of officers will be prepared to submit to the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting.

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WVU Medical Student Pisacano Leadership Foundation Scholarship Recipient

The Board of Directors of the Pisacano Leadership Foundation, Inc. has selected the recipients of the 2016 scholarships. Darrin Nichols, a 4th-year medical student at the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Medicine, is one of five scholars selected as a 2016 Pisacano Scholar. He is the first WVU medical student selected as a Pisacano Scholar since the start of the program in 1993. Darrin also received his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University.

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Darrin Nichols, a 2016 Pisacano Scholar, is a 4th-year medical student at West Virginia University School of Medicine. Darrin graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University (WVU) with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology.
As an undergraduate student at WVU, Darrin was accepted into the WVU Honors College. As a WVU Honors Scholar he completed an honors thesis in Biology, examining the inflammatory relationship between asthma, obesity, and insulin resistance in children. As a senior, Darrin was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and was a recipient of the West Virginia University Foundation Outstanding Senior Award, an award given to students for their academic achievement, community service, research, and leadership skills. Darrin continues to volunteer alongside his family with a local youth basketball league as a volunteer coach, referee, statistician and administrative assistant, which he has done since middle school. He also served as a resident assistant at WVU and was recognized each year as the Resident Assistant of the Year for his dormitory.

Since beginning medical school, Darrin has continued to win awards and accolades. In 2014, 2015, and 2016 he was the recipient of the West Virginia University Institute for Community and Rural Health Scholarship, which recognizes students who are dedicated to becoming primary care providers in rural or underserved areas of West Virginia. Earlier this year he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Darrin has been involved in a number of research projects, including ongoing current research focusing on diabetes education in underserved populations. He has designed an educational workbook that participants will follow throughout the course of a program developed with other WVU medical students and volunteers. He has served as President of Stepping Stones and Student Coordinator of MUSHROOM, programs at WVU that involve medical students and local physicians conducting street rounds to provide basic necessities and medical care to the unsheltered populations of Martinsburg, WV and Morgantown, WV, respectively. Darrin is also the medical student coordinator of the Prevention of the Abuse of Substances in Students (PASS) Program for his local high school – a program he designed and obtained grant funding for with the collaboration of a local rural physician. Darrin was recently awarded the 2016 WVU School of Medicine – Eastern Division Community Health Outreach Award. He has also been named a Rural Scholar in the Department of Family Medicine at WVU School of Medicine – Charleston Division, a designation given to students dedicated to becoming family physicians and provides acceptance into the Charleston Area Medical Center Family Medicine residency program.
After residency, Darrin hopes to return to his hometown in West Virginia to practice as a family physician and to continue to provide education to students interested in Family Medicine, just as his mentors have done for him.

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Are You MACRA Ready? Get the Latest Info from the AAFP

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The AAFP has been working diligently to make sure you and your practice know all the ins and outs of the the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) that was signed into law in April 2015. It’s setting up groundbreaking changes to the way physicians are paid by Medicare, and we want YOU to be aware of how this legislation can impact your practice.

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2015 WVAFP/Tar Wars Journal Available For View/Download

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Dr. Philip Galapon Receives the Degree of Fellow

Dr. Wanda Filer, AAFP President-Elect, presented the award. Dr. Galapon pledged, “As a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians shall pursue these goals: …to provide comprehensive and continuing health care to my patients, placing their welfare above all else; to exemplify and substantiate the highest traditions of my profession through an informed and scientific practice of family medicine; and to strive professional enrichment through a rigorous program of continuing education. I pledge my full participation and talents to the fulfillment of these objectives because they are the principles upon which the Academy was founded and because by so doing, I can better serve my profession, myself and humankind.”

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MCHM Handout

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