Family Doc – Summer 2017 – Volume 69

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2017 Family Doctor of the Year Presented to Dilip Nair, MD

Charleston, WV – March 31, 2017 – Dilip Nair, MD a family physician from Huntington, WV was the recipient of the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians highest award – Family Doctor of the Year for 2017.  The award was presented by Philip Galapon, MD the current WVAFP President and MU Alumni.  The award was presented during the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians (WVAFP) 65th Annual Scientific Assembly held on March 30th – April 1st at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, WV.  

The Family Doctor of the Year Award honors an outstanding, community-minded family physician that provides compassionate, comprehensive care.  Candidates are nominated for their service as role models, professionally and personally, in their communities, to other healthcare professionals, physicians in training and medical staff.

Dr. Nair earned his doctor of medicine degree at University of Connecticut and completed residency at Marshall University School of Medicine.  He is a Professor at Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University Family & Community Health, Huntington, WV.

Founded in 1948, the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians represents more than 1,000 physicians and medical students statewide.  It is the largest medical specialty society devoted solely to primary care.  The West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians is a chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians.


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Dr. Philip Galapon – Installed as the 65th President of the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians

Philip Galapon, MD, FAAFP was installed as WVAFP President on March 30th at the WVAFP Annual Scientific Assembly, Embassy Suites, Charleston, WV. The installation was performed by Dr. Robert Raspa, AAFP Board Member from Fleming Island, FL.

Philip Galapon graduated from Marshall University Joan C Edwards School of Medicine in 2008 with a specialty in Family Medicine.

He became Board Certified in Family Medicine in 2011. Dr. Galapon worked for Madison Medical Group from 2011-2016 before joining Lincoln Primary Care Center in 2016.

Dr. Galapon is a life- long Southern West Virginia resident who is passionate about Diabetic care and Adolescent medicine.


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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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Family Doc – 2017 Spring Meeting Review

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Family Doc – Winter 2016 – Volume 68

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Inside this issue:

  • The Medical Marijuana Debate
  • Step Therapy Legislation
  • Doc for a Day 2017
  • Physician Champion

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New AAFP Fresh Perspective Blog Post from Kimberly Becher-Ensuring Appropriate Care When Views of Physician, Patient Collide

Patients often forget that physicians are people with their own beliefs, and ethical dilemmas can arise when these beliefs conflict with a patient’s medical needs and wishes. In the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post, Kimberly Becher, M.D., considers how to preserve both the dignity of physicians as well as appropriate care for patients when that occurs.

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West Virginia Free Clinic Receives $5,000 Family Medicine Cares USA Award

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The AAFP Foundation FMC USA grant helps free clinics care for the uninsured in areas of need by helping them purchase tangible items such as exam tables, EHR systems, and medical equipment. An FMC USA grant was awarded to the following West Virginia free clinic, Wheeling Health Right, Inc. They received a $5,000 FMC USA grant for stethoscopes, otoscopes, thermometers, and penlights. The physician champion for the clinic is Dr. James Comerci. The clinic’s primary contact is Executive Director Kathie Brown.

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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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New Fresh Perspectives Blog Post- “Stranded Patients, Lost Meds Are Just the Beginning of Flood Disaster” by Kimberly Becher, MD

Dr. Kimberly Becher gives a heartbreaking account of how the flooding in WV has impacted her practice and the lives of her patients.

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