Family Medicine Celebration

Each summer, Ohio’s “family” of family physicians reunites to connect, recharge, and reignite the passion that makes family medicine so great! Whether your aim is to earn continuing medical education (CME),  celebrate a year of family medicine achievements, or simply to have fun, this event is for you.

Event Highlights

Friday Saturday Sunday
  • Attend the bonus pre-conference CME session on the benefits of practice integration.
  • Hear a legislative update from OAFP Lobbyist David Paragas, JD
  • Congratulate annual award winners and dance the night away!
  • Join us for AAFP’s Physician Health First CME session, installation of officers, and a reception to welcome our new president, Anna McMaster, MD, FAAFP
  • Bring the family to enjoy a casual evening with board games and late-night dessert!
  • Need ABFM credit? Come to our KSA group study session facilitated by a  family physician, focused on Childhood Illness, and earn your needed credit with ease!

Schedule of Events

Friday, August 2
4:00 p.m. Registration & Refreshments
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Practice Integration: How Adding Ancillary Services Can Benefit Your Practice

Speaker: Stan Anderson, MD

Integration is a hot topic and buzzword in health care. How can a primary care office bring together parts of the healthcare system that traditionally work in silos? Join us to hear how Dr. Anderson integrated unique patient services into his practice producing better outcomes and providing the most effective approach to caring for people with multiple healthcare needs.

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Legislative Update

Speaker: C. David Paragas, JD

Always a favorite of Academy audiences, OAFP Lobbyist David Paragas, JD, will paint the legislative landscape for the current two-year Ohio General Assembly, outline the advocacy priorities for the Academy, and analyze the odds of their favorable movement within the present Statehouse environment.

7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Academy Dinner Reception
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Academy Awards Dinner
  • OAFP Foundation Award
  • 50-Years-in-Medicine
  • Family Medicine Educator of the Year
  • Family Physician of the Year
  • Resident Leadership Award
9:30 – 11:30 p.m. Kick-Off Celebration – DJ & Dancing!
Saturday, August 3
7:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast & Exhibitor Visits
8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Welcome & Announcements
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. American Academy of Family Physicians’ Physician Health First

Speaker: Kisha Davis, MD, MPH, family physician at Casey Health Institute in Gaithersburg, MD

The first-ever comprehensive initiative devoted to improving the well-being and professional satisfaction of family physicians, the AAFP is working at every level to help put physician well-being first, so physicians can stay passionate about their purpose: providing quality patient care.

This workshop will cover well-being barriers and solutions in the following areas:
  • Health Care System: How to advocate to improve regulation and documentation burdens that impact physician well-being and quality patient care.
  • Organization: Leadership skills to help physicians succeed within organizational practices and policies.
  • Practice: Improve efficiencies to optimize physicians’ time and promote a more sustainable practice.
  • Individual: Focus on individual well-being habits to address physician fatigue with awareness and mindfulness techniques.
  • Physician Culture: Address the mindset of physician self-sacrifice as a cultural norm, and encouraging self-care and peer-to-peer support. This portion of the presentation will also include small group discussions and Q&A.
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Break & Exhibitor Visits
9:45 – 11:15 a.m. AAFP’s Physician Health First (continued)
11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Break & Exhibitor Visits
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Ask the Officers Panel Discussion & AAFP Guest Representative Remarks
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Transition to Lunch & Exhibitor Visits
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Academy Luncheon
  • Business Items
  • Past Presidents’ Recognition
  • AAFP Fellow Convocation
  • Election and Installation of Officers
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. President’s Reception
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Business Session (continued)
6:30 p.m.
(start times may vary)
Want to enjoy a casual evening with conference peers? Dine-Arounds are a great way to meet new colleagues, make new friends, and join a stimulating night of conversation and discussion. Sign up to connect with fellow family physicians in an informal setting by visiting a specific restaurant or enjoying a particular type of cuisine at one of Columbus’ best restaurants. Sign-up sheets will be available onsite at the conference. Just chose a restaurant, sign up, and we will do the rest! Space is limited. All dinners will be self-paid.
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Family Night
Bring the family to enjoy a casual evening with friends and peers playing classic board games, and even some GIANT size! Enjoy a relaxed environment filled with fun, laughter, and the company of fellow family physicians and their families. Before the night is over, enjoy a Sweet Dreams Night Cap & Dessert Bar for a delectable dessert or nightcap before you retire for the evening.
Sunday, August 4
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast & Exhibitor Visits
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ABFM Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA): Childhood Illness
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Boxed Lunch & Exhibitor Visits
12:45 – 3:00 p.m. KSA & Clinical Self-Assessment: Childhood Illness (continued)

*Schedule is subject to change.

Registration Fees

Sessions Member Non-Member/Guest Student/Resident
CME session $25 $50 $0
Academy Awards Dinner $50 $50 adults | $30 children $0
Sessions Member Non-Member/Guest Student/Resident
CME session $85 $125 $0
Academy Luncheon $40 $40 adults | $20 children $0
Family Night FREE $10 $0
Session Member Non-Member/Guest Student/Resident
KSA: Childhood Illness $85* $110* $85*

*The fee to participate in the KSA does not include the fee the ABFM charges its Diplomates.

Hotel Accommodations

The OAFP has negotiated a group room rate at the Courtyard by Marriott Columbus/OSU, located adjacent to The Grand Event Center, at 780 Yard St in Columbus, OH, of $136 plus tax per night. Make your reservation online or by calling the hotel directly at 888.797.1886. When calling, be sure to ask the booking agent for the “OAFP 2019 group rate.” The group cut-off date for hotel reservations has been extended to Friday, July 19.


This live activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up 13 Prescribed CME credits (1.5 on Friday, 3.5 on Saturday, and 8 on Sunday) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association (AMA) as equivalent to the AMA Physicians Recognition Award Category 1 credit and by the American Osteopathic Association Category 2-B CME credits.

Exhibiting and Sponsorship Opportunities

For more information about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, please visit the Marketing Opportunities page, contact Allyson Kuentz or call 614.914.5631.


For more information about Family Medicine Celebration, please contact Director of Education Erin Jech or call 800.742.7327.


Be sure to visit the following exhibitors during the Family Medicine Celebration:
  • Air Force Health Professions
  • Horizon Pharma
  • Muskingum Valley Health Centers
  • Ohio End of Life Options
  • Otsuka Pharmaceuticals
  • Path Group
  • Reproductive Health Access Project
  • Rx2Live – Ohio
  • State Medical Board of Ohio
  • Summa Health
  • University of Cincinnati – Virtual Reality Simulation
  • Visiting Physicians Association