Virtual Membership Meeting & Family Medicine Celebration

The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) is hosting two “new and improved” events in August!

Members have the opportunity to participate in a brief virtual business meeting on Thursday, August 8, and a one-day, in-person Family Medicine Celebration on Saturday, August 17, at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, OH.

Virtual Membership Meeting

Join us on Thursday, August 8, at 7 p.m. from the comfort of your own home to make your voice heard and contribute to the business decisions for the Academy.

This virtual meeting consists of bylaws-mandated annual business activities including:
  • Election of officers
  • Discussion and approval of bylaws amendments
  • Recommendations that require approval from the membership.


Family Medicine Celebration

The OAFP has heard your plea to bring back in-person networking with your peers and is excited to announce that we will be taking a “tour of Ohio” to celebrate the birthplace of family medicine and the family physicians who collectively better the health of all Ohioans! Over the next few years, the OAFP will tour the state, celebrating family medicine in Ohio at unique venues that encourage socialization and networking.

By bringing the “family of family medicine” together, the OAFP will reignite your passion for family medicine and inspire the next generation to choose family medicine and Ohio for their futures!

First up on our “tour of Ohio” is COSI in Columbus on Saturday, August 17!

Plan now to join us for one or both meetings to enjoy all your Academy has to offer!

Sponsor a Student or Resident to Attend!

In an effort to promote family medicine in Ohio to all future family physicians, the OAFP will offer free Family Medicine Celebration registration to student and resident members through a member-driven sponsorship program. Learn more and help by sponsoring student and resident registrations today!

Schedule of Events*

10:00 a.m. COSI Opens

Event attendees are encouraged to come early to explore the exhibits!

11:30 a.m. – Noon Registration Open
Noon – 12:15 p.m. Welcome from the OAFP & the OAFP Foundation

Speaker: Family Medicine Celebration Workgroup Chair Mike Sevilla, MD

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. **Lunch & Advocacy Update

Speaker: OAFP Lobbyist Lauren Huddleston, JD

Primary care physicians share many legislative interests and concerns, one being the elections this November. OAFP lobbyist Lauren Huddleston will provide an update on the legislative climate in Ohio.

1:15 – 1:45 p.m. **American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Update

Speaker: AAFP Director Sarah Nosal, MD

Dr. Nosal will share information on the AAFP’s strategic initiatives and how our combined efforts will shape healthcare for all.

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.
OAFP Member Recognition
  • OAFP Leadership Installation
  • Incoming President Speech: Kathleen Meehan-de la Cruz, MD
  • AAFP Fellow Convocation
  • OAFP Award Winners
  • OAFP Foundation Award Winners
  • OAFP Committee Member Recognition
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Networking Break

Use this time to congratulate the newly installed leadership, network with your peers, meet Ohio’s family medicine students & residents, donate to the Foundation, or explore COSI!

3:30 – 4:45 p.m. **Keynote Address

Speaker: Reid Blackwelder, MD

Hear respected member and national leader Dr. Blackwelder deliver a keynote address to recharge the batteries of our seasoned members and ignite passion in the resident and student members present. For those looking for positivity and hope, join us to feel rejuvenated and reminded why family medicine is the BEST specialty!

4:45 – 5:00 p.m. OAFP Foundation Fundraising Update

Speaker: OAFP Foundation Chair Scott Rogers, MD

5:00 p.m. COSI Exhibits Close
5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Closing Reception

Enjoy a relaxed environment filled with fun, laughter, and the company of fellow family physicians and their families.

*Schedule is subject to change.
**May be eligible for continuing medical education credit.

Registration Fees

  • Members: $275
  • Resident and Student Members: $0 (please note, a deposit of $75 is required to register which will be refunded after participation in the meeting)
  • Non-Members: $335
The Family Medicine Celebration registration fee includes:
  • Lunch
  • Closing reception (guests and families welcome)
  • One (1) general admission ticket to COSI (general admission includes COSI Classic exhibits, the High Wire Unicycle, and the AMNH Dinosaur Gallery)

Additional discounted COSI admission tickets can be purchased for $15 per person when registering for the Family Medicine Celebration through the OAFP website.

Please note: tickets for special exhibitions, like TITANIC: The Artifact Exhibition, must be purchased at COSI for an additional cost and you will be asked to select a time for your visit.

CME Accreditation

Application for continuing medical educational credit will be filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.


For questions about registration, please contact Workforce Development Manager Caitlin Laudeman or call 800.742.7327.

For questions about programming, please contact Director of Education Erin Jech or call 800.742.7327.