March 17, 2011

CAPITOL UPDATE: Agreement on Rainy Day Fund doesn’t avert steep cuts
Budget deliberations continue to dominate headlines as Gov. Rick Perry and House budget writers agreed this week to use a portion of the Rainy Day Fund to close the shortfall in the current biennium. The governor continues to strongly oppose further use of the fund for the 2012-2013 budget, which could make for an interesting conference committee as the House and Senate leaders hammer out the differences later in the session. more...

Member of the Month: Howard Brody, M.D.
Galveston physician educates patients, promotes specialty through writing

Welcome to the second installment of the Academy’s Member of the Month program, which highlights outstanding Texas family physicians for their work to advance the specialty. This month we feature Howard Brody, M.D., of Galveston, who contributes columns to local newspapers to educate patients on their health and on the specialty of family medicine, and has dedicated his career to medical ethics. more...

News from the 2011 C. Frank Webber Lectureship
Family physicians gather to expand clinical knowledge, advance the specialty

Thanks to everyone who joined TAFP in Austin for the 2011 C. Frank Webber Lectureship and Interim Session. Read a recap of the weekend’s events and view photos on our Facebook page. more...

Help disaster survivors in Japan—donate to the AAFP Foundation
Family physicians moved to help the survivors of Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan are encouraged to donate to the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation disaster relief fund. Contributions go directly to support the work of Heart to Heart International and International Medical Corps, which are currently mobilizing volunteers and preparing supplies for shipment to Japan. Go to AAFP’s donation page to make your pledge today. If you are interested in volunteering your time with International Medical Corps, contact AAFP’s Alex Ivanov at (800) 274-2237, Ext. 4510, or


Free online education available on TAFP’s Other CME webpage
Featured this week from TAFP’s Other CME listing are two free online events from the California Academy of Family Physicians. “A Clinical Conversation: Redefining the Hospice & Palliative Care Patients in Primary Care” teaches participants how to provide continuous care appropriate for the episodic and long-term nature of chronic and advanced illnesses. “Listening to the Voices: Patient Perspectives on Bladder Problems” teaches participants about problems related to overactive bladder: screening and diagnosing, and providing behavioral and pharmacologic treatment. Access these CME opportunities and more at

It’s not too late, sign up for TAFP’s Self Assessment Module workshop in McAllen
Join your Academy as we present the Self-Assessment Module on Hypertension April 9 at the Renaissance Casa de Palmas in McAllen.  Attending one of TAFP’s SAM programs helps you make progress toward one component of the American Board of Family Medicine’s Maintenance of Certification process. For more information and to register, go to