April 21, 2011

CAPITOL UPDATE: Physicians testify against independent practice for nurse practitioners
When three scope bills were raised in the House Public Health Committee in the wee hours of the morning, TAFP member Tricia Elliott, M.D., of Galveston and Texas Pediatric Society member Gary Floyd, M.D., of Fort Worth were there to testify against expansion of APRNsí scope of practice. Plus, Senate committee approves budget; TAFP members testify on telemedicine, IMG licensure bill; and donít miss TAFPís latest Capitol Report. more...

Member of the Month: Loren S. Lasater, M.D.
Physician invigorates practice through military service
Meet Aprilís Member of the Month, Loren S. Lasater, M.D., a family physician who joined the U.S. Army Reserve to care for soldiers serving abroad and in the United States. Through this service he has gained knowledge and experience working with other physicians and in other health care systems that make him a better physician in his home practice. more...

TAFP member Greg Fuller, M.D., to run for AMA alternate delegate
Greg Fuller, M.D., of Keller, wants to represent the Texas Medical Association as alternate delegate to the American Medical Association to lend the voice of a full-time private-practice primary care physician to the delegation. Read more about Dr. Fuller and his vision for the post. more...

TAFP reaches out through online video channel
Furthering our effort to engage members, your Academy has added another social media outlet to our collection. Through Vimeo, an online video-sharing site, TAFP will post our video projects on a range of topics and issues, including Capitol Report, and you can collaborate by watching, downloading, and sharing these videos. To view our content, go to our video channel at www.vimeo.com/channels/txfamilydocs. Be sure to visit often to see whatís new.

EDUCATION UPDATE

Enhance your Annual Session education with the SAM workshop
Attention ABFM diplomates: Earn 12 additional credits of CME and make progress toward your Maintenance of Certification process by attending TAFPís Self-Assessment Module Group Study Workshop on Health Behavior Wednesday, July 27. Attendees will discuss and complete the knowledge assessment portion of the module at the workshop, and will be eligible to complete the clinical simulation online after. Once complete, ABFM awards CME credit and MC-FP credit. For more information, go to the Annual Session section of TAFPís website, www.tafp.org/professional-development/assa.