May 3, 2011

CAPITOL UPDATE: Senate stalls on budget debate, passes revenue measure
As time runs out for the 82nd Texas Legislature, the Senate has not been able to get the necessary votes to bring its committee-approved budget up for debate on the floor. A series of deadlines coming up within the next few weeks could spell trouble for this and other bills. more...

Cant attend NCSC or ALF? Connect through Facebook and Twitter
As your Texas delegation travels to AAFPs National Conference on Special Constituencies and Annual Leadership Forum in Kansas City, Mo., May 5-7, follow the action through the TAFPs social media outlets: www.facebook.com/txafp and www.twitter.com/txfamilydocs. Each conference has its own Facebook page and Twitter account, and Twitter hashtag. Enter aafpncsc or aafpalf in the search box at the top of your Twitter feed to view.

Students: Apply for Foundation scholarships before May 9 deadline
The TAFP Foundation has thousands of dollars available in scholarships for medical students, but you must act before the deadline on Monday, May 9. Go to www.tafp.org/membership/students/scholarships to apply for the Glen Johnson, M.D. Minority Medical Student Scholarship; the Jim and Karen White Leadership Scholarship; the Arnold N. Krause, M.D. Medical Student Scholarship; the Valley Chapter Scholarship; and the South Texas Scholarship.

Reminder to TAFP members: Make Your Mark on family medicine
Dont forget to fill out the Make Your Mark form by Friday, May 13 to volunteer to join a TAFP committee or commission, or state your interest in an officer or board position. Each conducts business important to family physicians of Texas, so you can choose what interests you most and help shape TAFP policy that will guide the Academy through the coming years. Fill out the form at www.tafp.org/membership/get-involved.

EDUCATION UPDATE

Check out TAFPs Other CME webpage for high-quality education
TAFPs Other CME Opportunities online listing is our way to highlight high-quality education provided by other organizations, many of which are free or discounted for TAFP members. New to the list are webinars An Overview of Diabetes Reimbursement in a Primary Care Office and Why Cancer Clinical Trials Are Important for My Practice, and several conferences in May. Go to www.tafp.org/professional-development/other-cme for more information.