Member of the Month: Ikemefuna Charles Okwuwa, M.D.
Resident dreams of teaching, tells first-years to “seize every opportunity”
Meet April’s Member of the Month, Dr. Ikemefuna Charles Okwuwa, a third-year resident at Texas Tech Health Science Center Department of Family Medicine in Odessa, Texas. Though now a U.S. citizen, he was born in Nigeria and received medical training at the School of Medicine at the University of Benin in Nigeria. He loves family medicine for the variety and hopes to join his residency’s faculty to give back to future physicians what he has received from his residency mentors. more...

Report: Texas residency slots not keeping up with medical school graduates
A report by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board says that if Texas doesn’t increase the number of first-year residency slots, an increasing number of medical school graduates will be forced to leave the state for training and may not return. This could result in a substantial loss of investment of taxpayer dollars as the state subsidizes medical education in the amount of $168,000 per student. more...

CMS names first ACOs approved for Medicare Shared Savings Program
Two of the 27 accountable care organizations approved to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program are in Texas, one in Houston and the other in the Rio Grande Valley. Read more about the organizations and what they hope to accomplish. more...

TAFP re-launches Texas Statewide Family Medicine Preceptorship
Summer applications due April 30
With the unanimous support of the TAFP Board of Directors, the Academy assumed responsibility for the Texas Statewide Family Medicine Preceptorship Program in recognition of its contribution to the family medicine workforce. Student applications are due Monday, April 30. Physician preceptors can volunteer at any time. more...

E-prescribing penalties, incentives begin June 30
Texas physicians have until June 30 to e-prescribe to avoid a 1.5 percent penalty on all 2013 Medicare Part B claims. If you do not e-prescribe in your office, now is the time to begin. If you do not use an EHR with e-prescribing capabilities, you can install a standalone e-prescribing system and still meet the approaching deadline. more...

New HBO documentary examines costs and consequences of obesity
Weight of the Nation, a new four-part HBO documentary, thoroughly examines the current obesity epidemic in the United States, featuring case studies, interviews with the top experts including Texas family physician Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., and personal stories from individuals and their families struggling with obesity. Read more about the documentary and set your DVRs for May 14-15. more...

Attention residents and students: Attend AAFP’s National Conference
Scholarship applications, video contest submissions due May 15
AAFP National Conference is the only place to find three days of non-stop conversation, information, and inspiration about family medicine, all for family medicine residents and medical students. Learn about everything from how to handle sports injuries to the social factors that influence the health and wellbeing of communities. Leave with important connections and an energizing passion for family medicine. more...

EDUCATION UPDATE

Registration open for TAFP’s Annual Session and Scientific Assembly
Check your mailboxes for this year’s brochure
Register today for TAFP’s largest symposium, the 63rd Annual Session and Scientific Assembly, to be held July 11-15 at the Hilton Austin Hotel and Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. You should receive your Annual Session brochure by mail this week. Go to the Annual Session section of www.tafp.org for more information and to register.