Family physicians come together in the heart of Texas
Report from TAFP’s 63rd Annual Session & Scientific Assembly

Family doctors from across the state gathered in TAFPís hometown, Austin, to learn, network, and have a great time at this yearís conference. View a photographic slideshow and read about the events. more...

Member of the Month: Troy Russell
Student member chooses specialty through passion for public health, research

Meet July’s Member of the Month, Troy Russell. A fourth-year medical student, Troy is certain that family medicine is the right specialty for him as it combines his passions for research, public health, and continuity of care. He feels fortunate to be joining the profession in a time when family physicians can reshape the medical profession for the better. more...

Recognize your practice through new awards program
TMF Health Quality Institute has partnered with the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association to present the Texas Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award program. The award recognizes the good work physicians are already doing in the areas of quality improvement and preventive care. Practices must self-nominate by Sept. 30. more...

Observe National Immunization Awareness Month in August and alert patients to the lifetime need for immunizations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention observes National Immunization Awareness Month in August and encourages physicians to remind family, friends, co-workers, and the community to catch up on their vaccinations. The CDC cites that though vaccines have eradicated or significantly reduced the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases, people still die from vaccine-preventable diseases. Educational materials are available. more...

AAFP News Now: AAFP needs you to help veterans obtain benefits
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there is a backlog of 558,000 disability claims for U.S. veterans, in part due to more complex claims from Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. AAFP encourages members to help their patients who are veterans fill out disability benefit questionnaires to speed the processing of veterans’ disability compensation and pension claims. Read more in this July 24 AAFP News Now story.

EDUCATION UPDATE

Registration for 2012 Primary Care Summit is now open
Conference again held in two locations: Houston and Dallas

Registration is now open for the popular Primary Care Summit program, Oct. 26-28 in Houston, and Nov. 2-4 in Dallas. In addition to earning up to 24.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, attendees can make progress toward their ABFM Maintenance of Certification through up to two SAM Group Study Workshops. Go to www.tafp.org/professional-development for more information and to register.