Member of the Month: Elizabeth Tran, M.D.
Resident member drawn to medicine through international volunteer work

Meet September’s Member of the Month, Elizabeth Tran, M.D., chief resident for the Baylor Family Residency Program in Houston. Tran joined the U.S. Peace Corps after graduating from college to learn about other cultures, and at the same time gained a deep appreciation for her own life: her family and friends, health, and education. She realized she wanted to help people improve their lives through their health, which led her to pursue family- and community-based medicine with a focus on women’s health. more...

It’s time to fight for the Statewide Primary Care Preceptorship Program
Last session, the Legislature zeroed out state support for the TSPCPP, leaving the program in jeopardy. TAFP came to its aid, taking over the program’s administration and website. In preparation for the next Legislature, we want to celebrate the success and importance of this program, which introduces medical students to the joy and satisfaction of family medicine. If you have a story, we want to hear it. more...

New loan repayment program to draw physicians to central Texas
The St. David’s Foundation and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board have announced a new loan repayment program that will draw physicians, dentists, and other health professionals to eligible sites within a five-county central Texas area. Apply by Oct. 1, 2012, to receive up to $30,000 annually for four years of service. more...

HRSA meeting on rural health services to be held in Austin, Sept. 26-28
The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health Services will meet Sept. 26-28 at the Radisson Hotel and Suites Austin Downtown, in Austin. On the first day of the meeting, the committee will examine the future of the rural health care infrastructure and the rural effects of recent changes to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program. Thursday the committee will visit rural health sites in Llano and Gonzales, Texas, and Friday, the committee will summarize findings and adjourn at 11:15 a.m. The meeting is open to the public and public comment will be accepted on Wednesday and Thursday. For more information, see the meeting announcement in the Federal Register:

2012-2013 Tar Wars guide now available
All presenters are encouraged to download the updated PDF
The new 2012-2013 Tar Wars Program Guide is now available. It includes additional interactive classroom activities to choose from, revised tips for presenters and teachers, and updated statistics and poster artwork. All Tar Wars volunteers are encouraged to download the free PDF using the following URL even if you already have a previous version, for tracking purposes: Interested in getting involved? Learn more at

Apply for a grant for your Be Wise — Immunize event
Submit your application for a $500 or $1,500 grant to support your next Be Wise – Immunize event. This Texas Medical Association program promotes vaccination of underserved or uninsured children, adolescents, and adults. more...

Develop obesity prevention and reduction strategies at October summit
Connect with other professionals committed to addressing the obesity epidemic at the 6th Annual Southern Obesity Summit, presented by the Texas Health Institute and Youth Empowered Solutions, Oct. 14-16, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C. Participants will attend breakout sessions, workgroup meetings, and plenary sessions focused on cross-state collaboration, and learn best practices to take back to their communities. more...


Register for Primary Care Summit today
Early Bird discount ends Sept. 27
Don’t delay; register for TAFP’s 2012 Primary Care Summit in Houston or Dallas before Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, and save $100 on your registration fee. Primary Care Summit will be held in Houston Oct. 26-28 at the Westin Oaks and in Dallas Nov. 2-4 at the Westin Galleria. Attendees of this popular program can earn up to 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and AAFP Prescribed Credits designed specifically for primary care physicians with just one day out of the office. For more information and to register, go to the Primary Care Summit pages of TAFP’s website: Houston | Dallas.