Member of the Month: Charles Caskey, M.D.
Life member reflects on life, medicine, and caring for patients like family

At age 84, 11 years after retirement from the Beaumont practice he ran for more than 40 years, Charles “Chuck” Caskey, M.D., still visits with former patients and staff members. He watched medicine change greatly during this time, sometimes for the better and sometimes not, as he says, but his patients were like family and they made each day worth it. more...

Sign up today to be a Physician of the Day at the Texas Capitol
TAFP is once again asking members to volunteer a day of their time treating legislators, their staffs, and other members of the Capitol community at the Capitol Health Services Clinic during the next legislative session, January through May. This service to the Texas Legislature demonstrates first-hand the value and necessity of family physicians in Texas. Family medicine residents and medical students are welcome and encouraged to serve alongside any active member. Sign up today on the Physician of the Day page of TAFP’s website, www.tafp.org/advocacy/get-involved/physician-of-the-day.

Study: Patients are very satisfied with family physicians
The Physicians Foundation released a new consumer study last month that shows how highly patients value their family physicians. Nearly 80 percent of respondents report being “very” or “extremely” satisfied with their family physician and their most recent visit. They most often attribute their doctors’ likability to customer-service and/or communication-related characteristics, and do not think that physicians hold the blame for the current rise in health care costs. more...

AAFP News Now: 52,000 more primary care physicians needed by 2025
Researchers from the Robert Graham Center, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the family medicine departments at Virginia Commonwealth University and Georgetown University have concluded that the U.S. will need almost 52,000 additional primary care physicians by 2025 to meet the country’s health care needs. This demand is driven by population growth, the aging of the population, and health insurance expansion. Read more in this Nov. 14 AAFP News Now story.

Nominate yourself or a colleague for one of TAFP’s 2013 awards
TAFP is now accepting nominations for our annual awards: Physician of the Year, Physician Emeritus, Public Health Award, the Exemplary Teaching awards, and the Special Constituency Leadership Award. They will be presented at the 64th Annual Session and Scientific Assembly in Fort Worth next summer. Consider recognizing yourself or a colleague. Nomination materials are due Friday, Feb. 8. Read more about each award and access the nomination forms and requirements at www.tafp.org/membership/awards/nominations.

EDUCATION UPDATE

Learn a new procedure and get more from your practice
Join the National Procedures Institute in January in San Antonio

Don’t miss your opportunity to expand your clinical knowledge when the National Procedures Institute makes its one stop in Texas this January. NPI will be in San Antonio presenting topics like: dermatologic procedures, orthopedics for the office, allergy testing and immunotherapy, hospitalist procedures, stress testing, and suturing and wound repair. Register by Dec. 24, and receive $100 off the registration fee. To register, go to the NPI website, www.NPInstitute.com.