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CAPITOL UPDATE: Senate Finance considers higher education budget
Graduate medical education funding was on the docket and on the minds of influential senators this week. Also, Speaker Joe Straus made appointments to House committees, setting the stage for TAFP’s legislative priorities in the Capitol’s west chamber. more...

Be a family medicine advocate, register now for TAFP’s Legislative Action Day
Hone your advocacy skills at TAFP’s Legislative Action Day on Feb. 28. If you are coming to Austin for Interim Session or the C. Frank Webber Lectureship, plan to arrive a day early for advocacy training and to advance the agenda of family medicine. The 83rd Texas Legislature is underway and family physicians must stand together to advocate for policies that support and protect your practice and your patients. Beginning midday, TAFP’s lobby team will provide you with resources and talking points on the current issues, then you’ll have the opportunity to put your skills into practice as you meet with your legislators that afternoon. For more information and to register, go to www.tafp.org/professional-development/cfw/lege-action-day.

Overwhelmingly, stakeholders support family medicine residencies
TAFP President-elect Clare Hawkins, M.D., program director for the San Jacinto Methodist Family Medicine Residency, says that—more than ever before—representatives of the large academic institutions understand the negative consequences of a shortage of primary care physicians in Texas and the desperate need to increase the number of family medicine residency slots. Now in the 83rd Legislature, we’re poised to regain losses from the last session and further secure the future of the specialty. Read his post on the TAFP blog at www.tafp.org/blog/tfp/winter-2013/perspective.

2013 Texas Health/Medical Home Summit comes to Austin in April
Join physicians and health care organizations from around the state as they come together for the Texas Health Home Summit, the first-ever statewide conference focused specifically on expanding access to health/medical homes for individuals and families in Texas. The summit will offer stakeholders the opportunity to learn about this care model and best practices, and to interact with program experts—including three TAFP members—at various stages of implementation. more...

Deadline approaching to apply for funded spots to AAFP’s NCSC and ALF
TAFP is looking for members to represent our state on the national stage. AAFP will hold two leadership conferences—the National Conference of Special Constituencies and Annual Leadership Forum—simultaneously April 25-27, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. These conferences present the opportunity for physicians to hone your leadership and communications skills and develop policy for the Academy. No experience is needed and new faces are welcome. But act quickly; you must apply for funding by next Friday, Feb. 8. more...

EDUCATION UPDATE

Make progress toward your ABFM certification at the C. Frank Webber SAMs
Come a day early to the C. Frank Webber Lectureship or stay a day late to attend one of TAFP’s Self-Assessment Module Group Study Workshops and make progress toward your ABFM maintenance of certification. The SAM on Mental Health in the Community will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., and the SAM on Heart Failure will be held Saturday, March 2, 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. The C. Frank Webber Lectureship will be held Friday, March 1. Space is limited, so register today. Go to www.tafp.org/professional-development/cfw for more information.