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CAPITOL UPDATE: TAFP Board of Directors unanimously approves
support for Medicaid expansion

The TAFP Board of Directors unanimously voted at last weekend’s Interim Session to support the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program to meet the health care needs of Texans. more...

Report on the 2013 C. Frank Webber Lectureship
Family physicians gather in Austin for annual lectureship and interim session
More than 400 family physicians, residents, and medical students attended this year’s C. Frank Webber Lectureship, Interim Session, and related events, held last weekend, Feb. 28 - March 2. The weekend included CME, SAM Group Study Workshops, TAFP business meetings, and opportunities for residents and medical students to learn more about the specialty. more...

Show your support for women’s health care at March 20 advocacy day
The Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition invites all stakeholders to attend Women’s Healthcare Advocacy Day, Wednesday, March 20, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., to demonstrate support for restoring state funds to women’s health care programs in Texas. Events will be held at the Texas Medical Association building and the Capitol. They would like to have representation from across the state; transportation to and from San Antonio or Houston may be available. Visit www.TexasWHC.org or the Advocacy Day event page to view the agenda and register.

Calling all researchers: Enter TAFP’s annual research poster competition
Show off your research at the 2013 TAFP Student, Resident, and Community Physician Poster Competition, to be held during Annual Session on Aug. 2 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The top resident will win a $300 cash prize and up to $1,500 in travel funding to attend a national research conference. The deadline to submit an application and abstract is May 15. more...

AAFP News Now: FDA encourages prescribers of opioids to pursue training
The FDA is encouraging physicians to educate themselves on prescribing extended-release/long-acting opioid analgesics. The first manufacturer-funded CME activities on prescription drug misuse and abuse are now available and AAFP is working on several modules that should be available this summer. The hope is that voluntary participation in CME can help curb the epidemic. Read the March 5 AAFP News Now story here.

Share your international experience at the 2013 AAFP Family Medicine
Global Health Workshop, Oct. 10-12

The 2013 Family Medicine Global Health Workshop, to be held Oct. 10-12 in Baltimore, Md., provides the opportunity for family medicine residents, students, and family physicians to share their international experiences in developing and promoting family medicine worldwide and to connect with like-minded colleagues. Abstract submissions for peer or poster presentations are due June 15. The 2013 conference theme is “Global Health through Family Medicine: Reflecting on the Past, Preparing for the Future.” more...

EDUCATION UPDATE

Register today for a TAFP SAM Group Study Workshop this spring and
make progress toward MC-FP

TAFP will host three Self-Assessment Module Workshops this spring in Houston, Dallas, and Corpus Christi. Each will help you fulfill one component of your ABFM Maintenance of Certification process in a group learning session held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and moderated by highly regarded TAFP faculty. Join us for the SAM on Preventive Care in Houston on April 6, the SAM on Asthma in Dallas on April 13, or the SAM on Depression in Corpus Christi on May 18. Visit TAFP’s events page – www.tafp.org/professional-development/events – for more information and to register.