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Apply for TAFP leadership program by Dec. 15
Ready to take the next step in your career development? Check out the Family Medicine Leadership Experience, TAFP’s new yearlong leadership development program designed to equip family doctors with the skills they need to lead physician groups, health care systems, academic institutions, community organizations and professional societies. Apply by Tuesday, Dec. 15. Learn more about FMLE and download the application here.

Take California Academy brief survey on adolescent substance use
The California Academy of Family Physicians is gathering information from family physicians on adolescent substance abuse and needs your help. A 2011 National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University report found that 75 percent of high school students have smoked cigarettes, consumed alcohol, or used another drug. You will not be asked for any information that would personally identify you or your practice and the information gathered will inform educational initiatives to help physicians better screen and manage these patients. Take the brief survey here.

TAFP seeks applicants for 2016 awards, NCCL delegates and scholarships, ACLF scholarships
Nominate yourself or a colleague for one of TAFP’s annual awards: Physician of the Year, Physician Emeritus, Public Health Award, Exemplary Teaching Award, and the Special Constituency Leadership Award. Nominations are due to TAFP March 14, 2016. You can also apply to represent Texas as a delegate to AAFP’s National Conference of Constituency Leaders and Annual Chapter Leader Forum, or apply for a scholarship to the conferences. Read this TAFP blog for more on being a delegate or applying for scholarships.

December Member of the Month: James Mobley, MD, MPH
Retired Army doc contributes to public health of Texas

After 38 years of service to the Army, Dr. Mobley retired from active duty in 1981 with the rank of brigadier general. Since then, he has been in private practice in Portland, Texas, acting as the health authority for San Patricio County and earning his Master of Public Health. Get to know Dr. Mobley in his Member of the Month profile.

Informational webinar on state of women’s health care in Texas, Dec. 17
The Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition is hosting a free webinar next Thursday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. The coalition will give a recap of women’s preventive health care and the 84th Texas Legislature, updates on Texas’ women’s health programs, and what to expect in 2016. Register for the webinar here.