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By Clare Hawkins, M.D., M.Sc.
TAFP President, 2013-2014
As I reviewed my children’s report cards recently, I found myself proud of their achievements. I also began reflecting on whether these grades were an accurate reflection of their past performance or current abilities. I know they worked very hard and deserved credit, and that being graded was a great deal of stress for them. Ultimately I found myself being thankful that I was no longer in the educational system where I was frequently under pressure to perform and be graded by teachers and professors. Then I stopped myself and considered the last report I received from a health plan which outlined my performance as a doctor. Unfair! How do they know how good I am? They don’t really know how well I perform.
Increasingly we physicians find that health plans, governments, or employers are evaluating the care that we provide. Do we know what they are measuring? Will it affect my payments? Will it affect my employment?more
Family physicians gather in Fort Worth
Report from TAFP’s 64th Annual Session & Scientific Assembly
More than 400 family physicians and other health professionals … more
By Roland Goertz, M.D., M.B.A.; Chair, AAFP Board of Directors
By the year 2020, our nation is expected to face a shortage of 45,000 primary care physicians. To address this shortfall, as well as rising health care costs, the nation is seeing a movement to grant independent practice to nurse practitioners.
But, this flawed, stop-gap approach overlooks some obvious obstacles to replacing physicians with non-physicians. For example:more
Family physicians come together in the heart of Texas
Report from TAFP’s 63rd Annual Session & Scientific Assembly
About 400 family physicians and other health care … more
View photos from Annual Session.
About 400 family physicians and other health care providers gathered in Austin this July to learn, network, see old friends and make new ones, all while celebrating the specialty of family medicine at the 63rd Annual Session and Scientific Assembly. For your TAFP staff, this was a special Annual Session because it was held in our hometown, so we enjoyed recommending our favorite restaurants, coffee houses, and activities to any attendees who were interested.more
Strategic planning: TAFP members chart aggressive course for 2010-2011
To help chart the course of the Academy in rapidly changing times, 28 TAFP members from a variety of … more
A new report reveals a severe problem in addressing the Texas physician workforce shortage: Though more medical students are graduating from Texas medical schools, our state won’t have enough first-year residency slots to keep them in the state to complete their training.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board finds that while Texas medical schools have increased their enrollment by 31 percent from fall 2002 to fall 2011, at least 63 graduates will not be able to enter a Texas residency program in 2014. Without action, this shortfall will reach 180 by 2016.
According to THECB and reported by the Texas Tribune, Texas had more than 550 residency programs in 2011 that offered a total of 6,788 residency slots. By 2014, Texas will need 220 more residency positions to achieve the 1.1 to 1 ratio of first-year residency positions to Texas medical school graduates.more
News from the 2012 C. Frank Webber Lectureship
Family physicians gather to expand clinical knowledge, advance the specialty
More than 400 physicians, residents, and medical … more
AAFP immunization resources Family physicians play an integral role in influencing patients’ decisions to be vaccinated against vaccine-preventable diseases. To help facilitate … more
Maintain Your Membership
CME requirementsContinuing Medical Education is the cornerstone of the Academy. Here is a breakdown of the CME requirements for the Academy, the Texas Medical Board, and … more