Archives / 2016 / October
  • Represent Texas at AAFP’s NCCL and ACLF in 2017

    Tags: nccl, aclf, New Physicians, LGBT, IMG, women physicians, minority physicians, leadership

    Funded delegate spots and scholarships available for NCCL and ACLF

    Each year, AAFP holds the National Conference of Constituency Leaders and Annual Chapter Leader Forum together in Kansas City, Missouri. NCCL representatives and ACLF attendees from across the nation gather to discuss various issues, suggest policies and programs to AAFP, and receive leadership training. In 2017, the conferences will be held April 27-29 and TAFP is looking for members to serve on the delegation or apply for scholarships to attend.

    TAFP opportunities for NCCL

  • MACRA and managing change

    Tags: gupta, president's letter, MACRA, practice transformation

    By Ajay Gupta, MD
    TAFP President, 2015-2016

    As many of you are acutely aware, our health care delivery system is undergoing dramatic changes. For those of you who have been around as long as I have, this has been a similar theme for several years. One common phrase I have heard over the years is the idea of “change.” Many of us have been frustrated by the changes in the past. These changes have been unfavorable for family medicine. One thing is clear: the current system is broken and unsustainable.

    Every day patients ask my opinion on these changes. Will it help family medicine? Will private practice survive? What’s going to happen to you and your colleagues? I respond by telling them I feel our current system is indeed broken.

  • Med students: Want to step out of the classroom and into the exam room?

    Tags: medical student, medical school, family medicine residency program, resident, rosenbaum, preceptorship, Texas Family Medicine Preceptorship Program

    By Herbert Rosenbaum

    By the end of my first year of medical school and destined for my “last summer ever,” I left my rigorous preclinical curriculum with an unsettling combination of exhaustion and frustration. I came to medical school to help the sick, not sit in some stuffy lecture hall, spend innumerable hours meticulously studying complicated biomolecular pathways, or learn about the zebras among zebra diagnoses. Despite my excitement at the beginning of medical school, the sobering realization of the academic and impersonal nature of preclinical years disturbed me immensely. I felt my zeal slowly seeping away. And, despite the strong push for students to pursue research activities during that precious summer, I knew neither pipetting for hours nor endless analysis of chart-reviewed data could ever recharge me.

    In short, I needed a doctor – a mentor who could help me reinvigorate my passion for medicine.