Texas Academy of Family Physicians Foundation
Building the future of family medicine
Support the TAFP Foundation
The Texas Academy of Family Physicians Foundation supports educational and scientific initiatives to improve the health of all Texans. Through the generous contributions of members, corporations, and friends, the Foundation is able to fund medical student scholarships, office-based research, family medicine student interest group activities, and family medicine resident activities.
Help maintain the legacy of family medicine. Your donation to the TAFP Foundation will make a difference and foster improved health care for Texans. By becoming an active contributor to the Foundation, you help secure the tradition of family medicine.
The mission of the TAFP Foundation is to support educational and scientific initiatives for the specialty of family medicine to improve the health of all Texans.
As the philanthropic arm of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, the TAFP Foundation raises funds to award scholarships to students planning to pursue careers in family medicine. The Foundation funds family medicine office-based research, family medicine student interest group activities at medical schools in Texas, and family medicine resident activities.
Organized in 1960, the TAFP Foundation is governed by the TAFP Foundation Board of Trustees. The Foundation president is Linda Siy, MD, of Fort Worth. A special thank you goes to the hardworking and active board members for their ongoing dedication and support. Email Kathy McCarthy for information on how to become a Foundation board member.
The TAFP Foundation supports the educational efforts of medical students by providing funding for family medicine interest group activities, travel funding to AAFP and TAFP meetings, and the TAFP Foundation Scholarship program.
FMIG support — Family medicine interest groups, or FMIGs, are student-led associations at Texas medical schools for students interested in family medicine.
Student travel funding — With the help of the Foundation, medical students can attend some of the Academy’s exciting state and national conferences, like TAFP’s new Student and Resident Summit and AAFP’s National Conference of Students and Residents.
Medical student scholarships — Promoting and fostering interest in family medicine among our bright young students enrolled in Texas medical schools is essential to the future of our specialty. TAFP Foundation scholarships help ease the tremendous debt faced by today’s medical students. The scholarship list continues to grow each year thanks to the generous support of TAFP Foundation members.
The Foundation recognizes residents as future leaders in family medicine and provides funding to help them attend meetings. There are also scholarships for residents to present research at national meetings and an advocacy scholarship to fund a resident to spend time in Austin engaged in policy research and advocacy. This important funding supports the next generation of family physicians in ensuring that they are well prepared for the challenges they’ll face as health care providers.
Resident travel funding — With the help of the Foundation, family medicine residents can attend some of the Academy’s exciting state and national conferences, like TAFP’s new Student and Resident Summit, AAFP’s National Conference of Students and Residents, and AAFP's Annual Chapter Leader Forum and National Conference of Constituency Leaders.
Texas Family Medicine Scholars Program — The Foundation initiated this award-winning leadership program in 2022, and we have already welcomed some world class participants.
Among the Foundation’s major goals is to support and encourage family medicine research. In the past 28 years, the TAFP Foundation has provided more than $400,000 to over 100 research projects. Family physicians’ offices offer an immense and valuable laboratory for research in ambulatory medicine.
The Foundation Research Grants Committee reviews all grant applications based upon their relevance to family medicine, quality of the study design, appropriateness of data analysis, and cost versus benefit to family medicine. Grants are awarded twice a year – apply by Oct. 1 for funding to begin Dec. 1, or by March 1 for funding to begin May 1. Funding is limited to one year only.
Family Medicine Research Endowment Program — The Family Medicine Research Endowment Program provides a stable source of income to fund practice-based research in Texas. You can create a research fund in your name or the name of a colleague you wish to honor. All of the funds will be part of the Family Medicine Research Endowment Program. Collectively the funds will support the research efforts of the TAFP Foundation. Each fund honoree will be identified as a Family Medicine Research Champion.
Thank you to our current Family Medicine Research Champions and to all those who have donated to an endowment.
Richard Garrison, MD
David A. Katerndahl, MD
Jim and Karen White
Carol and Dale Moquist, MD
Joane Baumer, MD
Gary Mennie, MD
Linda Siy, MD
Lloyd Van Winkle, MD
George Zenner, MD
TAFP Research Poster Competition — Sponsored by the TAFP Foundation and the Council on Health of the Public, TAFP’s annual poster competition provides a showcase for the research of family medicine students, residents, and community physicians. The competition occurs in conjunction with TAFP’s Annual Session and Primary Care Summit. Exhibits are designed to demonstrate a specific research activity, evidence-based review, or case report (students only), with an emphasis on practice-based research.
501(c)(3) tax status
The Texas Academy of Family Physicians Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Grants, donations, and contributions are accepted to fund medical students and family medicine activities with the goal to promote and encourage medical students to enter the field of family medicine and to support family medicine residents and office-based primary care research.
Contact the TAFP Foundation
Texas Academy of Family Physicians Foundation
12012 Technology Boulevard, Ste. 200
Austin, TX 78727
Phone: (512) 329-8666
Fax: (512) 329-8237