Join TAFP at the 2011 Annual Session & Scientific Assembly

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Join TAFP at the 2011 Annual Session
& Scientific Assembly

Join TAFP July 27-31 when the 2011 Annual Session and Scientific Assembly returns to one of the Academy’s favorite host cities, Dallas. All of the elements for the premier conference for primary care physicians come together at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel: informative CME events, entertaining special events, and plenty of time to get together with old friends.

CME topics that will be presented on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday include stroke, pediatric asthma, pain management, and diabetes. Thursday afternoon seminars, free for Annual Session registrants, are Financial Realities for the Physician Manager, Pediatrics in Pictures, and Family Medicine Preceptorship and Medical Ethics. Through seminars and lectures, attendees will be able to earn up to 24 credits of CME.

Earn 16 Prescribed Credits by attending the National Procedures Institute Orthopedics for the Office workshop. In this workshop, attendees will learn specific clinical tests to evaluate each joint using evidence-based medicine guidelines; review imaging techniques used for evaluation; and practice exam techniques, joint aspirations, and injections. The NPI course runs all day Wednesday and Thursday. Can’t stay the rest of the weekend? No problem. Annual Session registration is not required to attend this course.

Attendees can add the SAM Group Study Workshop on Health Behavior to their Annual Session education events. The SAM, or Self Assessment Module, is one requirement of the American Board of Family Medicine’s Maintenance of Certification. At the one-day workshop on Wednesday, ABFM diplomates will discuss and complete the 60-question knowledge assessment portion of the module moderated by Clare Hawkins, M.D. To earn full credit, attendees should complete the clinical simulation online after the conference. Annual Session registration is required to attend the SAM.

TAFP invites all members to attend commission, committee, and section meetings. During these meetings, physicians discuss current issues facing their practices and patients and propose actions to the TAFP Board of Directors that then become Academy policy. Most meetings will be held on Thursday, with the board meeting on Saturday. To view descriptions of the different groups, go to the membership section of the TAFP website.

It’s not all work and no play at TAFP’s Annual Session. Each year, the family physicians of Texas enjoy spending time catching up at the many social events on the calendar. The festivities kick off in the Exhibit Hall, starting with breakfast on Friday. Hosted by the TAFP Foundation, attendees will have the opportunity to eat, drink, and socialize in the Exhibit Hall, surrounded by 70 of the leading companies in the fields of medical services, products, supplies, and information technology. Don’t forget to check out the Student, Resident, and Community Physician Research Poster Competition in the back of the hall. These displays feature the best of family medicine research and will be available to view all day on Friday.

At Saturday’s Business and Awards Lunch, TAFP will reveal the 2011-2012 recipients of the Academy’s top honors including Family Physician of the Year, Physician Emeritus, the Exemplary Teaching Award, the Public Health Award, and more. Plus, see the 2011-2012 installation of officers. The Members’ Reception Saturday evening honors all

TAFP members, especially the 2011 award recipients, new physicians, special constituency physicians, medical students, and residents. It precedes the Academy’s premiere event of the year, the President’s Party on Saturday evening.

Try your luck at this year’s casino-night-themed President’s Party, which will be held in the Chaparral Club on the 38th floor of the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. Enjoy a buffet dinner and musical entertainment, and congratulate outgoing President Melissa Gerdes, M.D., and welcome incoming President I. L. Balkcom, IV, M.D. So mark your calendar for TAFP’s 2011 Annual Session and Scientific Assembly.

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