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Family Doctor of the Day — 2 dates open this week!
KAFP
We are seeking volunteers to fill Feb. 13 and 14 this week! If you are available, please contact the KAFP office at 316-721-9005 or kafp@kafponline.org. Please help us keep this important volunteer opportunity that is greatly appreciated and check your calendar for availability.
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Poster Contest deadline is Feb. 28
KAFP

Calling medical students and residents! Need some cash? Interested in presenting a poster at a statewide meeting? KAFP invites you to submit an abstract for research, a case study or a literature review for the 2013 Poster Contest at the Annual Meeting, Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Overland Park Marriott Hotel. Download the guidelines, program outline and abstract application by clicking here. To be considered, all completed abstracts must be received by Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.

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Legislative update — Feb. 7
KAFP

Winter Storm Shuts Down Legislature

The winter storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in Topeka and surrounding areas caused the rare closing of the Legislature on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 4 and 5. Governor Brownback also closed executive agencies in Topeka on those days due to hazardous road conditions.


The closing led, of course, to many committees being rescheduled and some backlogs in getting bills printed and processed.

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DOT training course is Saturday
KAFP
Time is running out to register for the DOT training course in Salina on Feb. 15. Do it today! The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners is a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration program. It requires all medical examiners who wish to perform physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers to be trained and certified in FMCSA physical qualification standards. Medical examiners who have completed the training and successfully passed the test are included in an online directory on the National Registry website.
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TPOPP (Transportable Physician Orders for Patient Preferences)
TPOPP
Coming April 16, 2014 to Wichita-Sedgwick County area: Transportable Physician Orders for Patient Preferences

TPOPP Wichita is designed to improve the quality of care people receive at the end of life by translating their treatment goals and preferences into their medical orders. TPOPP is based on the communication between the patient or their legally designated decision maker and their physician and health care providers that ensures informed medical decision making. The TPOPP form travels to all areas of care: home, transport by EMS, long term care or any hospital setting.

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CDC and Million Hearts recognize 2013 Hypertension Control Champions, including Kansas family physician Jen Brull
KAFP
Congratulations to Dr. Jen Brull of Plainville, who is 1 of 9 physicians recognized in the nation as a "2013 Hypertension Control Champion." The Champions were selected after demonstrating that they had helped their patients achieve control by using either the National Quality Forum-endorsed 0018 (controlling blood pressure) measure or a similar measure that could be validated. Winners were applauded for their high performance and for sharing lessons with other practices, systems and communities.
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2014 US Recommended Immunization Schedules for people aged 0-18 years and adults aged 19 years and older are now available
Immunization Action Coalition Express
CDC published online the Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years, United States, 2014, and the Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years and Older, United States, 2014, on Jan. 31 and Feb. 3, respectively.



The recommended birth through 18 years and catch-up immunization schedules have been approved by the ACIP, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.



The recommended adult immunization schedule has been approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Physicians and the American College of Nurse-Midwives.


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AAFP blog launched for new physicians
AAFP
A new AAFP blog, "Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice," has recently launched and takes an in-depth look at the challenges new physicians face as they start their careers. The blog is written by a group of new physicians who were selected based on recommendations from AAFP leaders and members, as well as AAFP staff who work directly with the new physician membership segment. The new physician bloggers will share their struggles, successes and ask advice of their family physician colleagues. More about the blog is available on AAFP.org.
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KDHE, Blue Ribbon Panel raise awareness of congenital heart defects
KDHE
Every year, 40,000 babies are born in the United States with a congenital heart defect, and some defects are not diagnosed until months or years after birth. Approximately 7,200 of these are diagnosed with critical congenital heart defect, or CCHD. Dr. Robert Moser, Kansas Secretary of Health & Environment and State Health Officer, says while the majority of Kansas infants are screened for CCHD using pulse oximetry, his staff in KDHE's Bureau of Family Health, jointly with the Kansas Hospital Association, American Heart Association, and March of Dimes and other partners, are ramping up outreach to bring awareness to CCHD screening.
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Registration open for 9th Annual Governor's Public Health Conference
KAFP
Registration is now open for the 9th Annual Governor's Public Health Conference: "Connecting the Dots for Healthy Kansans." The conference will be held April 29-May 1, 2014 at the Wichita Marriott.

Continuing Education for Nurses & Social Workers
This program has been approved for 3.6 contact hours for the MCH 101 Training Session, 7.5 contact hours for the Public Health Track and 13.5 contact hours for the General Session for nurses.

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Parent Health Literacy training
KHSA
This introduction to Parent Health Literacy will give you tips and tools for working with parents of young children. The various materials that have been developed will lend themselves to working with large and small groups of families as well as on a one-on-one basis. The overall goals of this curriculum are emplowerment of families and reduction in the number of unnecessary doctor and ER visits.
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