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Last Call: Annual Meeting Poster Contest abstracts due this Friday
KAFP
All abstracts for the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians-Foundation (KAFP-F) Poster Contest are due by Feb. 27. All medical student, resident and active members are invited to submit an abstract for the 2015 Poster Contest, which will be held June 13 during the KAFP Annual Meeting in Wichita, Kansas.
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Don't miss new guidelines for cancer screening
KAFP
The KAFP is pleased to welcome Gary C. Doolittle, MD to the 2015 KAFP Annual Meeting as a guest speaker for New Guidelines for Cancer Screening. Following his presentation, attendees will: 1. Understand the new guidelines for cancer screening for lung cancer; and 2. Appropriately use the new guidelines. Mark your calendars to attend the 2015 KAFP Annual Meeting, June 11-13. The presentation is scheduled for Friday, June 12 at 2 p.m.
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Volunteering at the Capitol this week ...
KAFP
Thank you to the following Family Doctor of the Day volunteers this week: Rick Rajewski, MD (Feb. 23); Todd Miller, MD (Feb. 24); Michael Engelken, MD (Feb. 25) and Stacey Dimitt, MD (Feb. 26). Please consider volunteering if you have not already done so. Check your calendar and give us a call 316.721.9005 or email Karen@kafponline.org.
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE


Less than a week from legislative turnaround
Dodie Wellshear, KAFP Government Relations Consultant
The official halfway point in the legislative session is nearly here. February 27 marks the day when all bills, except those that are in exempt committees or are “blessed” by exempt committees, must have passed their chamber of origin – that is, House bills must pass the House and Senate bills must pass the Senate.

Exempt committees include Appropriations, Ways and Means, Federal and State Affairs, and Tax. That is why a number of bills from other committees suddenly get sent to one of the exempt committees at this point in the session. It indicates that a committee wants to take action on a bill, but more time is needed.

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Learn how to establish tobacco cessation program in practice
KUMC Area Health Education
Take advantage of this broadcast via webcast workshop: Using an Organizational and Team-Based Approach to Tobacco Cessation on March 12.

This workshop is designed to provide practical evidence-based approaches for establishing a tobacco cessation program in the practice setting.

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Patient Safety Video Contest
Kansas Foundation for Medical Care
Every healthcare setting has impact on the overall delivery of safe healthcare. Keeping consumers safe is the top priority.

The Kansas Foundation for Medical Care invites Kansas hospitals, physician offices and nursing homes to participate in Patient Safety Awareness Week. Produce and submit a 2-3 minute video promoting patient safety in your organization. Send entries via CD/DVD to KFMC by Feb. 27. Please submit entries in Windows Media Video Format (wmv).

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Voices for Vaccines provides resources for promoting vaccination
By IAC Express
Voices for Vaccines has developed resources for parents, physicians and others looking to make a difference in countering anti-vaccine forces, especially during this time of intense interest in the subject due to the multi-state measles outbreak. Please share this information with your patients and/or your office to make available on your website.
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Free clinic in Kansas City is seeking volunteers for April 18
By Ed Weisbart, M.D., St. Louis, Missouri
Over 1,000 uninsured patients need medical care April 18 in Kansas City, Missouri, and we need physicians like you and me to volunteer some time and help take care of them! Many of these patients haven't been able to see a doctor for several years.
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Free Webinar Patient-Centered Primary Care: The Foundation of Health Care Improvement
By Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative
Take advantage of this free webinar on Friday, March 6, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Patient-Centered Primary Care: The Foundation of Health Care Improvement
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