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Need your ABFM SAM before the end of the year? Act now
KAFP
If you plan to attend this SAM (Self-Assessment Module) Group Learning Session on Dec. 5, please register today. This SAM will assist you in completing the American Board of Family Medicine module on Hospital Medicine, as part of your maintenance of Certification (MC-FP) process. We must have a minimum number of participants to hold this SAM.
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Now accepting award nominations for Family Physician of the Year and Exemplary Teaching Award
KAFP
Each year, KAFP seeks out the best and brightest family physicians to recognize as "Kansas Family Physician of the Year" and the most outstanding physician teachers to recognize for "Exemplary Teaching." Help us nominate the best for 2014 by sending us a nomination letter. It's easy and it assures us that we have quality nominees. You can submit your nomination for Kansas FPOY electronically at https://kafp.wufoo.com/forms/2014-kansas-family-physician-of-the-year/.
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Kansas Immunization Manual Mobile App released for Android and Apple!
KAAP

The Kansas Immunization Manual from Immunize Kansas Kids and the Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is now available for statewide immunization providers as a Mobile App.

This manual will help providers manage the ever-changing immunization situation, in a concise and easy-to-read source. Tailored for the busy Kansas provider, it is written by Kansas health care professionals who understand the immunization issues providers encounter in their practices.

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Advocate for YOUR Specialty — Attend 2014 Advocacy Day
KAFP
Registration is now open for Advocacy Day, Jan. 22, 2014 in Topeka. Be sure and save this important date in your calendar.

The day will energize you, prepare you, and inform you about Kansas issues and the upcoming legislative session. We have great line-up of speakers including KDHE Secretary Robert P. Moser, MD; Kanas Insurance Commissioner, Sandy Praeger; leaders of Blue Cross Blue Shield of KS, Coventry and UnitedHealthCare insurance companies; and Senate and House leaders.

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2014 Annual Meeting call for abstracts: Students and residents, the deadline is Feb. 28, 2014
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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Thank you FDOD volunteers
KAFP
A big thank you to all who have signed up to volunteer as Family Doctor of the Day! We have our January and most of February calendar filled thanks to YOU!

If you are interested, slots are still available. KAFP is seeking active, life or resident members in your second or third year, to volunteer to serve as the Family Doctor of the Day at the Statehouse during the 2014 legislative session.

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2011 BRFSS data use released; Complete 'Tracking of Local/Regional BRFSS Data Use in Kansas' survey
KAFP
The 2011 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) local data has been released and available at: http://www.kdheks.gov/brfss/Expansion_2011/index.html

The Kansas Health Foundation provides funds to support the Kansas BRFSS Expansion Project to provide BRFSS data at the county and region levels. As part of this work, they are required to track the use of local BRFSS data in public health practice. In 2011 and 2012, local health department directors completed the Local Data Use Tracking Survey to document 2009 local BRFSS data use. This year, you are invited to complete this survey to document use of local BRFSS data through October 2013.

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43rd Annual Presentation of the Dr. Robert D. Conn Heart Conference
UMKC
Dec. 12-13, 2013 — Kansas City, Mo.

This conference will focus on improving the quality of care for patients with Cardiovascular Disease using evidence-based medicine and a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. It is intended for general practitioners, internal/family physicians, cardiologists, nurses, physician assistants and other healthcare professionals.

To register and learn more:
https://cmetracker.net/UMKC/Catalog (case sensitive) or contact the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine's Continuing Medical Education Office: 816-235-6808 or cmeoffice@umkc.edu.

Joint sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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2014 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule: Quality reporting in 2014 — Registration now open
CMS Kansas City
To Register: Visit MLN Connects™ Upcoming Calls. Space may be limited, register early.

The Dec. 17 MLN Connects National Provider Call provides an overview of the 2014 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule. This presentation covers program updates to the Physician Quality Reporting System.

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Great American Smokeout
KDHE
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment encourages people to quit smoking as part of the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout® on Thursday, Nov. 21. To help smokers who are ready to quit, the department offers cessation support and information online at www.KSquit.org or toll-free at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669).
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