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Award nomination cutoff is Dec. 31
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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2014 Advocacy Day — Hotel room block expires Dec. 22
KAFP
Planning on KAFP's 2014 Advocacy Day on Jan. 22? We sure hope so! It will be an energizing day of activity at the KMS building. And it will conclude at the Topeka Capitol Plaza Hotel with the traditional Legislative Reception, meeting and greeting legislators. Your presence is needed.

Make plans to join us on Jan. 22, 2014 in Topeka. Registration is FREE for residents & students, $30 for all others. We request that you pre-register so we can prepare appropriately for seating and meals. Register today at https://kafp.wufoo.com/forms/kafp-advocacy-day/.

A friendly reminder that there is a block of hotel rooms at the Topeka Capitol Plaza Hotel, available at the rate of $94 night plus tax. The room block expires on Dec. 22. Call 1-800-579-7937 to reserve a room and mention that you are with the KAFP Advocacy Day.

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Family Doctor of the Day Program needs volunteers
KAFP
THANK YOU to all who volunteered one or more days to serve as Family Doctor of the Day.

We do have some slots left, and it is important that we fill all days the legislature is in session. The legislators are grateful for this program and it definitely puts family medicine in a favorable light!

The following dates are open:
February 14
March 4, 10, 13, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25
April 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30

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Celebrate National Influenza Vaccination Week

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is this week: Dec. 8–14. CDC continues to add new resources to help you highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination. Here are some selected NIVW resources from CDC. Access CDC's NIVW web section. Don't forget to access CDC's submission form to list the activities you have planned for NIVW!
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Students and residents — February deadline approaching to submit abstracts
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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The nuts and bolts of meaningful use
Synōvim
Please join Synōvim for the last Meaningful Use (MU) Final Rule webinar of 2013. Donna Garwood, BSN, RN, will provide a foundational overview of all objectives and associated measures for stage 1 and stage 2. This webinar will prepare you to meet MU in 2014, regardless of stage.

Title: The Nuts and Bolts of Meaningful Use
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013
Time: 12:15-1:15 p.m. CST

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Kansas Immunization Manual now available in app form
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 in App form. This app of the manual will help you deal with the ever changing immunization situation, in a concise and easy to read source, tailored for the busy provider.

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Gear up for group visits; Improve chronic disease care
AAFP
Group visits can be an effective practice tool for busy physicians caring for patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, that call for close management. In fact, the AAFP supports group visits, also called shared medical appointments, as a proven method of improving care quality and helping patients take control of their health care.

Research shows that group visits are a win-win for physicians and their patients. Physicians are able to see as many as 15 patients in a two-hour period, and positive results for patients include reductions in obesity, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and hemoglobin A1c levels.

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Free patient education tools on familydoctor.org
AAFP
You can help educate your patients on nutrition basics and discuss how dietary supplements may or may not be recommended by using free tools found on FamilyDoctor.org. Recently updated, these tools are offered in English and Spanish. The tools are supplemented with reliable, trustworthy information found on FamilyDoctor.org. Materials that assist patients in maintaining a healthy diet, understanding the nutritional information of foods consumed, and how to get the majority of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients a body needs from a healthy variety of foods is available. With more people taking dietary supplements, the tools guide patients to their physician and to FamilyDoctor.org to receive trusted health information.
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Get Your DOT Training Course for preparation of NRCME FMCSA Exam
KAFP
The Iowa, Illinois, Kansas and Nebraska Chapters are working together to bring you medical examiner education to prepare you to take the National Registry for Certified Medical Examiners Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) examination. We are pleased to offer a course in Salina.
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