The Texas Academy of Family Physicians is the state’s largest medical specialty organization, with more than 9,500 physician, resident, and medical student members throughout 32 local chapters. TAFP serves the family medicine community and provides a unified voice for family medicine as it continues to be one of the most patient-oriented public health groups in Texas.
TAFP tracks and lobbies for legislation supporting family physicians and their patients. The Texas Academy of Family Physicians Political Action Committee (TAFPPAC), the political voice of family medicine in Texas, speaks on behalf of Texas family physicians and their patients through grassroots involvement, personal relationships with elected officials, and political campaign participation and contributions. TAFPPAC is a non-partisan political action committee that supports candidates who support issues important to family physicians and their patients.
TAFP promotes lifelong learning and strives to assist members in meeting their CME requirements to maintain licensure, certification, and membership. TAFP offers three CME symposia throughout the year: Annual Session and Primary Care Summit, C. Frank Webber Lectureship, and the Texas Family Medicine Symposium.
TAFP communicates to its members through its website, www.tafp.org, which contains information about CME activities, legislative issues, current medical news, and other helpful resources. The Academy publishes a quarterly magazine, Texas Family Physician, and throughout the year, the Academy publishes the TAFP News Now e-newsletter.
Governance, History, and Mission
TAFP is governed by a board of directors. The board establishes and reviews Academy policy and plans during the TAFP Interim Session, TAFP Annual Session, and at other times throughout the year. Members also serve on TAFP committees and councils where they study, analyze, and make informed policy recommendations to the board.
TAFP was founded on March 16, 1948, as the Texas Academy of General Practitioners, making it the fifth chartered state chapter of the AAGP. Once the American Academy of General Practitioners changed its name to the American Academy of Family Physicians, Texas soon followed suit.
The mission of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians is to promote the health of all Texans by serving the needs of members and advancing the specialty of family medicine.
TAFP empowers family physicians to play a robust role in health care for their patients and their communities.
TAFP Strategic Plan
TAFP’s strategic plan for 2019 and beyond focuses on helping members care for patients.