Welcome to the inaugural TAFP Products & Services e-newsletter, a monthly communication to highlight products, services, and member benefits from TAFP and AAFP, and from TAFPís partners.

July's e-mail spotlights opportunities that abound at TAFP's 2011 Annual Session and Scientific Assembly in Dallas July 27-31, through the Exhibit Hall and the Annual Session sponsors. In future editions, weíll focus on other products and services important to family physicians — practice management tools and resources, educational opportunities, public health materials, and more. For more information, go to the Products & Services section of TAFPís website, www.tafp.org/resources/products.

More than 60 exhibitors from the medical industry want to meet you
In the Annual Session Exhibit Hall, physicians learn about new products and services in the health care field, interact with professionals in all facets of health care, and receive valuable information on the latest advancements in medicine from more than 70 exhibitors. The Exhibit Hall will be located across the skywalk in the Sheraton Dallas Hotelís Lonestar Ballroom, next to the CME meal functions. View the conference maps here. It will be open Friday, July 29, 6:30 a.m. Ė 4 p.m., and Saturday, July 30, 8:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
 
Our Annual Session sponsors offer an array of services
Each year, companies and agencies in the medical industry sponsor different parts of Annual Session to reach out to the family physicians of Texas. This helps keep your registration costs low. This yearís sponsors are: CardioNexus, a company dedicated to reducing cardiovascular disease through early detection and prevention, particularly through its flagship product CardioHealthģ Station; Dairy MAX, a non-profit organization that promotes dairyís health benefits as supported by the U.S. dietary guidelines; the TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Unit of the Texas Department of State Health Services, a section of DSHS that provides HIV/STD education, surveillance and epidemiologic reports, and medication and supplies to Texas patients to prevent, treat, and control the spread of HIV and other communicable diseases; and the Texas Medical Liability Trust, a not-for-profit owned by its physician policyholders that provides coverage against health care liability claims.  
Download the map and plan your Exhibit Hall experience
Want a sneak peek of the exhibitors youíll find in the Exhibit Hall? Check out the Exhibit Hall map and full exhibitor listing here. Weíve highlighted 10 exhibitors in your Annual Session Official Program: American Medical Systems; American Physicians Insurance Company; CardioNexus; e-MDs, Inc.; Lone Star MedStaff; PedsPal; SolutaHealth, Inc.; Texas Health Resources; Texas Medical Liability Trust; and True Results. Make sure to stop by their booths while in the hall.  
Play the Treasure Hunt game for a chance to win a $100 gift card
During breaks inside the Exhibit Hall, physicians can take part in the annual Treasure Hunt to win a $100 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble, Zappos.com, The Home Depot, Brookstone, or Williams-Sonoma. Itís easy to play: Find the booths displaying our Annual Session icon, a green apple, and write the booth numbers on your green Treasure Hunt game card. Once complete, turn your card in at the registration desk on Friday or Saturday. Winners will be drawn Saturday and contacted by cell phone. You need not be present to win.  
Canít join us in Dallas? Participate through live streaming video, social media
Even if you canít attend Annual Session this year, you can still participate through TAFPís Social Media Portal. Through this hub, you can participate, provide input, and interact with our fully-integrated social media program. This includes Ė for the first time Ė a live streaming video; join us online Saturday, July 30, 5:15 - 6:15 p.m., for TMLT's "Know Before You Sign! What to Look for in a Physician Employment Contract, Including Employment by Non-Profit Health Corporations" lecture. Plus, connect with your colleagues through TAFP's Twitter feed, Facebook page, and conference news and pictures, all in one place. To participate, go to tafp11.txfamilydocs.org.