TAFP elects six family physician members to represent the Academy in our officer positions: president, president-elect, vice president, treasurer, parliamentarian, and immediate past president. Each year TAFP sends out a call to the membership asking for nominations for the positions. Candidates are presented to the Nominating Committee at Interim Session and this committee presents a slate of officers to the TAFP Board of Directors for approval. Those nominations are published and elections are held during the board meeting at Annual Session.
Board of Directors
The TAFP Board of Directors is made up of delegates and alternate delegates representing each TAFP local chapter, all TAFP officers, and representatives for medical students, family medicine residents, and special constituencies. Delegates and alternate delegates serve three-year terms and attend two meetings a year to vote on policy recommendations brought forth by committee and commission chairs. If a local chapter is not represented at Interim or Annual Session, an active member of that chapter may approach the Board at the meeting to fill the spot in the delegate’s absence.
Committees, commissions, and sections
TAFP has four standing committees—Bylaws, Finance, Nominating, and Executive—and seven commissions—Academic Affairs; Continuing Professional Development; Core Delegation; Health Care Services and Managed Care; Legislative and Public Affairs; Membership and Member Services; and Public Health, Clinical Affairs, and Research. In addition, there are a number of less formal groups that meet to discuss issues. We call these sections or task forces.
All of these groups meet twice a year at Interim Session and Annual Session. They prepare a report from their meeting and the chair presents that report along with any requests for action to the Board of Directors.
All commissions, sections, task forces, and most committees are open to any member who wishes to attend as a guest. Members interested in voting positions volunteer through the annual Make Your Mark campaign and are appointed by the TAFP president-elect. Though this campaign is sent to all TAFP members each spring, members can fill out the form online at any time during the year.