It’s conference week! Whether you’re joining us for high-quality CME or to help develop policies to direct the Academy, we have all the information for you to have a great experience learning and interacting with TAFP and your colleagues. All events will take place at the Omni Austin Hotel Southpark; view more information on driving directions and parking below.
If you have any questions or concerns this week, please call (512) 329-8666. For on-site assistance, find a TAFP staff person at the TAFP registration desk, or go to the Omni front desk for help locating a TAFP staff person.
Here’s a quick rundown of events, with links to their detailed schedules:
- Thursday – SAM Group Study Workshop on Preventive Care, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Friday – 2012 C. Frank Webber Lectureship CME, 7 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
- Friday-Saturday – Interim Session business meetings, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
- Saturday – Texas Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration: The TAFP registration desk will be located on the main floor in the hotel lobby outside the Omni Ballroom. Registration and packet pickup for the SAM Group Study Workshop starts at 9 a.m. on Thursday and the SAM begins at 10 a.m. On-site registration and packet pickup for C. Frank Webber attendees or Interim Session attendees will be available Thursday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Friday, 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. We’ll always have a TAFP staff person here, so use this as your hub for all questions throughout the conference!
Connect with social media: Keep up with the latest C. Frank Webber and Interim Session happenings by following TAFP on Twitter and Facebook. Go to www.twitter.com/txfamilydocs to view our tweets and track our hashtag, #TAFP. We encourage you to use the hashtag in your tweets, too. For Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/txafp and “like” our page.
Attire: Dress for the event is business casual, but keep in mind that hotel meeting rooms can often be cold. We recommend that you bring a light jacket or sweater to ensure your comfort.
Business meetings: All TAFP members are invited to attend the Interim Session business meetings, when all committees, commissions, sections, and the TAFP Board of Directors will discuss the latest in family medicine and form recommendations for moving forward. Most groups meet on Saturday, but two of our most popular meetings – the Commission on Legislative and Public Affairs and the Commission on Continuing Professional Development – meet Friday, 7-10 p.m.
Even if you’re not appointed to the committee or commission you’re interested in attending, we invite you to attend as a non-voting guest and lend your thoughts and opinions to the discussion. Sections do not have assigned membership and are open to everyone. And if the Board delegate from your local chapter is not attending the Board of Directors meeting, you can ask to be seated in his or her place. Go to the registration desk to view a map of the local chapters and see whether your delegate is attending, and ask a TAFP staff person for more information.
Browse what meetings might interest you by viewing agendas and backup materials online for all meetings. Go to v1.tafp.org/membersonly and log in with your username and password. Never used the members-only portal? Sign in with your AAFP ID number as the username and your last name in lower case letters as the password.
Internet access: The Omni offers complimentary wireless to Omni Select Guest members in their rooms and in the lobby of the hotel. Join Omni Select Guest now online or ask your reservations agent at the front desk when you arrive. It’s free to join and offers many other perks.
Location, parking, and directions:
Omni Austin Hotel Southpark
4140 Governor’s Row
Austin, TX 78744
Self-parking is free for anyone visiting the hotel in the large parking lot outside of the hotel. Valet parking is available at the attendee’s own expense in the circle drive. For a map to the hotel, go to the hotel website here.
DIRECTIONS FROM THE NORTH – VIA I-35 SOUTH
Traveling on I-35 South, follow past Austin center city and take Exit 231 - Woodward. Follow the frontage road to the third stoplight (Ben White Blvd). Turn left at the stoplight, follow for 0.1 mile, and turn right on Governor’s Row. The Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark’s entrance will be on the right.
DIRECTIONS FROM THE SOUTH – VIA I-35 NORTH
Traveling on I-35 North, take Exit 230 toward 290W / TX 71/ Johnson City/ Bastrop. Follow the parallel frontage road for 0.3 miles and turn right onto Director’s Blvd. Continue for 0.1 mile, then turn left onto Governor’s Row. The Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark’s entrance is located on the left.
DIRECTIONS FROM THE EAST – VIA HWY 71 WEST
Traveling west on Hwy 71, proceed past Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for approximately 5.3 miles. Follow to the Woodward Street intersection and turn left at the stoplight. Follow for 0.2 miles and turn right onto Freidrich Lane. Continue for 0.2 miles then turn right onto Director’s Blvd. Continue for 0.1 mile and turn right onto Governor’s Row. The Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark’s entrance will be on the left.