Texas Student Doctor: Spring 2012

News from the TMA Medical Student Section

 Medical Student Section Meetings at TexMed 

The Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section (MSS) has several meetings scheduled for TexMed 2012, May 18-19 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.

Here's the schedule:

Thursday, May 17
8:30 pm
MSS Executive Council
Pearl 2

Friday, May 18
Noon
MSS chapter presidents
Pearl 1

1:30 pm
MSS Business Meeting
Press Club

Saturday, May 19
6:30 am
MSS Caucus
Austin 3

Make your hotel reservation online by April 23 to receive the special TMA rate.

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MSS Executive Council Applications Sought 

Applications for the 2012-13 MSS Executive Council are due by April 20. MSS Executive Council positions available are chair, vice chair, reporter, TMA delegate co-leaders (two), and AMA delegate co-leaders (two). To apply, submit a letter of intent and CV to MSSInfo@texmed.org.

Here are the descriptions of the council positions:

Chair 

  • Serves as head of the MSS;
  • Presides over the MSS business and executive council meetings;
  • Conducts the MSS chapter presidents meetings;
  • Gives the section coordinator minutes of the chapter presidents meeting within 30 days of each meeting;
  • Serves as the TMA-MSS representative to other TMA or AMA sections, boards, or special committees, when requested;
  • Regularly communicates with section members and chapter presidents;
  • Keeps members apprised of upcoming meetings, new legislation, etc.;
  • Writes a "Message From the Chair" column for the winter, spring, and summer/fall issues of Grand Rounds; and
  • Is a voting member of the executive council.

Vice Chair 

  • Assists the chair in performing his or her duties;
  • Is the "parliamentarian" of the section at all MSS business and executive council meetings;
  • Conducts the MSS Social Issue Task Force (SITF) meetings;
  • Gives the section coordinator a copy of the SITF minutes within 30 days of each meeting; and
  • Serves as a voting member of the executive council.

Reporter 

  • Records the minutes of the MSS business and executive council meetings;
  • Gives the section coordinator a copy of all MSS business and/or executive council meeting minutes within 30 days of each meeting;
  • Submits minutes of any executive council conference calls to the section coordinator 10 days before the next TMA-MSS meeting;
  • Gives updates to the MSS website through the section coordinator;
  • Promotes attendance of executive council appointees at their respective meetings;
  • Serves as TMA-MSS representative on the Texas Medicine Editorial Board;
  • Assists the Resolution Writing Task Force co-chairs (TMA delegate co-leaders) in coordinating and monitoring task force communications; and
  • Is a voting member of the executive council.

TMA Delegate Co-Leaders – Two positions

  • Represent and lead TMA MSS chapter delegates and alternate delegates;
  • Coordinate activities of the delegates and alternates, including assuming responsibility for the delegates' caucus and report and resolution assignments;
  • Report to the TMA-MSS Executive Council and section members the activities at each TMA House of Delegates meeting;
  • Serve as co-chairs of the Resolution Writing Task Force (when applicable);  
  • Submit articles for publication in Grand Rounds, pertaining to TMA MSS activities during TMA conferences; and
  • Serve as voting members of the executive council.

AMA Delegate Co-Leaders – Two positions

  • Represent and lead TMA-MSS chapter delegates and alternate delegates to the AMA MSS;
  • Coordinate activities of the delegates and alternates;
  • Assume responsibility for the delegates' caucus and report and resolution assignments;
  • Report to the TMA-MSS Executive Council and section members the activities at each AMA MSS Assembly meeting; and
  • Submit news for publication in Grand Rounds, pertaining to TMA/AMA-MSS activities during the meetings of the AMA-MSS in June and November.

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 Serve on a TMA Committee 

Are you interested in serving on a TMA council, board, or committee? Applications are being accepted. They are due April 20.

To apply, complete the form posted on the TMA-MSS webpage and email it to MSSInfo@texmed.org or fax it to Christina Shepherd at (512) 370-1693.

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You Can Help Kids Read 

Texas medical students and the Austin-based BookSpring program will collect children's books at TexMed. Books will be collected at the MSS business meeting and during the TMA House of Delegates meeting. Bins also will be available in the Expo Hall.

The books will be distributed through Reach and Read medical clinics and with ReBook partners, including nonprofit partners, children shelters, faith-based organizations, and libraries in economically disadvantaged areas.

The book donation guidelines are:

  • Gently used books;
  • No textbooks;
  • No books with themes involving death, religion, holidays, divorce, or abuse; and
  • No used coloring or activity books.

If you don't have a book, you can donate $15 or more to BookSpring, PO Box 143147, Austin, TX 78723.

For more information, visit www.BookSpring.org or email Volunteer@BookSpring.com.

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TMA Foundation Needs Volunteers 

You may have heard that the TMA Foundation Gala is the hottest ticket at TexMed 2012 in Dallas next month, but did you know that as a medical student you may attend for free?

Dozens of medical student volunteers are needed to help at the foundation's 19th annual gala, Going Gold for Great Health, on Friday, May 18, from 6 to 11 pm at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The evening includes dinner, entertainment, and the chance to bid on tantalizing silent and live auction items. Volunteers are needed to work three-hour shifts and to help with setup, registration, auction checkout, and other activities.

For more information, email Sean Dunham at the foundation or call him at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1664, or (512) 370-1664.

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AMA Meeting in Chicago Approaching 

The American Medical Association Medical Student Section Annual Meeting will be June 14-16 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.

 Resolutions are due by April 20, and nominations for medical school of the year are due by April 30.

Registration for the meeting closes May 10.

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Education Council Opposes Caribbean Medical School Proposal 

TMA's Council on Medical Education has told the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that it objects to a proposal to allow the American University of the Caribbean to offer clerkships to students at medical schools and hospitals under signed affiliation agreements in Texas. The school is seeking a certificate of authority to offer courses leading to a medical degree in Texas.

In a letter to Harold Hahn, chair of the coordinating board's Strategic Planning and Policy Committee, TMA Council on Medical Education Chair Cynthia Jumper, MD, said TMA "has grave concerns about the potential damaging effects of a proposal that has the risk of displacing Texas medical students from the already-limited clinical training capacity in our state. Our educational institutions already have commitments to Texas students to provide reasonable access to training opportunities. Diminishing our own students access to clinical training in the state would negatively affect the quality and affordability of education for Texas medical students, resident physicians, and other health professionals — all who need and deserve first priority to clinical training in the state."

Citing reduced state funding for medical education and growth in enrollment, Dr. Jumper said adding foreign medical students simultaneously with the large Texas enrollment growth "will exacerbate the shortage of clinical training space. This could result in an expensive bidding war as is occurring in northeastern states that could force increases in medical school tuition (and related student debt), displacement of our own medical students, and threaten the accreditation status of our own schools."

She added, "Given the increases in our own medical school enrollment, it is unclear whether there are sufficient numbers of qualified clinical faculty to oversee the training of our own medical students as well as foreign medical students. The Texas Medical Board has regulations that delineate specific requirements for physicians eligible to supervise medical students. The board's rules also must be considered to ensure that any medical student who completes clerkships in Texas would ultimately be eligible for medical licensure in the state.

"Our council believes it is in the best interest of the state, for quality, education, workforce, as well as economic considerations to ensure that Texas medical school students are provided first access to core clinical clerkships in the state."

The coordinating board is scheduled to vote on the proposal later this month.

The June issue of Texas Medicine will have more information on this issue.

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 Scholarship Fund Honors Late Student 

Contributions are being accepted for a scholarship fund in memory of Natalie Ashton Kjar, a second-year student at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston who died last October. She was the school's recruitment officer for TMA and AMA. The students and the school are trying to create a scholarship to honor her memory and to help other students like her succeed in medical school.

The school's newsletter described her as "a beloved friend to all, dedicated student, and active member in AMA/TMA. Natalie truly impacted the lives of the people she encountered.

You can make contributions to:

Natalie Ashton Kjar Scholarship Fund
UT Health Medical School
PO Box 203366
Houston, TX 77216-3366

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 Resources for You and Your Chapter  

Looking for help planning chapter events? Want clarification on parliamentary procedure? Not sure who the contact is for your council or committee?

Visit the MSS Leadership Manual for resources on a range of topics from resolution writing to funding to leadership opportunities and more.

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