Member Interest Groups

These groups can help members resolve unique challenges. Get involved. Connect with your peers as a medical student, resident, young physician, international medical graduate, or the various other special member groups.

New to Texas: From setting up your practice to navigating the complex laws and regulations unique to Texas medicine, TMA is your trusted source for help. 

Medical Student Section: TMA created a Medical Student Section (MSS) in the late 1970s to gain a student perspective among members and provide future physicians with a voice in TMA policy. Now over 4,800 members strong, the TMA-MSS section helps shape the future of medicine.

Resident & Fellow Section: The Resident & Fellow Section (RFS) serves as a venue for resident physicians to craft policies and resolutions and address unique resident issues, such as resident work hours, Physician-in-Training permits, debt management, and licensing and credentialing.

Young Physician Section: All physicians under the age of 40 or in their first 8 years of practice are considered "young physicians." With your TMA membership, you are invited to participate in its Young Physician Section (YPS) activities and meetings.

TMA Leadership College (TMALC): Established in 2010 as part of TMA's effort to ensure strong and sustainable physician leadership with organized medicine, the TMALC prepares its graduates to serve as thought leaders who can close the divide among clinicians and health care policymakers, and as trusted leaders within their local communities.  

International Medical Graduate Section: All international medical graduates are invited to participate in the TMA-IMG Section, the section devoted to the unique issues and concerns of all IMG physicians.

Academic Physicians: TMA is one of the very few state medical associations to have a division dedicated to medical education, with several staff researching education issues and monitoring legislation to determine the potential impact to academic medicine.

Employed Physicians: If you are an employed physician, or are considering employment, TMA is dedicated to providing the support you need to make decisions that are in your best interest. Whether you’re just starting practice, or making a career-changing move, TMA can help you navigate the employment setting.

Border-Area Physicians: The Texas Border Health Caucus (BHC) is a united partnership representing more than 9,000 members, composed of TMA's county medical societies from the border region in addition to Bexar and Nueces county societies. BHC’s primary goal is to communicate a unified message about state and federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting physicians. 

Rural Physicians: Of Texas's 254 counties, 177 are rural and make up 70 percent of Texas' total land area. Approximately 15 percent of Texas' population lives in rural counties, yet only 9 percent of primary care physicians practice there. TMA member can attend Rural Caucus activities and represent rural issues through various councils and committees, including the Committee on Rural Health.

50 Year Club and Retired Physicians: The Board of Trustees of the Texas Medical Association approved the formation of a 50-Year Club in November 1984. Candidates for membership of this volunteer social club are Texas physicians who have graduated from medical school 50 or more years past.


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