Texas Medical Association Resident and Fellow Exclusive Member Benefits
The Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) is an organized membership section of TMA that helps address issues unique to Texas resident physicians and provides a forum for residents and fellows to communicate with each other and the membership at large. In addition, as an RFS member, you can help create TMA policy and help shape the environment in which you will practice medicine. Participation in the RFS is a complimentary benefit of your TMA membership.
You have a lifetime partner in TMA. We understand the issues you are facing today and are prepared to meet your needs now and at every stage of your career. Here is what TMA offers residents:
Help With Transitioning to Practice
• Free seminars on debt management, medical liability risk management, and new practice set-up;
• Employment and recruitment contract negotiation guide;
• Professional liability insurance for moonlighting through the Texas Medical Liability Trust;
• Major medical, life, and disability insurance and financial services through the Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust; and
• Consulting services at below-market rates for expert advice in setting up your new practice and operating it efficiently from the start.
Resources for Surviving Residency
• Medical licensing and credentialing information (e.g., Texas Jurisprudence Manual and Study Guide and FAQ webpage to help you through the licensure process);
• Education opportunities, including a resident video library covering business-of-medicine topics;
• Rapid access to the association’s expertise in health care, health law, practice management, medical economics, and public health via TMA Knowledge Center;
• Legislative advocacy on issues that residents identify, such as resident work hours and physician-in-training permits;
• TMA’s information-packed Web site with extensive online library resources and a dedicated page for residents at www.texmed.org/residents; and
• Low interest rates on resident and graduate medical educational loans.
Opportunities for Leadership
• Elected leadership positions on the RFS Executive Council which guide the activities of the section;
• Slotted seats for RFS members to sit among top physician leaders on a TMA board, council, or committee in your area of interest, such as legislative affairs, child and adolescent health, or medical education; and
• Three statewide conferences annually featuring RFS meetings, networking opportunities and sessions to enhance your knowledge of the medical profession.
Make a Difference in Your Community
• Support TEXPAC, TMA’s political action committee, which actively endorses candidates for public office who support medicine’s agenda;
• Join us for First Tuesdays at the Capitol, TMA’s organized visits to legislators during the state legislative session;
• Reach out with TMA’s public health initiatives, such as Hard Hats for Little Heads or Be Wise — Immunize, which provide resources you can use to help your community; and
• Join the American Medical Association, which strengthens the voice of medicine at the national level.