Texas Tech Medical Student Named TMA Student of Year

May 2, 2014

Justin M. Bishop, a second-year medical student at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC)-Lubbock, received the Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section (TMA-MSS) Student of the Year Award. He received the award today at TMA’s annual conference in Fort Worth.

Since 1998, TMA-MSS has recognized an outstanding student member who excels in furthering the section’s goals and policies to improve Texas’ health care system. The chapter aims to engage students in organized medicine by encouraging their involvement in local county medical societies, TMA, and the American Medical Association (AMA); and providing direction to health-related activities at all levels of education.

“The TMA is similar to most other professional organizations, in that it works to address challenges facing its profession and to improve its professional climate,” said Mr. Bishop. “But what makes TMA different is that we have patients to care for and we can’t afford to stand still. TMA knows no matter what, it must continually stand up and keep moving forward. That’s why I am proud to be a member.” 

Mr. Bishop already is active in organized medicine. He has served as president of the TTUHSC Student Interest Group in Neurology, as well as treasurer for the TMA student chapter at TTUHSC and the TTUHSC Preventive Medicine Club. He currently serves as the school’s Association of American Medical Colleges student representative and has created new curriculum, with an elective teaching students how to incorporate novel research and procedures into the clinical teaching setting.

Last year, Mr. Bishop created the Masquerade Promenade in Lubbock, which raised more than $8,500 for three local charities, including the Testicular Cancer Foundation and the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health. The event is slated to become an annual fund-raising event for the TTUHSC TMA-MSS and is now ramping up for its second year.

Mr. Bishop serves on the Membership Committee of TEXPAC, TMA’s political action committee. He also has served on TMA’s Board of Councilors, an ethical policymaking panel, and has been a regional delegate, student delegate, and committee member in the AMA House of Delegates and Medical Student Section.

Mr. Bishop received the TTUHSC 2013-14 President’s Scholar Award. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and American Medical Political Action Committee.  He stays connected to his marine biology roots with the American Fisheries Society, the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, and the Southwestern Association of Naturalists.

Mr. Bishop received his undergraduate degree in zoology from Texas Tech University, his master’s of science in marine biology from The University of Southern Mississippi, and is finishing his MBA at Texas Tech this May.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans. 

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Contact: Pam Udall (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 413-6807; email: pam.udall@texmed.org
Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear@texmed.org  

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