Texas Student Doctor Newsletter

Spring 2015

 News from the TMA Medical Student Section

Don't Miss TexMed 2015 – MSS Schedule at a Glance

The Medical Student Section is a TMA membership section that focuses on issues unique to Texas medical students and provides a forum for communicating with other students and the membership at large. As an MSS member, you can help create TMA policy and help shape the environment in which you will one day practice medicine. 

Join us for the next Medical Student Section meeting at TexMed 2015 in Austin on Friday, May 1, at 1 pm. 

The meeting will include discussion on pertinent resolutions, Leadership Honor Society recognition, Executive Council elections, and more. 

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MSS Executive Council Elections to be Held During TexMed 2015

Open positions are: 

  • Chair,
  • Vice chair,
  • Reporter,
  • American Medical Association delegate co-leaders (two positions), and
  • TMA delegate co-leaders (two positions). 

To apply for the 2015-16 term, submit a letter of intent and your CV to your section coordinator by April 15. 

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Student, Resident, and Young Physician Mixer at TexMed

Don't miss an opportunity to mingle with your peers at the student mixer Friday, May 1, from 9 pm to 2 am at Cedar Door Patio Bar Grill, located in downtown Austin on the corner of Willie Nelson Blvd. and Brazos St. 

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Be Recognized for Your Leadership in Medicine

The TMA-MSS Leadership Honor Society recognizes fourth-year medical students who have actively participated in Texas organized medicine. Accepted honor society members will be acknowledged at TexMed during the MSS Business Meeting, where they will receive honor cords provided by TMA. Students will wear the honor cords at their medical school graduations. 

Submit an application to your section coordinator by April 15 for recognition.  

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Be Wise – Immunize Outreach Meeting

Join us during TexMed 2015 on Friday, May 1, from 2:15-3:15 pm at the Hilton Austin, Room 402. Come find out how you can improve your community’s vaccination rates with a Be Wise — ImmunizeSM outreach event. Bring a friend who hasn’t attended before and you’ll both be entered into a drawing for $50 of event merchandise. Email Tammy Wishard to RSVP by April 20. 

Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.

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Attend the TMA Foundation Gala

Just a Few Volunteer Spots are Left! You may have heard that the TMA Foundation (TMAF) gala is the hottest ticket at TexMed! But did you know that as a medical student, you can attend free? 

Dozens of medical student volunteers are needed to help at TMA Foundation’s A Lawn Party annual gala, set for Friday, May 1 from 6-11 p.m. at the Hilton Austin. The evening includes dinner, entertainment, lawn games, and the chance to bid on tantalizing silent and live auction items. Volunteers are needed to work three-hour shifts, and will help with set-up, registration, auction check-out, and other activities. 

Join co-chairs, Drs. Michelle A. Berger and David N. Tobey, Austin and Drs. Susan M. Pike and Harry T. Papaconstantinou, Georgetown, for this fun-filled evening in support of foundation-funded initiatives. 

For more information contact TMAF at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1664 or email Sean Dunham. Sign up online at the TMA website.  

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Apply Now to Serve on TMA Boards, Councils, Committees

Medical student representatives and alternate representatives serve one-year terms on TMA boards, councils, and committees (BCCs). Apply now for the 2015-16 BCC term by submitting an application to your section coordinator by April 15.

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Hurry! TexMed 2015 Registration Is Open

Register today for TMA’s free annual conference, and join thousands of Texas physicians and fellow medical students as TexMed 2015 descends on Austin May 1-2 for a weekend of networking, policymaking, and all-around fun.  

For a full schedule of events, exhibitors, lodging information, and fun things to do in and around Fort Worth, visit the TexMed 2015 webpage.

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TexMed at the Capitol

It's time again to bring out Texas medicine's strongest weapon. Arrive for TexMed 2015 a day early — on Thursday, April 30 — and bring your white coat for TMA’s “White Coat Invasion” of the legislature. Our senators and representatives listen when their hometown doctors appear in their offices. Our influence is so much greater when physicians, medical students, and alliance members arrive en masse to the House and Senate galleries. TexMed at the Capitol starts at 1 pm with a kickoff meeting at the Hilton Austin.

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Mark Your Calendar for AMA-MSS Meeting June 5-6

Pack your bags for Chicago, the site of this year's American Medical Association Medical Student Section Annual Meeting June 4-6. The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and offers MSS members a chance to be involved in creating policy, networking, community service, leadership training, and educational and social events. 

Participate in the AMA-MSS Virtual Reference Committee (login required). The reference committee is completely online. That means only one legislative session at the Annual Meeting instead of two. If you want to influence policy prior to final debate, you’ll have to participate online beginning April 23. 

Make note of the following AMA deadlines:    

Questions? Email us.  

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TMAF Health Improvement Grants Now Available

Have an idea to improve the health of your community? TMA Foundation is accepting applications to its 2015-2016 Medical Student Leadership Grants program. Medical student chapters may apply for up to $3,000 for collaborative programs that address. 

TMAF grants have funded wellness fairs, vaccination programs, a flu shot drive-thru event, and many other collaborative community programs that target TMA priorities. 

For more information, including a list of public health or science priorities and summer deadlines, or to download a grant application, visit the TMAF webpage

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Health Policy Internship Opportunity

The Health Policy Fellowship Initiative (HPFI) and the Texas Medical Association are proud to present the first Health Policy Fellowship for medical students in Texas. This paid internship will give you the opportunity to experience the legislative process firsthand and influence health care reform. 

Because health care is changing rapidly, medical students need advocacy and political skills to protect their profession and their patients. This summer program will give motivated, driven students a chance to gain some leadership experience and tackle a variety of health policy projects. The student intern will work at TMA and interact with state policymakers to help effect positive changes. 

Any medical student enrolled in a Texas medical school who has completed the first year and is in good standing may apply for this opportunity which will last four to eight weeks during the summer (flexible start and end dates). Visit the HPFI webpage for more information. Applications are due by April 24. 

Questions? Email HPFI.

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