Texas Student Doctor Newsletter

Winter 2015

 News from the TMA Medical Student Section

Learn to Be a Leader

The TMA Medical Student Section (MSS) will conduct a Leadership Training Workshop for all newly elected 2015 chapter officers during 2015 TMA Winter Conference

The TMA-MSS schedule of conference events are:

Friday, Jan. 30
MSS Executive Council, 7-10 pm, Hyatt, Padre Island, Level 2 

Saturday, Jan. 31
MSS Business Meeting, Noon-1:30 pm, Hyatt, Big Bend, A-D
MSS Leadership Training Workshop, 1:30-4 pm, Hyatt, Big Bend, A-D 

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TMA Winter Conference Registration Open

Register today for TMA’s free Winter Conference and join your colleagues in Austin on Jan. 30-31 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Austin. The general session, Leading the Way Through Crisis and Change, will begin at 8:30 am.

Physicians will have the opportunity to conduct TMA business, obtain continuing medical education credit, and network with peers. Join your colleagues and participate in discussions on crisis management, the current legislative session, and changes in the health care landscape. 

For a full schedule of events visit the 2015 Winter Conference webpage, and be sure to register today.

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MSS Leadership Positions Available 

Two elections will be held during TMA Winter Conference. To apply for either student member of the TMA Board of Trustees or alternate delegate, Texas Delegation to the American Medical Associationsubmit a letter of intent and curriculum vitae to MSSInfo@texmed.org by Jan. 20.

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MSS Awards Nominees Sought

Nominations are being accepted for the annual Student of the Year AwardChapter of the Year Award, and C. Frank Webber, MD, Award. Applications are due by Jan. 20.  

The winner will be honored at TexMed 2015 in Austin in May.

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Valley Gains New Surgery Residency Program

A new general surgery residency program will begin in July at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance with four surgical residency slots its first year. In association with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the program will become part of  The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Medical School set to open in 2016.

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Shall We Tweet ... and Make a Difference?

Silly as its name sounds, Twitter is a communication tool of choice for the Texas Legislature. Groups that most effectively use this social network to influence the legislative process have trained their supporters to faithfully echo the organizations’ Twitter messages. This tactic substantially increases the groups’ Twitter reach and impact.

While TMA has been active on Twitter for years and has a large following, our tweets don’t get enough reinforcement from TMA members. As part of our plan to better engage the 2015 Texas Legislature at all levels, we’re asking TMA leaders and member physicians to join the TMASMA (TMA Social Media Advocacy) campaign in the Twittersphere. Be sure to watch for and retweet TMA tweets marked with the #TMASMA hash tag. Check out our six-step TMASMA Marching Orders and get tweeting.

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Nominate a Journalist for Health Reporting

Have you read, heard, or seen a great health news story this year? If so, take a moment now to nominate it for a TMA Anson Jones, MD, Award

Members of the TMA family can nominate journalists for the Anson Jones awards, which recognize excellence in health journalism in Texas. Nominating one or two of your local journalists is a great way to enhance your relationship with the media and encourage continued health news coverage. 

The Anson Jones competition recognizes print, broadcast (television and radio), and online media, and includes a Texas Health Journalist of the Year award. Physician-reporters also are recognized with the Physician Excellence in Reporting category. 

The entry deadline is Jan. 15. It’s easy to nominate your local journalist.  

If you have questions, call Tammy Wishard, TMA outreach coordinator, at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1470, or (512) 370-1470, or email ansonjones@texmed.org.

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Fund Your Vaccination Event With a TMA Grant

The Texas Medical Association can help you fund a local shot clinic. TMA’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM offers grants of up to $2,500 to fund free or low-cost vaccination events for children, adolescents, or adults.  

In 2015, TMA will offer three opportunities for physicians, medical students, TMA Alliance chapters, and county medical societies to apply for a Be Wise Local Impact Grant. The first grant application deadline is March 1. Grantees have a year to use the funds. TMA will accept applications again on July 1 and Nov. 1.  

Need help planning your event? Attend the Be Wise — Immunize Outreach Meeting Jan. 30 at 2:30 pm during TMA’s Winter Conference in Austin, or check out the Be Wise — Immunize Quick Start Manual: A Step-by-Step Vaccination Outreach Guide  and Be Wise Event Ideas.  

Contact Tammy Wishard, TMA’s outreach coordinator, at (512) 370-1470 to learn more about how to bring a vaccination event to your community. 

Be Wise — Immunize is a joint initiative led by TMA physicians and the TMA Alliance. Funding for Be Wise —Immunize is provided by the TMA Foundation thanks to generous support from H-E-B, TMF Health Quality Institute, and Permian Basin Youth Chavarim, along with gifts from physicians and their families. 

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

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Mark Your Calendar

We hope you can come to Austin on Tuesday, April 7, for First Tuesdays at the Capitol dedicated to students and residents. It’s your chance to personally lobby state legislators on issues that are important to patients and physicians, including increasing funding for graduate medical education. Receive talking points and grassroots training, then march to the Capitol and make a difference for your future. The day’s events will be tailored especially for students and residents. Register today.

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Sign Up Now for TMA Legislative News Hotline

Want to stay fully informed of the latest happenings of the 2015 Texas Legislature? Subscribe today to TMA Legislative News Hotline.

The hotline is a daily electronic newsletter only for TMA members that reports the legislature’s latest news and actions affecting organized medicine. Subscribers receive the newsletter each day the legislature is in session, beginning Jan. 5. A weekly recap, which TMA delivers each Sunday, is also available. Subscribe today.

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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 MSSLeadership Manual for resources on a range of topics from resolution writing to funding to leadership opportunities and more. 

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