The Subcommittee for Academic Physicians reports to the TMA Council on Medical Education and was created to improve TMA’s representation of physicians involved in academic medicine. Unlike standing TMA councils and committees which are appointed by the sitting TMA president-elect, the subcommittee is composed of representatives of health-related institutions through appointments by the leadership of each institution.
Photo: Carlos Vallbona, MD; Lisa R. Nash, DO, chair; and William J. Krippner, Jr., MD; Back row: Ronald S. Walters, MD; Kaparaboyna Ashok Kumar, MD, FRCS; and Jeffrey L. Levin, MD. Subcommittee members not pictured: Syed S. Azhar, MD; Carlos Hamilton, Jr., MD; Curtis R. Mirkes, DO; and Surendra Varma, MD
An area of paramount interest to the subcommittee is the need for improvements in patient safety. This level of concern led to the subcommittee’s development of a training course on patient safety for medical students, resident physicians, as well as practicing physicians and other health professionals.
The course is available without charge or for a nominal fee for practicing physicians who wish to take the course for the purposes of earning CME credits.
More medical students and residents have an interest in electives that focus on leadership, advocacy, and health policy skills. In response, the TMA Subcommittee for Academic Physicians produced a new curriculum toolbox to guide medical schools or residency programs in developing elective courses on these topics at their institution.
Example syllabi for elective courses of this type currently offered by Texas medical schools
Baylor College of Medicine: Physician as Advocate: Beyond the Exam Room (PDF)
Texas A&M Health Science Center: Health Care Advocacy and Public Policy (PDF)
University of North Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine: Leadership, Advocacy & Health Policy, An Honors Elective for Second-year Medical Students (PDF)
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