TMA Young Physicians Memo

Winter 2015 

2015 TMA Winter Conference: Leading the Way Through Crisis and Change

2015 TMA Winter Conference takes place Jan. 30-31 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Austin. Registration is open.

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. 

Be sure to attend the Young Physician Section (YPS) mixer on the first floor of the Hyatt in Marker 10 on Friday from 8 to 9 pm. The YPS Business Meeting will follow immediately after at 9 pm in Hyatt Hill Country A, Level 1. 

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Serve on a TMA Board, Council, or Committee

If you are looking to get involved, meet new physicians from across the state, and gain leadership experience, consider serving on a TMA board, council, or committee. Each year, TMA accepts nominations for terms of one to three years. The incoming TMA president makes appointments, which become effective at the conclusion of TexMed.

Young physicians can self-nominate via an abbreviated application The deadline for submissions is Feb. 1, 2015. For more information, go to the YPS page on the TMA website.

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Don Your White Coats for First Tuesdays at the Capitol

As in every legislative session, Texas physicians, residents, medical students, and TMA Alliance members have four opportunities this year to affect medicine’s legislative agenda by joining their colleagues for First Tuesdays at the Capitol. The “White Coat Invasion” has been key to physicians’ successes in the Texas Legislature since its inception in 2003.

The 2015 First Tuesdays at the Capitol are set for Feb. 3, March 3, April 7, and May 5. 

The First Tuesdays event on March 3 is dedicated to young and newly licensed physicians.  

Receive talking points and grassroots training, then march to the Capitol and make a difference for your future. Register today.

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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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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.

Hotline is a daily electronic newsletter for TMA members that reports the legislature’s latest actions on bills affecting Texas medicine. The hotline is delivered each legislative day before noon beginning Jan. 1. A weekly recap, delivered each Sunday, is also available.  Subscribe today.  

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Maintain a Healthy Practice With Help From TMA

If you’re one of the nearly 70 percent of Texas physicians experiencing declining revenues, increased expenses, or overwhelming administrative burdens, you may not have the time or resources, or a concrete plan, to take the next step in ensuring your practice’s vitality.

If you don’t know where to start, TMA Practice Consulting can help. TMA’s consultants can determine your practice’s current financial status, make projections using key performance indicators, and provide customized solutions.

Why choose TMA Practice Consulting? TMA’s consulting team has been a trusted resource for Texas physicians and practices for more than 15 years, and these experts can help you, too. With several new services designed to let you know where your practice stands, the consulting team can provide support no matter what your stage in medical practice. Contact a TMA consultant for your free consultation today by calling (800) 523-8776 or emailing

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TexMed 2015 Registration Is Now Open, and It's Free

Register today for TMA’s free annual conference and join thousands of fellow Texas physicians as TexMed 2015 descends on Austin May 1-2 for a weekend of advocacy, education, and collaboration. TexMed is TMA’s largest event of the year, offering more than 80 hours of continuing medical education; an extensive gathering of exhibitors to help with every aspect of your practice; and since we’re in Austin, a special Thursday event at the Capitol.

Join other young physicians at the YPS Business Meeting set for Friday, May 1, noon-1:30 pm. The meeting will include Executive Council and TMA delegate elections along with discussion about resolutions pertinent to young physicians.

Conference highlights include:

Thursday, April 30
2-4 pm

Arrive early on Thursday, April 30, and bring your white coat with you for TexMed at the Capitol. Head to the Capitol and visit with legislators and key staff. You will have the opportunity to meet with elected officials face to face to voice the priorities for medicine this legislative session. Join other physicians and alliance members to make a big impression. Please note: TMA will provide a shuttle from the Hilton to the Capitol for your convenience.

Friday, May 1
3:30-5 pm

During TexMed’s Opening General Session, Ira Byock, MD, will address the issue of palliative care and dying in America. Dr. Byock, author and one of the foremost palliative care physicians in the country, argues that to ensure the best end-of-life care possible we must not only remake our health care system but also move past our cultural aversion to talking about dying. 

Saturday, May 2
1:30-2:30 pm

Patricia A. Shands, MD, will share her unique journey through health care during TexMed’s Closing General Session. An orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Shands lives and works in Anchorage, Ala., and for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. She’ll share her motivational recount of her work with Native/Inuit tribes. She provides an extraordinary look at the path medicine has taken her. 

For a full schedule of events, CME, exhibitors, lodging information, and fun things to do in and around Austin, visit the TexMed 2015 webpage, and be sure to register today to reserve your spot so you can enjoy this free benefit of your TMA membership.

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 Stay Connected

Keep up with important news and connect with colleagues across the state through the YPS Facebook page.

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