YPS to Discuss Board of Trustees Position at Fall Conference
A discussion of the election of a Young Physician Section (YPS) representative to the Texas Medical Association Board of Trustees is on the agenda for the YPS business meeting during the TMA Fall Conference Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19, at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin.
The meeting will begin at 7 am on Saturday in Room 102 of the conference center.
The TMA House of Delegates tentatively approved an amendment to the TMA Bylaws to add a young physician member to the board at TexMed 2013. Second reading and final approval of the amendment is scheduled for TexMed 2014 in Fort Worth in May. If approved, the amendment takes effect immediately.
The YPS meeting is just one of the many events scheduled for Fall Conference.
Saturday's conference session begins at 7:30 am with a Dawn Duster session on TMA's new Physician Services Organization.
The General Session begins at 8:45 am with remarks by TMA President Stephen Brotherton, MD. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) will follow with an update on issues in Congress.
Next on the agenda will be a panel discussion on Protecting the Patient-Physician Relationship. Panel members will be State Reps. Susan King (R-Abilene), Sarah Davis (R-Houston), and Nicole Collier (D-Fort Worth).
The session ends with a recap of the 2013 legislative session by Evan Smith, chief executive officer and editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune.
You can get your flu shot and other vaccinations recommended for health care professionals at the conference. Physicians and their families, medical students, and office staff can get a vaccination Saturday from 7:30 to 8:30 am. The event is sponsored by TMA's Committee on Infectious Diseases and TMA's Be Wise — ImmunizeSM.
Flu shots, including the new quadrivalent vaccine, and flu mist will be available. You also can get a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) or MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccination. The costs are flu shots, $27; quadrivalent vaccination (limited supply), $40; FluMist, $40; Tdap shots, $80; and MMR, $105.
Be sure to reserve your vaccination when you register for the conference.
Be Wise — Immunize is a joint initiative led by TMA physicians and the TMA Alliance, funded by TMA Foundation through generous grants from H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute. Since the program began in 2004, more than 235,000 vaccinations have been given to Texas children, adolescents, and adults.
Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.
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Nominations are open for the 2014 Young-at-Heart Award, which recognizes a physician member who has provided outstanding service to the Young Physician Section or young physicians.
The winner will be recognized during the TMA House of Delegates Opening Session at TexMed 2014 in Fort Worth.
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AMA Starts Mentoring Program
American Medical Association has started a mentoring program for practicing physicians early in their careers to be mentors to members of the AMA Medical Student, and Resident and Fellow sections.
AMA says the program will allow young physicians, residents, and students to share information on enhancing career advancement; sharing advocacy, professional, or research interests; and promoting an enriched experience in organized medicine.
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Nominate Local Journalist for Outstanding 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.
This is the first time 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, plus a Texas Health Journalist of the Year Award. Physician-reporters also are recognized with the Physician Excellence in Reporting category. So nominate your colleagues’ outstanding journalism, too.
It’s easy to nominate your local journalist. The official entry deadline is Jan. 15, 2014.
If you have questions, call Tammy Wishard, TMA Outreach Coordinator, at (800) 880-1300 ext. 1470, or (512) 370-1470, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Employed or Solo?
One of the biggest decisions a young physician has to face is whether work for someone else or open a solo practice. TMA’s publication, A Comprehensive Guide for Physician Employment, can help you make that decision.
It will help you decide if employment is the right path for you, take the guesswork out of negotiating and accepting an employment relationship, and leave you confident in your direction as you move forward with your career.
This publication is a must-read to learn the challenges and advantages associated with the business side of medicine and make an educated decision for your career path. It is also an invaluable resource for any physician who is starting a practice, selling a practice, or thinking about making a career move toward employment.
This guide covers in detail:
- The risks, benefits, and other considerations of an employment decision;
- Traditional employment relationships versus newly invented relationships with institutional employers;
- The pros and cons of employment by hospital-sponsored entities;
- Compensation models, restrictive covenants, handling of medical records, and health and liability insurance; and
- The sale of a medical practice to an institutional employer, including such aspects as valuation, deliverables, and liability.
As you consider your options and before you sign an employment agreement, be sure to read this information-packed guide so that you can have the upper hand.
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$20 for 20: Donate $20 to Help Fund the O'Malley Scholarship for 20 More Years!
The Young Physician Section is celebrating 20 years of providing scholarships to rural Texas high school seniors who excel in science for use toward pursuing a career as a physician. And we need your help to continue this program for another 20 years!
Please donate $20 to pave the way for future generations of medicine. Donations can be made at the TMA booth during Fall Conference. Cash or check preferred.
In 2007, the YPS Rural Scholarship was transformed into a memorial scholarship for Michael O'Malley, MD. Dr. O'Malley, a recipient of a similar scholarship himself, was an internal medicine physician in Galveston and past chair of the TMA Young Physician Section. Tragically, Dr. O'Malley died from cardiac arrest in his home at the age of 43 and left a wife and two young children. In his memory, the young physicians are continuing the tradition of helping rural high school seniors pursue a degree in the field of medicine.
To ensure the continued work of this scholarship, make a donation by contacting TMA Knowledge Center at (800) 880-7955 or email@example.com.
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Keep up with important news and connect with colleagues across the state through the YPS Facebook page.
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