RFS Connection

Spring 2015

News from the  TMA Resident and Fellow Section   

 

Come to the RFS Business Meeting May 1

Join us for the upcoming Resident and Fellow Section Business meeting in Austin on Friday, May 1, from 2 to 3:30 pm. This meeting will be held in conjunction with TexMed 2015 in Room 412 on the fourth floor of the Hilton Austin. The meeting will feature a presentation on physician contracts and what to look for as you evaluate them. 

Also, elections will be held for RFS Executive Council members, and appointments will be made to TMA councils and committees. Serving on a council or committee is an easy way to get involved, build your CV, and make some great contacts. For more information, go to the RFS webpage.  

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Great Speakers, Good Company, Nice Digs  

Come enjoy the ambiance when hundreds of Texas physicians gather May 1-2 in Austin to work hard and play hard … but mostly work hard. If you’ve never been to TMA’s annual conference, TexMed, you might picture an uninspiring weekend of perfunctory CME cramming and stuffy meeting attendance. And while some occasions call for gravitas, TexMed is full of energy, camaraderie, shared purpose and laughter, and learning cool stuff. Plus, there’s bingo this year.  

Looking for something a little different? Check out your peers’ quality improvement projects at the TexMed Poster Session, where physicians display poster abstracts describing their quality programs. The Saturday, May 2, event starts with an author-hosted walk-through, 8-9 am. Categories were expanded this year to offer physicians and medical practice staff more opportunities to participate.  

TexMed 2015 will feature two general sessions, each with its own stimulating speaker. Friday’s Opening General Session keynote speaker, Ira Byock, MD, will address palliative care and dying in America. Dr. Byock, author of The Best Possible Care and one of the foremost palliative-care physicians in the country, argues that to ensure the best of 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.  

On Saturday, Patricia A. Shands, MD, will share her unique journey in health care during TexMed’s Closing General Session. An orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Shands lives in Anchorage, Ala., working for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Her motivational recount of her work with Native/Inuit tribes at the hospital as well their remote villages will end the conference on an inspiring note. 

For a full schedule of events, CME, exhibitors, lodging information, fun things to do in and around Austin, and how to get more involved in TMA policy creation visit the TexMed website. Be sure to register today for this free benefit of your TMA membership.  

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Save the Date for First Tuesdays

First Tuesdays at the Capitol returns May 5, and the Family of Medicine needs you to be there. It’s your last chance to be lobbyist for a day during the 2015 legislative session. 

The “White Coat Invasion” has been the key to physicians’ successes in the Texas Legislature since the inception of First Tuesdays at the Capitol in 2003. Our senators and representatives listen when their hometown doctors appear in their offices. Our influence is so much greater when physicians and alliance members arrive en masse in the House and Senate galleries. It's time again to bring out Texas medicine’s strongest weapon. Register today

Although the Texas Legislature is becoming more hyper-partisan and hyper-political, TMA continues to work for what’s best for patients and their physicians. Here is medicine’s 2015 legislative agenda, based on TMA’s Healthy Vision 2020, Second Edition:  

  • Increase funding for graduate medical education.
  • Improve physicians’ Medicaid and CHIP payments to more appropriately reflect the services they provide to patients.
  • Hold health insurance companies accountable for creating and promoting adequate physician networks.
  • Devise and enact a system for providing health care to low-income Texans that improves efficiencies by reducing bureaucracy and paperwork.
  • Stop any efforts to expand scope of practice beyond that safely permitted by nonphysician practitioners’ education, training, and skills.
  • Promote government efficiency and accountability by reducing Medicaid red tape.
  • Protect physicians’ ability to charge for their services.
  • Improve the state’s public health defense to better respond in a crisis.
  • Preserve Texas’ landmark medical liability reforms.  

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Assess Your Practice Options

Learning what to expect in different practice settings can help you choose yours. Follow the new “Life After Residency” series in the Resident News category of AMA Wire®.  

Check out things to consider before you choose a practice setting and how to discover the perfect practice location.

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Save the Dates for the AMA-RFS Annual Meeting June 4-6

The American Medical Association Resident and Fellow Section Annual Meeting is your opportunity to voice concerns, share ideas, develop leadership skills, and form coalitions to effect positive change.  

Join your colleagues in Chicago June 4-6 at the Hyatt Regency to explore the importance of prioritizing wellness and finding solutions to improving health while in training. 

Highlights include:   

  • Networking — connect with resident and fellow physician colleagues from across the country;
  • Engagements — attend dynamic educational sessions focused on resident health and wellness; and
  • Taking action — make your voice heard on important issues relevant to resident and fellow physicians by creating policy that affects the practice of medicine.   

Submit your resolutions by April 13. Apply to serve on a convention committee — reference, credentials, rules, or hospitality — by April 24. Apply for an AMA-RFS leadership position by April 17. Open seats on the AMA-RFS Governing Council are vice chair, delegate, alternate delegate, speaker, vice speaker, and member at large. 

For more information, visit the AMA-RFS webpage.  

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Set It and Forget It 

“My monthly donation provides steady, dependable support, which enables the foundation to fund programs that reach more Texans each year in the most impactful way,” said Gregory R. Johnson, MD, a member of the TMA Foundation (TMAF) Board of Trustees and Pulse Donor since January 2014. “It’s also an easy way to demonstrate my commitment and support for much-needed programs, such as TMA’s Minority Scholarship Program and TMAF’s General Endowment.” 

Dr. Johnson furthers his vision of a healthier Texas with convenient, monthly giving through TMAF’s Pulse Donor program. When you become a Pulse Donor, you can “Set it and Forget it,” meaning you decide the amount of your gift, how frequently it will occur, and which credit card to use. TMAF will send you a yearly statement, which is handy because TMAF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of federal law.  

Donations to TMAF’s Annual Fund impact the health of people in your community and all across Texas. That’s because your gift, combined with that of thousands of others, funds a variety of health improvement, science, and quality-of-care projects.  

Pulse Donors are recognized in TMAF newsletters, annual posters on display at all TMA meetings, and on the TMAF website

For more information or to become a Pulse Donor, contact TMAF at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1466, email Data Manager Marilyn Anderson, or visit the TMAF website.

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Save the Date

First Tuesdays at the Capitol returns next month, and the Family of Medicine needs you to be there.

The “White Coat Invasion” has been the key to physicians’ successes in the Texas Legislature since the inception of First Tuesdays at the Capitol in 2003. Our senators and representatives listen when their hometown doctors appear in their offices. Our influence is so much greater when physicians and alliance members arrive en masse in the House and Senate galleries. It’s time again to bring out Texas medicine’s strongest weapon.

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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