Texas Student Doctor Newsletter

Fall 2015

 News from the TMA Medical Student Section

Statewide Preceptorship Program Accepting Applications

The General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program (GIMSPP) is now accepting applications for summer 2016. GIMSSP places medical students with general internists across the state for two-, three-, or four-week preceptorships during the summer break to introduce them to careers in general internal medicine. First- and second-year students from all nine Texas medical schools are encouraged to participate in the program. 

Apply now by visiting www.gimspp.org. Limited stipends are available for 2015-16, so apply early. If you are a student interested in a preceptorship or are a physician willing to serve as a preceptor for the 2016 summer program, you may email Program Manager Laura Tolin, or call her at (866) 244-6777, or (512) 370-1539. 

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the program website.

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Submit an Abstract for the 2016 Quality Poster Session

The TMA Council on Health Care Quality and TMF Health Quality Institute announce the fourth annual TMA Quality Poster Session to be held April 30 during TexMed 2016 at the Hilton Anatole Dallas. 

The TMA Quality Poster Session is a platform for physicians and medical students to share their breakthroughs and best practices for better patient care, especially in one or more of the six aims of quality care: that it be safe, timely, effective, equitable, efficient, and patient-centered. 

The TMA Quality Poster Session offers you a chance to gain exposure, network with Texas physicians and fellow students, and have your work published. Here are just a few of the many reasons for you to participate:    

  • You can present your poster to students and physicians from across Texas during a continuing medical education event at TexMed 2016.
  • Your abstract will appear on the TMA website, which draws more than 75,000 visitors each month.
  • The top three winners in each category receive a cash award.   

Abstract submissions are due no later than March 25, 2016. All accepted poster exhibitors will receive a travel stipend.  

TMA Medical Student Section (MSS) chapters that enter the TMA Quality Poster Session will automatically be entered into a competition. The chapter voted as having the best overall poster will win one free night’s stay at a TMA conference of its choice. 

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Apply for the Resolution Ad Hoc Committee

Would you like to be part of the new TMA-MSS Resolution Ad Hoc Committee? Fill out an application by Oct. 20 to be part of the committee, which will develop ideas and draft resolutions that reflect the goals of the TMA-MSS. The committee will be under the guidance of the TMA and American Medical Association co-delegate leaders. Ideas will be presented at TMA Winter Conference in Austin Jan. 29-30 and then drafted for submission at TexMed 2016 in Dallas April 29-30.  

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Apply for a Medical Student Community Leadership Grant by Dec. 31

TMA Foundation (TMAF) is currently accepting applications for the Medical Student Community Leadership Grant Program. TMAF sponsors grants for TMA medical student chapters, up to $3,000, for supporting short-term, high-impact health improvement initiatives, which are excellent ways to develop leadership skills and learn more about your patient population. Baylor College of Medicine students previously used this resource to start groups such as the running and mentorship project Medical Miles Mentor Program. Get more information and download the application on the TMAF website

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Texas Medical Student Elected AMA-MSS Vice Speaker

Theresa Phan, a student at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, was elected vice speaker for the American Medical Association Medical Student Section during the AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago. All nine medical schools affiliated with TMA are represented in the AMA-MSS.  

The AMA meeting began with an enlightening pharmaceutical cost speech by Raymond Urbanski, MD, founder and chief medical officer for BioPharma Consulting. Vin Capone, development executive at Apple, gave students insight into the ever-expanding world of technology and medicine. The caucus meeting was filled with lively debate over the 60 resolutions considered by the MSS Reference Committee, and many amazing Texas speakers approach the microphone to give testimony on TMA’s behalf.  

Presence at the national service project was great. Students taught fourth through eighth grade students from the Chicago area about getting into the medical profession and healthy lifestyle choices.  

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Wanted: Students Who Pursue Awesome Hobbies, Passions Outside School

Do you have an interesting (even unique) hobby or passion you enjoy when you’re not studying for medical school? Do you know a TMA member physician or a fellow student who cuts loose on the weekends and lets the creative juices flow, who takes time to serve others in need, or who has a remarkable talent? If you do, TMA’s Texas Medicine magazine would like to hear from you. 

The magazine periodically publishes a column called “Back Talk” that features a portrait of a physician or medical student enjoying his or her favorite pastime pursuit. (For an example, see page 64 of the September issue.) If you would like to nominate yourself or a fellow student or a physician for possible inclusion in “Back Talk,” please email Texas Medicine Editor Crystal Zuzek with “Back Talk” in the subject line. Include the physician or student’s name and contact information, along with a brief description of the hobby or pastime. 

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Win $5,000 for Your Local Champion of Health

Nominate a program in your town or city that promotes healthy lives and healthy communities by Oct. 31, and it may win a $5,000 grant and bronze commemorative statue. The 2016 TMA Foundation John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award focuses on exceptional projects that address urgent threats to the public’s health and those that further TMAF’s mission: “to fund initiatives with the power to help physicians create a healthier future for all Texans.”

Deadline for entries is Oct. 31, 2015. Winners will be notified in December, and the award presentation is Jan. 30, 2016, at the 2016TMA Winter Conference at the Hyatt Regency Austin. Visit www.tmaf.org, or contact the TMA Foundation at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1664, or (512) 370-1664 for nomination forms and more information about the program.

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 Plan Your October Helmet Giveaway

October is TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads Month, which celebrates the program’s birthday. Last year’s event was such a huge success with a record 48 helmet giveaway events that TMA wants Hard Hats for Little Heads Month to become an annual event. Check out these ideas for events, or come up with another idea for your giveaway.   

Hosting a helmet giveaway is easy. TMA provides everything you need for a successful event: helmets, banners, event signage, promotional flyers, educational handouts, and media relations support. When you purchase up to 50 helmets, TMA will match your purchase with more free helmets. Helmets are $7.60 each, including shipping.    

Contact Tammy Wishard, TMA’s outreach coordinator, at tammy.wishard@texmed.org, or call (512) 370-1470 for details about hosting a helmet giveaway.  

Hard Hats for Little Heads is made possible through a grant from TMA Foundation thanks to top donors — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Prudential, two anonymous foundations — and generous gifts from physicians and their families, and friends of medicine. 

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Help to Plan a Flu Vaccination Clinic  

Be Wise — ImmunizeSM wants to have at least eight flu vaccination clinics in October, which marks the start of flu season. Student chapters can plan a clinic any time from Influenza Awareness Day on Oct. 1 through the end of the month. TMA has educational and promotional tools to enhance your events.   

TMA launched Be Wise — Immunize in 2004 to increase Texas’ immunization rates. Since then, the program has provided more than 280,000 shots to Texas children, adolescents, and adults.   

To order flu materials or to learn about hosting a shot clinic, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA’s outreach coordinator, at tammy.wishard@texmed.org or (512) 370-1470.  

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, Permian Basin Youth Chavarim, and gifts from physicians and their families.   

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TCU, UNT Health Science Center Plan to Create New Medical School

Texas Christian University (TCU) and the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) in Fort Worth have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to create a new allopathic medical school in Fort Worth. The school, planning to accept its first class in 2018, will provide a team-oriented educational approach that benefits patients and helps to shape the future practice and business of medicine.  

The MOU calls for an initial class of 60 students, with plans for a full enrollment of 240. 

“A new MD school will give Texas more high-quality practitioners in an era of dramatic physician shortages,” said UNTHSC President Michael R. Williams, DO, MD. “Our students will become physicians who focus on their patients and learn to deliver care as part of larger health care teams.”  

The MD school expects to increase educational and research opportunities at the two institutions, while preparing the next generation of physicians to meet health care needs in Texas and beyond. Using existing educational, research, and training facilities, along with faculty at TCU and UNTHSC, allows start-up costs to be minimized and privately funded.  

Donors in Fort Worth, the largest city in Texas without an allopathic medical school, have pledged significant financial support to address initial start-up costs. In addition, the institutions will focus on effectively maximizing existing resources.  

UNTHSC currently has an osteopathic medical school, along with graduate schools for pharmacists, physician assistants, physical therapists, public health experts, and biomedical scientists.  

The MOU also notes:   

  • Students in the allopathic medical school will be enrolled in both institutions.
  • A dean named jointly by TCU and UNTHSC will report to provosts at both campuses.
  • TCU and UNTHSC faculty will teach in the program.
  • The allopathic medical school plans to begin accepting applications in the fall of 2017.    

A medical school management committee including representatives from both universities, along with the new dean and provosts from both institutions, will oversee plans for the new school.  

Six New Medical Schools on Tap in Texas
With the addition of the TCU/UNTHSC medical school, projected to open in 2018, Texas may have as many as six new medical schools by 2020:  

Allopathic: The University of Texas at Austin-Dell Medical School and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Medical School  

Osteopathic: University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio  

Allopathic: Texas Christian University/University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth
Osteopathic: Sam Houston State University in Conroe 

2020 (under evaluation)
University of Houston  

From 2014 to 2022, the projected net increase in annual medical school graduates for Texas is about 600 (not including a potential medical school at University of Houston), an increase of 37 percent. 

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Update Your TMA Online Profile

Have you moved since joining TMA? Take some time to update your contact information in your online membership profile.

Take a few moments to confirm your contact information under the address tab. While you’re at it, click on the Interests tab to tell us what interests you have and the Subscriptions tab to select which TMA newsletters come to you.

Questions? Contact the TMA Knowledge Center at (800) 880-7955, Monday-Friday, 8:15 am-5:15 pm CT, or email knowledge@texmed.org.

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

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Save the Date

The AMA-MSS Interim Meeting will be Nov. 12-14 in Atlanta at the Hilton Atlanta. 

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Mark Your Calendar With Important Upcoming TMA-MSS Deadlines 

Apply for a position on the TMA-MSS Governing Council, or nominate an outstanding student, physician, or chapter to be recognized for their achievements.  

To apply for appointed Governing Council positions, submit a letter of intent and curriculum vitae to MSSInfo@texmed.org. Positions include student member of the TMA Board of Trustees and alternate delegate to the Texas Delegation to the American Medical Association. 

Also, note the Jan. 20, 2016, nomination deadline for these TMA-MSS awards:  

The winners will be honored at TexMed 2016 in Dallas in May. 

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