Texas Student Doctor Newsletter

Fall 2014

 News from the TMA Medical Student Section

Enter the TMA-MSS Chapter Service Project Contest

Each year TMA Medical Student Section (MSS) chapters are encouraged to organize local community service events that further TMA policy. This year the TMA-MSS Executive Council decided to “up the ante” with a TMA-MSS Chapter Service Project Contest. 

To submit your chapter service event in the contest, send a 200- to 500-word description of your event to MSSInfo@texmed.org. Your submission should include: pictures, major role players, a description of the population served, reason for choosing the project, and what you were able to accomplish. Submissions are due by Jan. 15, 2015. The winning chapter will receive a free hotel room for any TMA conference. 

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Mark Your Calendar for the AMA-MSS Interim Meeting Nov. 6-8

Pack your bags for Dallas, the site of the American Medical Association MSS Interim Meeting. The meeting, held Nov. 6-8 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, offers MSS members a chance to create policy; network; and participate in community service, leadership training, and educational and social events. 

Take part in the AMA-MSS Open Forum (login required) to collaborate on AMA resolution and policy creation. The forum is a good way for first-time attendees to get involved. The MSS also has a handy reference guide to resolution writing

The AMA-MSS reference committee is completely online. That means only one reference committee session at the Interim Meeting instead of two. If you want to influence policy prior to final debate, you’ll have to participate online by Oct.17. 

Check out the agenda for more information.  

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Submit an MSS Video Testimonial

Are you a fan of the TMA-MSS? The TMA Executive Council is requesting your video testimonials. These videos will be used in various ways to help market and promote TMA-MSS activities and encourage participation. Compile a video explaining your TMA or AMA story, a memorable moment, or how you’ve been able to make a difference through TMA or AMA. Once your video is complete, email it to MSSinfo@texmed.org

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Save the Dates for Upcoming TMA Meetings

Mark your calendar for the 2015 TMA Winter Conference, which will take place Jan. 30-31 at the Hyatt Regency in Austin. The conference provides an opportunity for physicians and medical students to conduct TMA business and network with peers. 

Plan on coming to Austin on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, for First Tuesdays at the Capitol. It’s your chance to personally lobby state legislators on issues important to patients and physicians. The day’s events will be tailored especially for students and residents. The winter issue of Texas Student Doctor will have more information on the activities planned for the day. 

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TMA Leadership Positions Available 
Two elections will be held during TMA Winter Conference in Austin. To apply for either student member or alternate delegate on the TMA Board of Trustees or for Texas delegate to the American Medical Association, submit a letter of intent and curriculum vitae to MSSInfo@texmed.org by Jan. 20, 2015.

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 Seeking MSS Awards Nominees

Nominations are being accepted for the annual Student of the Year AwardChapter of the Year Award, and C. Frank Webber, MD Award. Applications are due by Jan. 20, 2015. 

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 Give Us Your Fall Conference Feedback

Were you appointed as a student representative to a seat on a TMA board, council, or Committee? Did you attend your board, council, or committee meeting during TMA’s Fall Conference? Be sure you submit your report to MSSInfo@texmed.org. Reports are due within 30 days of the conference.  

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TMA Foundation Grant Proposal Deadline Extended to Dec. 31

The TMA Foundation is soliciting proposals for a Medical Student Community Leadership Grant to fully or partially fund a health improvement program that focuses on one of TMA’s current public health or science priority areas. The deadline for grant proposals is Dec. 31.

The priority areas are:  

  • Obesity and metabolic syndrome;
  • Tobacco;
  • Immunizations;
  • Health disparities;
  • Unplanned pregnancy;
  • Mental health including substance use disorders;
  • Violence and victimization, unintentional injuries;
  • Environmental health; and
  • Disaster preparedness and response.  

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Resources for You and Your Chapter

Looking for specific MSS meeting dates and application deadlines? Want more information on how to get involved? Not sure about leadership and scholarship opportunities available to students? 

Visit the MSS Webpage — Section Resources for resources on a range of topics from resolution writing to funding to leadership opportunities and more.

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