Texas Student Doctor Newsletter

Summer 2014

 News from the TMA Medical Student Section

50 Free Bike Helmets for a Student Chapter Event

Are you looking for a fun and easy service event for your chapter? TMA has declared October Hard Hats for Little Heads month, and we need your help as we celebrate 20 years of keeping kids safe.

TMA will give 50 helmets to one student chapter for a Hard Hats event. Submit your idea for an event to Tammy Wishard, TMA’s outreach coordinator, by Sept. 1, to be entered into a drawing for the helmets. 

Plan a stand-alone event, or pair it with an existing one, such as a:   

  • Fall festival,
  • Health fair,
  • National Night-Out activity, or
  • TMA Be Wise — ImmunizeSM flu shot clinic (combine two of TMA’s outreach programs; give flu shots and helmets).  

Check out other ideas for events, and start planning your event now. 

Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.

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Help Plan TexMed 2015

Apply for a position on the TexMed 2015 Planning Committee, which will select the general session speaker and decide on potential continuing medical education tracks in addition to other key duties. TexMed is TMA’s annual educational showcase and expo.

Selected Planning Committee members will need to be available to travel to the planning meeting in Austin Saturday, Aug. 16. 

To apply, send a brief explanation of why you want to serve to Karen Kollar at MSSInfo@texmed.org

TexMed 2015 is scheduled for May 1-2 in Austin.

Fund a Local Vaccination Event With a BeWise — Immunize Grant

TMA’s Be Wise — Immunize program is accepting grant applications  until Oct. 1 for local vaccination programs. Grants of up to $2,000 are available to county medical societies, TMA Alliance chapters, medical student chapters, and TMA member-physician practices and clinics. 

Grants can fund new or expanded shot clinics to immunize underserved and uninsured children, adolescents, and/or adults. 

To help plan your next free or low-cost vaccination event, check out the Be Wise — Immunize Quick Start Manual: A Step-by-Step Vaccination Outreach Guide. If you have questions, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA’s outreach coordinator, at (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, and gifts from physicians and their families

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MSS Award Winners at TexMed

The Medical Student Section presented three awards at TexMed 2014. The winners are: 

  • K. Ashok Kumar, MD, Department of Family and Community Medicine, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio — C. Frank Webber, MD, Award, which honors a Texas physician for his or her outstanding service to the Medical Student Section; 
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston — Chapter of the Year; 
  • Justin Miles Bishop, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-Lubbock — Medical Student of the Year.  

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TMA House Acts on Medical Student Resolutions

 The TMA Medical Student Section continues to create TMA policy and help shape the environment in which you will one day practice medicine. The TMA House of Delegates considered several resolutions from the Medical Student Section at TexMed 2014 in May:  

  • Resolution 107, Durability of Advance Directives (referred directly to the Board of Councilors);
  • Resolution 204, Advance Directive in Medical Education (referred directly to the Board of Councilors);
  • Resolution 205, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Education and Screening in the Inpatient Setting (not adopted);
  • Resolution 305, Restricting the Sale of Electronic Cigarettes to Minors (amended and adopted);
  • Resolution 306, Public Health Implications of Natural Gas Extraction Using Hydraulic Fracturing (amended and adopted); and
  • Resolution 412, Cost Comparison Resource for Providers (referred).  

A summary of actions on these and other House of Delegates issues is available on the TMA website

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 Apply for Funds to Improve Health in Your Community

TMA Foundation is accepting applications to its 2014-15 Medical Student Community Leadership Grants Program. The application deadline is Aug. 29, and as an eligible applicant your TMA medical student chapter can apply for community health improvement program funding. Apply for up to $3,000 today. 

Find out more, and download the application on the TMAF website.   

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Perry Appoints Two TMA Members as Student Regents

A pair of TMA-member medical students is sitting on state governing boards thanks to appointments from Gov. Rick Perry.

Gerald “Jerry” Korty from the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) is the new student representative on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Christopher “Chris” Vera, another TCOM student, is the new student regent for the University of North Texas System.

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 Dr. Madson Named Dean of New Osteopathic Med School

The new University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) School of Osteopathic Medicine hired Robyn Phillips-Madson, DO, as founding dean of the San Antonio school. 

Dr. Madson, board certified in family medicine, most recently served as dean and chief academic officer at the Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Yakima, Wash. 

Dr. Madson has a master’s degree in public health from Nova Southeastern University in Florida and completed the American Osteopathic Association’s Health Policy Fellowship Certificate program. 

“It is the belief and hope of the university administration that Dr. Madson will lead the effort to inspire a new generation of doctors to serve with the same enthusiasm and dedication that has motivated Dr. Robyn Madson throughout her medical career. We welcome her to our community and to San Antonio and commit to supporting her in the enormous task of creating a distinctive and quality osteopathic medical school for South Texas,” said UIW Chancellor and Search Committee Chair Denise Doyle. 

Last fall, the City of San Antonio voted to approve a $7.7 million funding agreement for infrastructure improvements and job incentives to help UIW build a new, private, downtown osteopathic medical school with an estimated $50 million price tag. 

The new osteopathic medical school, in addition to the two new University of Texas System medical schools — Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine — will bring the total number of medical schools in Texas to 12. The combined class size for the two new UT schools will be 100 (50 per school). The class size for the new osteopathic school will be 150, for a combined total of 250 for the three new schools, which anticipate accepting their first classes in fall 2016. The August issue of Texas Medicine will feature an interview with Dr. Madson. 

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 AMA Foundation Honors Anu Atluru With National Leadership Award

Anu Atluru, a TMA member and medical student at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, is a recipient of the American Medical Association Foundation’s 2014 Leadership Award. This national award recognizes medical students, residents/fellows, and early career physicians for achievements in community service, medical education, and public health. 

Ms. Atluru is a second-year medical student who has applied her creative inclination and management consulting experience to expand the innovation ecosystem for rising physicians. She serves as the product track codirector for the Dallas-area Innovating Healthcare Solutions program and leads a team of MD/PhD candidates in developing a medical device for use in complicated cesarean section deliveries. 

She is also an elected administrative board member of the Association of American Medical Colleges Organization of Student Representatives. Ms. Atluru envisions a multifaceted career as a clinician and an educator. She hopes to drive the creation of novel, impactful technologies and approaches to patient care.

The AMA Foundation honored 15 outstanding individuals with Leadership Awards at its June 6 annual Excellence in Medicine Awards celebration in Chicago. Award recipients will receive special training to develop their skills as future leaders in community affairs and organized medicine.

The Excellence in Medicine Award program is presented in association with Eli Lilly & Co.; Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; PhRMA; and Pfizer Inc.

The AMA Foundation, a nonprofit, is improving the health of Americans through philanthropic support of quality programs in public health and medical education. To join the AMA Foundation in supporting medical heroes like the Excellence in Medicine Award winners, visit www.amafoundation.org.  

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 TMA-MSS Has New Leadership

Congratulations to the 2014-15 Medical Student Section Executive Council. These students were elected at TexMed 2014 in Fort Worth in May. The TMA-MSS Executive Council is elected annually to direct the activities of the section at the state level. 

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AMA Region 3 Has New Leadership

Congratulations to those students elected to be part of Region 3 leadership. Elections occurred during the 2014 American Medical Association Annual Meeting in Chicago in June. AMA regional leaders collaborate and strengthen MSS participation and promote activities within their regions.    

  • Chair: Rie Sharky, Louisiana State University Health Science Center, Shreveport;
  • Secretary: Angie Hamouie, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; 
  • Membership chair: Tennessee Bailey, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; and
  • Community service chair: Emily Branden, University of Mississippi School of Medicine.    

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 Save the Dates

Mark your calendar for TMA Fall Conference, which will take place Sept. 12-13 at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Bastrop. The conference provides an opportunity for physicians and medical students to conduct TMA business, obtain continuing medical education, and network with peers. 

This year, the conference visits a new venue just 30 minutes from downtown Austin. Situated on the banks of the Lower Colorado River, the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort combines the natural beauty revered by early Native Americans with the colorful, regional history and culture of the Lost Pines Region for a true Texas wilderness escape. In addition to conference events, attendees can enjoy a variety of amenities including golf, spa time, horseback riding, hiking, archery, tennis, and the water park.

TMA’s special room rate is $199 for single or double occupancy. Reserve a room by calling (888) 421-1442 and asking for the TMA Fall Conference discount, or reserve your room online. The deadline to receive this special rate is Thursday, Aug. 21. Sleeping rooms are subject to a 7-percent occupancy tax rate. Local sales tax is 6.75 percent.

Online registration opened June 23 at www.texmed.org/fall. The conference is a free benefit for medical students. Contact the TMA Knowledge Center at (800) 880-7955 or knowledge@texmed.org with questions. 

And be sure to save the date for the AMA Medical Student Section Interim Meeting in Dallas Nov. 8-11.  

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 Thank You to TCOM!

Thanks to student colleagues at The University of North Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) for coordinating an amazing mixer during TexMed 2014 for students and residents.

Medical students are thrilled to have the opportunity to meet other students and residents from across the state in a fun environment. The MSS depends on local leaders like Amir Ahmadian, TCOM chapter past president, to coordinate such events during TMA meetings. 

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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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