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Picture This: You at One of TMA’s Annual Conferences

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You might not have come to the Texas Medical Association’s 2018 Winter Conference in January, and that’s fine.

You’re busy. Trust me, as the editor of TMA’s magazine and website, I understand how busy you are.

But more than 500 of your colleagues, including medical students, did come to Austin for the two-day conference, which featured:  

  • The chance to catch up with colleagues and to make new friends.   
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  • Panel discussions and presentations on critical issues such as cybersecurity, how to speak with patients in an era of fake news, and ways to improve health care access.  

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  • And board, council, committee, and section meetings featuring discussions on the future of Texas medicine.   

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Now that’s entertainment. 

The two-day conference, held in Austin, is one of three big meetings TMA hosts each year. 

If you didn’t already know, attendance at TMA conferences is free to TMA members and your practice staff. So it’s a bit of a no-brainer to attend them all.

But if you only have time to go to one this year – and, again, I know how busy you are – you might want to make it TexMed 2018, scheduled for May 18 and 19. 

The conference, to be held at San Antonio’s JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort, attracts several thousand physicians, students, alliance members, and more.

This year’s annual meeting has got so much going on we can barely contain our excitement: 

  • Keynote speakers Zubin Damania, MD, also known as ZDoggMD, and Gordon Hartman, the founder of Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio and the Gordon Hartman Family Foundation;
  • More than 20 standalone CME programs with more than 100 talks to choose from;
  • TMA Foundation’s 25th anniversary gala celebration that will feature dinner, auctions, and live music; and
  • Exhibits and information from hundreds of vendors at the Expo Hall. 

What’s not to love?

Registration is now open, and hotel discounts are still available.

Find out more on the TMA website or by calling the TMA Knowledge Center at (800) 880-7955.

Photos: Matt Lemke Photography