Stories written by Tammy Wishard

TMA Offers Low-Interest Loans for Students, Resident Physicians - 10/08/2021

If life throws a financial curveball during medical training, it can be overwhelming. The Texas Medical Association’s low-interest loans for medical students and residents can help.

Share Ideas to Improve Health, Wellness of Medical Workforce - 09/29/2021

TMA's Committee on Physician Health and Wellness wants to know your ideas on how your institution can better support your wellness. The committee invites you to submit your contributions to improve the health of the medical workforce by Monday, Oct. 11 for the upcoming PHW Poster Session.

TMA Minority Scholarships Help Address Diversity in Medicine, Health Disparities - 09/21/2021

Shared racial identity between physician and patient is one means of tackling health disparities. TMA’s Minority Scholarship Program ( helps ensure more Black, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American physicians can practice in neighborhoods where many residents share their racial identity.

Physicians Benevolent Fund Supports Physicians in Need - 09/20/2021

The Physicians Benevolent Fund helps support physicians and their immediate families who fall on desperate financial times or who are in treatment, perhaps as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic or because of other circumstances. TMA family members can support PBF in two ways.

TMA Fund Offers Assistance for Substance Abuse Treatment - 09/20/2021

If you or a colleague is struggling with alcohol or any other substance abuse disorder and needs treatment, TMA's Physicians Benevolent Wellness Fund is here to provide financial assistance for qualified physicians and their immediate families.

Help a Physician in Need With a Referral to The Physicians Benevolent Fund - 09/20/2021

It’s often said that talk is cheap. In the case of The Physicians Benevolent Fund (PBF), the payoff for a little talk could be huge for a colleague or friend in need. By sharing information about PBF or by referring someone to the Texas Medical Association, you could give a friend or colleague a much-needed hand up.

When Disaster Strikes, PBF Relief Fund Helps Physicians - 09/20/2021

During that costliest storm in Texas history, TMA was there to help physicians rebuild and recover through its PBF Disaster Relief Fund. With support from The Physicians Benevolent Fund, doctors could continue to provide care and comfort to their patients following the devastation of the Category 4 storm.

When Physicians Need Treatment, TMA’s PBF Wellness Fund Can Help - 09/20/2021

If COVID-19 or other conditions are affecting your well-being, the Texas Medical Association is here to help you seek assistance.

Prevent Physician Suicide With These TMA Tools - 09/16/2021

When suicide hits close to home in the physician community, its impact can be devastating. The Texas Medical Association offers resources aimed at prevention, and today’s National Physician Suicide Awareness Day promotes dialogue about this important topic.

Join With TMA to Put Bike Helmets on Local Kids - 09/13/2021

Do you see local kids riding their bikes and scooters without a helmet? Maybe they don’t understand the protection a helmet provides. Maybe riding without a helmet is the norm among their friends. Or maybe they can’t afford a helmet.

TMA Offers Medical Student Scholarships - 09/13/2021

Need help paying for your medical school education? The Texas Medical Association offers seven scholarships ranging from $500 to $10,000.

TMA Scholarships Support Minority Medical Students - 08/09/2021

Shared racial identity between physician and patient is one means of tackling health disparities. TMA’s Minority Scholarship Program ( helps ensure more Black, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American physicians can practice in neighborhoods where many residents share their racial identity.

New Scholarship Helps UT System Med Students Pursue Medical Careers - 07/19/2021

Nina Lemieux says getting chosen as a recipient of a new scholarship added to the Texas Medical Association’s cadre of programs is an incredible honor and source of encouragement as she moves forward in her medical education. The third-year student at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School is one of six Texas medical students to be the first recipients of the Krishna Memorial Scholarship, offered as part of TMA’s family of seven scholarship programs.

Reconnect to Your Community With a Hard Hats Event - 06/29/2021

If you’re looking for a way to reconnect with your community as COVID-19 restrictions ease, consider the Texas Medical Association’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program. For 27 years, the Hard Hats program has been helping physicians put bike helmets on local children to encourage them to exercise and do it safely.

Scholarships Help Female Texas Medical Students Pursue Care for Underserved - 06/07/2021

In recent scholarship application essays, medical students Sahifah Ansari, Sejal Lahoti, and Ida Vaziri shared personal experiences that have shaped their vision for medicine.

Winning Science Teachers Inspire Future Physicians - 05/17/2021

Who or what inspired you to become a physician? For some, a teacher or mentor may have stirred a love for science. For that very reason, the 2021 Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching, announced during TexMed last week, honored five science teachers for their contributions to educating future generations of physicians.

TMA Awards Minority Scholarships to Help Diversify Workforce - 05/17/2021

With medical school applications at an all-time high, the Texas Medical Association upheld its commitment to diversify the state’s workforce by awarding scholarships to minority students  who plan to attend Texas’ 15 medical schools this fall.  TMA announced this year’s minority scholarship winners Friday during TexMed.

Got Stress? Manage It with Help From These TMA Resources - 04/22/2021

Stress comes in many forms, especially during the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. The Texas Medical Association‘s Committee on Physician Health and Wellness offers resources to help physicians better deal with those stressors.

Last Chance to Order Bicycle Helmets to Give to Your Community’s Children - 03/24/2021

Although the Texas Medical Association’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program will pause in early 2021 because of COVID-19, TMA’s remaining helmet inventory is available for purchase through the end of December for use at “safe” giveaways in the new year, such as during well-checks.

Hard Hats for Little Heads to Take Hiatus in Early 2021 - 03/24/2021

Because health fairs and similar community events aren’t a safe option right now, the Texas Medical Association will pause Hard Hats operations in early 2021.

TCEP Kicks Off Hard Hats for Little Heads Collaboration - 12/16/2020

More than 300 students at Waverly Park Elementary School in Fort Worth received some early holiday cheer in late November with a free bicycle helmet from the Texas College of Emergency Physicians in conjunction with TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program.

TMA Honors Outstanding Health Reporting - 12/10/2020

For the third year in a row, a San Antonio Express-News journalist took home the Texas Health Journalist of the Year title in the Texas Medical Association’s Anson Jones, MD, Awards news media competition.

TMA Bike Helmets + Holiday Gift Giveaways = Safe, Happy Kids - 11/13/2020

As the holidays approach, the Texas Medical Association’s Hard Hats for Little Heads bike helmet giveaway program provides a way to put smiles – and safety – into the lives of children in your community.

TMA Has Bike Helmets For Your Next Giveaway - 11/13/2020

If you want to help kids in your community get outside and stay active, consider hosting a Hard Hats for Little Heads bike helmet giveaway. By hosting an event, you can join with the Texas Medical Association to urge Texas kids: “Get Moving. Stay Safe. Wear a Helmet.”

Here’s Everything You Need to Spread the Word About Flu Vaccines - 10/01/2020

Today is Texas Influenza Awareness Day, which the Texas Department of State Health Services designated to stress the importance of every Texan over 6 months old receiving a seasonal flu vaccine. The Texas Medical Association’s Be Wise – Immunize program has created several tools and resources you can use to get the word out today and throughout flu season.