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Texas Hits Record for New Physician Applications - 10/28/2019

The Texas Medical Board (TMB) finished is fiscal year last month having received a record number of new physician applications. TMB received 5,544 new applications, up 3 percent from the previous year's record 5,377 applicants.


New Laws Reshape Texas Health Care Landscape - 08/05/2019

New laws are about to transform health care in Texas, addressing long-term issues like surprise medical billing, raising the tobacco-use age, and improving Medicaid. The 2020-21 state budget also includes vital funding increases for women’s health programs, graduate medical education (GME), and community mental health services


TMA's Legislative Hotline - 06/19/2019

Want to stay fully informed of the latest dealings in the Texas Legislature when it is in session? Then subscribe today to TMA’s Legislative Hotline, which will be delivered via Texas Medicine Today.


Create Rural Training Tracks for Texas Physicians - 05/02/2019

Rural medical practice is different. Often there is only one physician. He or she is not able to refer a patient with complex health issues to a specialist across town because the nearest specialist may be 150 miles away. To be prepared for that type of practice, a physician needs to receive the right kind of training. That is the purpose of rural training tracks. Right now, Texas does not have enough rural training tracks to meet the state’s needs for rural physicians. That is the purpose of HB 1065 – to fill that need.


Doctors to Lobby Lawmakers on Session’s Last “First Tuesdays” Event - 05/01/2019

Hundreds of Texas Medical Association (TMA) physicians, TMA Alliance members, and medical students will return to Austin for TMA’s First Tuesdays at the Capitol advocacy day next Tuesday, May 7.


Help Texas Train Rural Physicians - 04/11/2019

Texas is extremely fortunate to have a relatively large number of regional medical centers. They provide an excellent training ground for high-level medical care. Rural medical practice is different. Often you are the only physician. You are not able to refer a patient with complex health issues to a specialist across town because the nearest specialist may be 150 miles away.


Gender Salary Disparity Continues Despite Mild Gains, Report Shows - 04/02/2019

The salary gap between male and female physicians remains high in several Texas metropolitan areas despite a nationwide decrease from 2017 to 2018, a new study shows.


Fully Fund GME So Texas-Educated Doctors Can Practice Here - 02/20/2019

I would like to start by thanking Chairwoman Jane Nelson and each of you for your leadership and your support of medical education and graduate medical education (GME)  in recent years and in Senate Bill 1. This is so important for our state.


TMA: Put Health Back Into Health Care - 01/28/2019

As the 86th Texas Legislature zeroes in on problems to solve this legislative session, physicians urge lawmakers to prioritize improving the health of Texans.


Texas Physicians Release 2019 Legislative Prescription for a Healthier Texas - 01/03/2019

The political landscape has changed, but many of the health care issues hotly debated two years ago are back on the table for the upcoming 86th session of the Texas Legislature. The Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) goal: persuade legislators to improve Texas laws for patients and their physicians.


Video: Physicians Inject Billions Into Texas Economy - 06/19/2018

Video: Doctors in the Lone Star State support more than 670,000 jobs — 13.1 jobs for each physician on average — and generated almost $118 billion in economic output, according to a new report.


Clinic in the Colonias - 06/19/2018

Student-run clinic helps the medically underserved while educating future physicians.


Retaining Medical Graduates in Texas - 04/27/2018

Texas ranks 43rd in the country in ratio of physicians to patients. Recruiting and encouraging in-migration of physicians, although strengthened by the 2003 liability reforms and streamlining of the licensing process, remain inadequate in keeping up with the state's continuing population growth. Identifying effective mechanisms to retain the young men and women who graduate from medical school in Texas for their graduate medical education (GME) is an important goal. To meet its physician workforce needs, the state must provide adequate opportunities for college graduates to enter medical school, enough GME positions for any medical graduate who chooses to remain in the state for graduate training, and adequate numbers of fellowship programs.


Furthering Medical Education in Texas - 04/27/2018

Medical education in Texas is moving in the right direction. The Texas Medical Association has been a major partner in advancing medical education initiatives. This special symposium issue on medical education examines residency training costs, the Next Accreditation System, graduate medical education in rural Texas, Texas' physician workforce needs, the current state of education reform, and efforts to retain medical graduates in Texas.


Apply Today for 2016 TXACP Preceptorship Program - 04/27/2018

The Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians (TXACP) is accepting applications from Texas medical students and physicians for the summer 2016 General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program.


Apply Now for Internal Medicine Preceptorship Program - 04/27/2018

The Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians is now accepting applications from first- and second-year Texas medical students and from physicians for the summer 2016 General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program.


Doctor’s Orders: TMA's Prescription for a Healthy Texas - 04/26/2018

TMA's legislative agenda for the 81st Texas Legislative session.


DPS Automatically Renewed Current, Active CSR Permits - 04/20/2018

Senate Bill 195 by Sen. Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown), and Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton) eliminates the controlled substances registration (CSR) permit program, effective Sept. 1, 2016. To implement the change, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) says it automatically renewed all active or current CSRs on Aug. 20, 2015. They will expire on Aug. 31, 2016. DPS adds that it will not mail new certificates with automatic renewals.


Professional Development: Staff Training Never Stops - 02/28/2018

When can you check staff training off your to-do list? Never, if you want your practice to run at its best, says TMA practice consultant Yvonne Mounkhoune


Fix the Broken Windows of the Medical Profession - 02/28/2018

It’s no secret there’s an epidemic of physician burnout and job dissatisfaction out there. This is for a multitude of reasons, but everything ultimately boils down to a monumental loss of autonomy and independence among doctors, as there’s been a dramatic shift of power and clout away from individual physicians and toward administrators and the business side of health care.


Rio Grande Medical School Expands Health Care Despite Tight Budget Year - 09/06/2017

A medical school created to serve one of the poorest and most underserved areas in Texas faces a major challenge as state education funds are cut in a tight budget year.


South Texas Medical School Teaches Students to Help Community - 09/01/2017

As it welcomes its second cohort of students, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Medical School plunges them into hands-on care early in their academic career. While doing so, the medical school seeks to serve the community -- particularly the underserved -- through outreach clinics and even a mobile care van. That and the school's unique learning models are putting the med school on the map in an area that's longed for this institution for decades.


An Answer to the Physician Shortage - 06/20/2017

America faces a looming shortage of primary care physicians (PCPs) who form the backbone of our health care system, a trend that industry experts call a threat to our nation's health. Given that Texas already trails the currently inadequate national trend, we need a comprehensive program to integrate international medical graduates and physicians qualified via the fifth pathway into the workforce. One way to redress this lack of PCPs is to mobilize physicians residing in the United States and allow them to take necessary examinations and allow graduate assistant physicians to be supervised so that they may be absorbed into our health care system.


Temporary Remedy - 05/01/2017

The nationwide shortage of doctors shapes the health care landscape in many ways, mostly through staffing headaches and gaps in care. But the shortage has been a blessing for at least one group of health care practitioners — locum tenens physicians. More and more, locum tenens doctors are taking the places of permanent physicians.


AMA Publishes Newly Updated Code of Medical Ethics - 01/31/2017

Completely updated after an eight-year modernization project, a revised edition of the Code of Medical Ethics is available from the American Medical Association in hardcover or e-book. The revised edition contains ethical guidance improved for relevance, clarity, and consistency to help physicians keep pace with emerging demands they face with new technologies, changing patient expectations, and shifting health care priorities.