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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.


Pushing the Envelope: Match Day, Medicine’s Rite of Passage - 04/17/2019

On March 15, more than 200 medical school seniors, as well as their friends and family, gathered outdoors in Webber Plaza behind the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in Houston. The students were about to learn where they’d be doing their residency training.


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.


Make Sure GME Capacity Mirrors Enrollment Growth - 03/26/2019

SB 1378 fixes an unintended weakness in an otherwise very good law. Last session, SB 1066 was passed to require new public medical schools to plan for the graduate medical education (GME) needs of their future graduates. This legislation provides an important link between medical school enrollments and GME capacity.


Rural Residencies: Texas Tech’s Rural Training Track Brings More Physicians to Small Towns - 03/26/2019

In all his dreams about becoming a doctor, Ivan Becerra, MD, never imagined he’d lead a cesarean section delivery during just his second year of residency. Yet last August, that’s exactly what he was doing at Pecos County Memorial


Section 8: Boost Access to Care - 03/07/2019

 In a rural Texas town where one-third of the patients admitted to the local hospital have no insurance, Athens family physician Douglas Curran, MD, does all he can to keep women like Rose (not her real name) out of the hospital.  


Is Psychiatry Cool Again? More Residents Choosing the Specialty Could Mean Good News for Statewide Shortage - 02/26/2019

More residents choosing psychiatry could mean good news for the statewide shortage.


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.


On a Medical Mission: New Osteopathic Medical School Changes How Medicine is Taught While Helping San Antonio’s Poorest Communities - 02/05/2019

Incarnate Word’s osteopathic medical school is changing how medicine is taught while helping San Antonio’s poorest communities.


AMA Offers $15 Million for “Reimagining Residency” Program - 01/30/2019

The American Medical Association (AMA) is offering grants to transform residency training to better address the physician workforce needs of the health care system in the years to come.


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.


Best of Both Worlds: Surgical Resident, Grey’s Anatomy Consultant Blends the Arts and Medicine - 11/14/2018

San Antonio surgical resident Michael Metzner, MD, blends his passions for the arts and medicine as a Grey’s Anatomy consultant.


New Law Means More Pediatricians for Texas - 10/12/2018

Children's health got a big boost recently when the U.S. Congress passed House Resolution 5385, which extends the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Program for five years.


Unmatched Talent - 07/10/2018

TMA's physician leaders aren't ready for alternative licensing path for unmatched medical graduates. "The issue is not the need for a separate licensure path. The issue is residency spots, and we need to remain focused on this.”


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.


House Not Ready for Plan for Unmatched Graduates - 05/23/2018

A proposal to allow medical school graduates who have not been matched to a residency to practice medicine received lots of debate but little traction at the Texas Medical Association House of Delegates last weekend.


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.