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TMA Awards 2022 Scholarships to 15 Minority Medical Students - 01/10/2023

Fifteen minority students entering Texas medical schools this fall each will receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Texas Medical Association (TMA). Physicians selected the students for their academic achievement, commitment to community service, and desire to care for Texas’ increasingly diverse population.

Maternal Death Report Reinforces TMA Priorities for Maternal Care - 12/29/2022

The latest biennial report on maternal deaths in Texas and a subsequent update show Texas still has a long way to go to adequately protect the health of women in their child-bearing years – especially women who are Black – reinforcing the Texas Medical Association’s long-standing efforts to improve maternal care and access.

Help Develop Educational Programming for TexMed - 12/02/2022

You can play a part in developing the educational programming for the Texas Medical Association’s annual policymaking and networking event.

Counting on Women’s Health: Texas Takes Steps to Fix Maternal Mortality Data - 11/23/2022

There is a lot of confusion about how cases of maternal death and illness are counted in Texas, and the work of unraveling that confusion falls on the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee.

COVID-19 Now a Major Cause of Maternal Death, GAO Report Says - 11/01/2022

An analysis by the Government Accountability Office provides the first glimpse into the impact of COVID-19 on pregnant women, and – not surprisingly – the disease has become a leading cause of death among them, says Houston obstetrician-gynecologist Rakhi Dimino, MD, chair of the Texas Medical Association’s Committee on Reproductive, Women’s, and Perinatal Health.

Medicine Pushes For Expanding Medicaid Coverage to New Moms - 10/07/2022

Federal lawmakers must pass a bill that would allow states to provide 12 months postpartum coverage to mothers who lose Medicaid coverage two months after giving birth, and would provide a bump in Medicaid matching dollars for those states, medicine and others said in a letter this week.

Maternal Deaths: First U.S. Data Since 2007 Shows Serious Problems Persist - 10/07/2022

Texas’ rate of maternal deaths is slightly above the national level, long-awaited new data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows.

Texas' Plan to Promote LARCs Released - 09/08/2022

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on Thursday will release the state's five-year strategic plan for promoting long-acting, reversible contraceptive devices (LARCs), which are seen as key to reducing the state's high maternal mortality rate. 

Maternity Deserts: Fewer Rural Hospitals Delivering Babies - 06/29/2022

A rural health care shortage is nothing new to Texas physicians and patients, but the problem has become especially difficult for women seeking maternity care in lightly populated regions like West Texas.

Texas Ranked Worst State for Access to Prenatal, Maternal Care - 06/10/2022

A recent study ranked Texas 50th among all states in access to high-quality prenatal and maternal care, and one of the main reasons is the difficulties women face in getting health care coverage both before and after their hospital stay to give birth, says Houston obstetrician-gynecologist Rakhi Dimino, MD, chair of the Texas Medical Association’s Committee on Reproductive, Women’s and Perinatal Health.

Dallas Neurosurgeon Receives TMA Award - 05/16/2022

Dallas neurosurgeon Bradley Lega, MD, has received the 2022 J.T. “Lamar” McNew, MD, Award for his service to physicians-in-training. The Texas Medical Association Resident and Fellow Section recognized Dr. Lega during TexMed, TMA’s annual conference, in Houston.

After Successful Gala, Help TMA Foundation Set a Funding Record for TMA Public Health Programs - 05/09/2022

The Texas Medical Association Foundation’s (TMAF’s) support of community public health initiatives around the state got a gigantic boost at TexMed 2022 in April, where TMAF’s 29th annual gala, Crossroads of Culture, raised more than $400,000. But the foundation is still shooting to shatter its all-time annual funding record – and you can help.

Keller Pediatrician Assumes TMA Presidency - 05/06/2022

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) today installed Gary W. Floyd, MD, a Keller pediatrician, as its 157th president. TMA’s House of Delegates policymaking body installed Dr. Floyd during TexMed, the association’s annual conference, in Houston this year.

Delegates Prioritize Prior Authorization, Pandemic Relief - 05/06/2022

As private practices continue to navigate red tape and ongoing pandemic pressures, Texas physicians pushed the Texas Medical Association to do more to address onerous prior authorization requirements and to advocate for federal disaster loan forgiveness.

TCOM Student Named TMA Student of Year - 05/04/2022

The Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section recognized Kate Russell, a second-year medical student at the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, with its 2022 Student of the Year award.

TMA Recognizes Exceptional Science Teachers - 05/04/2022

As teachers and their students have had to adapt during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Texas Medical Association recognized three Texas science teachers who successfully passed the test with its 2022 Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching.

New Physician Leaders Elected to Top TMA Offices - 05/03/2022

Atop a long list of physicians elected to Texas Medical Association leadership positions, the TMA House of Delegates at TexMed 2022 elected Dallas cardiologist Richard W. “Rick” Snyder II, MD, as the association’s next president after Keller pediatrician Gary L. Floyd, MD, completes his 2022 term.

New TMA President Gary Floyd, MD, Calls on Physicians to Unite as a Profession - 05/03/2022

Keller pediatrician and long-term advocate Gary W. Floyd, MD, invoked George Strait and called on Texas Medical Association members to band together in the face of “more public questioning and pushback than we’ve ever encountered” during a speech to TMA’s House of Delegates on April 30, following his installation as the association’s 157th president.

Midland-Odessa Physicians Assume TMA Leadership Positions - 05/02/2022

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) has selected two Midland-Odessa physicians for leadership roles. The TMA House of Delegates conducted elections Saturday during TexMed, TMA’s annual conference, held in Houston this year.

UT Southwestern Medical School Chapter Earns TMA Chapter of Year Honors - 05/02/2022

The Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section has named the TMA Chapter at UT Southwestern Medical School its 2022 Chapter of the Year. The annual award recognizes the chapter that excels in upholding the Medical Student Section’s goals and policies for a better Texas.

Texas Medical Students Honor Houston Physician - 05/02/2022

Texas medical students recognized Houston emergency physician Arlo F. Weltge, MD, with the 2022 C. Frank Webber, MD, Award, for his commitment to mentoring medical students. The Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section presented the award to the physician during TexMed, TMA’s annual conference, in Houston.

Racial Barriers Contribute to Underrepresentation in Medicine, Poor Care, TexMed Speakers Show - 05/02/2022

A pair of physicians well versed in racism and inequities in medicine called on Texas physicians to use their advocacy voice and their spheres of influence to help make needed changes for their patients.

Closing Keynote: The Future of Health Care Is Health Assurance - 05/02/2022

Imagine it’s 2030. The COVID-19 pandemic is a distant memory. Medications are delivered by drones. Broadband is a universal utility. And the health care industry has shifted from caring for sick patients to ensuring the health of all patients through consumer-friendly, data-centric preventive care, significantly narrowing health inequities in the process.

AMA Honors TMA General Counsel “Rocky” Wilcox for “Unrivaled” Dedication to Medicine - 05/02/2022

For his substantial contributions to the medical profession, the American Medical Association awarded the Texas Medical Association’s general counsel, Donald P. Wilcox – “Rocky” as he’s known around TMA and the legal and legislative halls of Texas – with its Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award.

TexMed Housing and Travel - 04/28/2022

Housing information for TexMed - TMA's largest annual conference.