TMA House Reaffirms Support of Medical School Expansion
Meeting during TexMed 2010 in Fort Worth, the TMA House of Delegates reaffirmed existing TMA policy supporting expansion of allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, as well as graduate medical education (GME), to respond to the need for physicians in underserved areas.
Delegates passed without discussion a recommendation from the Reference Committee on Science and Education that they approve the recommendation in lieu of a Tarrant County Medical Society resolution that TMA support development of an allopathic medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth with no start-up money from the state, while continuing to advocate for increased GME training slots. The reference committee said existing TMA policy "is adequate to support medical school expansions, regardless of geographic location, type of degree, or university system."
In other medical education-related actions, the House of Delegates agreed with a Council on Medical Education recommendation that residency program directors, not supervising physicians, be notified when the Texas Medical Board (TMB) receives a complaint against a physician who holds a Physician-in-Training permit.
The council was asked to consider the issue after a resolution was introduced in 2009 that recommended that the TMB complaints against physicians in training be directed to the supervising physician. However, the council concluded that TMB policies for responding to complaints against residents likely would affect all residents, thus it would be appropriate for the TMB to notify residency program directors. Instead of setting new TMA policy, the council recommended consultation with TMB senior staff, facilitated by the TMA Office of the General Counsel.
Delegates also voted to:
- Support increased state funding of the Statewide Preceptorship Program, and
- Encourage medical school administration and residency faculty to allow students and residents to participate in TMA and AMA meetings as an excused absence that does not represent allotted vacation time.
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New MSS Executive Council Elected
The new 2010-2011 TMA-MSS Executive Council is:
Ashley Agan, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Lena Dixit, Baylor College of Medicine
Shawn Hughes, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM)
TMA Delegate Co-Leaders
Joanna Gibbons, TCOM
Maryam Shambayati, TCOM
AMA Delegate Co-Leaders
Stephen Fisher, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Kyle Mueller, Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine
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MSS Presents Awards at TexMed
The TMA Medical Student Section honored a physician, an MSS chapter, and a student at TexMed 2010 in Fort Worth last month.
Here are the winners and excerpts from their nominations:
C. Frank Webber, MD Award - Joel Dunnington, MD, Houston
Dr. Dunnington, associate professor of radiology at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, is one of the original founders of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston AMA/TMA chapter and has continued to stay actively involved over the years. He makes it a priority to motivate, inspire and push our chapter to succeed year after year. Dr. Dunnington is one of UT-Houston's chapter advisors and is present at chapter meetings, officer meetings, service projects, and more. He lends his experience, knowledge and support to our officers and members. He is a natural mentor. Our officers truly appreciate his ability to serve as a resource for our chapter rather than an authoritative figure; we all feel comfortable enough to ask him anything. He has been an invaluable resource for our chapter and we really feel this award is one he deserves.
Chapter of the Year Award - The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
The chapter has worked diligently all year to promote the success of the organizations at large. We believe that cultivating leadership skills in our members is the most efficient way to strengthen the AMA and TMA from within. We are proud to have two members serving on the TMA Executive Council, many members serving as TMA BCC representatives, and several AMA BCC representatives. UT-Houston AMA/TMA members also represent our school by serving on AMA standing committees, AMA convention committees, TMA committees, and also Harris County Medical Society boards. We strongly encourage our members to be involved with every component of the medical community. We also make it a priority to further the education of our classmates to round out the medical school curriculum. We sponsor lecture series in a variety of concentrations from cultural humility to the business of medicine. Our chapter also reaches out to the Harris County community in a multitude of ways including Hard Hats for Little Heads, Doctors Back to School, an Organ Donation Registration event, and a 5K fun run in conjunction with The Health Museum of Houston. We have a well-rounded group of medical students who are strong leaders and dedicated members.
Student of the Year Award - Maryam Shambayati, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
As TCOM's AMA delegate, she has played a major role in educating the student body about the current health care debate. Each semester she hosted seminars on health care reform and ran student caucuses to get the students' opinions on resolutions before each AMA conference. At both the annual and interim AMA conference, Maryam made sure to represent TCOM and the state of Texas with honor. She testified on multiple resolutions, including an important resolution that opened up VSAS to osteopathic students. Her testimony helped all of her classmates, as well as students across the country. Despite how busy she is, Maryam is always open to discussion with any student about TMA, AMA, or any public health issue. She is an asset to the TMA.
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TMA Awards Nine Minority Scholarships
Nine minority college students planning to enter a Texas medical school this fall each received a $5,000 scholarship from the Texas Medical Association at TexMed 2010 in Fort Worth. Since 1999, TMA has awarded 56 scholarships totaling $280,000 to encourage outstanding minority students to enter the medical profession and to help meet the medical needs of Texas' diverse population.
TMA selected the scholarship recipients from a highly competitive pool of 128 minority student applicants. Each honoree demonstrated outstanding community service, health care experience, and academic standings.
The scholarships are made possible through a grant from the association's philanthropic arm, the TMA Foundation, thanks to generous gifts from physicians and their families, and institutional friends of medicine.
The scholarship recipients are Priscilla Rocha, Elaine Odiase, Tomas Villarreal, Jake Solis, Amanda Little, Walberto Resendez, Hayden Roan, Rose Cortina, and Ashundra Castle.
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Keep in Touch, Graduates
Congratulations to the 2010 Texas medical school graduates and good luck with your residency.
Please stay in touch and let us know where you're going by filling out this form.
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Kyle is the 2011 class president, an executive board member of The University of Texas System Student Advisory Council, and a member of the UT-San Antonio Dean's Committee for the Medical School Accreditation. He also is a student member of the TMA, American Medical Association, and Bexar County Medical Society. He is a first lieutenant in the Texas Army National Guard, and served as a captain in the U.S. Army. He received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
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TMA Foundation Seeks Medical Student Grant Proposals
The Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) invites proposals from TMA medical student chapters for a grant to fully or partially fund a project that focuses on one or more of the key health behaviors featured in the AMA Healthier Life Steps TM (HLS) program.
Student chapters may apply for up to $3,000 from the foundation's Medical Student Community Leadership Grants (MSCLG) program, and must seek matching funding from other sources in the form of cash contributions, school funding, volunteer time, or in-kind donations.
The foundation selected HLS as the focus of this year's MSCLG because, through the work of the TMA Council on Health Promotion, TMA adopted HLS for use by its member physicians. Also, the TMA and American Medical Association medical student sections named HLS as their two-year service project for 2009-2011.
HLS reinforces two of the five public health priorities set by the TMA Council on Public Health:
- Promote a healthy population through educating patients, exchanging information on disease prevention, and forming collaborative alliances with patients, as well as community, business, government, and academia.
- Identify pressing public health issues in Texas and prepare physicians to address these issues through education, advocacy, and public awareness, especially in prevention, bioterrorism, violence, addictions, injuries, and special populations.
The grants will support health-related short-term (one-year) start-up or enhancements to ongoing educational or community service projects that enhance Texans' well being, reflect TMA's health improvement objectives, and reinforce the trusted leadership of physicians. Priority will be given to projects for which funding is not traditionally provided by medical school or local community sponsors.
Proposals must be e-mailed to sean.dunham[at]texmed[dot]org no later than 5 pm on July 30. Late proposals will not be evaluated. The TMA Foundation Board of Trustees will review and act on the proposals at its Oct. 15 meeting and the winner will be notified by Oct. 31.
For additional information or questions, contact TMA Foundation Executive Director Lisa Stark Walsh, MA at 401 W. 15th Street, #810, Austin, TX 78701, or (800) 880-1300, ext. 1666, or (512) 370-1666, or lisa.walsh[at]texmed[dot]org .
In addition, the AMA MSS offers grants of up to $500 for a service project.
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TMA Offers Educational Loans
Do you know TMA offers educational loans to students attending Texas medical schools? These small, private loans are often included in students' financial aid packages. Depending on which medical school you attend, you may be eligible for a $3,000 or $4,000 loan with a 4.4-percent fixed interest rate.
Each school handles the funds a little bit differently, so if you are interested in this program, see the TMA Web site , or call (800) 880-2828.
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