Texas Student Doctor: July 2010

News from the TMA Medical Student Section 


 New Program Helps Medical Students Get Involved  

Texas medical students will find the tools and resources they need to become leaders for health in their community through the new TMA Foundation Medical Student Community Leadership Grants Program.

TMA medical student chapters can apply for a matching grant of up to $3,000 for a health improvement program linked to TMA's adoption of the AMA Healthier Life Steps™ (HLS) program. HLS provides information and tools to help patients change four key health behaviors: diet, physical activity, alcohol consumption, and tobacco use. Studies indicate that at least 50 percent of health care spending is lifestyle-related and could be prevented.

Grants will primarily support short-term educational, community service, and other outreach programs. Program examples include:

A grant application can be downloaded here  (PDF). July 30 is the deadline to apply.

For more information about this program, email Sean Dunham or call him at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1664, or (512) 370-1664.  

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 Texas Students Take AMA Leadership Posts  

Several young Texans won - or began serving in - American Medical Association leadership positions at the annual AMA convention in June.

Elliot Richards, a first-year student at Baylor College of Medicine, was elected chair of the AMA Medical Student Section, Region 3.

Andrew Harrell, another first-year student at Baylor, was elected secretary/treasurer.

Meredith Williams, another Baylor student who formerly served on the TMA Board of Trustees, took her seat as the student member of the AMA Board of Trustees. She won that position in November.

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 HCMSA Awards Medical Student Scholarships  

Since 1998, the Harris County Medical Society Alliance (HCMSA) has awarded more than $175,000 in scholarships to 152 medical students attending The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine.

"The medical student scholarship program is one of the most important philanthropic activities that our alliance supports each year," said Barbara Butler, alliance president.

"It is so rewarding meeting the medical students when we make the presentations. They share their hope for the future, and we share our experiences with them about spouses and their medical training," said Emily Morgan, president of the HCMSA Philanthropic Board.

The scholarships are funded from an endowed fund and from philanthropic activities each year of the HCMSA. The scholarship fund is divided equally between the two medical schools in Harris County. The recipients must be third- or fourth-year medical students in good standing with their respective medical schools. 

Visit www.tmaloanfunds.com for more information about this and other scholarships available through TMA.

The HCMSA Scholarship Program is part of the TMA Special Funds Foundation that supports loan and scholarship programs throughout Texas.

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 BCM Announces Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Award  

Baylor College of Medicine has announced the 8th Annual Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Award.

This annual contest honors Dr. DeBakey, who advocated a role for the humanities in medical education and in the development of a full, enriching intellectual life.

The contest guidelines are:

1. Only original poetry by undergraduates currently enrolled in accredited U.S. medical schools is eligible.
2. By a copy of the student photograph I.D. card, entrants must document enrollment in an accredited American medical school in pursuit of a medical degree.
3. Each medical student may submit only one poem, not to exceed two pages.
4. Entries must be postmarked no later than Dec. 31, 2010. Winners will be announced July 1, 2011. The first-prize recipient will receive a cash prize of $1,000; second-prize recipient, $500; and third-prize recipient, $250.
5. Poems may be of any general or specific theme.
6. Poems must be:

  • Original, not published or under consideration for publication, and not having previously received a poetry award.
  • Limited to two pages, double-spaced.
  • In English; no translations from other languages.
  • Printed on 8.5 x 11-inch bond paper.
  • Submitted in five print copies, as well as one compact disk (CD) in Microsoft (not DVD or floppy diskette).
  • Accompanied by a cover page with the following information: poet's name; current mailing and e-mailing addresses, telephone, and fax numbers if available; and a copy of photographed student I.D. card documenting medical school enrollment.

7. Entries will not be acknowledged.
8. All winning poems become the property of the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Award program.
9. A distinguished panel of qualified judges will assess the poems.
10. The first-prize poem will be submitted to a major medical periodical for consideration of publication.

Send submissions to :

F. Charles Brunicardi, MD, FACS
DeBakey/Bard Professor and Chair
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery
DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Award
Baylor College of Medicine
1709 Dryden, Ste. 1500
Houston, TX 77030

The 2009 winners are :

  • First place: "DNA Damage Pathways," by Danielle Friedman, Emory University School of Medicine;
  • Second place: "Sprouting Things," by Caitlin Cohen, Brown University School of Medicine; and
  • Third place: "Sophia's Marriage," by Jenna Le, Columbia University Medical Center.

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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 Website , or call (800) 880-2828.

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 TMA on Facebook and Twitter 

For more inside news about TMA events and issues, become a fan of the Medical Student Section on Facebook .

You also can stay up-to-date about Texas medicine by subscribing via RSS to Blogged Arteries , which provides breaking news you need to know, and by following TMA @texmed on Twitter .

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