Texas Student Doctor: November 2011

News from the TMA Medical Student Section


Help Fight GME Funding Cuts 

Congress and the Obama administration are discussing a deficit reduction proposal that would cut up to 60 percent ($60 billion) in federal graduate medical education (GME) support and jeopardize residency training programs across the country. Congress is expected to finalize its multitrillion-dollar package of program cuts in the next few days.

As soon as possible, please call the American Medical Association Grassroots Hotline at (800) 833-6354 to contact Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn and/or your representative and urge them to oppose GME cuts as part of deficit reduction. The hotline uses your ZIP code to connect you to their offices.

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Texans Win AMA Leadership Posts 

Congratulations to two Texas medical students who were elected as new Region 3 representatives to the American Medical Association Medical Student Section during the AMA's Interim Meeting in New Orleans.

David Savage from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston is a new Region 3 delegate, and Elliott Richards from Baylor College of Medicine is an alternate delegate.

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TMA Advocacy Retreat: Dec. 2-3 in Austin 

By the first weekend in December, the March primary elections will be three months away, and the next Texas legislative session will be more than a year off. That makes the timing of TMA's 2011 Advocacy Retreat just about perfect.

Medicine must make our mark to be sure we can elect patient-friendly candidates who understand our profession. Several highly qualified physicians and TMA Alliance members already are running for office and some are ready to move up. This year's retreat, which will be held in Austin at the Westin Hotel at the Domain, includes a session for state specialty society leaders and a campaign training school for TMA Leadership College scholars (open to all). The Friends of Medicine Dinner on Friday night will honor legislators instrumental in our successes during the last legislative session.

Students may attend for free.

For a 90-second jolt on the retreat and the 2012 elections, watch this.

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Be a Facebook Fan and Win Prizes 

The Medical Student Section is holding a Facebook fan contest with two chances to win prizes.

The first prize goes to an individual. We'll randomly draw the name of one lucky winner from the Medical Student Section fans who will win a $50 VISA gift card, just in time for holiday shopping.

The second prize is $200 food credit for your next chapter meeting and goes to the MSS chapter with the most fans on the TMA-MSS Facebook page. Free food equals more fun!

Dec. 15 is the deadline. Visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TexasMedicalStudents today!  

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AMA Grants Encourage Research 

The American Medical Association Foundation offers medical students, residents, and fellows up to $2,500 in grants through its Seed Grant Research Program. 

Established in 2000, the program encourages medical students, residents, and fellows to enter the research field. The money helps them conduct small basic science, applied, or clinical research projects. These funds will round out new project budgets, rather than sustain current initiatives.

Dec. 5 is the deadline to apply.

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Way to Represent Texas 

Seven Texas medical students served on the Convention Committee during the AMA Interim Meeting in New Orleans.

They were:

  • Cima Nowbakht, University of North Texas Health Science Center;
  • Donna Huang, Baylor College of Medicine;
  • Alexandra Iacob, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston;
  • David Savage, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston;
  • Prem Ramkumar, Baylor College of Medicine;
  • Lida Shaygan, University of North Texas Health Science Center; and
  • Clinton Thurber, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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Barekman Scholarship is Available 

TMA is offering the Louise Barekman Memorial Scholarship totaling $770 to one MS1, MS2, or MS3 Texas medical student.

Requirements dictate that recipients must "be a member of a Protestant church and have a record of regular attendance at such church" (letter from church official to verify is required), demonstrate a "genuine financial need," be in "good standing in medical school," and be a resident of Texas.

The application is available online at www.tmaloanfunds.com. The deadline to apply is Dec. 31.

For more information, email Gail Schatte or call (800) 880-2828.

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Resources for You and Your Chapter 

Looking for help planning chapter events? Want clarification on parliamentary procedure? Not sure who the contact is for your council or committee?

Visit the MSS Leadership Manual for resources on a range of topics from resolution writing to funding to leadership opportunities and more.

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