TexMed 2012 Comes to Dallas May 18-19


Where can you get free continuing medical education (CME) and the latest clinical updates, have a chance to help set Texas Medical Association policy on medicine's key issues, browse through a lively Exhibit hall with some 100 exhibits, and network with colleagues, friends, and former medical school classmates from throughout Texas? At TexMed 2012, May 18-19, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.  

Besides all that, you can attend the General Session at 4 pm Friday and hear the harrowing story of Anna Pou, MD, who was at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Dr. Pou will relate her experiences during the hurricane when she and her colleagues cared for critically ill patients under horrific conditions. She was later charged with murder for the death of patients but never indicted; her experience underscores the need for crisis standards of care, as well as legal protections for health care professionals and hospitals. Dr. Pou has since championed precedent-setting legislation that is now law in Louisiana. 

You can earn 1 hour of ethics CME by attending the General Session. The session is among more than 100 hours of free CME available at TexMed 2012. The TexMed CME programs range from leadership development skills and business operations to quality initiatives and performance improvement. 

Earn up to a $1,000 professional liability discount from the Texas Medical Liability Trust for completing at least 2.5 hours of approved CME tracks. 

The TMA House of Delegates convenes at 8 am Friday. When it adjourns, you will have an opportunity to attend reference committee meetings and testify on vital socioeconomic, science, public health, medical education, and TMA financial organizational issues. The reference committee will take your testimony and recommend action to the full House of Delegates when it reconvenes at 8:30 am Saturday. 

Michael Speer, MD, will become TMA's 147th president during an installation ceremony at the House of Delegates meeting on Saturday. The Houston neonatologist will be honored at a reception at 6 pm Friday. 

Also on the agenda is the TMA Foundation's 19th annual gala, Going Gold for Great Health, from 7 to 11 pm Friday. The foundation's annual gala raises money for award-winning TMA health improvement and education initiatives it funds, like Hard Hats for Little Heads and Be Wise — Immunize.SM 

Tickets are $175 each or $225 for VIP access. Order tickets here or from the foundation at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1664, or (512) 370-1664. Or visit the TMAF website

TexMed 2012 registration hours are:

Thursday, May 17
Skybridge, Level Two
8 am-7:30 pm 

Friday, May 18
Conference Center, Expo Hall, Level One
6 am-6:30 pm 

Saturday, May 19
Conference Center, Expo Hall, Level One

6 am-12:30 pm 

TexMed 2012 is a free membership benefit.  

Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.

 Action, May 1, 2012