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March 2020

Be Wise Grant Deadline Extended

Thinking about hosting a TMA Be Wise – ImmunizeSM education event or shot clinic later this year? If so, you have a few more days to apply for a Local Impact Grant to help fund the event, because TMA extended the deadline to March 15.

If you’re not sure whom to target for a shot clinic, you can turn to a local organization that serves people in need as did the Smith County Medical Society Alliance. The alliance hosted a flu shot clinic at the Salvation Army of Tyler last fall with funding assistance from Be Wise. Read more

Be Wise – Immunize is supported in 2020 with a TMA Foundation grant thanks to H-E-B, Permian Basin Youth Chavarim, TMF Health Quality Institute, and gifts from physicians and their families.

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Welcome to Hard Hats, TCEP

This year, for the first time, emergency physicians across Texas can host a TMA Hard Hats for Little Heads helmet giveaway with support from the Texas College of Emergency Physicians (TCEP). TCEP now provides 25 helmets for its members, and TMA matches that. So if you’re a TCEP member, you’ll have 50 helmets to give away at no cost to you while supplies last. Read more

Hard Hats for Little Heads is supported in 2020 with a TMA Foundation grant thanks to donations from an anonymous physician and spouse; Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio; Mark J. Kubala, MD; Lee Ann Pearse, MD, and Einar Vagnes; Texas Academy of Family Physicians; Texas College of Emergency Physicians; Texas Pediatric Society, and dozens of physicians and their families.

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Walk Cautiously 

In light of the coronavirus, Walk With a Doc founder David Sabgir, MD, issued this recommendation today: “Rely on what your local officials are recommending, but we ask you to please strongly consider canceling your WWAD event this weekend. With the current uncertainty surrounding gatherings, I worry about putting our high-risk participants and our health care providers leading/attending the walks in harm’s way.”

Walk With a Doc Texas is funded by a grant from the TMA Foundation with generous support from TMA Insurance Trust, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Prudential.   

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COVID-19 Resource Center

To assist Texas physicians, TMA is compiling the news and information you need right now on our online COVID-19 Resource Center. Bookmark that page, as we will update it continually. 

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Donate or Participate 

Take advantage of TMA’s outreach programs. To host a Hard Hats for Little Heads or Be Wise – Immunize event, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA’s outreach coordinator, at (512) 370-1470. For Walk With a Doc, contact Debra Heater at (512) 370-1390.  

You also can help support Hard Hats for Little Heads, Be Wise – Immunize, or Walk With a Doc with a donation to the TMA Foundation, which funds all three programs. You can designate your tax-deductible contribution to a specific program(s) or make a general donation.   

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Upcoming TMA Outreach Events   

Attend or volunteer at an upcoming TMA outreach event in your community. It’s a great way to show a strong local family of medicine. And be sure to let us know about your event so we can promote it in the next issue of Giving Back and on the TMA website.

Hard Hats for Little Heads  

Where: El Paso
When: March 28
Sponsor: Mary Spalding, MD, and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine TMA Chapter 

Where: Lubbock
When: March 28
Sponsor: Drs. Laura Johnson and Roger Wolcott, and Trust Point Rehabilitation Hospital* 

Where: Abilene
When: April 4
Sponsor: Tushar Shah, MD, and Big Country County Medical Society Alliance 

Where: San Antonio
When: April 11
Sponsor: Suhaib Haq, MD, and El Bari Community Health Center  

*First event

Hard Hats for Little Heads is supported in 2020 with a TMA Foundation grant thanks to donations from an anonymous physician and spouse; Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio; Mark J. Kubala, MD; Lee Ann Pearse, MD, and Einar Vagnes; Texas Academy of Family Physicians; Texas College of Emergency Physicians; Texas Pediatric Society, and dozens of physicians and their families.

Walk With a Doc

Where: Athens
When: Monthly (varies)
Sponsor: Douglas Curran, MD+

Where: Austin
When: Monthly (varies)
Sponsor: Julie Reardon, MD+

Where: Austin 
When: Fourth Saturday 
Sponsor: Deepthi Chiluvuri, MD, and City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department+ 

Where: Bastrop
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Estela Mota, MD+

Where: Baytown
When: First Thursday
Sponsor: Angela Guerra, MD+  

Where: Brenham
When: Fourth Saturday
Sponsor: Eric Alford, MD, and Jennifer Jones, MD+

Where: Brownsville
When: First and Third Saturday
Sponsor: Bradley Nordyke, MD

Where: Cleveland/Liberty (alternates)
When: Monthly (varies)
Sponsor: Jasmine Sulaiman, MD+

Where: College Station
When: First Saturday
Sponsor: Anne Marie Eschberger, MD and Kathryn Greiner, MD 

Where: Conroe
When: Tuesdays, varies
Sponsor: Daniel Porter, MD

Where: Corpus Christi
When: Varies
Sponsor: Raymond Acebo, MD 

Where: Corpus Christi
When: First Thursday
Sponsor: Alma McDaniel, MD+

Where: Dallas
When: Fourth Saturday
Sponsor: Amanda Mohammed, MD

Where: Dallas
When: Third Wednesday
Sponsor: Lydia R. Best, MD+  

Where: Dallas
When: Monthly, starts July 20
Sponsor: Rizwan H. Bukhari, MD

Where: Dallas
When: First Saturday
Sponsor: Rita Hamilton, DO, and Baylor Institute of Rehabilitation+

Where: Dallas
When: Every Saturday (weekly)
Sponsor: Sarah Helfand, MD+

Where: Denison
When: Second Saturday
Sponsors: Sanober Kable, MD

Where: Edinburg
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays (weekly)
Sponsor: Michelle Kissee Cordoba, MD+

Where: Edinburg & Penitas
When: Saturdays (twice monthly)
Sponsor: Linda Villarreal, MD+

Where: El Paso
When: Fourth Saturday
Sponsor: Joseph Segapeli, MD+

Where: Friendswood
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Amber Shamburger, MD+

Where: Galveston
When: Bi-monthly (first and third Saturday)
Sponsor: Samuel Mathis, MD, UTMB
Walk With a Future Doc
Students for Lifestyle and Integrative Medicine (SLIM)

Where: Georgetown
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Susan Pike, MD+

Where: Henderson
When: Second Sunday
Sponsor: John T. Melvin, MD+

Where: Houston
When: First Monday
Sponsor: Cedela Abdulla, MD+

Where: Houston
When: Second Saturday, Starts Sept. 14
Sponsor: Felicity Mack, MD

Where: Houston/Bellaire
When: First and Third Saturday
Sponsor: Bandana Chawla, MD

Where: Houston (Katy)
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Stuart A. Harlin, MD, FACS

Where: Houston
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Elizabeth Mizelle, DO

Where: Houston
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Anne Marie Eschberger, MD, and Kathryn Greiner, MD

Where: Houston (Alief)
When: Varies
Sponsor: Patrice Latimer, MD

Where: Houston
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Afua Agyarko, MD+  

Where: Houston
When: Third Saturday
Sponsor: Sam Luber, MD+

Where: Houston
When: First Thursday, Monthly 
Sponsor: Amanda Parker, MD+

Where: Houston
When: Fourth Wednesday
Sponsor: Guadalupe Roldan, MD+

Where: Houston
When: First Saturday
Sponsor: Arindam Sarkar, MD+

Where: Jasper
When: Third Saturday
Sponsor: Larry Brown, MD+

Where: Keller
When: Varies
Sponsor: Niraj Mehta, DO

Where: Killeen
When: Fourth Saturday
Sponsor: Don Daniels, MD+

Where: Killeen
When:  Second Saturday
Sponsor: Joshua Kilpatrick, MD

Where: Laredo
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Luis Benavides, MD+ 

Where: Longview
When: First Sunday
Sponsor: Brenda Vozza, MD+

Where: Lubbock
When: Third Saturday
Sponsor: Mary Irving, MD 

Where: Lubbock
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Piyush Mittal, MD+  

Where: Manor
When: First Saturday, starts Sept. 1
Sponsor: Jacqueline Champlain, MD

Where: Manvel
When: First Sunday
Sponsor: Lekshmi Nair, MD

Where: Mesquite
When: Monthly, Varies
Sponsor: Rizwan H. Bukhari, MD

Where: McAllen
When: Third Saturday
Sponsor: Chelsea Chang, MD, and Sarvani Uppati, Medical Student

Where: McAllen
When: Second Saturday, starts Oct. 13
Sponsor: Joel Solis, MD+

Where: Paris
When: Third Thursday
Sponsor: Amanda Green, MD+

Where: Pflugerville
When: Third Saturday
Sponsor: Radha Mahale, MD+

Where: Plano
When: Twice monthly (first and third Saturday)
Sponsors: Manisha Dave, MD, and Kiran Harpavat, MD

Where: Plano
When: Twice monthly (first and third Saturday)
Sponsor: Manvinder Kainth, MD+

Where: Port Arthur
When: Every Wednesday (weekly)
Sponsor: Tracie Updike, MD+

Where: San Antonio
When: Third Saturday
Sponsor: Soheir Girgis, MD

Where: San Antonio
When: Third Sunday
Sponsor: Vijay Koli, MD, and Aruna Venkatesh, MD+

Where: San Antonio
When: Third Saturday
Sponsor: Aixa Alvarez, MD 

Where: San Antonio
When: Third Saturday
Sponsor: Megan Williams Khmelev, MD

Where: Sugar Land
When: Twice monthly (second and fourth Saturday)
Sponsors: Laura Pinon, MD, and Josin Kalathil, MD+

Where: Temple
When: Third Saturday 
Sponsor: William Bohannon, MD+

Where: Tyler
When: Thursdays (weekly)
Sponsor: Smith County Medical Society and Gina Jetter, MD+

Where: Victoria
When: Twice monthly (first and third Saturday)
Sponsor: C. Leilani Valdes, MD+

Where: Weatherford
When: Fourth Saturday
Sponsor: Ebony Raymond, DO

Where: Webster
When: Every Tuesday and Thursday (weekly)
Sponsor: Angelina Farella, MD+

Where: Wichita Falls
When: Second Saturday
Sponsor: Allen Brajer, MD

+Renewed

Walk With a Doc Texas is funded by a grant from the TMA Foundation with generous support from TMA Insurance Trust, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Prudential.    

TMA Giving Back is a monthly e-newsletter for TMA physician and medical student members, county medical societies, and TMA Alliance members who are interested in improving the health of their communities. 

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March 12, 2020