It's Academic: May 2013

TMA Honors Academic Physicians  

Eighteen outstanding physicians who educate future generations of doctors in Texas are recipients of the Texas Medical Association’s Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine for exemplary achievement. The TMA Council on Medical Education’s Subcommittee for Academic Physicians developed the multilevel program. The physicians will be honored at TexMed 2013 in San Antonio later this month.

Kenneth L. Mattox, MD, will receive the Platinum award. He is a professor in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, his alma mater. He is a board-certified physician in both general surgery and thoracic surgery and has practiced medicine for more than 40 years. He has an extensive leadership record in state, national, and international medical organizations. Among them, he was a founding member of the American Trauma Society, and served as president of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and as a board member of the Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society. In addition, he has served as a member of the TMA Council on Medical Education and TMA EMS/Trauma Committee and as a Texas delegate to the American Medical Association House of Delegates.

The awards program, launched in 2012, has four recognition levels, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum, and eligibility requirements increase for each level. Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels are self-nominating. A committee of TMA member physicians selected Dr. Mattox as the sole Platinum-level winner from among the eligible Gold-level applications.

2013 Gold-Level Achievement Recipients  

  • Joel S. Dunnington, MD, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Lewis E. Foxhall, MD, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • John J. Fraser Jr., MD, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston*
  • Alice K. Gong, MD, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Robert Greenberg, MD, Texas A&M Health Science Center/Scott & White Healthcare
  • Raymond Moss Hampton, MD, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-Permian Basin
  • John C. Jennings, MD, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-Permian Basin
  • Kevin W. Klein, MD, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Kenneth L. Mattox, MD, Baylor College of Medicine/Ben Taub General Hospital*
  • Evan G. Pivalizza, MBChB, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • Rajam S. Ramamurthy, MD, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • TMA President Michael E. Speer, MD, Baylor College of Medicine*
  • V.O. Speights Jr., DO, Texas A&M Texas Health Science /Scott & White Healthcare

2012 Silver-Level Achievement Recipients  

  • Christian T. Cable, MD, Texas A&M Texas Health Science /Scott & White Healthcare
  • John J. Fraser Jr., The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston*
  • Wendy B. Kang, MD, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Benjamin Lee, MD, Children’s Medical Center Dallas/The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Jeffrey L. Levin, MD, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
  • TMA President Michael E. Speer, MD, Baylor College of Medicine*

2012 Recipient of Bronze-Level Achievement  

  • Dana Sprute, MD, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Austin

Check It's Academic for the announcement of the opening of the 2013 application cycle for the award program this summer.

* Two award levels received

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Congratulations, Dr. Greenberg!  

Stephen B. Greenberg, MD, dean of medical education at Baylor College of Medicine, will receive the school’s Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education later this month. Baylor is recognizing him for his contributions to the school’s education mission.

Dr. Greenberg is a consultant to the TMA Council on Medical Education and chair of TMA’s Council of Medical School Deans’ Educational Research Workgroup.

Dr. Greenberg came to Baylor in 1972 as a fellow in infectious diseases and accepted a faculty position in the Department of Medicine in 1974. He became medical education dean in 2006.  

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TexMed 2013 Remembers the Patient  

With the increasing complexities of modern technology, coupled with the spiraling labyrinth of rules and regulations, physicians can find themselves scattered to the edge of distraction. TMA is working to help physicians remain focused on the mission of medicine … the patient.

Join us for TexMed 2013 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio and Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center May 17-18 as we remember the patient.

Preregistration is closed, but you can still register on site. For more information, contact TMA Knowledge Center at (800) 880-7955 or knowledge@texmed.org.

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AMA Medical School Section Meets in Chicago  

The American Medical Association’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative and how it will change medical education is on the agenda for the AMA’s Section on Medical Schools meeting June 14-16 in Chicago. It will be held in conjunction with the AMA annual meeting.

The section gives all U.S. medical schools and their faculty the opportunity to contribute to AMA House of Delegates deliberations. It also offers a forum for education and for discussing, developing, and advocating policies on medical education, science, public health, ethics, and professional standards.

Make your hotel reservations by May 10. Airfare discounts are available on American Airlines and United Airlines.

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Join or Renew TMA Today: We Could Use Your Help!  

You serve as a necessary and important member and representative of the medical profession. That’s why your membership in TMA is imperative. Only with grassroots support can we make sure Texas remains a premier state in the education of future physicians, research, and quality patient care.

TMA has been a longtime advocate for academic faculty and medical schools, monitoring legislation, determining the potential impact to patients, and actively lobbying for your interests.

Join or renew today at www.texmed.org/join and see what a difference TMA membership can make. Within your department and/or academic institution, funds may be available to cover the cost of your membership. Please check with your department administrator or chair to see if applicable.

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New-to-Texas Physicians Can Start Here  

Are you a physician who is new to Texas? Have you recruited a physician for your school, your practice, or your community from out of state?

TMA's New to Texas Resource Page can help new or returning Texans get their practices up and running. The page provides links that doctors need to obtain a Texas license, plus contact information for relevant state and federal agencies, and links to resources such as practice consulting for set-ups, health insurance plan contacts, and employee salary data.

TMA members can email the TMA Knowledge Center or call (800) 880-7955 for fast answers to questions about membership, TMA member benefits and services, practice management or legal information, and more.

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This Month in Texas Medicine  

The May issue of Texas Medicine outlines the landmark agreement TMA reached with allied health professionals to improve patients’ access to care through an improved delegated model for team-based health care, tells you why charging extra fees may cause problems, and examines the federal government’s demands that practices have formal antifraud compliance plans. You’ll also learn why documenting personnel information makes sense and how Medicare bonuses can turn to penalties. Finally, the 2012 Annual Report tells you what TMA did for you and your patients last year.

It's Academic is for physicians in academic settings. For more information about TMA’s efforts on behalf of medical education and academic physicians, visit the TMA Council on Medical Education’s Subcommittee for Academic Physicians page on the TMA website.

Please share with your colleagues who are not TMA members and ask them to join.

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