Special Interest Groups

Benefits for every stage of your career

TMA offers a vast array of opportunities and resources for you no matter what your interest. We understand the unique challenges you face and customize section and member groups to meet those needs.

Medical Students  

TMA created a Medical Student Section (MSS) in the late 1970s to gain a student perspective among members and provide future physicians with a voice in TMA policy. Now over 4,8000 members strong, the TMA-MSS section helps shape the future of medicine.

Residents and Fellows

The Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) serves as an advocate for physicians and patients through resident physician involvement in the creation of TMA policy. Section members craft policies and resolutions and address unique resident issues, such as resident work hours, Physician-in-Training permits, debt management, and licensing and credentialing.

Young Physicians

All physicians under the age of 40 or in their first 8 years of practice are considered "young physicians." With your TMA membership, you are invited to participate in its' activities and meetings.

International Medical Graduates

All international medical graduates are invited to participate in the TMA-IMG Section, the section devoted to the unique issues and concerns of all IMG physicians. Comprising a diverse group of physicians with a common vision, the section meets twice a year in conjunction with the TMA House of Delegates.

Border-Area Physicians

The Texas Border Health Caucus (BHC) is a united partnership representing more than 9,000 members, composed of TMA's county medical societies from the border region in addition to Bexar and Nueces county societies. BHC's primary goal is to communicate a unified message about state and federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting  physicians.

Rural Physicians  

Of Texas's 254 counties, 177 are rural and make up 70 percent of Texas' total land are. Approximately 15 percent of Texas' population lives in rural counties, yet only 9 percent of primary care physicians practice there. TMA member can attend Rural Caucus activities and represent rural issues through various councils and committees, including the Committee on Rural Health.

Academic Physicians

TMA is one of the very few state medical associations to have a division dedicated to medical education, with several staff researching education issues and monitoring legislation to determine the potential impact to academic medicine.