TMA's new whooping cough infographic can help you educate expecting moms about the importance of vaccination to keep babies from catching this serious, potentially deadly illness.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends women get the Tdap vaccination (a combination vaccination that protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) during each pregnancy. While the vaccination may be given any time during pregnancy, CDC suggests pregnant moms receive it between 27 weeks and 36 weeks of gestation, or during the third trimester.
Infants typically catch whooping cough from a family member or caregiver, so CDC also recommends those who will come into contact with the baby be up to date on their pertussis vaccination. That includes parents, siblings, grandparents, childcare providers, and health care workers. For the best protection, CDC recommends family members get the shot at least two weeks before they have contact with the baby.
Download TMA's bilingual whooping cough infographic, provided by TMA's Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program, to post on your practice website or other social media site, or to post copies in your exam rooms. To order hard copies, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA's outreach coordinator, by email or by phone at (512) 370-1470 or (800) 880-1300, ext. 1470. TMA also has produced a flu infographic and a human papillomavirus (HPV) infographic.
Be Wise — Immunize is a joint initiative led by TMA physicians and medical students, and the TMA Alliance. It is funded in 2016 by the TMA Foundation thanks to major gifts from H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute, along with generous contributions from physicians and their families.
Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.
TMA Gives Minority Medical Student Scholarships
Eleven minority students entering Texas medical schools this fall will each receive a $10,000 scholarship from TMA. Students received the scholarships in Dallas at TexMed 2016 for their academic achievement, commitment to community service, and desire to care for Texas' increasingly diverse population.
TMA created the Minority Scholarship Program in 1998 to help diversify the physician workforce to meet the health care needs of Texans.
The TMA Educational Scholarship, Loan, and Awards Committee chose one recipient for each Texas medical school from a competitive field of promising future physicians. The committee doubled the amount of the individual scholarship this year, thanks to a new donor-established trust fund at the TMA Foundation, which funds the program.
The scholarship encourages minority students to attend medical school by reducing the financial burden of their education, which averages more than $175,000. TMA has awarded 112 scholarships totaling $615,000 since the program's inception, thanks to generous gifts from TMAF donor physicians and their families, major supporters, and others.
2016 TMA Minority Scholarship Winners
Bianca Arechiga, of San Antonio, graduated from Baylor University in Waco and will attend Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. She plans to specialize in primary care to later practice in rural Texas. Ms. Arechiga's scholarship is provided by The TMAF Trust Fund of Dr. Roberto J. and Agniela (Annie) M. Bayardo of Houston; Tarrant County Medical Society; and the Khushalani Foundation in Humble.
Amanda Arreola, of Dallas, is a Baylor University graduate. She will study family medicine or pediatrics after completing work at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine (UTRGV). Ms. Arreola plans to practice in a rural area near El Paso. Dr. Roberto and Mrs. Agniela Bayardo and Hidalgo-Starr CMS funded her scholarship.
David Samuel Chapman, of Cedar Hill, graduated from UT Arlington. He will attend Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine to become a family physician. After graduation, Mr. Chapman plans to practice in an underserved area of Dallas/Fort Worth. His scholarship is made possible by Dr. Roberto and Mrs. Agniela Bayardo; the TMAF Patrick Y. Leung, MD, Minority Scholarship Endowment, established by Dr. Patrick and Mrs. Nancy Leung of Midland; Dr. Jim and Mrs. Charli Rohack of Galveston; and McLennan County Medical Society.
Everardo F. Ibarra, of Mission, is a graduate of UTRGV. He will attend The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston School of Medicine and hopes to become a neurologist. Dr. Roberto and Mrs. Agniela Bayardo; Baldemar Covarrubias, MD, of Corpus Christi; Drs. Mary Dale Peterson and Rafael Coutin of Corpus Christi, in honor of James Arens, MD, of Brenham; and Mark J. Kubala, MD, of Beaumont, provided donations for his scholarship.
Laura Moore, of El Paso, will graduate from St. Mary's University in San Antonio in May. She plans to become a pediatric oncologist and will study at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Her scholarship is made possible by H-E-B.
Monika Pyarali, of Austin, is a UT Austin graduate who will attend Baylor College of Medicine with plans to specialize in psychiatry or neurology. She expects to practice in an underserved area within a large urban area, such as Dallas/Fort Worth. Ms. Pyarali's scholarship is funded by Dr. Roberto and Mrs. Agniela Bayardo; C. Enrique Batres, MD, of Sugar Land; Gregory R. Johnson, MD, of Houston; and Harris County Medical Society /Houston Academy of Medicine.
Cooper Quiroz, of Temple, is a graduate of UT Austin. He hopes to specialize in internal medicine after earning his degree at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC)-Lubbock School of Medicine and plans to practice in a rural community near the Texas/Mexico border. His scholarship is made possible through contributions from Dr. Roberto and Mrs. Agniela Bayardo; Nueces County Medical Society; and Andre and Sukie Desire of Wichita Falls, in memory of Robert Horth.
Diana Rascon, of San Antonio, graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos. She will attend UT School of Medicine in San Antonio with plans become a surgeon. Dr. Roberto and Mrs. Agniela Bayardo; Drs. Rajam and Somayaji Ramamurthy of San Antonio; and Jaime D. Sandoval, MD, of Corpus Christi, underwrote her scholarship.
Oswaldo Renteria, of Balch Springs, graduated from UT Austin. He will study at UT Southwestern Medical School and plans to practice primary care in an underserved urban area. Dr. Roberto and Mrs. Agniela Bayardo, Dallas County Medical Society, and Charles B. Mullins, MD, of Austin, provided his scholarship.
Juan Resendez, of Laredo, is a UT Austin graduate who will attend UT Austin Dell Medical School. He plans to practice obstetrics/gynecology or another primary care specialty in South Texas. Dr. Roberto and Mrs. Agniela Bayardo and Travis County Medical Society provided his scholarship.
Stephanie Trujillo-Molina, of El Paso, graduated from UT El Paso. She will study at TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and plans to practice family medicine in her hometown after medical school. Ms. Trujillo-Molina's scholarship is made possible by Dr. Roberto and Mrs. Agniela Bayardo and El Paso County Medical Society.
TMA named six Texas science teachers as winners of the 2016 TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching. TMA awarded three first-place prizes at TexMed 2016 in Dallas. Three second-place awards will be presented in upcoming local ceremonies.
TMA recognizes elementary, middle school, and high school teachers for the awards. These educators help create tomorrow's physicians by inspiring students in the field of science.
Lauren Paquette of Hobby Elementary School in Houston, Nancy Brown of Charles Baxter Junior High School in Everman, and Kenric Davies of Sherman High School in Sherman are this year's elementary, middle, and high school first-place winners. TMA awards each top recipient a $5,000 cash prize, and each winner's school receives a $2,000 resource grant toward its science programs.
Mrs. Paquette teaches kindergarten through fifth grade science lab at Hobby Elementary School in Houston. "I want students to know that science is in everything," she said. Mrs. Paquette strives to include hands-on activities wherever possible to show her students how science can be engaging ― and even fun. She encourages her students to think critically and learn from their mistakes. "In my lab, failure is not an option, and although we may struggle, we should never give up." Her colleagues say Mrs. Paquette constantly looks for ways to do more for Hobby Elementary and its students. She won several science grants for the school, and through her leadership, Hobby Elementary was chosen for the National Wildlife Foundation's Eco-Campus Partnership Program. The program teams an American school with a Taiwanese school to collaborate on an eco-friendly project.
Mrs. Brown teaches eighth grade pre-advanced placement (AP) science at Charles Baxter Junior High School in Everman. Labeled as learning disabled and diagnosed with attention deficit disorder in her childhood, Mrs. Brown knows firsthand the need for caring, motivated teachers. "I knew from the depths of my soul that I needed to teach — and be the teacher that I never had," she said. Hands-on learning plays a central role in Mrs. Brown's lessons. She demonstrates Newton's law of inertia by balancing a spinning tennis ball and wire contraption on her head, then letting her students take turns with the device themselves. When she teaches topography, her students create detailed 3-D topographic maps. When she teaches electricity and circuitry, her students build and solder their own electronic device. "I love to challenge my students and do things that make them feel like they are really doing something amazing. They are active participants."
Mr. Davies teaches 11th- and 12th-grade AP physics and astronomy at Sherman High School in Sherman. "The look in a student's eyes when they realize how something works or get the answers to questions like 'why is the sky blue?' or 'how do magnets work?' gives me a sense of purpose, like I am directly participating in the construction of our future," he said. Mr. Davies cultivates student interest and understanding of science and emphasizes community involvement. He sponsors the school's Engineering Team and the Astronomy Club and puts together a Family Science Night every year, where students demonstrate science in action to their families and community. "I strive to show my students that they will not stop learning when they leave high school; they will continue to learn all throughout their lives, and this is something that should excite them."
Second-place winners are Marisol Rodriguez of Achziger Elementary School in Mesquite, Chelsea Atwell of Austin Academy for Excellence in Garland, and Finny Philip of Berkner High School in Richardson. Second-place winners' schools each receive a $1,000 resource grant to enhance science classroom learning.
TMA physicians believe this award, and others like it, encourage the outstanding science teaching techniques that inspire Texas students to succeed. Only 36 percent of Texas eighth-graders have achieved proficiency in science, according to the National Science Foundation's Science and Engineering Indicators 2016 report. Through this award, TMA hopes to help improve these numbers by recognizing innovative teachers and providing them resources to continue motivating and engaging students. Eventually, TMA doctors know, some of these inspired students will choose medicine as a career. Several TMA physician leaders were taught by past recipients of this science teaching award.
"The very best teachers are relentlessly devoted to their students' learning and development. These special educators are who we honor each year with the TMA Science Teacher Award," said Deborah A. Fuller, MD, president of the TMA Foundation. "Teachers like these help ensure that students appreciate the role of science in understanding our world and how to use scientific information to make daily decisions."
Science professionals from The University of Texas Charles A. Dana Center chose finalists from all the applicants, and physicians from TMA's Educational Scholarship, Loan, and Awards Committee selected the winners.
The 2016 TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching are made possible with a grant from the TMA Foundation, supported through an endowment generously established by Dr. and Mrs. Ernest C. Butler and gifts from physicians and their families.