May 4, 2017
- WHAT: Preparing physicians and first responders for an
active shooter situation, a former commander of the U.S. Special Operations
Command who is now chancellor of The University of Texas System, and policy
debates ripped from the headlines top this week’s TexMed
2017, the Texas Medical Association's (TMA's) annual conference, in Houston. Close to 2,000 TMA physician leaders
and other health care experts will gather for TexMed, the largest annual
meeting of America's largest state medical society. Policy debates at TexMed’s "Renew
Your Passion" conference will include Medicaid block grants, Zika
virus prevention, the federal immigration travel ban, and items more expected
at a physician convention, including bills affecting medicine during the 85th legislative
session in Austin.
- WHEN: Friday-Saturday, May 5-6 (See details below.)
- WHERE: George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de
las Americas, Houston
- WHO: TMA member physicians from
across Texas, political leaders, and notable speakers in medicine, emergency management, and politics
- Friday, May 5
Preparedness Pavilion (Note: These panels present on Saturday as well; see
Saturday times below.)
- 9:15 am – Incident Management for
the Disaster Area – The
South Montgomery County Fire Department will demonstrate their motorized mobile
command center on site in the exhibit hall.
- 10 am – Active Shooter Extrication – The Pasadena police SWAT team will discuss tactics
of an active shooter scene.
- 11:30 am – Mass Casualty Ambulance
Operation – The Texas Emergency Medical
Task Force will present their ambulance bus “Ambus,” which has the capacity to
handle multiple patients.
General Session Keynote Speakers:
pm – William H. McRaven, chancellor, The University of Texas System: “Physicians
in the Age of Terrorism – Stories of the Battlefield” – Chancellor McRaven, former commander of the U.S.
Special Operations Command, will discuss policies resulting from terrorist
events and the ramifications of a weak national security system.
pm – Kevin
Pho, MD: “Connect and Be Heard: Making a
Difference in Health Care With Social Media” – Dr. Pho, founder of nationally noted blog KevinMD.com, discusses how social media can connect physicians
and patients, how social media defines an online reputation, and how social
media can make physicians’ voices heard.
Saturday, May 6:
- 8:30 am-noon – House of
Delegates policymaking meeting
- 9:15 am – Distinguished Service Award Presentation: Robert T.
Gunby Jr., MD, a Dallas board-certified obstetrician- gynecologist and former
TMA president, receives TMA’s highest honor.
- 10:45 am – Installation of Carlos Cardenas, MD, of Edinburg, as
TMA’s 152nd president
- Throughout the morning – Policy debate: TMA’s House of Delegates
will debate and consider adoption of new guidelines for medicine, the
association, and Texas. Among the house resolutions up for consideration:
- TMA outreach to displaced and refugee physicians
- Medicaid block grants and per-capita caps
- Addressing Zika through increasing Medicaid coverage of insect
- Resolving the impact of travel and immigration bans on health care
- Addressing the need for improved water supply quality in Texas
- Reducing errors in pharmacy
- Addressing the medical inaccuracies of the mandated “A Woman’s
Right to Know” booklet and related patient information
- Healthy food in hospitals
- Implementing a sugar-sweetened beverage tax in Texas
- Improved concussion protocol to reduce psychological morbidity in
high school athletes
- 9 am - Incident Management for the Disaster Area - (see description above)
- 10 am - Mass Casualty Ambulance Operation - (see description above)
- 11:15 am - Active Shooter Extrication - (see description above)
Closing General Session Speaker:
pm – Pete Blair, PhD: “Civilian Response to an Active Shooter Situation” – Dr.
Blair, the executive director of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response
Training Center at Texas State University, will discuss the frequency with
which active shooter events occur and the importance of training and preparing
our nation’s first responders and civilians for these critical situations.
Reporters, please join us at
TexMed 2017, or call for interviews on any of the subjects presented during or
after the conference, and we’ll connect you with a physician expert. If attending in person, call Brent
Annear at (512) 656-7320 or Marcus Cooper at (512) 650-5336 upon arrival at
TexMed, and we’ll help credential you and find what and whom you need.
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation,
representing more than 50,000 physician and medical student members. It is
located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the
state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.
Contact: Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear[at]texmed[dot]org
Marcus Cooper (512)
370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; email: marcus.cooper[at]texmed[dot]org
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Last Updated On
May 04, 2017