UTMB Student Named TMA Student of Year

May 5, 2017

Hayley Rogers, a second-year medical student at The University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine (UTMB), received the Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section (TMA-MSS) Student of the Year Award. The College Station medical student received the award today at TexMed, TMA’s annual conference, in Houston.

“I am so honored to receive this award,” said Ms. Rogers. “What I love about TMA is the opportunity for any medical student to have a voice and impact in improving conditions for both patients and physicians. I am lucky to be a part of this process.”

Since 1998, TMA-MSS has recognized an outstanding student member who excels in furthering the section’s goals and policies to improve Texas’ health care system. The chapter aims to engage students in organized medicine by encouraging their involvement in local county medical societies, TMA, and the American Medical Association (AMA).

Ms. Rogers joined both TMA and AMA when she started medical school in 2015. She serves as an alternate delegate for Region 3 of AMA in AMA’s House of Delegates, the organization’s policymaking body. Ms. Rogers also serves on the TMA Committee on Infectious Diseases, and on the AMA-MSS Minority Issues Committee. She wrote several diversity-related policies that AMA adopted, and she presented on LGBTQ+ health care at AMA meetings. Previously, she served as an alternate delegate in the TMA House of Delegates, representing her UTMB TMA chapter.

Ms. Rogers’ leadership and interest in shaping policy began early in her education. During her undergraduate years at Texas A&M University (TAMU), Ms. Rogers spoke at several national conferences about diversity and served on the Council for Professionalism and Diversity. Currently, she is a member of the UTMB Diversity Council. 

Kayla Tunnell, a former recruitment chair of the UTMB TMA Chapter, nominated Ms. Rogers for the award because of her success in writing policy resolutions that both TMA and AMA have adopted. She also cites her success in testifying in support of those proposals. In addition, Ms. Rogers has encouraged fellow students to become involved with TMA and AMA, and she has helped them write resolutions.

“Hayley is passionate and dedicated to improving health care for patients through policymaking,” said Ms. Tunnell, “and I believe she is deserving of this award because of her excellent work at the national, state, and local levels.”

Ms. Rogers sees value in improving policy. “So many great things have been accomplished by medical student resolutions and policies, and I hope to encourage increased interest in participating in this process,” she said.

Ms. Rogers graduated from TAMU in 2014 with degrees in biomedical science and entomology. She is a member of the UTMB graduating class of 2019.

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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May 04, 2017