May 5, 2017
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.”
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
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
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
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.
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