Baylor Named TMA Med Student Chapter of Year

May 5, 2017

Baylor College of Medicine (Baylor) has been named the Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section (TMA-MSS) chapter of the year. Physicians presented the award today during TexMed, TMA’s annual conference, in Houston.

The annual Chapter of the Year Award, which TMA began in 1998, recognizes the TMA-MSS chapter that excels in furthering the Medical Student Section’s goals and policies for a better Texas. The award recognizes leadership, dedication, and service to TMA and the American Medical Association (AMA).

The Baylor chapter’s membership grew significantly during the past year. Under the direction of the executive board, the chapter offered volunteer opportunities with local science fairs and local Boy Scout troops to entice members to participate. The chapter also hosted TMA President Don R. Read, MD, a Dallas surgeon, at its October 2016 meeting. Dr. Read discussed the importance of politics in medicine, and gave an overview of the presidential candidates.

“The Baylor TMA chapter has been transformed over the past year,” said Andres Espinoza, immediate past president of the chapter. “The executive board developed policy resolutions, such as one on concussion protocols, to take to the TMA House of Delegates, the organization’s policymaking body. And all of the executive board members of the Baylor chapter were appointed to serve on a TMA board, council, or committee.”

The chapter also collected more than $20,000 worth of medical supplies for charity, said Mr. Espinosa. TMA praised the medical students for convincing Texas Medical Center hospitals to donate the supplies to Blueprints for Pangea, a nonprofit organization.

The TMA-MSS Executive Council, composed of medical student leaders, nominates chapters for the award.

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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Contact:  Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear@texmed.org

Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; email: marcus.cooper@texmed.org

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May 04, 2017