May 17, 2019
C. Frank Webber, MD, Award Winner Linda M. Siy, MD
Texas medical students recognized Fort Worth family physician Linda M. Siy, MD, today with the 2019 C. Frank Webber, MD, Award, for her commitment to mentoring medical students. The Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section (TMA-MSS) presented the award to the doctor during TexMed, TMA’s annual conference, in Dallas.
“To be recognized for doing what I truly enjoy is a gift, and I am extremely honored,” said Dr. Siy. “C. Frank Webber was a remarkable, very accomplished family physician, and that makes this award even more special to me, as a family physician.”
Dr. Siy has cared for patients through the JPS Health Network since 1995 at the JPS Northeast Tarrant Medical Home, and has been a TMA member for 26 years. She is a member of TMA’s Council on Legislation and represents the Tarrant County Medical Society (TCMS) as a delegate to the TMA House of Delegates, the association’s policymaking body.
Dr. Siy is immediate past president of TCMS. She is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) Board of Directors and has served as the organization’s president. Currently, she is president of the TAFP Foundation. Dr. Siy also represents TAFP as a delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegates.
Mentoring medical students is one of the things Dr. Siy said she enjoys most in her career as a physician. “To help shape our future leaders in medicine is critical to the success of the profession,” she said.
Steven Mai, immediate past-president of the TMA Medical Student Chapter at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM), nominated Dr. Siy for the award. Mr. Mai praised Dr. Siy’s efforts as faculty advisor for the TCOM medical students.
“Dr. Siy has been a great influence for the TCOM chapter,” said Mr. Mai. “She has gone out of her way to sit in on officer meetings, find event speakers, and help us create impactful events to engage our student members in TMA and our community health society.”
When she was president of TCMS, Dr. Siy increased networking opportunities between medical students and physician members of the county medical society. She also connected the students with physician speakers for a Business in Medicine lecture series.
This has paid off locally and beyond. Dr. Siy said several TMA leaders have emerged from the “active and engaged” TCOM TMA Chapter. “The TCOM students are high achievers, very enthusiastic, and really understand the value of organized medicine,” said Dr. Siy.
Dr. Siy earned her bachelor of arts and medical degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine through a combined degree program. She completed her family medicine residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
Created in 1987, the C. Frank Webber, MD, Award is named after the late Texas family physician and educator C. Frank Webber, MD, former dean of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Webber’s efforts prompted the development of the strong student organization within TMA.
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing nearly 53,000 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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