Business of Medicine Conference Offers More – And More Practical – Educational Programming
By Hannah Wisterman

With an eye toward equipping physicians to navigate the modern medical practice landscape, the Texas Medical Association’s inaugural Business of Medicine conference in October offers more than triple the amount of educational content compared with last year’s counterpart, Fall Conference. 

Previous events excluded Friday from programming, reserving it for business meetings. Those meetings for boards, councils, committees, and sections still will take place, but physicians also have the option of participating in CME sessions across both Friday and Saturday.  

And the conference is not all business, with the addition of a few fun social and networking events. 

What’s more, the new look and theme of the conference has paved the way for more focused, current, practical content. The programming not only is an opportunity for CME credit, TMA staff say, but also will help physicians confidently and competently navigate the real world in which they practice. Programming begins Friday at 11:45 am CT with the lunch general session, led by speaker David Mackey, MD, a professor at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Mackey will open a panel discussion, Preparing Physicians for the Future, to examine the migration of surgery and procedural care from hospitals to independent ambulatory centers. Other speakers on the panel will discuss insurance, direct care models, and more.  

This opening session format will be similar to previous years’ Dawn Duster event, without the early wake-up call. 

The concurrent educational sessions over the rest of the conference will cover practice management – from staffing, telemedicine practices, information blocking, and payment – as well as the implications of current events for medical practice, including the No Surprises Act lawsuit rulings and the 2023 Texas legislative session. On the latter, the Business of Medicine Conference will maintain the tradition of the closing session Legislative Update, led this year by TMA Chief Lobbyist Clayton Stewart and TMA President Rick Snyder, MD.  

To see the full schedule of CME, view the Business of Medicine agenda

For a bit of fun, attendees who arrive Thursday before the opening session can enjoy another new conference offering: a pickleball pick-up game from 4 to 6 pm CT, equipment and instruction provided. Members also can attend Friday’s 4:30 pm CT Networking Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall, followed by the All-Conference Mixer at 8 pm CT, hosted by TMA sections and sponsored by the TMA Insurance Trust. The mixer will feature nine-hole mini-golf, and members’ guests are welcome. 

Register now to reserve your seat. Early registration closes Friday, Sept. 29, and will resume on site at the hotel on Friday, Oct. 6. Be sure to book your hotel by Wednesday, Sept. 13, to ensure a special group rate of $239 per night.    

For questions about the Business of Medicine conference or for any other TMA conference information, please contact the TMA Events Team.


Last Updated On

August 31, 2023

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August 31, 2023

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Hannah Wisterman is an associate editor for Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. She was born and raised in Houston and holds a journalism degree from Texas State University in San Marcos. She's spent most of her career in health journalism, especially in the areas of reproductive and public health. When she's not reporting, editing, or learning, you can find her exploring Austin or spending time with her partner, cat, and houseplants.

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