Summer 2016

News from the  TMA Resident and Fellow Section   

Congratulations to Newly Elected TMA Officers

The TMA Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) elected new Executive Council members at TexMed 2016 in Dallas on April 29. Four positions are still available for TMA alternate delegates. Contact Christina Shepherd in TMA Membership Development at (512) 370-1443, or email RFSInfo@texmed.org if you're interested in applying. 

Congratulations to the following newly elected officers: 

Chair
Jessica Best, MD, Houston

Chair-Elect
Habeeb Salameh, MD, Galveston

Secretary
Christina Thorngren, MD, Austin  

TMA Delegates
Samuel Mathis, MD, Sugar Land
Mani Akhtari, MD, Galveston
Habeeb Salameh, MD, Galveston
Kristin Harrington, MD, San Antonio 

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 Save the Date: TMA Fall Conference Sept. 23-24, 2016

Mark your calendar for TMA Fall Conference, which will take place Sept. 23-24 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Bastrop. The conference provides an opportunity for physicians, residents, and medical students to conduct TMA business, obtain continuing medical education, and network with peers. 

The RFS will host a casual mixer with the Young Physician Section on Friday, Sept. 23, at 8 pm with a joint business meeting to follow. The meeting will be a “legislative kickoff” with information you need to know about the upcoming legislative session, how to affect policy within TMA, and much more. Check the RFS webpage for meeting location details. 

TMA’s special room rate is $209 for single or double occupancy. Reserve a room by calling (888) 421-1442, and ask for the TMA Fall Conference discount rate. The deadline to book your hotel reservation at the TMA rate is Sept. 2.      

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Apply Now to Serve on TMA Boards, Councils, Committees 

If you’d like to serve as a representative on a TMA board, council, or committee, submit an application to your section coordinator. Resident and fellow representatives serve one-year terms starting in June.  

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 Call for Abstracts: 14th Annual AMA Research Symposium

Residents and fellows, showcase your research in one of three categories:    

  • Clinical vignette;
  • Clinical medicine; or
  • Improving health outcomes (cardiovascular disease, diabetes)    

All abstracts must be submitted online by Aug. 17 for consideration at the symposium, which will take place Friday, Nov. 11, in conjunction with the American Medical Association Interim Meeting at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla. 

Be sure to look at the detailed guidelines before entering. Contact the AMA Resident and Fellow Section at rfs@ama-assn.org or call (312) 464-4978 for more information. 

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Results of Largest Match on Record

The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP) announced the results of the 2016 Main Residency Match, the system through which U.S. medical school seniors, physicians, as well as international medical school graduates obtain residency positions in U.S. accredited allopathic training programs. The 2016 Main Residency Match was the largest on record, encompassing 42,370 registered applicants and 30,750 positions. The number of U.S. allopathic medical school senior students grew by 221 (1.2 percent) to 18,668, and the number of available first-year (PGY-1) positions rose to 27,860, an increase of 567 (2.1 percent) from last year. 

Results of the Match are predictive of future changes in the physician workforce. Of the 27,860 PGY-1 positions, 13,744 (49.3 percent) were in primary care specialties. Of those, 13,484 (98.1 percent) were filled, and U.S. allopathic seniors filled 7,160 (52.1 percent) positions.  

Since 2012, the number of primary care positions has grown by 2,512, a 22.4 percent increase.  

This year, 18,668 U.S. allopathic seniors registered for the Match, a 10.6-percent increase since 2012. Of those, 18,187 submitted program choices, and 17,057 matched to PGY-1 positions, for an overall match rate of 93.8 percent. The number of matched seniors, 125 more than last year, is an all-time high. Of the U.S. seniors who matched, 53 percent obtained their first choice for training, and 79.2 percent obtained one of their top-three choices. 

The number of students/graduates of U.S. osteopathic medical schools submitting program preferences increased to 2,982, an all-time record. They earned a record-high match rate of 80.3 percent. The number of U.S. citizen students/graduates of international medical schools (USIMGs) who submitted program preferences was 5,323, an increase of 309 over 2015 and a record high.  

Since 2012, the number of USIMGs has risen by almost 25 percent. The number of non-U.S. citizen IMGs (IMGs) increased by 94 to 7,460. The 2016 match rates for both groups rose approximately one percentage point to 53.9 percent for USIMGs and 50.5 percent for IMGs. 

The NRMP allows any two applicants to participate in the Match as a couple by linking their preference lists so they can match to a suitable pair of programs. A record high of 1,046 couples participated in the 2016 Match, 11 more than last year, and 95.7 percent matched to PGY-1 positions. 

Applicants who did not match to a residency position participated in the NRMP Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP). During SOAP, the NRMP makes available the locations of unfilled positions so unmatched applicants can apply for them using the Association of American Medical Colleges Electronic Residency Application Service. This year, 1,097 of the 1,178 unfilled positions were offered during SOAP. These results will be available in May. 

Match Highlights     

  • Internal medicine programs offered 7,024 positions, 254 or 3.8 percent more than in 2015. Nearly 99 percent of positions filled, and U.S. seniors filled 3,291 (46.9 percent).
  • Family medicine programs offered 3,238 positions, 43 or 1.3 percent more than in 2015. Ninety-five percent of positions filled, and U.S. seniors filled 1,467 (45.3 percent).
  • Pediatrics programs offered 2,689 positions, 21 or 0.8 percent more than in 2015. Ninety-nine percent of positions filled, and U.S. seniors filled 1,829 (68 percent).
  • Dermatology, orthopedic surgery, radiation-oncology, and vascular surgery filled all available PGY-1 positions.
  • Emergency medicine offered 1,895 first-year positions, an increase of 74 or 4.1 percent, and filled all but one.
  • Neurological surgery, otolaryngology, general surgery, and integrated plastic surgery each had fewer than five unfilled PGY-1 positions.      

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 AMA Resident and Fellow Section 2016 Annual Meeting Highlights

The American Medical Association Resident and Fellow Section (AMA-RFS) annual meeting in June included three educational sessions: a social media presentation by Kevin Pho, MD (KevinMD.com), a discussion on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs by David Shulkin, MD, and a panel on innovation and becoming an entrepreneur.  

Policy and Resolutions
AMA-RFS successfully passed many policies that directly affect residents and fellows and that advocate: 

  • Treatment of gender dysphoria,
  • Tax-exempt student loan savings accounts,
  • Expansion of public service loan forgiveness,
  • Protections of graduate medical education funding,
  • Elimination of the redundant Step 2 Clinical Skills examination, and
  • Increased funding for Zika virus research.   

In response to a resolution that resident physicians pushed through the TMA House of Delegates in 2015, the AMA House of Delegates adopted new policy stating that “resident and fellow trainees should not be financially responsible for their training;” 

AMA-RFS also elected a new 2016–17 Governing Council.  

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Need Additional Funds for Your Texas Residency Training?

Consider the Texas Medical Association’s education loan program. TMA offers $3,000, credit-based loans to physicians currently participating in Texas internships, residencies, and fellowships at a fixed interest rate of 4.4 percent. 

Visit www.tmaloanfunds.com for details and the application, or call (800) 880-2828 for more information. Funds are limited, so please contact TMA prior to submitting an application.  

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Considering Employment? TMA Can Help

Check out the resources TMA has available to help you evaluate and negotiate contracts, understand noncompete clauses, measure physician productivity averages, and more.  

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 Video Educates Doctors About Long-Term Disability Insurance

The TMA Resident Video Library offers convenient, on-demand access to information you need to survive residency, as well as the business of medicine knowledge you want to transition successfully into active practice. In the video Long-Term Disability Insurance, John Isgitt, vice president of Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust, discusses the importance of long-term disability insurance — particularly for resident physicians about to start in medical practice. The videos are available to TMA members only.  

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 Plan a Helmet Giveaway During Hard Hats Month

As you dream about the cooler days of fall, start thinking about a bike helmet giveaway during October to celebrate TMA’s annual Hard Hats for Little Heads month. Your event can urge kids to “Get moving. Stay safe. Wear a helmet.” And it can help TMA cover all 254 of Texas’ counties

Physicians and residents, medical students, county medical societies, and TMA Alliance chapters can host events. Look for a fall festival or National Night Out event with which to pair a helmet giveaway, or check out these ideas for events to come up with another idea for your giveaway. 

TMA provides everything you need for a successful event: free helmets, banners, event signage, promotional flyers, educational handouts, and media relations support. When you purchase up to 50 helmets, TMA will match your purchase with free helmets. Helmets are $7.60 each, including shipping. Be sure to order your helmets and other supplies at least a month in advance.

Additionally, the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) and the Texas Pediatric Society, the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (TPS) offer their members a unique benefit. TAFP and TPS will cover the cost of up to 25 helmets for their members, and TMA matches that. So family physicians and pediatricians can get up to 50 helmets at no cost. And you can buy more helmets at TMA’s low price. 

To request an order packet, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA’s outreach coordinator, or call (512) 370-1470.  

Hard Hats for Little Heads is supported in 2016 through a TMA Foundation grant thanks to top donors — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, an anonymous physician and spouse, TMAF Make-A-Difference donors, and the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio — and generous gifts from TMA and TMA Alliance members, and friends of medicine. 

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 AMA Discusses Need for Fellowships and Guidelines for Success

A May 5 AMA Wire article cites a research report in the journal Academic Medicine that finds “medical education fellowships cultivate leaders and communities of trained educators.” Researchers say “the need for rigorous training is especially important amid innovations in teaching methods and training curriculum.” 

According to the American Medical Association article, program directors told researchers they envision graduates:    

  • Assuming leadership roles,
  • Pursuing academic careers,
  • Producing scholarship, and
  • Achieving national prominence in their fields.      

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AMA Looks at How Med Schools Are Paving a New Path to Residency

In conjunction with the American Medical Association’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium, several U.S. medical schools are transforming students’ transition to graduate medical education, according to a May 19 AMA Wire article. AMA says the consortium modernizes and reshapes the way physicians are trained. The article profiles four medical schools and highlights what their programs are doing to “improve competency, leadership and patient care through innovations that bridge the curriculum gap between medical school and internship.”  

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Update Your TMA Profile

If you’re graduating from residency, be sure to update your contact information via the TMA website or by contacting the TMA Knowledge Center. You continue to get TMA benefits and services at the resident and fellow rate until the end of the year. First-year-in-practice dues are 50 percent off.   

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Connect With TMA on Social Media

Are you keeping up with TMA on social media?  

TMA is very active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. We also have a robust YouTube channel with hundreds of videos by and about TMA. These pages help us communicate with our more than 49,000 members and keep you informed about news, events, member benefits, and our advocacy efforts. 

We hope you will follow, like, tweet, and engage with us. We’d also like to hear from you! If you have any social media questions or suggestions, contact Jen Rios in the TMA communications department at jennifer.rios@texmed.org

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 Stay Connected

Keep up with important news and connect with colleagues across the state through the RFS Facebook page

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