RFS Connection

Winter 2017

News from the  TMA Resident and Fellow Section   

AMA Interim Recap  

The AMA-RFS Interim Meeting included stimulating educational sessions, two of which were centered on the public health implications of gun violence — one of the three major focus areas for the AMA-RFS this year.  

Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, president, American Public Health Association, and Rex Archer MD, MPH, director of health, Kansas City Public Health Department, Kansas City, Mo., described the elements of a comprehensive public health response and the components of a balanced solution. This included looking at the social determinants of health, including poverty, and the social determinants of equity, including racism, and how physicians can interact with patients and their communities. 

Judy Schaechter, MD, chair of pediatrics, University of Miami, opened the 14th annual AMA Research Symposium with a keynote address on "Gun Violence as a Public Health Crisis: How Injury Research Can Inform Safety Policy." Her address provided a birds-eye view of existing data and provided suggestions for a research agenda moving forward that could work to prevent the gun violence injury epidemic. 

Hans Arora, MD, PhD, chair, AMA-RFS Governing Council, presented an impassioned call to action to all residents and fellows to recognize the under-recognized plight of physician burnout and physician suicide, particularly amongst medical students, residents, and fellows. He encouraged all in attendance to practice mindfulness, work to destigmatize mental health disorders among physicians, and promote institutional policies to ensure all trainees have regular access to health care. 

Two Texans won slots as new AMA Resident and Fellow Section alternate delegates: Michael Metzner, MD, of San Antonio, and Samuel Mathis, MD, of Houston. 

The full AMA House of Delegates took these actions of interest to residents and fellows: 

  • Called for eliminating the tax liability when employers help repay student loans for physicians who agree to work in underserved areas;
  • Directed AMA to issue a statement in support of U.S. health professionals, including medical students, residents, or fellows, who are recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status;
  • Called for incorporating integrated services for general medical care, behavioral health care, and substance-use care into existing psychiatry, addiction medicine, and primary care training programs’ clinical settings; and
  • Said medical students should have access to confidential behavioral health and physical health services.  

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 Winter Conference

Mark your calendar for TMA Winter Conference, which will take place Jan. 27-28 at the Hyatt Regency Austin. The conference provides an opportunity for physicians, residents, and medical students to conduct TMA business, obtain continuing medical education, and network with peers. The Resident & Fellow Section (RFS) will host a joint mixer with the Young Physician Section on Friday, January 27 from 8-9 pm with the RFS business meeting to follow at 9 pm. 

TMA’s special room rate is $199 plus tax. The deadline to book your hotel reservation at the TMA rate is Jan. 5. Make your reservation early.  

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During the RFS Business Meeting at Winter Conference, the section will hold elections for resident member of the TMA Board of Trustees and alternate delegate to the Texas Delegation to the American Medical Association. To apply, submit a letter of intent and CV to RFSInfo@texmed.org. All other Executive Council positions will be elected at TexMed in May.  

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  AMA Leadership Opportunities

Several AMA leadership opportunities are available, including a resident position on the AMA Advisory Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Issues, the AMA International Medical Graduates Section Governing Council, and the AMA Surgical Caucus Executive Committee. Applications are due by Feb. 1. Learn more or apply.  

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Submit an Abstract for the TexMed 2017 Poster Session 

TMA announces the fifth annual TexMed Poster Session, presented by the TMA Council on Health Care Quality. The session will be held on May 6 during TexMed 2017 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. 

The Poster Session is a platform for physicians, residents, and medical students to share their breakthroughs and best practices for better patient care, especially in one or more of the six aims of quality care: that it be safe, timely, effective, equitable, efficient, and patient-centered. The Poster Session offers a chance to gain exposure, network with Texas physicians, and have your work published. Here are just a few of the many reasons to participate: 

  • You can present your poster to physicians from across Texas during a continuing medical education event at TexMed 2017;
  • Your abstract will appear on the TMA website, which draws more than 75,000 visitors each monthly; and
  • The top three winners in each category receive a cash award.    

Abstract submissions are due on March 17. All accepted poster exhibitors who participate in the author-hosted presentation at TexMed will receive a travel stipend.  

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 Join the Texas Two Step How to Save A Life Campaign

We enthusiastically invite residents and fellows around the state to get involved with our Texas medical students to support our CPR training events planned for Feb.10-12. Training teams representing the 11 Texas medical schools will conduct hands-only CPR training over the three-day weekend in cities across Texas to raise public awareness of hands-only CPR and train as many people as possible. The training will be conducted with participants practicing on mannequins with instructor supervision, and receiving educational materials summarizing the skills learned.  

Please share this information so that residents and fellows can reach out to their respective city team leaders to assist with securing training sites, resources, and volunteers for the day of the event.  

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 First Tuesdays at the Capitol

Your patients and your profession need you to be a lobbyist for a day. Mark your calendar now to join the Party of Medicine in Austin for First Tuesdays at the Capitol during the 85th Texas Legislature on Feb. 7March 7April 4, and May 2, 2017. The April 4 event is dedicated to medical students and residents.  (And don’t miss the special students and residents reception, Monday, April 3, at Scholz Garten.)

TMA’s comprehensive 2017 legislative agenda advocates what's best for patients and their physicians, from preserving physicians’ right to bill for services to improving Medicaid payment rates and reducing red tape and hassles. 

If you’re traveling to Austin from out of town for First Tuesdays, reserve your room at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel by calling (800) HILTONS (445-8667). Hotel rooms in Austin are in demand during legislative sessions, so make your reservations now. For more information, visit www.texmed.org/firsttuesdays, or call (800) 880-1300, ext. 1361. 

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  Save the Date – TexMed 2017 Early Career CME Track  

Where will you be in your career planning on Friday, May 5? Will you have your first, post-residency post all wrapped up? Will you still be looking? Will you be planning your search for the next year or two? 

No resident or fellow should miss the TexMed 2017 Early Career CME Track. Scheduled for Friday, May 5 from 7:30 am-noon at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, the track will feature presentations on employment contract negotiations, CV writing and interview preparation, debt management and consolidation, and more. 

Watch the TexMed 2017 page on the TMA website for more details and registration information. 

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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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New App Supports Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdoses from opioids, including prescription pharmaceuticals and heroin, killed more than 28 million people in 2014. That's more than any year on record. As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services opioid initiative, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) developed MATx, a free mobile app that provides immediate access to information about medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder. 

MATx helps practitioners provide effective, evidence-based care to patients living with an opioid use disorder. The app features:  

  • Information on medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in the treatment of opioid use disorder and treatment approaches for practitioners;
  • Clinical support tools, such as treatment guidelines, ICD-10 coding, and continuing education opportunities; and
  • Access to critical helplines and SAMHSA's treatment locators.   

MATx is available for free download on Apple and Android mobile devices.  

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TMA's Outreach Programs Funded for 2017

More Texans will be affected by TMA's five signature outreach programs thanks to grants recently approved by the TMA Foundation totaling $514,000. Donations from individual and institutional donors make these grants possible. Thousands of physician, TMA Alliance, and medical student member volunteers join with community members and local organizations to make the programs possible. More

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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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