Summer 2016

 News from the TMA Medical Student Section

TMA Medical Student Section Has New Leadership

Congratulations to the 2016–17 Medical Student Section (MSS) Executive Council. These students were elected at TexMed 2016 in Dallas in April. The TMA-MSS Executive Council elects members annually to direct the activities of the section at the state level and would love to hear from you about how you’d like to get more involved.  

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TMA-MSS Members Give/Win Awards at TexMed 2016

The TMA-MSS presented three awards at TexMed 2016:   

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 TMA House Acts on MSS Resolutions

The TMA-MSS continues to create TMA policy that will help shape the environment in which you will one day practice medicine. The TMA House of Delegates considered several resolutions from the MSS at TexMed 2016. The resolutions submitted covered topics from suicide prevention to Medicaid expansion.  

Here’s a look at the resolutions and their outcomes:    

  • Resolution 104: Recognize and Support Human Rights of Nondiscrimination (not adopted);
  • Resolution 306: Support for a Statewide Definition of “Elder Self-Neglect” and National Adoption of Mandatory Reporting of Elder Mistreatment (amended and adopted);
  • Resolution 307: Gender and Sex Options on Medical Paperwork (referred);
  • Resolution 308: Increased Oversight of Suicide Prevention Training for Correctional Facility Staff (amended by substitution and adopted);
  • Resolution 310: Prevention of Newborn Falls in Hospitals (referred);
  • Resolution 311: Sexual Orientation Change Efforts in Minors (referred); 
  • Resolution 312: Standardized Football Helmet Regulations to Decrease Incidence of Concussions (not adopted);
  • Resolution 313: Comprehensive Sexual Education Programs in Texas School Districts (not adopted); 
  • Resolution 402: Acceptance of Medicaid Expansion in Texas (not adopted);
  • Resolution 409: Addressing Abusive Practices in Small-Market Prescription Drug Pricing (combined with Resolution 405 and adopted); and
  • Resolution 412, Veterans’ Access to Health Care (referred).    

For details and a summary of actions on these and other House of Delegates issues, visit the TMA website. Want to help with TMA policy? Plan to attend TexMed 2017 in Houston May 5–6.  

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TMA MSS Takes the Lead at AMA Meeting in Chicago

In June, the Texas Delegation met up in Chicago for the American Medical Association Annual meeting. It is during these meetings that Texas medical students, working with Texas physicians, make national policy. 

Additionally, these Texas students won positions at the AMA June meeting:     

  • Theresa Phan of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, vice speaker of the AMA Medical Student Section (MSS);
  • William A. Estes of Texas A&M Health Science Center, AMA-MSS Alternate Delegate to the AMA House of Delegates;
  • Robert Good of The University of Texas Medical Branch, chair of AMA-MSS Region 3; and
  • Nazish Malik of Texas A&M University, secretary/treasurer of AMA-MSS Region 3.   

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Need Help Funding Your Medical School Education?

Consider the Texas Medical Association’s education loan program. TMA offers $4,000 student loans for Texas medical students at a fixed interest rate of 4.4 percent. 

Visit www.tmaloanfunds.com, or call (800) 880-2828 for more information. If you are interested, contact your school’s financial aid office to request an application. Funds are available now for the 2016–17 school year.  

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 Be a Health Leader with a TMAF Grant

The TMA Foundation is accepting applications to its 2016–17 Medical Community Grants and Medical Student Leadership Grants programs. TMA medical student chapters can apply for up to $3,000 to help support their local, collaborative outreach program. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31. 

Initiatives must address one or more of TMA’s public health and science priorities — tobacco use; obesity/metabolic syndrome; mental health and substance use disorders; violence, victimization or unintentional injuries; vaccine-preventable diseases (through immunizations); unplanned pregnancy; or environmental health (or hazards).  

For more information on this matching-grant opportunity, contact TMAF at tmafoundation@texmed.org, or call (800) 880-1300, ext. 1664. 

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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 and medical students to conduct TMA business, obtain continuing medical education (CME), and network with peers.  

The MSS Business Meeting will take place Saturday, Sept. 24 from 12:30 pm to 3 pm. Check the MSS 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, 2016.  

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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, 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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Apply by Sept. 1 for $5,000 Scholarship from TMLT 

Texas Medical Liability Trust will award one $5,000 scholarship in October 2016 to a Texas medical student. The scholarship recipient will be chosen based on financial need and ability to evaluate and describe patient safety concerns in a case study. Deadline to apply is Sept. 1, 2016. Applications and additional information are available here.  

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 AAMC Addresses Teaching Future Doctors to Navigate Tough Ethical Questions 

 In an April 2016 AAMC Reporter article, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) examines the everyday decisions physicians make “that have an ethical or moral component” and how to train tomorrow’s physicians to navigate the tough ethical questions that lie ahead. The article includes information on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s ethics curriculum and the interprofessional approach to ethics some hospitals are taking.  

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AAMC Examines Interprofessional Learning

An article titled “Innovations in Medical Education: Interprofessional Learning Prepares Students for Team-Based Practice,” is part of an ongoing series in which the AAMC Reporter explores how medical schools and teaching hospitals are educating the next generation of physicians in an environment of discovery and innovation. The article discusses the emergence of interprofessional education (IPE) curricula to prepare students for team-based practice at medical and health professions schools across the nation. To learn more about IPE competencies, visit www.ipecollaborative.org.  

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

In conjunction with the AMA’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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Resources for You and Your Chapter 

Looking for help planning chapter events? Want clarification on parliamentary procedure? Not sure who the contact is for your council or committee?  

Visit the MSS Leadership Manual for resources on topics from resolution writing to funding to leadership opportunities and 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. Of course, the TMA MSS has its own Facebook page. Please join in the conversation and post your photos

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 Division at jennifer.rios@texmed.org.  .

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