Winter 2017

 News from the TMA Medical Student Section

Learn to Be a Leader

The TMA Medical Student Section (MSS) will conduct a Leadership Training Workshop for all newly elected 2017 chapter officers during TMA Winter Conference.  

Here is the entire TMA-MSS schedule of events for TMA Winter Conference

Friday, Jan. 27
MSS Executive Council, closed session, 7-10 pm, Hyatt, Hill Country C 

Saturday, Jan. 28
MSS Board, Council, Committee Reports, Noon-12:30 pm, Hyatt, Texas Ballroom V
MSS Business Meeting, 12:30-1:30 pm, Hyatt, Texas Ballroom V
MSS Leadership Training Workshop, mandatory for newly elected chapter officers, 1:30-4 pm, Hyatt, Texas Ballroom V 

Register today for TMA’s free 2017 Winter Conference and join your colleagues in Austin. For a full schedule of events visit the Winter Conference webpage, and be sure to register today. 

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MSS Leadership Positions Available

Two elections will be held during Winter Conference. To apply for either student member of the TMA Board of Trustees or alternate delegate, Texas Delegation to the American Medical Association, submit a letter of intent and curriculum vitae to MSSInfo@texmed.org by Jan. 20. 

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MSS Awards Nominees Sought

Nominations are being accepted for the annual Student of the Year AwardChapter of the Year Award, and C. Frank Webber, MD, Award. Applications are due by Jan. 20.  

The winners will be honored at TexMed 2017 in Houston in May. 

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Chapter Service Award

Each year the TMA-MSS chapters are encouraged to organize local community service events to strengthen the health of their local community and further TMA policy. This year the TMA-MSS Executive Council decided to turn this opportunity into the TMA-MSS Chapter Service Award.  

Submit a summary of all the service projects your chapter has completed during the 2016-17 school year for a chance to win.  

Submissions are due by April 21 to MSSInfo@texmed.org

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Medical Student Journalists: Enter TMA Contest

Do you write a medical column or articles for your local newspaper or magazine? Host a health-focused segment on a local TV or radio station? If so, enter your work in the TMA Anson Jones, MD, Awards contest. 

TMA will celebrate its 60th year of honoring Texas journalists for excellent medical news reporting with the 2017 contest. The Physician Excellence in Reporting category is just for you: It recognizes physician and medical-student reporters who regularly contribute to general-interest media aimed at a Texas public audience. (Eleven other award categories honor professional journalists in print, television, radio, and online media.) 

Enter today. Any news story published or broadcast in 2016 is eligible. TMA will accept entries until Jan. 10, 2017. You also can nominate a colleague who is an outstanding medical journalist — or a local professional journalist (nonphysician).  

Visit the Anson Jones webpage for complete contest details. If you have questions, call Tammy Wishard, TMA outreach coordinator, at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1470, or (512) 370-1470, or email ansonjones@texmed.org.  

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 Fund a Local Shot Clinic With Help from Be Wise — Immunize

Here is a way TMA can help you with community outreach while boosting your local vaccination rates. TMA’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM is accepting applications until March 1 for funds to support local vaccination events. Grants of up to $2,500 are available to medical student chapters, TMA member-physician practices/clinics, county medical societies, and TMA Alliance chapters.  

The funds can be used for shot clinics to vaccinate children, adolescents, and/or adults. Applicants should apply for a grant at least four months before their project is scheduled to begin, and grantees have up to 12 months to use the funds. TMA also will accept applications on July 1 and Nov. 1 for shot clinics in late 2017 and early 2018.  

To plan your free or low-cost vaccination event, check out the Be Wise — Immunize Quick Start Manual: A Step-by-Step Vaccination Outreach Guide. For more information, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA’s outreach coordinator, at (512) 370-1470. 

TMA actively works to improve vaccination rates in Texas through its Be Wise — Immunize program. More than 315,000 shots have been given to Texas children, adolescents, and adults since the program began in 2004.  

Be Wise — Immunize is a joint initiative led by TMA physicians, medical students and the TMA Alliance. It is funded by TMA Foundation in 2017 thanks to major gifts from H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute, along with generous contributions from physicians and their families.  

Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association. 

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 Mark Your Calendar

We hope you can come to Austin on Tuesday, April 4, for the dedicated Student and Resident Day at First Tuesdays at the Capitol. It’s your chance to lobby state legislators personally on issues important to patients and physicians, including increasing funding for graduate medical education. Receive talking points and grassroots training, then march to the Capitol and make a difference for your future! The day’s events will be tailored especially for students and residents. (And don’t miss the special student and resident reception, Monday April 3, at Scholz Garten.) 

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 Sign Up Now for TMA Legislative News Hotline

Want to stay fully informed of the latest happenings of the 85th Texas Legislature? Then subscribe today to TMA Legislative News Hotline

Hotline is a daily or weekly electronic newsletter for TMA members only that reports the legislature’s latest news and actions affecting organized medicine. The newsletter is delivered each legislative day beginning in January. A weekly recap also is available, which TMA delivers each Sunday. You can subscribe for the daily or weekly TMA Legislative News Hotline at www.texmed.org/Profile/Subscriptions/ MembersOnlyRed

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 March, April, May: Key Months for Helmet Giveaways

Three great times to host a TMA Hard Hats for Little Heads bicycle helmet giveaway are fast approaching. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, April is Texas Child Safety Month, and May is Bike Month.  

TMA has everything you need for a local giveaway event, from helmets to publicity and educational materials to media support. And TMA sends statewide media advisories in March, April, and May, announcing all events across the state.

TMA provides free helmets in addition to the ones you purchase. For example, if you or your chapter buys 50 helmets, we give you 50 more at no cost. Helmets purchased through TMA cost $7.60 per helmet, including shipping.

Check out these ideas for events and start planning your event now. To find out how you can sponsor a helmet giveaway, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA outreach coordinator, at (512) 370-1470.

The TMA Foundation funds TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program in 2017 with generous gifts from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, an anonymous physician and spouse, Make-A-Difference donors, the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio, individual physicians and their families, and other friends of medicine.

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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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