Fall 2016

 News from the TMA Medical Student Section

Preceptorship Program Accepting Applications

The General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program (GIMSPP) is accepting applications for summer 2017. GIMSSP places medical students with general internists across the state for two-, three-, or four-week preceptorships during the summer break to introduce students to careers in general internal medicine. First- and second-year students from all Texas medical schools may participate in the program. 

Apply now by visiting www.gimspp.org. Limited stipends are available, so apply early. If you are a student interested in a preceptorship, you may email Program Manager Laura Tolin, or call her at (866) 244-6777 or (512) 370-1539. 

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the program website

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Boost Community Immunity with a Be Wise — Immunize Grant

Do you want to help improve the health of your community by hosting a shot clinic? Apply for a grant from TMA's Be Wise — ImmunizeSM  program by Nov. 1 to support your local vaccination event. The special 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.  

Since 2012, TMA's Be Wise — Immunize vaccine advocacy program has awarded 64 Local Impact Grants totaling nearly $120,000 to vaccinate Texans against the flu, pertussis, bacterial pneumonia, and other vaccine-preventable diseases. More than 8,000 uninsured or underinsured Texans have received a vaccination. 

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. Physicians and volunteers have given more than 300,000 shots 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 2016 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 With Important Upcoming TMA-MSS Deadlines

Apply for a position on the TMA Medical Student Section (TMA-MSS) Governing Council, or nominate an outstanding student, physician, or chapter to be recognized for their achievements. 

Two appointments for positions on the TMA-MSS Governing Council will be made during 2017 TMA Winter Conference. To apply to be the student member of the TMA Board of Trustees or alternate delegate to the Texas Delegation to the American Medical Association, submit a letter of intent and CV to MSSInfo@texmed.org by Jan. 20, 2017. 

Also, apply by Jan. 20, 2017, for these TMA-MSS awards:  

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

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Save the Date

The American Medical Association Medical Student Section Interim Meeting will be Nov. 10-12 in Orlando at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel.

TMA Winter Conference is Jan. 27-28, 2017, in Austin at the Hyatt Regency. 

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Don't Forget to Vote

The election for the next president of the United States is Tuesday Nov. 8. Early voting is Oct. 24 through November 4. The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, Oct. 11. The last day to apply for ballot by mail is Friday, Oct. 28.

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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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Do You Know a Minority Medical School Applicant Deserving of a Scholarship?

The TMA Minority Scholarship Program has provided scholarships to qualified, underrepresented minority medical students since 1998. This scholarship supports TMA’s mission to improve the health of all Texans and its long-standing commitment to address health disparities.  

Review the scholarship’s qualifications and forward the online application to those who may benefit. Also, consider donating to the TMA Foundation so all Texas medical schools receive funding for an annual scholarship.  

For more information about the scholarship program, email Gail Schatte at TMA, or call her at (512) 370-1600 or (800) 880-1300, ext. 1600. To contact the TMA Foundation, call (512) 370-1664, or (800) 880-1300, ext. 1664.  

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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, on May 6, 2017, during TexMed 2017 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. 

The TMA Poster Session is a platform for physicians 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 TMA Poster Session offers you 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 month.
  • The top three winners in each category receive a cash award.  

Abstract submissions are due on March 17, 2017. All accepted poster exhibitors who participate in the author-hosted presentation at TexMed will receive a travel stipend.  

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Apply for TMA Foundation Grant Support by Dec. 31

The TMA Foundation (TMAF) is accepting applications to its 2016-17 Medical Student Leadership Grants programs through Dec. 31. TMA Medical Student Section chapters may apply for a grant to support their health improvement initiative focused on any of TMA’s priorities:  tobacco use; obesity/metabolic syndrome; mental health and substance use disorders; violence, victimization, and unintentional injuries; vaccine-preventable diseases (immunizations); unplanned pregnancy; and environmental health (or hazards). Find out more and download the application on the TMAF website.  

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 Register for CDC Pink Book Immunization Training in Austin

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will present live CDC Pink Book training on the epidemiology and prevention of vaccine-preventable diseases Oct. 25–26 at the Omni Austin Hotel at SouthparkRegister today. 

CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases faculty will present a comprehensive review of immunization principles, as well as vaccine-preventable diseases and the recommended vaccines to prevent them. The event will cover the most up-to-date immunization information from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. 

The Texas Department of State Health Services Immunization Unit has reserved a block of rooms at the hotel with a government rate of $135 per night. Reserve your room.

All attendees will need a copy of the Pink Book. You may choose to download it free of charge from the CDC website, or purchase a book with registration before Oct. 15. 

For more information, visit the Pink Book training website. If you have questions, email Linc Allen at DSHS  

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 Win $5,000 for Your Local Champion of Health

Nominate a program in your town or city that promotes healthy lives and healthy communities by Oct. 31, and it may win a $5,000 grant and bronze commemorative statue. The 2017 TMA Foundation (TMAF) John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award focuses on exceptional projects that address urgent threats to the public’s health and those that further TMAF’s mission to fund initiatives with the power to help physicians create a healthier future for all Texans. 

The deadline for entries is Oct. 31. Winners will be notified in December, and the award presentation is Jan. 28, 2017, at 2017 TMA Winter Conference at the Hyatt Regency Austin. Visit www.tmaf.org, or contact TMAF (800) 880-1300, ext. 1664, or (512) 370-1664 for nomination forms and more information about the program. 

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 Update Your TMA Online Profile

Have you moved since joining TMA? Take some time to update your contact information in your online membership profile.  

Take a few moments to confirm your contact information under the address tab. While you’re at it, click on the Interests tab to tell us what interests you have and the Subscriptions tab to select which TMA newsletters come to you. 

Questions? Contact the TMA Knowledge Center at (800) 880-7955, Monday-Friday, 8:15 am-5:15 pm CT, or email knowledge@texmed.org.  

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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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