Texas Student Doctor Newsletter

Winter 2015

 News from the TMA Medical Student Section

MSS Leadership Training Available at TMA Winter Conference

The TMA Medical Student Section will conduct a Leadership Training Workshop for all newly elected 2016 chapter officers during TMA Winter Conference in Austin. Here is the entire TMA-MSS schedule of events during the conference:

Friday, Jan. 29
MSS Executive Council, 7-10 pm, Hyatt Regency Austin, Padre Island, Level 2 

Saturday, Jan. 30    

  • MSS Board, Council, Committee Reports, Noon-12:30 pm, Hyatt Regency Austin, Texas Ballroom 5
  • MSS Business Meeting, 12:30-1:30 pm, Hyatt Regency Austin, Texas Ballroom 5
  • MSS Leadership Training Workshop, 1:30-4 pm, Hyatt Regency Austin, Texas Ballroom 5   

Register for the conference now, and reserve your hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Austin. TMA Winter Conference registration deadline is Jan. 20. The General Session, Shaping Texas Medicine, will begin at 8:30 am on Jan. 30. For a full schedule of events, visit the TMA website.

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MSS Executive Council Positions Open

The TMA-MSS will hold two elections during TMA 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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Nominations Open for MSS Awards

The TMA-MSS is seeking nominations for the annual Student of the Year AwardChapter of the Year Award, and C. Frank Webber, MD, Award Applications are due Jan. 20.  

The winners will be honored at TexMed 2016 in Dallas April 29-30.

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Take Part in the MSS Chapter Quality Project Contest

Each year we encourage TMA-MSS chapters to participate in an event that will strengthen their local community and further TMA policy. This year the TMA-MSS Executive Council decided to turn this opportunity into the TMA-MSS Chapter Contest. Submit an abstract for the 2016 Quality Poster Session, to be held April 30 during TexMed 2016 at the Hilton Anatole Dallas, for a chance to win one night’s stay free of charge at a TMA conference of your choice. 

The TMA Quality 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 Quality Poster Session offers you a chance to gain exposure, network with Texas physicians and fellow students, and have your work published. Here are a few more of the many reasons for you to participate:  

  • You can present your poster to students and physicians from across Texas during a continuing medical education event at TexMed 2016.
  • 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 no later than March 25, 2016. All accepted poster exhibitors will receive a travel stipend.  

TMA-MSS chapters that enter the TMA Quality Poster Session will be automatically entered into the TMA-MSS Chapter Contest.

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Final Call for TMAF Gala Volunteers

Volunteer to help out at TMA Foundation’s gala — As Time Goes By: An Evening in Casablanca — on April 29 at TexMed 2016 in Dallas. Your volunteer service helps ensure TMA members and their guests have a wonderful time raising money to support TMA and Family of Medicine programs funded by TMA Foundation. 

Volunteer duties may include:    

  • Assisting with event décor set-up,
  • Overseeing other volunteers, 
  • Guest check-in at registration, 
  • Guest check-out for silent and live auction winnings, 
  • Mobile and live auction bidding assisting, or 
  • Make-A-Difference drive bid recording.    

Volunteer shifts are 8 am-12 pm, 1-4 pm, 5-8:30 pm, and 8-11 pm. The TMA Foundation appreciates any amount of time you can spare. Email sean.dunham@texmed.org, or call at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1664, by April 22 to volunteer your time.  

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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 still available for the 2015–16 school year.   

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Texas Medical Students Win AMA Posts

This year’s American Medical Association Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS) interim meeting in Atlanta was a success. Winning elections during the November meeting of the AMA House of Delegates were the following:   

  • Jared Bell from the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso is the new Region 3 delegate for the AMA-MSS. Jerome Jeervarajan of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School is the alternate delegate.
  • Megan Swonke from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Milan Raythatha from Texas A&M Medical School, Round Rock, are the very first MSS Region 3 liaisons to the AMA Foundation. They will be responsible for increasing students' participation in the foundation’s fundraising and community service activities. 

Students representing all nine Texas medical schools affiliated with TMA attended the AMA interim meeting. They took part in a variety of sessions, from the research symposium to the clinical skills workshop. Outside the confines of hotel walls, students explored Atlanta and had an enlightening service experience with some elementary school students. Medical student volunteers encouraged minority elementary school students to consider a career in medicine and presented entertaining exhibits that highlighted healthy eating habits, antibullying messaging, asthma safety, and exercise.  

The TMA-MSS reference committee submitted 28 resolutions to discuss and debate. Afterward, keynote speaker Tao Le, MD, author of First Aid, gave students advice on ever-looming medical licensing Step examinations.  

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Spend Your Summer With an Internist as Your Preceptor

The Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians (TXACP) is now accepting applications from Texas medical students and physicians for the summer 2016 General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program (GIMSPP).  

Since 1992, GIMSPP has placed first- and second-year medical students with internists across the state for four-week preceptorships during summer break. Students get the opportunity to observe the daily routine of their preceptor, experiencing the variety of an internal medicine practice. Preceptors also share their expertise and knowledge, while helping shape the next generation of medicine.  

Previously, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board financed the program, but the Texas Legislature eliminated funding for it in 2011. TMA helped lead the fight to restore funding during the 2015 legislative session. 

Administered by the nonprofit TXACP, GIMSPP's renewed financial support for 2016 and beyond allows for stipends for participating students. Student preceptorships are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and students should apply early. Only students currently enrolled in a Texas medical school are eligible to participate.  

For more information on the program, or to download the application, visit the TXACP website.  

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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 a range of topics from resolution writing to funding to leadership opportunities and more.  

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