Texas Student Doctor: February 2010

News from the TMA Medical Student Section

 UT Houston Rebranded as UTHealth 

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has a new brand identity that officials say will increase its visibility in the Texas Medical Center and the nation.

President Larry R. Kaiser, MD, announced that the UT System Board of Regents had unanimously approved UTHealth as the school's DBA (doing business as) name.

Regents also approved a new logo. It is dark gray and burnt orange and features a tapestry symbol that represents the strength derived from working together to tackle complex health challenges.

"Leading this university is an honor that means more to me every day," Dr. Kaiser said. "During the past 18 months, I have met more talented, high-achieving people than I can count and learned about programs here that are among the best in the world. This is an institution on the move."

"But despite the tremendous impact the university has on this community - and beyond - the community knows far too little about what we do," he said. "That's the primary reason we began a branding initiative." He said the school is "poised to take a big step in creating a brand that is as strong as this university, and which tells the community who we are and what we achieve."

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TexMed 2010 Has Programming for Students 

You can hone your suturing and intubation skills at a workshop just for medical students on Friday, April 30, during TexMed 2010 at the Fort Worth Convention Center and Omni Hotel.

The annual Texas Medical Association conference also will feature a community service project - a homeless shelter health screening at the Day Resource Center day shelter -- from 1 to 4 pm on Saturday, May 1. Students who participate in the screening will set up a triage area where first and second-year students will take histories and do physical exams. There will be separate areas blocked off for a more private room to do physical exams and/or to practice osteopathic manipulative medicine.

Students also will team up with Stomp-Out-Syphilis, sponsored by the Tarrant and Dallas county health departments to provide education, testing, and treatment for HIV and Syphilis. MedStar, the local ambulance company, will provide easy referrals into the JPS system if someone needs urgent care.

If you would like to volunteer, e-mail Ashley Agan  by Feb. 28 to secure transportation to and from the event.

The Medical Student Section meeting schedule will be posted soon at www.texmed.org/students.

TexMed 2010 will offer students a chance to influence TMA policy, and opportunities to listen to exciting speakers, tour an exhibit hall with some 100 exhibits, attend social events, and network with your colleagues.

You can register online.

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Way to Go, TCOM!  

Students at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine won the TMA Medical Student Section Winter Food and Fund Drive.

Because of their efforts and those of other medical students, more than $500 was raised for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. This is sure to improve the lives of central Texans living in hunger.

Thanks to all who participated.

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TMLT to Award Medical Student Scholarships  

Four Texas medical school students will receive $10,000 scholarships thanks to the 2010 Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT) Memorial Scholarship program. Launched in 2005, the program awards $40,000 in scholarships annually to Texas medical students interested in finding creative and effective ways to enhance patient safety.

TMLT chooses scholarship recipients in a competitive process that weighs their financial need along with their ability to evaluate the patient safety concerns in a closed claim study and communicate their recommendations in an essay. The TMLT Board of Governors, composed of nine Texas physicians, will judge the entries.

June 1 is the deadline to apply  (PDF). TMLT will announce the winners in August.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be:

  • Entering their second, third, or fourth year of study at a Texas medical school in the fall of 2010;
  • In good academic standing;
  • Able to demonstrate financial need;
  • Able to communicate a commitment to patient safety and medical risk management through an essay; and
  • A current student member of (or have a student application pending with) the Texas Medical Association.

To apply, students should submit:

  • A signed and completed application (incomplete applications will not be considered);
  • An official medical school transcript; and
  • A short essay (no more than 500 words) describing the risk management considerations for the closed claim study provided with the application.

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MSS Executive Council Elections  

TMA is accepting nominations for the 2010-2011 Medical Student Section Executive Council.

Available positions include: chair, vice chair, reporter, TMA delegate co-leader (two positions) and American Medical Association delegate co-leader (two positions). All terms of office are one year, beginning at the close of the TexMed 2010 through TexMed 2011.

To apply, submit a letter of intent and current CV to your Section Coordinator by April 16.

Complete position descriptions available here.

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TMA Offers Educational Loans  

Do you know TMA offers educational loans to students attending Texas medical schools? These small, private loans are often included in students' financial aid packages. Depending on which medical school you attend, you may be eligible for a $3,000 or $4,000 loan with a 4.4-percent fixed interest rate. 

Each school handles the funds a little bit differently, so if you are interested in this program, see the TMA Web site, or call (800) 880-2828. 

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TMA on Facebook and Twitter 

For more inside news about TMA events and issues, become a fan of the Medical Student Section on Facebook.

You also can stay up-to-date about Texas medicine by subscribing via RSS to Blogged Arteries , which provides breaking news you need to know, and by following TMA @texmed on Twitter.

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