Texas Student Doctor: March 2010

News from the TMA Medical Student Section 

 

 TexMed 2010 Has Programming for Students 

Register now  for TexMed 2010 in Fort Worth! This annual conference offers 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.  

In addition, there will be several exciting new events specifically for medical students:  

  • Etiquette Dinner - Take advantage of the opportunity to network with residents, young physicians, and their peers while learning proper etiquette for a business meal. Confident handshakes, appropriate topics of conversation, and table manners are an integral part of an interview. The charge is $15. RSVP with your Section Coordinator .  
  • Section Mixer - Mix and mingle with members of TMA section, including medical students, residents, and young physicians. The location is to be determined. There will be appetizers and a cash bar.  
  • MSS Workshops - Enhance your clinical skills at one of the hands-on, educational workshops. There will be two free  workshops, one on suturing and one on intubation. The sessions will run concurrently. RSVP required  on a first come-first serve basis.  
  • MSS Community Service Project - Join your fellow students and other conference attendees in offering health screenings at the Day Resource Center day shelter. 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.  

The full schedule is:  

 Thursday, April 29

 6:30 pm

 8:00 pm

 Etiquette Dinner ($15 charge,  RSVP required )

 Thursday, April 29

 8:30 pm

 10:00 pm

 Section Mixer (Cash bar)

 Thursday, April 29

 8:30 pm

 10:00 pm

 MSS Executive Council meeting

 Friday, April 30

 6:30 am

 8:00 am

 MSS Caucus (Breakfast provided)

 Friday, April 30

 8 am

 9:30 am

 House of Delegates Opening Session

 Friday, April 30

 9:30 am

 Noon

 Reference Committee meetings

 Friday, April 30

 12:30 pm

 1:30 pm

 MSS Chapter Presidents Meeting (Lunch provided)

 Friday, April 30

 1:30 pm

 2:30 pm

 MSS Workshops, Suturing and Intubation (No charge,  RSVP required )

 Friday, April 30

 2:45 pm

 4:15 pm

 MSS Business Meeting

 Friday, April 30

 4:30 pm

 5:30 pm

 General Session

 Saturday, May 1

 6:30 am

 8 am

 MSS Caucus (Breakfast provided)

 Saturday, May 1

 8:30 am

 Noon

 House of Delegates

 Saturday, May 1

 1:30 pm

 5 pm

 MSS Community Service Project

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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 are available here.  

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 Serve on TMA Board, Council or Committee  

Applications are open for 2010-2011 MSS representative and alternate representative positions to the TMA boards, councils, and committees. To apply, complete the  online application form  and submit a current CV to your  Section Coordinator  by April 16.  

All positions are one-year terms and you are expected to attend all three meetings during your service. Most groups meet in conjunction with TMA conferences (Fall Conference, Winter Conference, and TexMed). A brief description of each board, council and committee is available  here.  

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 LCME Approves Texas Tech Accelerated Family Medicine Program  

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in February won Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) approval to create an accelerated educational program to allow some medical students planning to enter family medicine to graduate in three years.  

The LCME, however, asked Tech officials to submit a status report on the program, including outcome measures, by Aug. 15, 2013.  

"I believe we now have the most innovative program in the country for inspiring and motivating students to a career in primary care," said Steven Berk, MD, dean of the Tech medical school.  

Texas Tech sought LCME approval for the program after the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) turned down a request to create an accelerated residency program that would have combined the fourth year of medical school with the first year of family medicine residency training for some students. Unlike that program, the proposal approved by the LCME would actually grant medical degrees following three years of study.  

To accomplish that, Texas Tech plans to incorporate elements of the current fourth year of medical school into the first three years. For example, the family medicine clerkship that is traditional part of the third year would now be a year-long second-year course. To prepare students for that, they would have a summer experience that would include some basic science instruction after their first year instead of being off that summer, Dr. Berk says.  

In the third year, students would do intensive care unit, neurology, and other clerkships that normally would be part of the fourth year, Dr. Berk says. Students who complete their medical degrees within the three-year program would be guaranteed a slot in one of Texas Tech's family medicine residency programs.  

The new program will begin in the 2010-11 academic year. Texas Tech officials have not determined whether the program will include only incoming students in 2010-11 or also include current first-year students.  

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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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