Journalism Contest Recognizes Physician and Medical Student Work
By Tammy Wishard


Do you moonlight as a medical reporter? Maybe you write a blog or a column for your local newspaper or magazine. Or perhaps you 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. 

The Physician Excellence in Reporting category is designed for physicians and medical students 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 in the annual competition hosted by TMA since 1957.) 

The 2019 physician winner, Austin internist Mary Ann Rodriguez, MD, submitted a post that appeared on her blog Outbreak. Her winning article expounded on herd immunity, specifically following a mumps outbreak in Texas in 2018. 

“Even if everyone gets vaccinated, not everyone will respond and develop immunity. One or two may remain susceptible,” Dr. Rodriguez wrote in the blog. “Therefore, these small number of people are dependent on the rest of the population being immunized to be protected from the disease.” 

Dr. Rodriguez’s post also included a graphic that gave a visual representation of herd immunity. 

Dallas emergency physician Raymond L. Fowler, MD, received honorable mention in the physician-reporting category with a blog about scooter safety

Enter your work today. Any news story published or broadcast in 2019 in Texas is eligible. 

TMA will accept entries until noon Jan. 10, 2020. You also can nominate a colleague who is an outstanding medical journalist – or a local professional nonphysician journalist. 

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

Last Updated On

December 02, 2019

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Tammy Wishard is TMA’s outreach coordinator. She manages TMA's award-winning Hard Hats for Little Heads and Be Wise — Immunize programs, and the Anson Jones, MD, Awards for excellence in health reporting. She has a 20-plus-year history with TMA, where she started as a writer/editor. Tammy, an Iowa native, is a graduate of Abilene Christian University.

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