Professional Development: Staff Training Never Stops - 01/31/2018

When can you check staff training off your to-do list? Never, if you want your practice to run at its best, says TMA practice consultant Yvonne Mounkhoune

Fix the Broken Windows of the Medical Profession - 01/19/2018

It’s no secret there’s an epidemic of physician burnout and job dissatisfaction out there. This is for a multitude of reasons, but everything ultimately boils down to a monumental loss of autonomy and independence among doctors, as there’s been a dramatic shift of power and clout away from individual physicians and toward administrators and the business side of health care.

Video: Physicians Inject Billions Into Texas Economy - 01/11/2018

Video: Doctors in the Lone Star State support more than 670,000 jobs — 13.1 jobs for each physician on average — and generated almost $118 billion in economic output, according to a new report.

Rio Grande Medical School Expands Health Care Despite Tight Budget Year - 09/06/2017

A medical school created to serve one of the poorest and most underserved areas in Texas faces a major challenge as state education funds are cut in a tight budget year.

South Texas Medical School Teaches Students to Help Community - 09/01/2017

As it welcomes its second cohort of students, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Medical School plunges them into hands-on care early in their academic career. While doing so, the medical school seeks to serve the community -- particularly the underserved -- through outreach clinics and even a mobile care van. That and the school's unique learning models are putting the med school on the map in an area that's longed for this institution for decades.

TMA’s 2015 Legislative Agenda - 07/06/2017

In unveiling their 2015 Texas legislative agenda, Texas Medical Association physicians urge state and federal leaders to enhance the environment in which doctors practice medicine so they can do what they do best — care for patients.    

Texas Physicians Ask Lawmakers to Fund Critical Health Services - 07/06/2017

Seven of Texas’ largest physician organizations — representing more than 48,000 physicians and medical students — today urged state House and Senate budget negotiators to “craft a cost-effective budget that addresses Texas significant health care needs.”    

An Answer to the Physician Shortage - 06/20/2017

America faces a looming shortage of primary care physicians (PCPs) who form the backbone of our health care system, a trend that industry experts call a threat to our nation's health. Given that Texas already trails the currently inadequate national trend, we need a comprehensive program to integrate international medical graduates and physicians qualified via the fifth pathway into the workforce. One way to redress this lack of PCPs is to mobilize physicians residing in the United States and allow them to take necessary examinations and allow graduate assistant physicians to be supervised so that they may be absorbed into our health care system.

Temporary Remedy - 05/01/2017

The nationwide shortage of doctors shapes the health care landscape in many ways, mostly through staffing headaches and gaps in care. But the shortage has been a blessing for at least one group of health care practitioners — locum tenens physicians. More and more, locum tenens doctors are taking the places of permanent physicians.

Doctor’s Orders: TMA's Prescription for a Healthy Texas - 03/22/2017

TMA's legislative agenda for the 81st Texas Legislative session.

AMA Publishes Newly Updated Code of Medical Ethics - 01/31/2017

Completely updated after an eight-year modernization project, a revised edition of the Code of Medical Ethics is available from the American Medical Association in hardcover or e-book. The revised edition contains ethical guidance improved for relevance, clarity, and consistency to help physicians keep pace with emerging demands they face with new technologies, changing patient expectations, and shifting health care priorities.

Calling All Texas Internists: Mentor a Med Student in 2017 - 01/13/2017

Regardless of what first motivated you to become a doctor — a family legacy, an aptitude for biology, or the desire to help those in need — chances are the biggest influence on how you practice medicine was  your physician mentor.

Announcing the Top Internal Medicine Mentors of 2016 - 12/15/2016

Just last month, the Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians (Texas ACP) hosted an awards ceremony to honor an illustrious group of internists. Each year, these physicians answer the call to strengthen the practice of primary care in Texas by serving as preceptors to budding medical students through the General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program (GIMSPP).

Pay It Forward and Be an MD Mentor - 12/01/2016

You probably remember what first motivated you to become a doctor: a family legacy, an aptitude for biology, or the desire to help those in need. But do you remember who had the biggest influence on how you practice medicine? Chances are it was a physician mentor.

Students: Get Real-World Training This Summer - 11/14/2016

First- and second-year medical students looking to get a leg up on their peers are in luck. Applications for the 2017 General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program (GIMSPP) are now being accepted.

Texas Hits Record for New Physician Applications - 10/11/2016

The Texas Medical Board (TMB) finished is fiscal year last month having received a record number of new physician applications. TMB received 5,544 new applications, up 3 percent from the previous year's record 5,377 applicants.

Become a Preceptor; Help Address Texas' Physician Shortage - 10/10/2016

In 2016, 163 Texas medical students took a first step in shoring up the state's looming physician gap by participating in mentorship programs with internists as part of the General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program.

Another Post-Tort Reform Record for New Texas Physicians - 06/22/2016

As it has for four of the past seven years, the Texas Medical Board licensed a record number of new physicians for the fiscal year that ended Aug. 31, surging past the 4,000 mark for the first time in history.

TMA Letter: Improve GME Funding - 06/22/2016

Texas has been exceedingly successful in attracting new physicians to the state. In fact, over the past decade, 32,000 new physicians have been licensed. Despite this significant milestone, our state still has a significant amount of catching up to do, mostly as a result of the state’s robust population growth over the past two decades. Texas continues to rank close to the bottom in a state comparison of physicians per capita, despite the number of new physicians.

Tell Congress to Continue, Expand Conrad 30 Program - 06/22/2016

Congress is back to work after its annual August recess, and the continuation of the Conrad 30 Program is on the "to-do" list. Without congressional action, the Conrad 30 Program will expire on Sept. 30, 2015. This program allows certain international medical graduate physicians who trained in the United States on J-1 visas to obtain a waiver of the two-year home residence requirement. In exchange for the waiver, the physician must work for at least three years treating medically underserved populations in the United States. Many communities rely heavily on international medical graduate physicians for their primary care needs.

State Needs to Address Psychiatric Physicians' Shortage - 06/22/2016

As you are well aware, our state has a great need for more health care professionals, but nowhere is the need more acute than in the area of psychiatric physicians. When Texas ratios of physicians per 100,000 people, by specialty, are compared with U.S. totals, Texas outranks the United States in only four major specialties: aerospace medicine, medical genetics, transplant surgery, and colon and rectal surgery. Meanwhile, Texas ranks below the Unites States for the other 36 out of 40 medical specialties, with psychiatry having the lowest rate at only 58.2 percent of the U.S. ratio. Child/adolescent psychiatry is also near the bottom of the rankings, at 68.7 percent of the U.S. ratio.

GME Expansion a Top Priority for Texas Specialty Societies - 06/22/2016

Winning greater investment in graduate medical education (GME) programs is a 2015 legislative priority for most of the Texas Family of Medicine.

Dr. Secrest Supports Improvements to Grow GME - 06/22/2016

Our capacity to train young doctors has not kept pace with our state’s population growth. This has put a squeeze on the resident training capacity in the state. We need to ensure all of our medical school graduates have a reasonable chance of staying in the state to complete their training as a doctor. Otherwise, we can expect to lose some great young doctors to other states.

Dr. Ladon Homer Testifies Why Texas Needs More Physicians - 06/22/2016

Texas has a shortage of physicians, especially primary care physicians and specialists. We need more geriatricians to treat our seniors, more pediatric specialists to treat our sickest children, more endocrinologists to treat diabetes, more surgeons and emergency room physicians at our hospitals, more dermatologists to detect skin cancer, and more adult and child psychiatrists to treat mental health needs, to name only a few.

Dr. Clifford Moy Provides Solutions for Physician Shortages in Texas - 06/22/2016

Clifford Moy, MD, an Austin psychiatrist, testified on behalf of TMA. He described Texas' current and future physician shortage and provided several solutions for the committee to consider.