Medical Students

  • What is the Medical Student Section?

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    TMA created the Medical Student Section (MSS) in the late 1970s to gain a student perspective among members and provide future physicians with a voice in TMA policy. It helps focus attention on issues unique to Texas' students and provides a forum for students to communicate with each other.

    Now over 4,800 members strong, the TMA-MSS section helps shape the future of medicine as members participate in the TMA and American Medical Association policy-making process and serve in slotted seats on boards, councils, and committees. Students also have a voting representative on the TMA Board of Trustees. TMA student members also are actively involved in their local county medical societies.

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  • Save the Date

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    Join Us at TexMed 2018 in San Antonio — May 18-19, 2018

    Join us for TexMed 2018 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort. TexMed is the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) premier educational showcase and EXPO that gathers more than 1,500 physicians, medical students, and medical office staff in one place over two days. Register online now, and check the TexMed 2018 website regularly for updates and more information.

    Visit the TexMed housing and travel page to get all the information about TexMed locations, hotel accommodations, and tips for visiting San Antonio. TMA’s special room rate at the JW Marriott is available until May 1, or until the room block is full.

    During TexMed, students will elect new governing council members, get involved in TMA policy making, network with other students, and have the opportunity to see Zubin Damania, MD (aka ZDoggMD) showcase his talents during the Opening General Session. The following is the tentative agenda of student activities during TexMed:

    Friday, May 18:

    8 am - House of Delegates: Opening Session

    1-3:30 pm - Medical Student Section Business Meeting

    3:30-5 pm - Opening General Session, Health Care, Remixed, featuring Zubin Damania, MD (aka ZDoggMD)

    7:30-10:30 pm - TMA Foundation Gala

    10 pm - Student, Resident, and Young Physician mixer

    Saturday, May 19:

    6:30-8 am - Medical Student Section Caucus

    8:30 am-12:30 pm - House of Delegates: Business Session

    1:30-2:30 pm - Closing General Session, You are Only Disabled in an Environment That Makes You That Way, featuring Gordon Hartman

    While at TexMed you might also enjoy attending one of the interdisciplinary programs available including the professional development and leadership track, which is scheduled for Friday, May 18 at 1:30 pm.

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    Enter Today: Chapter Service Project of the Year Award

    Submit your application for the Chapter Service Project of the Year award by April 15.  View the application to learn more about the entry criteria. The winning chapter will be announced during the Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section (MSS) Business Meeting at TexMed 2018.


    Apply to be a Leader

    The MSS Executive Council is elected annually to direct the activities of the section at the state level. To apply for a position on the MSS Executive Council for the 2018-2019 term, you need to submit a letter of intent and your CV to your section coordinator by April 15.

    Open positions are: Chair, Vice Chair, Reporter, American Medical Association Delegate Co-Leaders (two positions), and TMA Delegate Co-Leaders (two positions).   

    Elections are held during the MSS Business Meeting at TexMed 2018.


    Apply to Serve on a TMA Board Council or Committee

    Medical student representatives and alternate representatives are appointed to serve one-year terms on association boards, councils, and committees. To apply for a position on a TMA board, council, or committee, submit an application to your section coordinator by April 15. To assist you in choosing which group is right for you, please view the TMA Governance Structure

  • Staggering Student Debt Is Shaping How the Newest Physicians Approach Medicine

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    Increasingly for new physicians,  debt hangs over everything in their lives ― their personal decisions about kids and marriage, their choice of specialty, their ability to set up a practice. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) says that 76 percent of all medical school graduates have education debt and that the average debt is $190,000 per person.

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  • Leadership Honor Society

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    The TMA-MSS Leadership Honor Society recognizes fourth year medical students that have actively participated in Texas organized medicine. Submit an application to your Section Coordinator by April 15 for recognition.

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  • Section Resources

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    Get more information on event dates, deadlines, ways to get involved, leadership and scholarship opportunities, and more.

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  • Who me? A student? I need a professional association? You bet!