Fall 2016

News from the  TMA Resident and Fellow Section   

TMA Fall Conference Wrap-Up

We had an enthusiastic meeting at the 2016 TMA Fall Conference at Hyatt Lost Pines in late September. A packed room of residents, fellows, and young physicians heard from numerous presenters on “How the Legislative Session Impacts You.” Susan Strate, MD, and Arlo Weltge, MD, the speaker and vice speaker of the house, respectively, spoke about the TMA House of Delegates and their goals for improving the TMA policymaking process. They stressed the improved policy search features on the TMA website and increased ability for all members to have input. They are also eager to hear Resident and Fellow Section members' ideas for TMA policy resolutions or improving involvement. 

We had a presentation by Ray Callas, MD, chair of the TMA Council on Legislation, and TMA Vice President of Advocacy Darren Whitehurst, on why advocacy and involvement are important. There are several ways to get involved, even if you can’t make every TMA meeting:   

  • Get to know your senator and representative. No one can build relationships as well as their own constituents. They want to hear from you about the issues that matter to your profession. 
  • Sign up to receive the daily or weekly TMA Legislative News Hotline during the legislative session. This brief email will keep you up to date on the issues affecting medicine and how you can help.  
  • Join us at First Tuesdays at the Capitol to be a lobbyist for a day. The First Tuesdays event on April 4 is dedicated to resident, fellow, and medical student members.   

If you have a community project that you would like to get off the ground, the TMA Foundation has funding for community grants, linking health care to the people of your community. The application deadline is Dec. 31. TMA also has ongoing programs you can sponsor in your community: Walk with a Doc, Be Wise — ImmunizeSM, and Hard Hats for Little Heads. 

And be sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming conferences. I hope to see you Jan. 27-28 at the 2017 TMA Winter Conference.  

— Jessica Best, MD 

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Tell Us What You Think

Which time and date do you prefer to have the Resident and Fellow Section business meeting during the 2017 TMA Winter Conference

  • 9 pm on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017
  • Noon on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017  

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.  Host a Free One-Hour Education Session Conducted by TMA Experts

TMA Practice Consulting is offering free one-hour programs for residents that can be held during lunch at a facility or during the dinner hour at a local restaurant.  

Program options are as follows:  

  • Starting in Medical Practice provides an overview of topics like legal organization, licenses/certificates/liability insurance, personnel management, policies and procedures, vendors and suppliers, health care payment plans/credentialing, financial management, and marketing.
  • Timeline for Transitioning Into Practice* highlights key time frames and steps to help guide residents and fellows through the transition from training to practice.
  • CV Writing and Interview Preparation* offers recommendations for preparing a quality curriculum vitae and provides tips for successful interviewing. 
  • Finding the Right Practice and Signing the Right Contract* delineates job search techniques, practice structures, and basic contract models.
  • Physician Contracts: A Comprehensive Analysis* provides an in-depth examination of the various types of physician contracts.
  • You Get What You Negotiate* describes strategies for using what is negotiable in a recruitment or employment contract to obtain a deal that will fit your personal and professional needs.
  • Noncompete Covenants provides an overview of restrictions, consequences, and benefits of contract terms, should you decide to leave a practice.
  • Disability and Life Insurance: Why Are They Important? looks at the risks and benefits of buying life and disability insurance early in your career and how to get the right coverage for you and your family.  

*Select programs by TMA’s preferred partners can be held at the dinner hour at a local restaurant (spouses welcome). At minimum of 15 attendees are required to provide these seminars

If you have questions, or to schedule a program, contact TMA Practice Consulting at (800) 523-8776 or practice.consulting@texmed.org.  

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  Apply Now to Serve on TMA Boards, Councils, Committees 

It’s not too late to serve on a TMA council or committee for the 2016-17 term. If you’d like to serve as a representative on a TMA board, council, or committee, submit an application to your section coordinator. Resident and fellow representatives serve one-year terms starting in June. 

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Register for the AMA Interim Meeting Nov. 10–12

The American Medical Association Resident and Fellow Section (AMA-RFS) 2016 Interim Assembly Meeting will take place Nov. 10-12 at Walt Disney World Swan/Dolphin Resort in Orlando. You can serve as a Texas delegate to the AMA-RFS. Email the TMA Resident and Fellow Section coordinator for details.   

Register for the meeting, and make your hotel reservation today. The Virtual Reference Committee opens today (Oct. 10) and closes on Oct. 21. For more information visit the AMA website.  

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Video Educates Residents About Networking

The TMA Resident Video Library offers convenient, on-demand access to information you need to survive residency, as well as the business of medicine knowledge you want to transition successfully into active practice. In the video Networking, Marny Lifshen, an Austin author, speaker, and consultant, talks about the importance of networking and what it really involves.  

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Submit an Abstract for the TexMed 2017 Poster Session 

TMA announces the fifth annual TexMed Poster Session, presented by the TMA Council on Health Care Quality, on May 6, 2017, during TexMed 2017 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. 

The Poster Session is a platform for physicians, residents, and medical students to share their breakthroughs and best practices for better patient care, especially in one or more of the six aims of quality care: that it be safe, timely, effective, equitable, efficient, and patient-centered. 

The Poster Session offers you a chance to gain exposure, network with Texas physicians, and have your work published. Here are just a few of the many reasons to participate: 

  • You can present your poster to physicians from across Texas during a continuing medical education event at TexMed 2017.
  • Your abstract will appear on the TMA website, which draws more than 75,000 visitors each month.
  • The top three winners in each category receive a cash award.    

Abstract submissions are due on March 17, 2017. All accepted poster exhibitors who participate in the author-hosted presentation at TexMed will receive a travel stipend.  

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  Save the Date: TMA Winter Conference Jan. 27-28, 2017

Mark your calendar for TMA Winter Conference, which will take place Jan. 27-28, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Austin. The conference provides an opportunity for physicians, residents, and medical students to conduct TMA business, obtain continuing medical education, and network with peers. 

The TMA Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) will hold elections for resident member of the TMA Board of Trustees and alternate delegate to the Texas Delegation to the American Medical Association. Check the RFS webpage for meeting information as it becomes available.  

TMA’s special room rate is $199 plus tax. The deadline to book your hotel reservation at the TMA rate is Jan. 5, 2017. Make your reservation early. 

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  Don’t Miss First Tuesdays at the Capitol in 2017

Your patients and your profession need you to be a lobbyist for a day. Mark your calendar now to join the Party of Medicine in Austin for First Tuesdays at the Capitol during the 85th Texas Legislature on Feb. 7, March 7, April 4, and May 2, 2017. The April 4 event is dedicated to medical students and residents.  

TMA’s comprehensive 2017 legislative agenda advocates what's best for patients and their physicians, from preserving physicians’ right to bill for services to improving Medicaid payment rates and reducing red tape and hassles. 

If you’re traveling to Austin from out of town for First Tuesdays, reserve your room at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel by calling (800) HILTONS (445-8667). Hotel rooms in Austin are in demand during legislative sessions, so make your reservations now. For more information, visit www.texmed.org/firsttuesdays, or call (800) 880-1300, ext. 1361. 

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Update Your TMA Profile

If you’re graduating from residency, be sure to update your contact information via the TMA website or by contacting the TMA Knowledge Center. You continue to get TMA benefits and services at the resident and fellow rate until the end of the year. First-year-in-practice dues are 50 percent off.   

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Connect With TMA on Social Media

Are you keeping up with TMA on social media?  

TMA is very active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. We also have a robust YouTube channel with hundreds of videos by and about TMA. These pages help us communicate with our more than 49,000 members and keep you informed about news, events, member benefits, and our advocacy efforts. 

We hope you will follow, like, tweet, and engage with us. We’d also like to hear from you! If you have any social media questions or suggestions, contact Jen Rios in the TMA communications department at jennifer.rios@texmed.org

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