RFS Connection

Spring 2017

News from the  TMA Resident and Fellow Section   


Join Your Colleagues in Houston for TexMed 2017

TexMed 2017, the Texas Medical Association’s annual meeting, is just around the corner. Join us May 5-6 at the Marriott Marquis Houston and the George R. Brown Convention Center, where you will unite with your colleagues to Renew Your Passion for medicine. Make your hotel reservations by April 13.  

TexMed is a free member benefit. Register today, or check out the program for more information.  

While at TexMed you can:  

  • Network with colleagues;
  • Enjoy complimentary breakfast, lunch, and coffee in the EXPO; and
  • Attend social events, including the Welcome Reception and Presidents’ Reception.  

In Houston you also can help mold TMA policy and business decisions by heading to the House of Delegates and participating in reference committee meetings. All TMA members can testify at the reference committees on resolutions presented before the house.  

Don’t miss the Disaster Medicine and Emergency Preparedness continuing medical education (CME) track. When the unthinkable happens, physicians play an imperative role in responding to an emergency. Explore the handling of recent tragedies in Texas, and how to prepare for an event in your area. 

TexMed 2017 will feature three exceptional keynote speakers:  

  • William H. McRaven, chancellor, The University of Texas System, and former U.S. Navy admiral, will present Physicians in the Age of Terrorism — Stories of the Battlefield.
  • Kevin Pho, MD, founder of www.KevinMD.com, will talk about physicians and social media in Connect and Be Heard: Make a Difference in Health Care With Social Media.
  • Pete Blair, PhD, executive director, Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University, will discuss Civilian Response to an Active Shooter Situation.   

The deadline to enter the TexMed Poster Session has passed, but you’ll definitely want to browse what your colleagues have entered. The competition asks Texas physicians, residents, and students to creatively and visually depict something special they are doing in their practice or work that demonstrates an improvement, research, or general clinical project in patient care. Two new areas this year are disaster medicine and emergency preparedness, and enhanced perioperative recovery. 

From 8 to 9 am on May 6 in the TexMed Exhibit Hall, selected submitters will be expected to host one-on-one presentations of their posters and Q&A. Then, all the posters will be on public display from 9 am to 1:30 pm.

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Just for Residents and Fellows at TexMed 2017

Don’t Miss the RFS Meeting 
Join us for the next TMA Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) business meeting during TexMed 2017 Friday, May 5, at the Marriott Marquis in Houston.  

The TMA RFS Executive Council elects officers annually to direct section activities. Elections for the 2017-18 term will be held during the TexMed 2017 meeting on May 5. Positions up for election are chair-elect, secretary, TMA delegate (four positions), and TMA alternate delegate (four positions). To apply, submit a letter of intent and CV to your section coordinator.  

Apply for Council or Committee Position
Applications are open for TMA board, council, and committee positions for the 2017-18 term. Appointments will be made during the RFS Business Meeting on May 5 in Houston. If you would like to serve as the RFS representative or alternate representative, please submit an application to RFSInfo@texmed.org by April 22.  

Additionally, if you wish to remain on a council/committee, you must submit an application for reappointment, as all positions are only one-year terms. A complete list of council and committees is included on the application. You can read more about their focus areas on the TMA website.  

Attend the Early Career CME Track
Where will you be in your career planning on Friday, May 5? Will you have your first, post-residency post all wrapped up? Will you still be looking? Will you be planning your search for the next year or two?  

No resident or fellow should miss the TexMed 2017 Early Career Planning CME track. Scheduled for Friday, May 5, 7:30 am-noon at the George R. Brown Convention Center, the track will feature presentations on employment contract negotiations, CV writing and interview preparation, debt management and consolidation, and more. 

Watch the TexMed 2017 page on the TMA website for more details and registration information.  

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Save the Dates for the AMA-RFS Annual Meeting June 8-10

The American Medical Association Resident and Fellow Section (AMA-RFS) Annual Meeting is your opportunity to voice concerns, share ideas, develop leadership skills, and form coalitions to effect positive change.  

Join your colleagues in Chicago on June 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency to explore the importance of prioritizing wellness and finding solutions to improving health while in training.  

Highlights include:     

  • Networking — connect with resident and fellow physician colleagues from across the country,
  • Engagements — attend dynamic educational sessions focused on resident health and wellness, and
  • Taking action — make your voice heard on important issues relevant to resident and fellow physicians by creating policy that affects the practice of medicine.    

For more information, visit the AMA-RFS webpage. To serve as a Texas delegate to the AMA-RFS, contact your TMA section coordinator at RFSInfo@texmed.org

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ACGME Relaxes Residents’ Work Hours Restrictions

In early March, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) voted to approve some hotly contested revisions to its work hour rules for resident physicians. 

The decision to allow first-year residents to work up to 24 hours in a single shift earned the most mass media coverage. However, ACGME adopted other changes that try to further fine-tune the balance between patient safety, residents’ health, and learning opportunities. 

Texas Medicine reporter Sean Price has been following the rules, which ACGME first proposed in November, and the debate. His article, “Finding the Right Balance,” appears in the April edition of the magazine. 

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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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