Texas Student Doctor Newsletter

Spring 2017

 News from the TMA Medical Student Section

Don't Miss TexMed 2017 — MSS Schedule at a Glance

The TMA Medical Student Section (TMA-MSS) focuses on issues unique to Texas medical students and provides a forum for communicating with other students and the membership at large. As an MSS member, you can help create TMA policy and help shape the environment in which you will one day practice medicine.  

Join us for the next Medical Student Section meeting at TexMed 2017 in Houston on Friday, May 5, at 1 pm.  

The meeting will include discussions of pertinent House of Delegates resolutions, Leadership Honor Society recognition, Executive Council elections, and more.  

Register today for TMA’s free annual conference, and join thousands of Texas physicians and fellow medical students as TexMed 2017 descends on Houston May 5-6 for a weekend of networking, policymaking, and all-around fun. 

MSS Executive Council Elections to Take Place During TexMed 2017 

Open positions are:    

  • Chair,
  • Vice chair,
  • Reporter,
  • American Medical Association delegate co-leaders (two positions), and
  • TMA delegate co-leaders (two positions).    

To apply for the 2017-18 term, submit a letter of intent and your CV to your section coordinator by April 15. 

 Student, Resident, and Young Physician Mixer at TexMed

Don’t miss an opportunity to mingle with your peers at the student mixer Friday, May 5, from 10 pm to 2 am at Biggio Sports Bar in the Marriott Marquis. 

Be Recognized for Your Leadership in Medicine

The TMA-MSS Leadership Honor Society recognizes fourth-year medical students who have participated actively in Texas organized medicine. Accepted honor society members will be acknowledged at TexMed during the MSS Business Meeting, where they will receive honor cords provided by TMA. Students will wear the honor cords at their medical school graduations.  

Submit an application to your section coordinator by April 15 for recognition.   

 Apply Now to Serve on TMA Boards, Councils, Committees

Medical student representatives and alternate representatives serve one-year terms on TMA boards, councils, and committees. Apply now for the 2017-18 term by submitting an application to your section coordinator by April 15.   

BLAST OFF! With the TMA Foundation

Meet physicians and other medical students from around the state and enjoy a terrific seated dinner when you volunteer at the TMA Foundation’s (TMAF’s) annual gala May 5 in conjunction with TexMed 2017 at the Marriott Marquis. The theme this year is BLAST OFF!, and your volunteer service will help ensure TMA members and their guests have an out-of-this-world experience raising money to support TMA and family of medicine programs funded by the TMA Foundation. 

Volunteer duties may include:  

  • Assisting with event décor set-up, 
  • Guest check-in at registration,
  • Guest check-out for silent and live auction winnings,
  • Mobile and live auction bidding assistance, and 
  • Recording bids for the Make-A-Difference drive. 

Volunteer shifts are available 2-5 pm, 5-8:30 pm, and 8-10:30 pm. A minimum of two hours’ total volunteer time is greatly appreciated. Sign up online by April 21 for a Medical Student Volunteer ticket if you are able to help.  

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Be a Health Leader With a TMAF Grant

Join with fellow medical students and others to improve the health of your community with the help of a TMA Foundation grant. Applications for the 2017-18 Medical Student Community Leadership Grant Program will be accepted starting in May. 

TMA medical student chapters can apply for up to $3,000 to help support their local, collaborative outreach programs. You can choose the application deadline that best meets the time when funding will be needed. The first deadline for applications is Aug. 15 for programs that need funding in October 2017. The second deadline is Dec. 31 for programs that need funding in February 2018. 

Initiatives must address one or more of TMA’s public health and science priorities — tobacco use; obesity/metabolic syndrome; mental health and substance use disorders; violence, victimization, or unintentional injuries; vaccine-preventable diseases (through immunizations); unplanned pregnancy; or environmental health (or hazards). For more information on this matching-grant opportunity, contact TMAF at tmafoundation@texmed.org or (800) 880-1300, ext. 1664. 

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Need Help Funding Your Medical School Education?

Consider the TMA Medical Student Loan Program. Funds are still available for this school year. TMA offers $4,000 student loans for Texas medical students at a fixed interest rate of 4.4 percent. Learn more at www.tmaloanfunds.com.  

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Accepting Nominations

TMA is collecting nominations for the Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching. If you were influenced by a science teacher to pursue medicine, please consider nominating him or her for this program. Large cash prizes are available. 

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Update Your TMA Online Profile 

Have you moved since joining TMA? Take some time to update your contact information in your online membership profile.  

Confirm your contact information under the Address tab. While you’re at it, click on the Interests tab to tell TMA what interests you have and the Subscriptions tab to select which TMA newsletters come to you.

Questions? Contact the TMA Knowledge Center at (800) 880-7955, Monday-Friday, 8:15 am-5:15 pm CT, or email knowledge@texmed.org.

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Resources for You and Your Chapter

Looking for help planning chapter events? Want clarification on parliamentary procedure? Not sure who the contact is for your council or committee?   

Check out the MSS Leadership Manual for resources on topics from resolution writing to funding to leadership opportunities and more.  

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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. Of course, the TMA MSS has its own Facebook page. Please join in the conversation and post your photos

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 Division at jennifer.rios@texmed.org.  

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