Texas Student Doctor Newsletter

Winter 2017

 News from the TMA Medical Student Section

Learn to Be a Leader

The TMA Medical Student Section (MSS) will conduct a Leadership Training Workshop for all newly elected 2018 chapter officers during TMA Winter Conference. The conference will be held Jan. 26-27 at the Hyatt Regency Austin.

This session is mandatory for all new chapter officers and will provide information essential to each leadership position within your chapter.

Here is the tentative agenda for MSS meetings during TMA Winter Conference. 

Saturday, Jan. 27  

  • MSS Business Meeting, 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Texas Ballroom 1
  • MSS Leadership Training Workshop, mandatory for newly elected chapter officers, 1:30 to 4 pm, Texas Ballroom 1 

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TMA Winter Conference Registration Open

Register today for TMA Winter Conference and join your colleagues in Austin on Jan. 26-27 at the Hyatt Regency. Registration is free for TMA members. For a full schedule of events visit the 2018 Winter Conference webpage.

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Leadership Positions Available

If you want to be involved in the leadership of TMA or the American Medical Association, two elections will be held during TMA Winter Conference. To apply for either student member of the TMA Board of Trustees  or alternate delegate to the Texas delegation to the American Medical Association, submit a letter of intent and curriculum vitae to MSSInfo@texmed.org by Jan. 20.

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MSS Awards Nominees Sought

Nominations are being accepted for the annual Student of the Year AwardChapter of the Year Award, and C. Frank Webber, MD, Award (for TMA member physicians who have provided outstanding service to the MSS). Applications are due Jan. 20. 

The winners will be honored at TexMed 2018 in San Antonio in May. 

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Chapter Service Project of the Year Award

Submit your application for the Chapter Service Project of the Year award by Jan. 20. View the application to learn more about the criteria for the award. The winning chapter will be announced during the MSS business meeting at TMA Winter Conference.

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Spot a Winner: Local Health Reporting

Hurricane Harvey. Telemedicine. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). These are just a few topics that made headlines this year. If you’ve read, watched, or heard a great health news story by a local journalist, nominate it for the TMA Anson Jones, MD, Awards, which recognize excellence in health reporting in the Lone Star State.

TMA member physicians and medical students can nominate journalists who work in print, online, or broadcast news. Doing so is worth the effort: So far, nearly one-third of nominations by TMA family members go on to win an award.  

Submit your nominations to ansonjones@texmed.org. Include the reporter’s name, date of broadcast/publication, media outlet, story name, and URL if applicable. TMA will send a postcard to the reporter with a note alerting him or her of your nomination. TMA will accept nominations through the end of December for judging in January. 

The Physician Excellence in Reporting category recognizes physician and medical student journalists. Nominate a colleague who writes/produces health news that appears regularly in a general-interest news media outlet based in Texas. (Or if this describes you, please enter your work.) This could include writing a medical column for a local newspaper, hosting a radio health show, or appearing on a weekly TV news medical segment.  

Visit the Anson Jones Award page on the TMA website for complete nomination details, contest rules, and categories. If you have questions, call Tammy Wishard, TMA outreach coordinator, at (800) 880-1300 ext. 1470, or (512) 370-1470, or email ansonjones@texmed.org

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TMA Foundation Grants Empower Medical Students’ Community Service

Three TMA medical student chapters have helped improve the health of their community thanks to TMA Foundation (TMAF) grants. The chapters have used the funds to operate two health fairs and one health screening project:

Alliance Refugee Wellness Fair; Baylor College of Medicine 
This annual event — held in November — provided direct medical, preventive, and educational resources to the underserved refugee population that has resettled in Harris County. In partnership with several nonprofit resettlement agencies, the fair also provided refugees with information to help navigate the Harris Health System.

Aggie Health Project: Hepatitis C; Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine 
Since October, this initiative has provided health maintenance screenings, including for hepatitis C, to homeless and indigent people in Temple and Bell County. Martha’s Clinic, Texas A&M’s student-run free clinic, is a partner in the project, which runs through January. 

HOPE Health Fair (Helping Others Through Partnered Empowerment); University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
The UTMB Health TMA student chapter, Family Medicine Interest Group, and Gold Humanism Honor Society worked with St. Vincent’s Student Run Clinic to host the second annual HOPE Health Fair in November. The fair provided vaccines, health screenings, and a meal to homeless and uninsured people living in Galveston. 

Support for these Medical Student Community Leadership Grants was made possible through generous, unrestricted contributions to TMAF, the 501 c3 philanthropic arm of TMA.

Medical student chapters are encouraged to apply for grants to host similar projects. The final 2017 deadline to apply to the TMAF grant programs is Dec. 15. Applications will be considered when the TMAF Board meets Jan. 25 during TMA Winter Conference. Visit the Medical Community and Medical Student Community Leadership Grants page on the TMA website for more information and to apply.

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 New Daily TMA Newsletter Coming in 2018

Beginning Jan. 2, TMA will replace this newsletter with a daily email called Texas Medicine Today that you can tailor to fit your specific interests.

This email will feature stories that cover a variety of topics, including community and public health, advocacy, and practice help. All medical students will automatically receive MSS information and news of interest to students.

As a member, you automatically will receive the emails. To customize the types of stories you receive, log on to your TMA profile and update your interests.

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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 50,000 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 Division at jennifer.rios@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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December 14, 2017