TMAA Mission Statement
The Texas Medical Association Alliance (TMAA) is a group of individuals passionate about protecting the future of medicine through community service and legislative advocacy. Founded in 1918 by physician spouses, the Alliance has grown to include physicians, residents, and medical students. TMAA provides a community of support, mentorship, and lasting friendship in the Family of Medicine.

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October 2022

 

President’s Message

It’s hard to believe that we are coming up to the end of the year, and that the holiday season with family is almost upon us.

I want to send a big thank you to everyone who attended the TMA Alliance Regional Conference in Amarillo in October. I loved welcoming you back to an in-person leadership training summit once again. It was so much fun, and I enjoyed learning a lot from each of you.

Regional Conference highlights
The purpose of Regional Conference is to give current or potential leaders tools for creating a welcoming community that others want to join. We want to equip our alliance leaders with all the tips, tricks, and resources needed to keep their members engaged. One thing we learned at Regional Conference was the importance of asking our members what they value and want to continue and what they want us to stop doing.

Our guest speaker, Kasey Long, really got me thinking about how we can communicate more effectively and how we need to look at why some of our members aren’t renewing. She also highlighted the importance of making sure our leadership decisions circle back to the mission statement.

There are certain procedures for creating a welcoming community: Follow up on a prospective member with an email and a call. Have a dedicated person to keep in touch. Make sure members are informed of all the upcoming events. Those details help create an organization that people want to belong to because they feel welcomed and appreciated. As Ms. Long said, “People join people.”

I also loved when Kevin Koehler, a Nueces County medical society alliance member, unveiled “The DOOD Method (Discover, Outreach, Opportunity, and Demographics). He found the DOOD methods help to recruit new members. All the speakers had great ideas that will be helpful for my alliance chapter.

I’ve mentioned this before, but as TMAA president I plan to visit as many chapters as possible, so let me know when yours is having an event and I would love to come. I look forward to seeing each of you in your hometown soon.

Please make plans to attend ALLMED in Fort Worth, May 18-20. I can’t wait to hear all the reports from the alliance chapters on what they have done over the year. Let’s welcome everyone and get back to our main goal of making a difference in our community with the Family of Medicine!

Libby White
TMAA President

 


Holiday Sharing Card
Share the gift of good health by supporting the TMA Holiday Sharing Campaign – all proceeds will go to the Texas BookShare program. Please consider a gift of $25 or more and help bring more books to Texas’ communities.

You can make a secure online gift or call Marilyn Anderson, TMA Foundation data manager, at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1466, to donate over the phone. Give to the Holiday Sharing Card here. And learn more about TMA Foundation at www.tmaf.org.

Thank you for your support this holiday season!

 


20 Years of First Tuesdays at the Capitol

By Susan Todd, 2002-03 alliance president and founder of First Tuesdays at the Capitol

For the past 20 years, TMA Alliance members, physicians, and medical students have descended upon Austin to take medicine’s message to the state capitol on the first Tuesday of February, March, April, and May during each legislative session.

In 2003 – the inaugural year of TMA’s First Tuesdays at the Capitol lobby days – stakes for medicine were particularly high. After Texas medicine’s years of working for meaningful liability reforms, 2003 brought hope of finally getting the changes into law.

Because TMA Alliance was created to support TMA’s mission to improve the health of all Texans, advocacy has long played an important role for the alliance. Before 2003, the alliance sponsored a one-day health fair at the capitol for legislators and their staff members each legislative session. The fair focused on the health of legislators and served as a way to talk about issues important to the health of Texans and TMA’s legislative priorities.

In 2003, however, it became crucial to get alliance members – and physicians – to Austin on a regular basis throughout the session to keep the message of liability reform in front of the legislators. First Tuesdays at the Capitol was born to fill this critical need.

That first First Tuesday effort was a huge success, and the much-needed liability reforms became law in August 2003. Twenty years later, First Tuesdays has become a fixture at legislative sessions, which are held every other year. The number of participants has grown as well. Some are seasoned advocates for medicine, while others are taking their first steps in advancing medicine’s priorities. TMA offers issue briefings and lobby tips to make sure everyone can be successful.

First Tuesdays at the Capitol makes a difference. Legislators listen when grassroots physicians, alliance members, and medical students meet with them face to face at the capitol to fight for physicians and the health of their patients.

Register today for TMA’s 2023 First Tuesdays at the Capitol events.

 

 

Apply for Your Membership Incentive in 2023

Apply now for funding for your membership recruitment and retention events in 2023. Counties can now request up to $1,500 to host an event geared towards recruiting any members of the alliance. Just fill out the application, and we will get back to you within three business days.

Remember: Membership events must be free and include a call to action for attendees, like a short pitch directing people to a table where they can fill out membership forms. TMA Alliance staff will assist with marketing and outreach for your event.


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American Medical Association Alliance: Physician Family Alliance in Motion Magazine
 

The AMA Alliance has unveiled a beautiful new design, combining its two publications, Physician Family and Alliance in Motion, into a more integrated single publication.




County Roundup

On Oct. 6, the Smith County Medical Society Alliance held a fabulous Heels for Healing fundraiser to support the Texas BookShare program. Kara Camp and Deborah Pitts were fantastic hostesses, and everyone who attended shared a passion for improving literacy in the community. 

The Travis County Medical Alliance (TCMA) on Oct. 13 had fun and enjoyed fellowship with TCMA volunteers while preparing a wonderful dinner for Saint Louise House moms. The Saint Louise House is one of the 2022 TCMA grant recipients. It received $2,500 from TCMA to help meet the health care and wellness needs of families.

The Nueces County Medical Society Alliance on Oct. 20 celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness 2022. Members had an opportunity to hear an educational presentation by Isabel Menendez, MD, and cancer survivor Nancy Lechner. Many attendees donated prizes for the raffle and monetary donations to help the First Friday program. First Friday helps women get mammograms at Radiology Associates – either free or at a reduced cost – so that every person has access to good health care.

The Bexar County Medical Society Alliance (BCMSA) on October 21 held its annual scholarship awards luncheon and recognized two deserving young women. Scholarships are awarded to Bexar County college students pursuing careers in an allied health field. Potential recipients are selected by professors at local colleges. TMAA President Libby White attended and enjoyed a great day connecting with BCMSA members.

The Dallas County Medical Society Alliance (DCMSA) on Oct. 22 held a spooktacular 2022 Family Halloween Party! The Young Alliance prepared boo-tiful party! Everyone had a lot of fun.


 

Know a Great Science Teacher? Nominate Them for a TMA Award

Do you know a science teacher who brings the subject to life, perhaps inspiring students to pursue a career in science or medicine? If so, nominate him or her for the Texas Medical Association’s Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching.

Elementary science teacher Valerie Valadez-Sims, the 2021-22 grand prize winner, said she aims to create an atmosphere where her students “are allowed to be courageous risk-takers, to elevate their voices on topics they are passionate about, and to believe they are world-changers.”

Each year, the TMA awards recognize elementary, middle, and high school science teachers who share their enthusiasm for science with students. Three science teachers, one at each level, receive a distinguished award, plus a cash prize and a resource grant for their school. In addition, a grand prize winner and a rookie winner (for a teacher with less than seven years’ experience) receive monetary prizes.

Texas full-time public and private school science teachers with a minimum of two years’ completed classroom experience in all areas of science are eligible. 

Nominations are due Dec. 3 for the 2022-23 awards. TMA reaches out to nominated teachers to encourage them to submit application materials. Teachers also can self-nominate. 

If you have questions, email SciTeacherAward@texmed.org or visit www.texmed.org/Teachers for more information.

The TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching are made possible by a grant from the Texas Medical Association Foundation, which is supported through an endowment generously established at the TMA Foundation by Dr. and Mrs. Ernest C. Butler and gifts from physicians and their families.
 
 

 

Health Insurance for 2023: Ways to Control Costs and Get Better Coverage

Independent physicians naturally think about their practice’s health insurance coverage during the open enrollment period, which runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. Practice owners and independent physicians also should consider mandated – yet little-known – waivers to the Affordable Care Act as well as special options that can help them control the cost of their plan and upgrade coverage for 2023. For example, some independent physicians, with or without employees, can qualify for group PPO coverage just for themselves. There also is a special option for physicians to get group PPO coverage if they own a business with their spouse or employ their spouse as a W-2 wage employee. TMA Insurance Trust can inform you about these special options that may help improve your health insurance situation for 2023. Get the details here.