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Become a HCMS/TMA Member Today
Through joining HCMS/TMA, members are given an opportunity to get involved in organized medicine. Student membership is FREE so join organized medicine today and experience firsthand how students - like you - have the power to make a difference in your community and your profession. Join HCMS/TMA online today!
Are you an incoming first-year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) or The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (UTH)? Then check out the welcome letters from your HCMS/TMA/AMA Chapter Presidents!
UT Houston HCMS/TMA/AMA Chapter Info letter BCM HCMS/TMA/AMA Chapter Welcome Letter
Benefits of Membership
- The Annual HCMS First-Year Medical Students' Mixer for first-year students from Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Medical School at Houston enables students to meet other students and HCMS physician leaders. This year's event will be on August 21, 2015;
- Participation on HCMS Boards, Councils and Committees to build leadership experience;
- Low interest rates on medical school loans through TMA;
- Student Scholarship opportunities from TMA to students;
- Legislative advocacy on issues that concern students identify, such as graduate medical education;
- Organize & participate in community projects;
- Earn blue book and elective credit, and learn the business side of medicine and through the Business of Medicine Lecture Series;
- Rapid access to the associations' accumulated expertise in health care, health law, practice management, medical economics, and public health via TMA Knowledge Center; and
- TMA's student e-newsletters, e-mail updates and dedicated staff resources.
Opportunities for Participation & Leadership
- Participate on HCMS Boards, Councils & Committees to build leadership experience;
- Serve as a TMA officer at the local chapter level;
- Join top physician leaders and represent students on a TMA board, council or committee that recommends policy to TMA in your area of interest, such as legislative affairs, child and adolescent health or medical education;
- Run for an elected position at TMA;
- Attend medical student meetings at TMA's annual meetings (Winter Conference, TexMed, Fall Conference), network with other students across the state, enhance your knowledge of the medical profession, and help develop recommendations for TMA policy;
- Support TEXPAC, TMA's political action committee, which actively endorses candidates for public office who support medicine's agenda;
- Participate in First Tuesdays at the Capitol, TMA's organized visits to legislators during the state legislative session; and
- Reach out with TMA's public health initiatives, such as Be Wise - Immunize, which provide resources you can use to help your community.
Business of Medicine Lecture Series
The HCMS Business of Medicine Lecture Series offers a glimpse into life after medical school. Baylor College of Medicine students are eligible for elective credit and The University of Texas-Houston students are eligible for blue book credit. Since the inception of the program, we have offered the Business of Medicine Lectures Series during the spring semester. This year we extended the schedule to include the fall semester. We offered two of the nine lectures in the fall and seven lectures and one make-up program, First Tuesday this spring.
To ensure that you are awarded full credit for your participation: UTH students must attend at least 7 of the 9 scheduled lectures; BCM students must attend at least 8 of the 9 scheduled lectures.You must provide proof of your attendance by signing in at the registration table and completing the surveys for the corresponding lecture. The chairs will provide sign-in sheets at each lecture. The sign-in sheets will serve as back up to address any concerns regarding your attendance to a particular lecture. Review the Attendance Policy for complete details.
Past topics for the lecture series have included:
- Leadership in Medicine - Learn how to become involved in organized medicine while balancing life and medical school so that you can shine as a leader among your peers;
- Practice Models - Learn about the different practice models & how to decide which one is best for you;
- How to Prepare for Your Financial Future - Learn how to manage your student loan "income" to prevent unnecessary debt;
- How to Apply for Loans: The Dos and Don'ts - Learn how to apply for business loans to establish a private or group practice;
- Investing - Learn how to choose the best ways to invest money for your future;
- Liability & Documentation - Learn how to avoid malpractice through proper documentation, legible writing and clear communication;
- How to Market Yourself on a Low Budget - Learn how to market yourself to build your patient and referral base to have a successful practice; and
- Politics & Medicine - Learn how politics affects the business and practice of medicine as a physician and how TEXPAC works for you.
Check back for the current Business of Medicine Lecture series.
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