Dear Colleagues,


Established in 1853, the Travis County Medical Society has been meeting the needs of physicians, and the community we serve, for over six generations.


The Strategic Goals of the Society include maintaining high standards of medical practice, providing representation and advocacy for patients and physicians, and contributing to a healthier community.


In “normal” times, these efforts focus on activities such as healthcare policy, practice support, community service, physician wellness, education, and social activities, among others. In “normal” times, many of these activities can seem fairly mundane, and one might be lulled into the belief that membership is optional.


However, faced with a global pandemic, physicians have suddenly had to adapt to the realities of COVID-19. Times like these remind us why we really do need our county medical society.


The TCMS mission includes disaster response support and public health advocacy. With the onset of COVID-19, we urgently redirected resources from routine operations to the pandemic response. We listened as you told us what you needed. These needs fell into three general categories: Communication, Equipment, and Organization.

When physicians couldn’t get adequate personal protective equipment, TCMS established a PPE Task Force, the 4-Masks/4-Days initiative , and a GoFundMe  campaign to sustain its PPE Drive.


To date, TCMS has collected and distributed more than 250,000 items of PPE, ranging from N95 masks, to gowns, gloves, hand sanitizer, and more. If you need PPE, request it here.


TCMS began offering N-95 fit testing and mask filtration testing, the results of which are posted on a mask filtration database

A private TCMS Physician COVID-19  Facebook group was established where important official information is posted and where physicians can share their experiences, questions, and concerns.


We surveyed the membership for volunteers, and connected interested physicians with COVID-19 related volunteer opportunities as they arose.


TCMS established a TCMS Covid-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) Work Group, facilitating the rapid ramp-up of CCP donation and administration, and bringing together clinicians from all area hospitals and hospital systems, staff from We are Blood, and other experts.

The COVID-19 pandemic reminds us that as physicians, we need each other, and that we are at our best when we show up and work together. Membership provides the structure in which that happens.

When you join the Travis County Medical Society, you also join the Texas Medical Association, the strongest state medical association in the country. The TMA has provided exemplary leadership and support during this pandemic that would take a whole separate article to describe.


The bottom line: TCMS is our county medical society – but only if we show up and join. TCMS has been showing up for you. If your membership isn’t current, won’t you join us now?


To reinstate or apply for membership, just click here.