December 2021

In this issue...

TCMS Annual Business Meeting and Award Presentation
Virtual Business of Medicine Presentation with US Congressman Michael Burgess, MD
Is Your Official Physician Photo Out of Date . . . or Just Plain Terrible?
TCMS Has Discounted Tickets to UT Basketball and Broadway Austin!
Texas Physicians for Social Responsibility: Health Impacts of Climate Change
Dell Med School Update

TCMS Annual Business Meeting and Award Presentation

Tuesday, December 7
The TCMS Annual Business Meeting and Award presentations will be streamed live December 7.
Join us virtually as we honor this year’s award recipients:
Physician of the Year: Dr. Jordan Weingarten
Humanitarian: Dr. Jeffree James
Young Physician: Dr. Andy Tau
Citation for Distinguished Public Service: Dr. Mark Escott
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 7
Time: 7:00 pm

Virtual Business of Medicine CME Presentation: Empower Your Advocacy with Current Insight from US Congressman Michael Burgess, MD

Thursday, December 9   
After spending nearly three decades practicing medicine in North Texas, Dr. Burgess has served the constituents of the 26th District since 2003 in the United States House of Representatives. He is the most senior medical doctor, on both sides of the aisle, serving in the House of Representatives. Because of his medical background, he has been a strong advocate for health care legislation aimed at reducing health care costs, improving choices, reforming liability laws to put the needs of patients first, and ensuring there are enough doctors in the public and private sector to care for America’s patients and veterans.
Date: Dec. 9
Time: Noon

Is Your Official Physician Photo Out of Date . . . or Just Plain Terrible?

The Travis County Medical Society has partnered with J. Russell Portrait Design, who specializes in “Executive Portraits” to photograph all physicians for use on badges, offices, websites and more.
There is no cost for you to participate in a session. There will be the opportunity to purchase photos if you choose. 
Please call J. Russell Portrait Design at 512-266-8921 to schedule your appointment.
Date: January 10, 11, 12, 13 or 14
Time: 8 am to 4 pm
Place: TCMS offices, 4300 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin 78756

TCMS Has Discounted Tickets to UT Basketball and Broadway Austin!

See UT Men’s Basketball against Oklahoma and Baylor at a special rate or choose a show fresh from Broadway.

Health Impacts of Climate Change

Texas Physicians for Social Responsibility has issued a new report on the health impacts of climate change. Their report, entitled “Texas Climate 2040: How Climate Change Impacts the Health of Texans,” lays out the vulnerabilities to climate change that Texas is exposed to and explains how each of them can create new public health concerns for the state.
Throughout the report, the authors examine the impact of climate change and its effects on human health, such as infections and illnesses, agriculture and food supply, air quality, and mental health considerations. 

Dell Med students have the chance to earn a Master of Arts in Design focused on Health, a first-of-its-kind program at The University of Texas at Austin and one of seven dual degree options for medical students. They partner with interdisciplinary teams to help solve real health systems challenges for organizations locally and nationally.

Some of last year's projects included improving access to health services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students; helping families of children with heart defects transition from hospital to home; and bringing support to an urban food desert in eastern Travis County. Read about their work 
It’s estimated that the year 2100 will come long before gender parity in the field of orthopaedics. Meet Aya Rossano, fourth-year student at Dell Med, who’s aiming to change that through mentorship and advocacy. Read the Q&A with Aya