March 2021


In this issue . . . 


Business of Medicine Presentation: Ethics CME
Virtual First Tuesdays
Got A Minute? Your Input is Requested
Meet the Co-Chairs of TMAF's 2021 Gala
Dell Med Grand Rounds - Reed Tuckson, MD
2021 Virtual Cardiology Update for Primary Care


Business of Medicine Presentation: Ethics CME
March 11


“Ransomware and Cyber Security Threats: 
Protecting Your Practice”


This 1-hour live internet presentation is intended for physicians of all specialties who are interested in practical ways to reduce the potential for malpractice liability. At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
• Identify the potential threats and vulnerabilities to your network, including ransomware;
• Assess vulnerabilities within the practice;
• Describe actions to take to protect your network; and
• Establish appropriate actions to take in the event of a breach or ransomware attack.
Date: Thursday, March 11
Time: Livestream webinar 12:00-1:00 pm

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Virtual First Tuesdays
March 2

Lobbying your legislator has never been easier—or safer. Join TMA and TMA Alliance on the first Tuesday of the month for a virtual legislative update. TMA’s lobby team will outline issues important to medicine and actions you can take now to make a difference. 
For more information  
Date: Tuesday, March 2
Time: Zoom Webinar 12:00-1:00 pm

Got a minute? Your Input is Requested


Environmental Health and Health Disparities in Texas Survey
A Northeastern University PhD candidate – that lives in Texas and has been researching environmental health and health disparities in the state for about a decade – is asking for assistance from physicians. She is currently working on her dissertation on health care providers' training, education, and clinical practices regarding environmental health in Texas (funded by the Ford Foundation). This survey hopes to learn more about health care professionals’ knowledge of environmental determinants of health in Texas.
The survey can be taken on a smart phone, tablet, or computer and will take approximately ten minutes to complete. 

Quick COVID-19 Risk Factor Survey

This 1-minutes survey aims to study the impact the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare professional. 



Meet the Co-Chairs of TMAF’s 2021 Gala 

The TMA Foundation is pleased to announce David Fleeger, MD, and his wife, Jamie, and Belda Zamora, MD, and her husband, F. Javier Otero, MD, all of Austin, as co-chairs of its 28th annual gala, Superheroes: Meeting the Challenge.

Dr. Fleeger is a colon and rectal surgeon and is TMA’s immediate past president. Jamie Fleeger is a physician assistant in family medicine and board certified by the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She is also a longtime member of the TMA Alliance and Travis County Medical Alliance. 
Dr. Zamora is a family physician and serves on TMA’s Council on Medical Education and the Travis County Medical Society Executive Board. Dr. Otero serves as serves as Cardiac Catheterization Lab Medical Director at St. David’s Medical Center.  
“We are honored to serve as co-chairs for this year’s gala fundraiser,” Dr. and Mrs. Fleeger said in an email. “As the philanthropic arm of our TMA, the Foundation serves as the public face of the altruistic nature of our profession. By serving our patients and profession so well the TMA Foundation is indeed the ‘White Hat’ organization that should make every Texas physician proud.”
“We are honored to co-chair the Foundation’s First Virtual Gala recognizing the Superheroes of 2020-2021,” Drs. Zamora and Otero said, also in an email. “Please join us in support of this unforgettable event which raises funds for programs that TMA and TMA Alliance members allocate to promoting healthy community projects.” 
TMA Foundation’s 2021 gala will take place as a virtual event on Friday, May 14, from 7 to 8:15 pm during TMA’s annual meeting, TexMed, in Austin. The virtual event will be broadcast from the Thompson Auditorium in the TMA building. The event will feature a silent auction, special messages to the health care superheroes in Texas, and entertainment from local musicians. 
Sponsorships are available at various recognition levels ranging from $3,000 for a table of eight to $50,000 for the exclusive presenting sponsorship.
To learn more and purchase tickets or a sponsorship, visit , or contact TMAF at (800) 880-1330, ext. 1664, or (512) 370-1664.


Dell Med Grand Rounds Featuring 
Reed Tuckson, MD, FACP
March 3

“Value Based Care: Charting the Landscape Pre and Post COVID”
Please join us for the next installment of virtual Dell Med Grand Rounds featuring Reed Tuckson, MD, FACP. Tuckson is the former Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs for UnitedHealth Group. Tuckson will talk us through the quality and cost pressures driving value-based care pre-pandemic. He will then describe COVID-19's impact on such care delivery going forward—a topic not to be missed by those committed to delivering value to patients in the form of better outcomes at lower cost.
Date: Wednesday, March 3
Time: 12 to 1 pm




2021 Virtual Cardiology Update for Primary Care

Date: April 10-11
Time: 8 am to 12 pm
Where: Virtual 
Learn about the latest in diagnosing, treating, and managing arrhythmias, heart failure, and cardiovascular disease.