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Monday, February 4, 2013

COUNTY SOCIETIES OF ALL SIZES SEE SAME OPPORTUNITIES, CHALLENGES

Hailing from the largest (Harris) to some of the smallest (Rusk), presidents of dozens of Texas county medical societies (CMSs) gathered at 2013 TMA Winter Conference to share ideas and their nagging questions. Their how-to lists were amazingly similar despite the large disparity in the number of physicians they serve: recruiting new members, advancing medicine’s legislative agenda, bringing together independent and hospital-aligned physicians, and communicating better. American Medical Association President Jeremy Lazarus, MD; TMA President-Elect Steve Brotherton, MD; and DocbookMD co-founder Tim Gueramy, MD, addressed the crowd before the physicians broke up into work groups to discuss the greatest challenge and the single greatest opportunity their societies face in 2013. As Dr. Brotherton reminded the participants — and I tell everyone who asks — TMA’s strength flows from our excellent relationship with strong county societies all across the state.

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