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Tuesday, February 19, 2013


One week after our first First Tuesdays at the Capitol of the year in Austin, the American Medical Association’s National Advocacy Conference brought a “white coat invasion” to Washington, D.C. Texans joining TMA President Michael Speer, MD, and me on Capitol Hill to push TMA’s 2013 federal advocacy agenda were AMA presidential hopeful Joe Annis, MD; TMA Trustee Carlos Cardenas, MD; TMA Council on Legislation Chair Les Secrest, MD; Texas Delegation to the AMA Chair Lyle Thorstenson, MD; AMA Council on Science and Public Health member Russ Kridel, MD; Travis County Medical Society President Michelle Berger, MD; TMA Alliance President Linda Adkins; AMA Alliance President Pat Hyer; University of Texas Southwestern Medical School student Amy Ho; and TMA’s chief lobbyist, Darren Whitehurst. Also with us was Justin Berk, a medical student from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, who received the Leadership Award from the AMA Foundation. We worked closely throughout our trip with physician leaders from the eight other states in our new national grassroots advocacy coalition.

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