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ROUNDS TexMed 2015 registration is now open — and it’s FREE!


RESERVE YOUR SPOT today for the Texas Medical Association’s free annual conference, and join thousands of your fellow Texas physicians, as TexMed 2015 arrives in Austin May 1–2 for a weekend of advocacy, education, and collabo- ration at the Austin Convention Center and Hilton Austin. TexMed is TMA’s largest event of the year, offering free continuing medical education (CME), an extensive gathering of exhibitors to help with every aspect of your practice, and, because we’re in Austin, a special Thursday event at the Capitol. See all the details and register online at www.texmed.org/texmed. At TexMed 2015, you can meet with elected officials face-to-face to voice medicine’s priorities for the legislative session. There’s nothing quite as impact- ful as thousands of Texas physicians coming together in one place to form one unified voice. Plus, you can participate in your choice of more than 80 hours of free CME,


including two general sessions, and mingle and network with your colleagues from across the state. TexMed also provides the platform for business and policy decisions and discussion. The TMA House of Delegates conducts its annual policymaking ses- sion and elections in conjunction with TexMed, and many TMA boards, coun- cils, and committees meet, as well. TMA needs your voice and your experience


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to help develop relevant, meaningful policy that benefits Texas physicians and patients. For a full schedule of events and information about CME, exhibi- tors, lodging, fun things to do in and around Austin, and how to get more involved in TMA policy creation, visit www.texmed.org/texmed. Be sure to register and make your hotel reserva- tion so you can enjoy this free benefit of your TMA membership.


Stay informed; play your role in the Texas Legislature


AS OF MARCH 1, three full months remain in the 2015 regular session of the Texas Legislature — and the hard work has just begun. The session is proving to be a challenging one for medicine on several fronts. TMA’s Healthy Vision 2020, Second Edition (www.texmed.org/healthyvision), outlines the association’s legislative agenda. But as hard as TMA’s phy- sician leaders and lobby staff work, you’re the one who can make the dif- ference in whether we succeed or fail. Here are four ways you can play a key role in the 84th Texas Legislature:


1. Stay informed. Subscribe to the daily or weekly version of TMA’s Legislative News Hotline at www .texmed.org/hotline.


2. Be social. Follow TMA and your state lawmakers on Twitter (twit


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