Aug. 10, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 32


Making the Rounds


Organized medicine groups address medical faculty

Group photo Dr. Rajam Ramamurthy (third from left) poses with the newly elected members of the governing council of the Texas Medical Association's International Medical Graduates section. Drs. Ramamurthy, Josephine Ruiz-Healy (standing to the right of Dr. Ramamurthy) and Antoineta Gonzalez (far right) are from San Antonio.

Leaders from the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and the Bexar County Medical Society (BCMS) addressed a recent meeting of the Medical Faculty Assembly on campus. After a welcome by Health Science Center President Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, several guests presented information.

Dr. William Hinchey, a local pathologist who graduated from the UTHSC Medical School in 1978 and now serves on the TMA board of trustees and executive committee, spoke about the advocacy role of the TMA and mentioned the Medicaid fee increase that was recently passed.

Dr. Gerardo Ortega, a vascular surgeon on the Health Science Center's clinical faculty and president of the BCMS, spoke about the opportunities for faculty to serve on the many committees of the society and to take part in social and educational activities, many geared for the entire family.

Family practitioner Dr. Abelardo Rodriguez, chairman of the Medical School liaison committee as well as the TMA council on medical education, presented information on the physician workforce, graduate medical education funding and the MS-I community physician preceptorship program.

Dr. Rajam Ramamurthy, pediatrics, vice president of the BCMS, commended Dr. Linda Johnson, cellular and structural biology and chairman of the medical faculty assembly, for organizing this special session. Dr. Ramamurthy also noted that participation in the TMA and the BCMS provides a good avenue for community service and strengthens faculty resumés for promotion and tenure. She also advocated partnering with organized medicine to further the academic agenda and to promote common issues affecting all physicians.

Alfred Gilchrist, director of the TMA legislative office, addressed the above issues and emphasized that the "house of medicine" must stand together.

Dr. Steven A. Wartman, executive vice president for academic and health affairs and Medical School dean, thanked guests and attendees for their presence.