Texas-Medical-AssociationThe Texas Medical Association (TMA) has created a new award to acknowledge outstanding physician leaders in academic medicine. The TMA Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine recognizes teaching physicians who are clinicians and have a record of TMA leadership, scholarly activity, mentoring, professional development, advocacy, and community service.

“TMA is eager to recognize our physician leaders who are dedicated to caring for patients as well as preparing tomorrow’s physician workforce,” said Dr. David Wright, chair of the TMA Council on Medical Education. “These awards express the value TMA places on the academic segment of the physician community and the role they play in transforming health care through teaching.”

Physicians who have taught medical students, residents, or fellows for at least three years and who were Texas Medical Association members during that time are encouraged to apply for the award. Qualification for Bronze- and Silver-level awards is through self-nomination. Deadline for submission is Dec. 31.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing nearly 46,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 120 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.