TMA logoThe Texas Medical Association is accepting applications for the TMA Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine. The award recognizes teaching physicians who are clinicians and have a record of TMA leadership, scholarly activity, mentoring, professional development, advocacy, and community service. Applications are due Dec. 6, 2013.

“TMA is eager to recognize our physicians who are consummate teachers, role models, and medical professionals,” said Dr. David Wright, chair of TMA’s Council on Medical Education. “These awards underscore these doctors’ value in preparing the future physician workforce and as leaders within TMA and their communities.”

The program, now in its second year, has four recognition levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Eligibility criteria increase for each award level. TMA has reduced the minimum requirements for this year’s award, based on feedback from the inaugural 2012-13 award cycle.

Physicians self-nominate for the Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels, and anyone who meets the criteria will receive recognition. A committee composed of TMA physicians chooses the annual Platinum-level winner from among the Gold-level recipients. Gold recipients remain eligible for the annual Platinum award for three years, and do not need to reapply during that period.

Award-winning physicians receive a certificate and recognition by TMA’s Council on Medical Education and Subcommittee for Academic Physicians at TMA’s annual meeting, TexMed. The Platinum winner also receives a $5,000 award. Winners will be recognized in TMA’s award-winning newsmagazine, Texas Medicine; in TMA’s It’s Academic e-newsletter; and in the Handbook for Delegates at TexMed.

Physicians may download applications at The submission deadline is 5 pm CST, Dec. 6, 2013. 

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer McHaney at TMA at 800.880.1300, ext. 1451, or

Located in Austin, TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members.