A Message from the President
Mark J. Florian, MD
Brazos-Robertson County Medical Society


Dear Colleagues, 

This is an exciting time of the year. Winter with its many pranks such as frigid days, icy roads, influenza, and other ills has made its exit, and beautiful spring is with us. These wonderful days make us want to make things happen. 

This has been a year with bright beginnings. At 2007 Texas Medical Association Winter Conference in Austin in early February, more than 700 physicians gathered to talk and listen. First came discussion on economic issues, such as practice cost analysis, benchmarking, and consumer-directed care. A seminar on communication skills followed, and the meeting closed with a general session on what to expect in state and federal legislation in 2007. 

We are all aware that new leadership in the House and Senate will affect legislative priorities. On the federal level, low Medicare reimbursement rates still plague us. History tells us this issue will require the personal touch of many physicians. Use the TMA Web site at www.texmed.org to keep informed on how TMA is working for you. 

On the state level, many health issues will come to the forefront. Concerns include scope of practice, advance directives, managed care reforms, and physician ownership. Issues that affect children, such as the human papillomavirus vaccine, exercise, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, certainly will get a lot of press. Refer to page two of this newsletter for further news on legislative activity. 

We can all help our legislators by participating in TMA’s First Tuesdays at the Capitol. We still have two of these important grassroots lobbying days left — April 3 and May 1. Wear your white coat to the Capitol. Each white coat helps make our message louder and clearer. 

Moving from legislation to continuing medical education (CME) — now also is the time to turn our thoughts to TMA’s annual meeting for 2007, TexMed Educational Showcase and Expo. Mark your calendars for April 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion Center in BIG D. This event provides something for everyone, such as 120 hours of CME representing 18 specialties, invitations to special events, and lots of other perks. The TexMed 2007 advance program will answer most of your questions. For more information on the wide selection of CME courses, visit texmed07.texmed.org.   

Here at the Brazos-Robertson County Medical Society, a lot of good things are happening, too. Look in this issue to see what the medical students have undertaken and read about alliance activities. For a pleasant surprise, turn to the FYI Update section on page 3 and read what is happening here in Bryan-College Station. 

Again, we are the voice of medicine and our voice begins right here — with the Brazos-Robertson County Medical Society.