Texas Osteopathic Medical Association - TOMA

Serving DOs in the State of Texas - Members have access to CME, advocacy, & networking opportunities.


Today we celebrate !Thank you to our superheroes in scrubs for the hard work and dedication they provide to patients every day. 💙

Prevalence and quality of medical Spanish education in US osteopathic medical schools: a national survey 05/04/2024

National survey on the prevalence and quality of medical Spanish education in US osteopathic medical schools in The Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (JOM):

➡️89% of DO schools had medSpan of some kind in their programs
➡️Many programs reported strong student-led initiatives
➡️Only 12% of programs meet 4 basic educational standards for medSpan

Read the full findings here:

Prevalence and quality of medical Spanish education in US osteopathic medical schools: a national survey Context Spanish is the language in the United States with the greatest language-concordant physician deficit. Allopathic medical Spanish programs have proliferated, but the national prevalence of medical Spanish education at osteopathic medical schools has never been evaluated. Objectives The object...


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🩺 Hybrid meeting
🩺 Engaging sessions led by industry experts
🩺 All participants receive on-demand access to the session recordings for 30 days
🩺 Networking opportunities with peers and leaders in the field

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📣 The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth SHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine TCOM - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine


Friday is the last day to take advantage of early bird pricing for the Annual Convention! 🚨

Register today - all participants will get on-demand access to the session recordings for 30 days following the convention. https://bit.ly/403x5Nv

🩺 TCOM - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine University of the Incarnate Word SHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine


Review your study progress in real time with a panel that demonstrates the gaps in your knowledge. WelCOM, written by the same DOs who write COMLEX-USA, can help you stop guessing about what you need to work on https://bit.ly/3TwOzkd


It's World Immunization Week, and this year World Health Organization (WHO) is celebrating 50 years of the Essential Programme on Immunization (EPI).

This week aims to highlight the collective action needed to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages from vaccine-preventable diseases. 🩺 Here are some helpful resources to share with your patients this week and any day! https://bit.ly/31kNCRb


Just over a week left to take advantage of early bird pricing! 📣

Apply for the 17th Annual Convention this June and join us in Fort Worth, or tune in virtually. We're looking forward to thought-provoking lectures, valuable networking opportunities, and a chance to share best practices.

📆 June 14-16
📍 Fort Worth
📣 Early bird pricing ends May 3

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The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine TCOM - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine SHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine


TOMA Member Spotlight: Damon Schranz, DO, FACOFP, is the current TOMA President and has been an academic physician with The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth for over 20 years. Dr. Schranz is an associate professor and Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Family Medicine. He also serves as the director of the two-month family medicine clerkship, the longitudinal preceptorship programs for his department, and as an advisor to the HSC Pride organization.

He has presented on DEI issues for TOMA, the Texas ACOFP, the North American Primary Care Research Group, the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine, and the American Osteopathic Association. https://bit.ly/3YDlXa8


Registration is open! 📣

Apply by May 3rd to take advantage of early bird pricing! Join us in Fort Worth for the 17th Annual Convention or attend virtually. More info and registration here: https://bit.ly/403x5Nv

🩺 The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth TCOM - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine University of the Incarnate Word SHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine


Dr. Jeanne Rupert shares her experience with navigating grief while in medical school after the loss of her spouse. Dr. Rupert shares how patient care and the practice of osteopathic medicine brought her continual joy, even in the most challenging of times. https://bit.ly/3udBELt


We are proud to celebrate today and every day! 🩺 We’re honoring over 130 years of osteopathic distinctiveness and extending gratitude to all who make us .


This in MedPage Today explores family planning for those in the medical field, highlighting ways institutions can offer support for students and staff who want children. Read here: https://bit.ly/3TUfcRE


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Deanah Jibril, DO, MS, MBA, is an assistant clinical professor of OB-GYN at the University of California Riverside School of Medicine and shared strategies that physicians can employ to help them prepare for a possible recession. Read here ➡️ https://bit.ly/4cACrrg

Photos from Texas Osteopathic Medical Association - TOMA's post 04/04/2024

Happy Thursday from TOMA! Here’s a little of some happy moments from our 2023 Annual Convention. We hope to see y’all this June in Fort Worth for our Annual Convention! https://bit.ly/403x5Nv


National Public Health Week (NPHW) is an annual event that aims to raise awareness about public health issues and promote preventive measures to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities. https://bit.ly/3LygISd


Kevin Beyer, DO, an osteopathic physician specializing in gastroenterology, contributed to this article in Men's Health about the gut-brain connection and how stress could lead to diarrhea. 💩 https://bit.ly/49LMRBP


Happy National to all of the DOs out there! TOMA honors, appreciates, and celebrates you today and every day. Thank you for your hard work!


🚨Saturday, March 29, is the deadline to submit presentations for the Annual Convention! 🚨 Submit your proposals to present at the 17th Annual Convention at TCOM - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine from June 14th-16th! https://bit.ly/3YzNRnr

📣 SHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine University of the Incarnate Word


Happy National Physicians Week! 🩺 We are deeply grateful for the dedication of doctors everywhere, but especially our DOs here in Texas. Thank you for your commitment to educating, advocating, and treating patients across our state!


TOMA Member Spotlight: Katarina Lindley, DO, FACOFP, is an immediate past president of TOMA and current owner of Eagle Medical Center, a direct primary care practice in Brock. Dr. Lindley is a board-certified family physician and is especially passionate about legislative advocacy, health policy, and our veterans. 🩺 Lindley Medical Dr. Kat Lindley

Learn more about TOMA's leadership: https://bit.ly/3YDlXa8

Photos from Texas Osteopathic Medical Association - TOMA's post 03/22/2024

Happy Thursday from TOMA! Here’s a little of some happy moments from our MidWinter Conference this past January in Dallas. 🤩 Thanks to everyone who joined !


TOMA is now accepting presentation proposals for the 17th Annual Convention. The meeting will be held June 14-16, 2024, in Fort Worth, TX.

Share your expertise to enhance your professional growth in the osteopathic profession by becoming a presenter! You are invited to submit topics/discussions that will attract dedicated osteopathic and allopathic professionals. Get involved in the continuing education process by submitting a proposal now!

🔔 Deadline to submit is March 29. https://bit.ly/3YzNRnr


The Texas Trifecta 🩺

Have you read the latest issue of Texas DO? We spoke with the three Texas osteopathic medical school deans about producing the next round of service-minded DOs. Hear from Dr. Frank Filipetto, Dr. Thomas Mohr and Dr. John Pham on the future of medicine. Read here:https://teoma.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/The%20Texas%20Trifecta.pdf

⭐️The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine University of the Incarnate Word


Save the date! 📆 The 17th Annual TOMA/TXACOFP Convention will be here before you know it! We look forward to seeing you all in Fort Worth from June 14th to June 16th.

Match 2022: You’ve Matched, Now What? - NBOME 03/15/2024

Congratulations to all who celebrating ! Now that you’ve gotten the good news…what’s next? Here’s some great advice from a Residency Program Director. https://bit.ly/3EfPSgK

Match 2022: You’ve Matched, Now What? - NBOME An RPD provides advice to fourth-years awaiting residency By now, most DO students have learned where they will be going for their residencies, and have […]


March is 💙 According to data from 2022, Texas was among the five lowest states for screening rates. Now, researchers at Dell Med School are leading CONNECT (Coordinating Center for Colorectal Cancer Screening) committed to raising Texas' colorectal cancer screening rate over the next five years.

Learn more about the program here: https://bit.ly/3TyYUNU


Today is the last day to register for on-demand access to all presentations! 🚨 You will have access to all on-demand content through March 17th as long as you register by EOD today.


🩺22 Category 1A credits
🩺1 opioid/pain management credit hour
🩺2 ethics/risk management credit hours

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Let the madness begin! It’s officially Match week! The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine has tons of resources for DO students navigating the Match basics. Tag us in your pics and share your celebrations with TOMA! https://bit.ly/3lzYnMS.

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Our History

The nonprofit, Austin-based Texas Osteopathic Medical Association was formally organized by five osteopathic physicians on November 29, 1900, in Sherman, Texas, under the name, Texas Association for the Advancement of Osteopathy. At the organizational meeting David L. Clark, D.O., of Sherman was elected president with an initial state membership of approximately ten; a constitution was adopted; and, first officers were elected. The association was formed because of the Wilson Bill, then pending in the state legislature, which threatened the osteopathic profession, along with occult or unorthodox practitioners. Cecil Smith, a former senator from Sherman, was hired to lobby against the bill, and an amendment protecting the profession was adopted. The first Texas Medical Practice Act, passed in 1907, permitted the licensing of doctors of osteopathy. John F. Bailey, D.O., of Waco was appointed by Governor Thomas M. Campbell as the first osteopathic physician on the composite State Board of Medical Examiners. In 1901, during the group's second meeting in Fort Worth, the name was changed to Texas Osteopathic Association. The name was changed again in 1930 to Texas Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, and the association was first incorporated in 1946 in Dallas County. Its purpose was to support the science of osteopathic medicine. On September 14, 1971, the name was changed to Texas Osteopathic Medical Association.

During the presidency of Joseph L. Love of Austin (1944-46) the profession made significant legislative gains. Another key figure in the association's growth was Phil R. Russell, D.O., of Fort Worth, who served as president in 1923-24 and in 1949 limited his practice in order to take over as executive secretary of the association. In the early 1950s, he built the first state headquarters at 512 Bailey in Fort Worth and was instrumental in achieving recognition for Texas osteopathic physicians by Blue Cross Insurance, which had previously refused to pay osteopathic hospitals or physicians. In 1925, when Governor Miriam A. Ferguson appointed Russell to serve on the Texas State Board of Health, he became the first osteopathic member. He was subsequently appointed to a six-year term on the State Board of Medical Examiners by Governor Ross S. Sterling and reappointed by Governor James Allred. President Franklin Roosevelt awarded him a Citation for his work on the medical advisory board of the United States Selective Service System during World War II. Under Tex Roberts, executive director from 1968 to 1987, the association made further gains for the profession. By 1980, osteopathic representation on the Board of Medical Examiners had dropped to one; after strong lobbying efforts, the Medical Practice Act of 1981 was passed, mandating three osteopathic physicians on the board and at least one on each of its committees. In 1987, Joel D. Holliday, D.O., became the first osteopathic physician ever to serve as president of the board. In 1981 and 1983 the association was also successful in getting a nondiscriminatory clause into the Medical Practice Act. During Roberts's tenure, a new headquarters was built at 226 Bailey Avenue in Fort Worth and the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine became a reality.

In 1987, upon the retirement of Mr. Roberts, Tom Hanstrom was hired as executive director. Under his direction, a TOMA owned medical malpractice company was incorporated to provide TOMA members with medical malpractice insurance. Upon Mr. Hanstrom's untimely death in 1991, Terry Boucher was hired as the executive director. In 1993, the association's office was moved from Fort Worth to Austin so that the profession could have a stronger presence in the political arena. Under Mr. Boucher, the association was successful in getting a nondiscriminatory hospital staff law passed; the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners began accepting the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners test for licensure in Texas; and, the association restored and moved into its new headquarters building in Austin at 1415 Lavaca Street. After a million-dollar renovation, the building has been designated as an Austin Historic Landmark.

Wives of osteopathic physicians were originally combined with women osteopathic physicians in an organization known as the Osteopathic Women's National Association; Mary Lou Logan, D.O., of Dallas was a prime mover in Texas. Separation of the groups began at the 1938 convention of the American Osteopathic Association held in Ohio, and in 1939, wives of osteopathic physicians in Dallas County formed the first auxiliary in Texas. In 1940, the Dallas County auxiliary president, Mrs. Robert Morgan, was asked to form a state auxiliary, which was founded that year with ten charter members and Mrs. Morgan served as the first president. From Texas, the idea of state auxiliaries later developed at the national level and the Auxiliary to the American Osteopathic Association was formed at a meeting in Dallas.

Growth of the osteopathic profession in Texas has risen from about ten in 1900 to approximately 150 in 1929. Due to the increase, eighteen divisional districts were formed to promote better communication. In 1998, the House of Delegates approved a nineteenth district in the Laredo area. The association publishes the Texas DO, formerly Texas Osteopathic Physicians Journal and an Annual Directory. It also holds an annual convention and an annual MidWinter/Legislative seminar. As of 1999, regular members numbered 1,782. The association exists to serve as an advocate for the needs of Texas osteopathic physicians, act as a referral service to the public, strives to improve public health, maintain high standards of osteopathic care, and ensure that the public has an alternative when selecting physicians.

BIBLOGRAPHY: Phil R. Russell and Judy Alter, The Quack Doctor (Fort Worth: Branch-Smith, 1974). Texas Osteopathic Physicians Journal, April 1969.

Written by Lydia Anderson Hedges and Terry R. Boucher

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