One year ago, when I proudly accepted this position, I told you that the theme ... the agenda ... the challenge of my presidency would be "Taking Advantage of Change." With the passage of the Affordable Care Act only one month before, with the nonstop threats to our Medicare payments, with the prospect of a nasty 2011 session of the Texas Legislature ... there was no question what changes we were talking about.
But I also told you that if any medical society is prepared to help its members through these seismic changes ... through advocacy, education, and engagement ... it's our Texas Medical Association. And I pledged that TMA would help Texas physicians take advantage of this change all around us.
Here we are, one year later. I can report that we've come so far ... but we still have a long way to go. I can tell you that we've done so much ... but we still have so much to do.
(Houston, TX -- May 13, 2011)