December 7, 2009



Season Of Giving - Don't Forget The Texas Orthopaedic Foundation!


By John Early, MD
President, Texas Orthopaedic Association

During this season of giving, please remember the Texas Orthopaedic Foundation (the charitable/educational arm of TOA).


Since it is the end of the year, you may be considering which of your favorite organizations will receive your donations.  Gifting the Texas Orthopaedic Foundation (501(c)3 organization) on or before Dec.

31 not only provides you with a tax advantage for 2009…it helps build a stronger orthopaedic community in Texas through education and research. 

TOF is working right now to bring you online CME in 2010 and to continue our orthopaedic resident activities.  We need your help.  You may contribute by writing a check or charging your credit card.   A fast and easy way to make year-end gifts is simply by calling us at 800-370-1505 or by going to and making your credit card donation online. The Foundation will send you a thank you receipt for your 2009 file. 

Although still new to the philanthropic arena, the Texas Orthopaedic Foundation has already been able to accomplish a significant amount with the gifts it has received:

  • CME Programming for the Texas Orthopaedic Association 2009 Summit and Annual Meeting.  TOA members will be able to obtain the necessary orthopaedic CME through the Foundation either through our wonderful local meetings or our Orthopaedic CME Online feature now under construction.

  • The "Business of Orthopaedics" resident course held during the 2009 TOA Summit. Twenty two orthopaedic residents from around the state attended this business and practice management course introducing them to the basic principles required to begin their practice in orthopaedics.

  • The 2009 Resident Quiz Bowl with the scientific competition featuring nine teams from orthopaedic resident programs around the State.

  • Building upon the Get Active! Texas public health campaign by releasing a public service announcement to all radio stations in the State featuring Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.  We continue to educate the public and partner with healthcare organizations battling obesity through Get Active! Texas.

The Texas Orthopaedic Foundation hopes to continue all these programs, but may be unable to substantially sustain plans for future growth if our orthopaedic surgeons and the corporate orthopaedic community doesn’t provide more help. We are only able to support these educational programs and research opportunities through your help and your donations.

Our primary funding needs for 2010 are in the following areas:  

  • General Support

  • Orthopaedic CME Online and TOF Testing/Tracking

  • ABOS Maintenance of Certification Information

  • Self Assessment Options and Outcomes Surveying

  • Scientific Session and Meeting Programming

  • TOA Meeting Film Production of Presentations & Power Points

  • Resident Education and Activities

Please donate to the Texas Orthopaedic Foundation today!  We have made it easy for you - just click here and fill out your credit card information

Wishing you better Texas orthopaedics through education and research!  Thank you.

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Volunteers Needed For CME Program On MRSA 

Texas Orthopaedic Foundation (or Association) is calling on volunteers to assist in the development of a CME program on MRSA. Topic will be "The Risks and Management of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the Orthopaedic Patient".

Please email Donna Parker ( or call the Texas Orthopaedic Foundation office at 512-370-1500 to volunteer. Teaching

methods will include film presentations, panel discussions, and other multimedia learning opportunities.

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Thank You To Our Sponsor: Flexrad


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2010 TOA Socioeconomic Summit


                 January 30-31, 2010

       2010 TOA Socioeconomic Summit

  • National Healthcare Reform

  • CMS/RACs (Recovery Audits Coming)

  • EMR - Are You Ready?

  • The Forecasting of the 82nd Texas Legislative Session

  • Transition of Care

  • Workers' Compensation Update

  • The Business of Orthopaedics


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Austin, Texas 78701

Phone: (512) 457-8800
Fax: (512) 457-8896
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TOA Room Rate: $180

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Thank You To Our Sponsor: Angiotech


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This Week In Texas: Mignon McGarry's Memos


By Mignon McGarry
TOA Legislative Advocate
TOA Online Version: All Memos


Wednesday, December, 2009

Lots of shifting sands in the political landscape here in Texas.  The past 10 days has been full of announcements.  The filing period for

candidates begins tomorrow, December 3rd and continues through January 4, 2010.  You should be on the lookout for several more twists and turns before the list of candidates is complete.


Democrat Tom Schieffer dropped out of the governor’s race last week and threw his support to Houston Mayor Bill White, despite the fact that Bill White has yet to declare himself a candidate in the governor’s race.


Rep. Dan Gattis (R-Georgetown) announced that he will not run for the Senate District 5 seat currently held by Sen. Steve Ogden (R-Bryan). Ogden announced several months ago that he was retiring and would not run for reelection.  At that time, Gattis announced his intention to run for the open seat.  Gattis now says that Ogden has been convinced to run again in order to address the state’s fiscal challenges during the next legislative session.  No word from Ogden yet on his current plan.


Rep. Norma Chavez (D-El Paso) announced that she will run for reelection in House District 76 instead of making the race for the Senate District 29 seat currently held by retiring Sen. Eliot Shapleigh (D-El Paso).


Republican Jeff Cason announced that he will challenge Rep. Todd Smith (R-Bedford) in the Republican primary for House District 92.


Dr. Jesse Sheffield, a family physician from Gatesville, announced that he will run against Rep. Sid Miller (R-Stephenville) in the Republican primary election for House District 59.


Republican Stefani Carter, a former Collin County prosecutor announced that she will run for the House District 102 seat currently held by Rep. Carol Kent (D-Dallas).


The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced the creation of a new Office of Water which will have oversight over the agency’s existing water planning, supply and quality divisions.  L’Oreal Stepney, an agency employee since 1992, has been named as head of the new department.


Comptroller Susan Combs has certified the 2010-11 budget, saying that revenues were off $650 million from original projections due to the poor economy.  The state has $77.7 billion in general revenue for the current fiscal biennium and she projects a balance of $83.5 million by the close of the biennium.


Chris Traylor, who has led the state's Medicaid program for the past three years, will be the next commissioner of the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS).

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Thank You To Our Sponsor: Austin Radiological Association


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Georgetown Orthopaedic Surgeon Candidate For Texas House District 20


Dr. Charles Schwertner of Georgetown is a candidate for Texas House District 20.

If you are interested in working in his campaign or supporting his run for District 20, please contact Mignon McGarry at TOPAC and let her know how to reach you.

Or, email Dr. Schwertner directly at

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