NAM News - May 1, 2024
In This Issue

House of Delegates Recap

A huge thank you goes out to all the members of Nashville Academy of Medicine who dedicated their time and expertise as delegates to the Tennessee Medical Association House of Delegates on April 6th. It was a privilege to witness the largest assembly of local advocates, representing a diverse range of members including students, residents, fellows, practicing physicians, and retirees across various specialties. 
Congratulations to our NAM board member Dr. Trey Lee, for his role as the 2024 Vice-Speaker of the TMA House of Delegates, with the added honor of serving as Speaker of the House in 2025. Additionally, we are privileged to count NAM members among the TMA Board of Trustees for the upcoming year: medical student Maro Doce, Dr. Trey Lee, Dr. Nicole Schlechter, and Dr. James McKenzie. 
And we express our profound thanks to NAM board member, Dr. Adrian Rodriguez, for his service over the last four years on the TMA Board of Trustees. 

MFN Physicians Ball Sponsors

Looking for an opportunity to support our healthcare community? Consider becoming a sponsor at MFN's Physicians Ball! Your generosity fuels our programs and events to continue supporting health access, healthy lifestyles, health and medical education, and assisting other charitable entities to work towards a healthier Nashville. 

If you'd like more information on becoming a sponsor, please let us know by emailing or calling 615-713-6236 ext. 202. 

Thank You for Renewing Your 2024 NAM Membership!

Thank you for renewing your Nashville Academy of Medicine membership for 2024! Your continued support is invaluable to us. We're excited to have you onboard for the impactful 2024. Your membership fees contribute to a range of initiatives, including local events hosted at NAM, advocacy efforts, and much more!

If you haven't had the chance to renew yet, please let us know so we can assist you in the process. For further details or to request a new invoice, reach out to Jessica at Your membership plays a crucial role in supporting our mission, and we appreciate your commitment to the Nashville medical community.

Grand Opening of the Frist College of Medicine!

We are thrilled to announce the Thomas F. Frist, Jr. College of Medicine (FCOM) had its grand opening on Monday, April 29! NAM is proud to support this event with a remarkable turnout from NAM members and leaders all gathered to show their support for this momentous occasion. Among the attendees were American Medical Association president and NAM member Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, former NAM president and FCOM faculty member M. Kevin Smith, MD, and former NAM president Nicole Schlechter, MD.
Dean Anderson Spickard, MD, delivered an inspiring message, emphasizing the role of the incoming students in transforming medicine through whole person care. He encouraged them with words of empowerment, highlighting their future as competent, collaborative, and compassionate healthcare professionals. NAM is proud to celebrate the addition of this outstanding medical institution to Nashville's medical community.
Thank you to
our sponsors:
Burke Financial Group, LLC
Board of Directors:
  • Michael Beckham, MD
    Board Chair
  • Carl Willis, MD
  • Laura Lawson, MD
  • Christin Giordano McAuliffe, MD
  • Tyler Barrett, MD 
  • Parul Goyal, MD
  • George "Trey" Lee, III, MD
  • Matthew Pollard, MD
  • Adrian Rodriguez, MD
  • Nicole Schlechter, MD 
  • Gregg Shepard, MD 

Contact Us:
Rebecca Leslie, MBA
Chief Executive Officer

Nikki Ringenberg, MPA
Senior Director, Advancement

Taylor Crawford, MPH
Senior Director of Strategy & Expansion

Kelly Blankenship, MPS
Director of Administration
Jessica Miller, MS
Director of Physician & Community Engagement
Erica Brahan
Director of Project Access
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Professional Privelage Tax

In 2022, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a bill to remove physicians from the requirement to pay the professional privilege tax and it was effective in 2023.  

May Updates

Register for TMA's All-Member Virtual 2024 Legislative Wrap-Up on May 21st.
Click here to register. 
The TMA Legislative Committee is now accepting issues to consider as policy priorities in the 2025 session.
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