NAM News - June 27, 2023
In This Issue

NAM Medical Student Awards

Congratulations to the Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Class of 2023! The Nashville Academy of Medicine presents two prestigious medical student awards: the Dorothy Lavinia Brown Award and the Tom Nesbitt Award.
The Dorothy Lavinia Brown Award recognizes outstanding medical leadership, education, and civic involvement. The 2023 recipient, Terry Henry, has demonstrated exemplary character and leadership through active participation in NAM and the Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology, as well as involvement in various other organizations.
The Tom Nesbitt Award acknoledges achievement in education, socio-economic, and legislative affairs. Megan McLeod, the 2023 recipient, has shown exceptional dedication to NAM and Vanderbilt, holding leadership positions and contributing significantly to medical student organizations.
Both awardees exemplify the Nashville Academy of Medicine's values and commitment to fostering future physicians.

MATE Act Education Course

Insurance Workshop Series

Join us this summer as TMA hosts a series of informative insurance webinars on compliance and auditng, specialty coding and more. Each webinar will include a one-hour presentation with a different expert followed by a 30- minute Q&A session. CEU is available for each speaker webinar except for the Legislative Recap, which will have CME available.
Click here to register and learn more!

Special TMA PAC Membership Offer Available

In 2022, the Tennessee General Assembly repealed the annual $400 professional privilege tax for physicians following years of advocacy by TMA.
Now TMA is offering a special promotion to help show appreciation to the same legislators who supported you with this exemption last year. By donating your $400 savings to TMA PAC, you will automatically receive Advocate level TMA PAC membership status and benefits—a $100 value!

This promotion is only valid until July 1, 2023, so don’t delay in showing your support. To learn more about TMA PAC membership, visit

Contributions can be made online at or by mailing a check made payable to TMA PAC to: 701 Bradford Ave. ATTN: Erika Thomas Nashville, TN 37204. 

For questions, contact TMA’s Advocacy Engagement Manager Erika Thomas at

Please note that contributions to TMA PAC are not considered deductible for federal income tax purposes.
Thank you to
our sponsors:
Burke Financial Group, LLC
Board of Directors:
  • Gregg Shepard, MD 
    Board Chair
  • Michael Beckham, MD
  • Carl Willis, MD
  • Laura Lawson, MD
  • Christin Giordano McAuliffe, MD
  • Parul Goyal, MD
  • George "Trey" Lee, III, MD
  • Matthew Pollard, MD
  • James Powers, MD  
  • Adrian Rodriguez, MD
  • Nicole Schlechter, MD 
  • Duane Smoot, MD

Contact Us:
General Inquiries
Phone: (615) 712-6236  
Project Access Nashville 
Specialty Care
Phone: (615) 712-6237
Rebecca Leslie, MBA
Chief Executive Officer

Nikki Ringenberg, MPA
Senior Director

Taylor Crawford, MPH
Director of Strategic Projects
and Operations

Jessica Miller, MS
Director of Physician and Community Engagement
Anastacia Volz
Executive Director of Project Access
Nashville Specialty Care
Erica Brahan
Assistant Director of Project Access
Nashville Specialty Care
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New Laws Effective Immediately

Several laws enacted by the 2023 General Assembly will become effective immediately and may be of special interest to physicians since they could require action or reporting. Others are for information only. Topics include:
  • Topical Medical Waste
  • Abortion Law Amendments
  • Physical Therapy Referrals
  • Telemedicine and Behavioral Health 
  • Update to Opioid Prescription Law
Click here for a full online summary of these laws. Contact the TMA Legal Department at 615-460-1645 or with any questions.
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