NAM News - June 11, 2024
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NAM Medical Student Awards

Congratulations to the Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Class of 2024! The Nashville Academy of Medicine presents two prestigious medical student awards: the Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown Award and the Dr.Tom Nesbitt Award.
The Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown Award recognizes outstanding medical leadership, education, and civic involvement. The 2024 recipient, Kadija Salifu, has demonstrated exemplary character and leadership through active participation in NAM as well as involvement in various other organizations.
The Dr. Tom Nesbitt Award acknowledges achievement in education, socio-economic, and legislative affairs. Daniel Ragheb, the 2024 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.

2024 TMA Legislative Summary is Available Now!

The Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on April 25, 2024, ending a session that included significant gains for organized medicine. TMA and the House of Medicine passed all of its legislative priorities, including protecting physicians from assault in the workplace, stabilizing practice revenue during recoupment periods, improving efficiency of the collaborative relationship with physician assistants, and enabling physicians to seek out treatment for burnout without fear of professional retribution.

Click here to learn more about 2024 wins and other key issues!

Join Project Access: Seeking Specialty Care Physicians

Are you a dedicated physician looking to make a meaningful impact in your community? Project Access Nashville invites you to join our mission of providing essential specialty care to underserved populations in our city.
Project Access Nashville is committed to bridging the healthcare gap by ensuring that all residents have access to high-quality specialty medical care. Our program connects uninsured patients with volunteer physicians, fostering a healthier and more equitable community.
Joining Project Access Nashville is easy and rewarding. Simply fill out our Volunteer Interest Form or contact the for more details. Your participation can help transform healthcare for those who need it most.
Thank you for considering this opportunity to give back to our community!

New Laws Effective Immediately and July 1

Several laws enacted by the 2024 General Assembly will become effective immediately and on July 1 and may be of special interest to physicians since they could require action or reporting. Others are for information only. Topics include: 
  • Threat of Harm Reporting 
  • Mental Health 
  • Insurance
  • Medical Records
Click here for a full online summary of these laws. 
Contact the TMA Legal Department at 800-659-1862, ext. 1645 or with any questions.
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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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