NAM News - April 20, 2021
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Virtual Member Meeting – April 22

On Thursday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. CST, all NAM members and TMA members are invited to hear from Dr. Niran Al-Agba and Dr. Rebekah Bernard, authors of the book "Patients at Risk: The Rise of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant in Healthcare."

While Scope of Practice battles continue every year, Tennessee physicians will find this meeting both timely and insightful.
"Patients at Risk" exposes the ongoing political maneuverings and corporate agendas that lead to the replacement of qualified medical professionals by lesser-trained practitioners/extenders. Our guests will discuss actual cases they researched, and lessons they learned about improving public and political input on the subject. Pre-registration for this meeting is required, but attendance is free. Click here to register.

Thanks to Our 1,500+ Volunteers!

During National Volunteer Month, we want to send our heartfelt thanks to our physician volunteers! Physicians support our mission by serving on the Academy and Medical Foundation Boards, committees and work groups, as delegates to the TMA House of Delegates, and by supporting our collective efforts to overcome COVID-19.

More than 1,500 physicians have volunteered through Project Access Nashville to provide care to our low-income, uninsured neighbors. Click here to learn about becoming a physician volunteer. Your efforts save lives and make Tennessee a great place to practice medicine. THANK YOU!

Registration Open for Vaccine Providers

We encourage medical practices that want to provide COVID-19 vaccines to patients and staff to register with the Tennessee Department of Health.
  • Register here to become a vaccine provider.
  • Information and guidelines are available here.

HPV Vaccine - What Physicians Need to Know - TONIGHT, April 20

Nashville Academy of Members are invited to join the Memphis Medical Society, Memphis Pediatric Society, and Bluff City Medical Society for a virtual event tonight - Tuesday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting, "HPV Vaccine - What Physicians Need to Know," will feature guest presenter Dr. Heather Brandt, Director of St. Jude's HPV Cancer Prevention Program. 

CME is available for the presentation.  Registration is required. You can register online here.

TMA Alliance Membership and 2021 Annual Meeting

NAM encourages the spouses of our members to get involved with the Tennessee Medical Association Alliance (TMAA). The TMA Alliance is an affiliate organization for spouses of TMA member physicians. Its mission is to partner with physicians to promote the health of Tennessee and to support the Family of Medicine. Local physician spouses from the Nashville area are partnering with NAM to support our upcoming 200th Anniversary and silent auction, and we appreciate the many years of partnership we have had with alliance members.
  • Join today – Click here for an application and information about joining the TMA Alliance.
  • The TMAA will hold its annual meeting in person on April 30, 2021, at an outdoor location in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Click this link or the image below for details.

TMA Alliance Annual Meeting

MFN Launches Newsletter

Our partner foundation, the Medical Foundation of Nashville, launched a newsletter a couple of weeks ago unveiling the 2020 annual report and kicking off a series of future updates for its donors and partners. Click here to see the full winter e-newsletter. If you would like to subscribe to this distribution list, please email
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our sponsors:
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Board of Directors:
  • Robin Williams, MD -
    Board Chair
  • Nicole Schlechter, MD - President
  • Gregg Shepard, MD - President-Elect
  • Michael Beckham, MD - Secretary/Treasurer
  • David Duong, MD
  • Laura Lawson, MD
  • Cindy Le, MD
  • George "Trey" Lee, MD
  • James Powers, MD  
  • V. Seenu Reddy, MD
  • Adrian Rodriguez, MD
  • M. Kevin Smith, MD
  • Carl Willis, MD

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Senior Director of Development

Taylor Crawford
Director of Strategic Projects
and Operations

Kelly Smith
Director of Physician Engagement

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Director of Project Access Nashville Specialty Care
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2021 Dues Renewal

Membership dues were due on March 31 to continue your membership in NAM and TMA for 2021. NAM is thrilled to maintain a robust membership with one of our highest levels of engagement for our 200th anniversary this year. 2021 will hold some unique opportunities for promotion for NAM members! If you have not yet renewed, or if you need a replacement invoice, please contact Kelly Smith, director of physician engagement, at

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