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LMSA Southwest Newsletter 
December 2022

We hope that everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! This issue is packed with info - keep reading to get up to date.

Newsletter Contents
Regional Conference 
  • Regional Board Application 2023-24 - Deadline January 29th
  • Conference + Gala Tickets
  • Hotel Reservations - Open Now
  • Abstract Reviews in Progress
  • Travel Award Reviews in Progress
Chapter Presidents
  • Southwest Chapter of the Year Reports - Deadline January 8th
  • Christmas at the Border Update
  • Policy Resolution Writing
  • New Podcast Episode
Partner Announcements
  • LMSA/NHMA Mentorship Event Series 
  • Summer Program in Diabetes and Obesity Research (SPIDOR)
  • Bridging the Gaps (BTG)
  • LA's Best
  • Summer 2023 Virtual Radiology Internship
Connect with Region
  • Southwest Chapter Directory
  • Interested in Starting a Chapter?
Regional Conference
Regional Elections will be held on Sunday, February 5th at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas to conclude the House of Delegates meeting. Any medical student in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico or Colorado must be able to join us in person to run for a position.

Please visit our website for the election overview, timeline and application. To access the application, you will be asked to sign in with a free google email address.

Your application and supporting documents (resume/CV and headshot) must be submitted by Sunday, January 29th. A copy will automatically be sent to the email address you provide. These materials will be reviewed by the Southwest Body of Delegates prior to elections.

If you have an extenuating circumstance that prevents you from being there in person or if you have other questions about the election process, please email Luis and Sierra,

Available Positions:
Co-Director Elects
Chief Finance Officer
Chief Development Officer
Chief Information Officer
Co-Conference Chairs
Policy Chair
Program Chair
Public Relations Chair
Service Chair

Host: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Where: Fort Worth, Texas
When: Saturday, February 4th and Sunday, February 5th, 2023
One chapter president or representative from each chapter is required to attend in person to vote at the House of Delegates meeting on Sunday and maintain active status.

Tickets for conference attendees are available through our website.
  • Free registration for:
    • Chapter presidents/BOD representatives
    • Research poster presenters
    • High school students.
    • Email for your coupon code.
  • Group registration is available - please contact Humberto Aparicio, for details.

Gala tickets for the dinner are available for students and their guests! We will be celebrating graduating seniors and presenting awards, including Southwest chapter of the year. After party to follow! Tickets are limited.

If you would like to be presented with your senior graduation stole or serape at the gala, please email Luis and Sierra,
Hotel information is available on the website now. We have a group rate to stay at the Embassy by Hilton in Fort Worth, but feel free to stay at any hotel in the area. Reservations are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis. All conference activities will take place at TCOM or the gala event center. 

Instructions for booking:

Option 1
  1. Call hotel (817)332-6900 and reserve with code "LMA"

Option 2 
  1. Go to
  2. Enter address in "Where to?" box: 600 Commerce Street Fort Worth, Texas 76102 USA
  3. Select dates
  4. Select special rates > Enter "LMA" in the Group Code box
  5. Select Find Hotel
Our rate is $199/night

Abstract review is in full swing right now and authors can expect notification of decisions by Friday, December 23, 2022. Accepted abstracts receive free regular admission to conference. However, keep in mind that gala tickets are sold separately while they last.

Scholarship applications for the travel award are being reviewed now. Applicants can expect notification of decisions by Friday, December 23, 2022.
Chapter Presidents
Chapter presidents and executive board members, as we are wrapping up the semester we require all active chapters to submit a brief progress report on what their chapter accomplished during the semester.

Keep in mind, our SW Chapter of the Year Award is based on the content of your progress report so feel free to be detailed and include photos. Here are some examples of progress reports from last year.

Please submit the progress report to  by January 8, 2023.

We're making one last push for Christmas at the Border, our annual service event to support children separated from their parents at the border.

Please visit our website for all the ways to give. Amazon gift wishlists will remain open until Saturday, December 10th! We are nearing 100% of all gifts bought - thanks for your support!


Policy Resolution writing is in full swing and we want to help you get involved! If you are interested in policy or have an idea for change at the LMSA or federal level, then let’s get in touch!

Policy help links are available here: Policy Resolutions template and workshop video. You can also set up a meeting with our Policy Chair to brainstorm and begin writing your resolutions by accessing the Calendly link.

No previous policy experience is necessary to get involved. Email us if you have any questions- 
If you're joining us for our 2023 LMSA Southwest Regional Conference or are still unsure about attending, this episode is for you!

El Rincón Latino is happy to host 3 members of the LMSA Southwest region: Dr. Laura Garcia Maharjan, past regional co-director, Luis Valdez, current regional co-director, and Gaspar Piña, current regional conference co-chair.

Join us as we hear about this year's conference theme, the benefit of attending, how to pay for the conference, and some of the amazing events that we have planned. This is an episode you do not want to miss! Listen here on Spotify.
Partner Announcements
LMSA/NHMA Mentorship Event Series

Join LMSA and NHMA on a new monthly series "Non-Rotational Specialties" mentorship event. Second event will be December 13 at 7pm CST. Meet combined trained residents (residency programs where you train in two specialties at once!)

Meet residents and attendings in various specialties you otherwise wouldn't learn about through traditional medical school rotations. Create a network and find a mentor to help guide you into these specialties. Or come and just learn about other specialties and why people chose to go into them. Sign up through this link. 

Summer Program in Diabetes and Obesity Research (SPIDOR)

SPIDOR is a 10-week NIH/NIDDK-funded summer research experience providing outstanding underrepresented students in science and medicine an opportunity to gain meaningful exposure to the exceptional research and clinical programs at the Keck School of Medicine (KSOM) of USC.  Summer scholars will conduct cutting-edge research in the laboratories of faculty members from the USC Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute (DORI) and will be exposed to basic science, translational, and clinical research experiences. The summer session culminates with students presenting their research findings to the KSOM community.
Bridging the Gaps (BTG)
BTG is an 8-week summer research program in which students conduct research in the laboratories of KSOM faculty serving as mentors. Students will be provided with both a clinical and basic science perspective. Additionally, all students will attend weekly seminars on health disparities and receive formal instruction in basic physiology and biostatistics. At the end of the summer session, students will present their research findings to the KSOM community.
LA's Best
LA’s BEST@USC is a 6-week summer program in biostatistics where students will learn statistical methods and perform data analysis. All students will receive formal training in biostatistics and meet experts in epidemiology, molecular biology, cancer, and clinical research with opportunities to work on real data sets. The main focus will be on heart and lung diseases, but students will also have the opportunity of being introduced to a wide range of public health research topics including cancer, metabolic disorders, and genetics. At the end of the summer session, students will present their research findings to the KSOM community.
Summer 2023 Virtual Radiology Internship 
The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) Commission for Women and Diversity is accepting applications for Summer 2023 Virtual Radiology Internships through the ACR PIER (Pipeline Initiative for the Enrichment of
Radiology) Program. As the only radiology medical student summer internship developed by the ACR, PIER offers premier training in diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology and radiation oncology, as well as medical physics and non-interpretive skills and tips to prepare you for a successful application for residency. The PIER internship is open to first-year medical students in the U.S. The 2023 PIER application is open now and will close on Jan. 9, 2023. If you have questions, please contact us at
Connect with Region
Southwest Chapter Directory
A listing of all Southwest chapters and their social media handles is now available on our website. Follow them on Instagram to hear about work or special talks going on throughout the region.

Interested in Starting a LMSA Chapter?

We induct new chapters at monthly regional meetings.

If your medical school or undergraduate university in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico or Colorado does not have a LMSA chapter, please reach out to Jose Barrera, to start the process. We are looking forward to speaking with you!
All the best,

Luis Fernando Valdez and Sierra Sossamon
LMSA Southwest Co-Directors, 2022 - 23
“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” – Frida Kahlo
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