Ready To Boost Your Leadership Skills? Join TMA's Leadership College

Do you want to become more of a leader in organized medicine, your practice, or your community, but worry you don’t have the skills necessary to inspire a team? 

Apply now for the Texas Medical Association Leadership College, which since 2011 has helped more than 250 physicians develop a deeper understanding of their potential and strengths. 

TMA Leadership College alumni serve as thought leaders within organized medicine and are trusted voices among their colleagues and in their communities. TMA members in their first eight years of practice post-residency/fellowship are eligible to apply. 

Applications for the class of 2022 are now open and due by June 25. Learn more about the program and application requirements at

And hear what Marte Martinez, MD, a member of the current class, had to say about his experience so far in this Texas Medicine interview. He is city council member for District 6 is what he calls his “great city of Laredo.” 


 Why did you join the Leadership College?

During the early part of the pandemic, I was asked by members of the Texas Pain Society to help contact some of my local state representatives and our state senator regarding a policy issue that prevented pain physicians from being able to treat their chronic opioid patients using telemedicine. As an elected official myself, I have a very good working relationship with our state leaders. Because of the hard work of the Texas Pain Society, Texas Medical Association, and our state leaders, we were able to effect meaningful change that protected our patients. It is this experience that led me to look into the Leadership College and becoming more involved with organized medicine.  

What is your biggest takeaway/eye-opener so far?

The biggest takeaway for me so far has been the passion that my fellow Leadership College candidates show about their patients and the future of medicine. By empowering these young leaders and creating this gathering of the minds, I think the Texas Medical Association is ensuring that the future of medicine in Texas is bright.   

What has been the hardest part for you and why?

I would say that the biggest challenge for me so far has been balancing my practice, my family, and the Leadership College during that pandemic. There does appear to be light at the end of this dark tunnel, so hopefully the last part of this journey will be in-person gatherings that will allow us the appropriate time to focus.

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