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End of August in Texas means two things: start of football season and back to school.

I’ll steer clear of football talk in this blog to avoid potential disagreements. But the value of education is something we can all agree on even though most of us don’t literally go back to school at the end of this month.

Hospital staff and health care providers are among the most dedicated of lifelong learners because of hospitals’ quest for ongoing quality improvement and desire to do the absolute best for every patient, every time. Staying on top of rapid changes in technology, new procedures, medical advances and new policies and regulations means that education has to be a daily practice for those in health care.

The Texas Hospital Association supports this quest through the education division of our foundation. Every month it offers premier educational events like the Orientation for Presidents of Hospital Medical Staffs. This particular event gives newly elected medical staff leaders the tools and information they need in order to succeed in their leadership roles. Held in Austin at THA Oct. 24-25 in collaboration with the Texas Medical Association, this learning and networking opportunity offers programming on par with national programs but at a fraction of the cost. Also, unlike national programs, the THA/TMA event focuses specifically on Texas health care issues for Texas physicians.

Encourage your medical staffs president to attend, and I look forward to meeting your hospital’s next generation of physician leaders in October.

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