Benefits of Membership
The highlight of the Texas Club of Internists life is the highest quality CME conferences available anywhere.
The Fall out-of-state meetings are planned two years in advance by the physician who is 2nd Vice President and who will become President by the year of the meeting. The planning physician lines up the university medical school to sponsor and put on the CME conference and works with the university's CME director to develop a program featuring the university's most erudite, current and entertaining speakers on the cutting-edge topics of interest to internists.
The Spring in-state meetings are held on a rotating basis of the seven TCI districts. The District Chair in the city in which the meeting will be held plans the meeting.
All CME programs are fully accredited by category 1 credits, including at least one hour of ethics credit.
The CME programs typically run from 8:00am - 4:30pm or 5:00pm daily for three days at the out-of-state meetings and one and a half days at the in-state meetings. Due to the extensive planning and careful selection of speakers, the CME programs are intellectually stimulating, entertaining, and downright thrilling - the best CME experience available anywhere. Consequently, there is virtually full attendance throughout the meetings.
The conferences are held at the most exclusive and hospitable hotels. Recent examples include The Charleston Place
Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, the Westin Times Square in New York City, and the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows in Los Angeles, California. A major advantage of the advance planning is that club members stay at the finest hotels at highly discounted rates, far below what you would pay making your own reservations. Exclusive rooms of club floors are generally available for an additional discounted fee.
TCI meetings feature a full program of social activities outside the full CME programs.
The first evening of each meeting begins with a See Who's Here and New Member Welcome cocktail reception. Recent venues have included the beautiful New York Atrium at the Westin Times Square in New York City and the famous Bar Nineteen12 in the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. This is followed by dinner at any of the best restaurants in the area, identified in the advance planning.
At the Fall out-of-state meetings, the next day (Sunday) features an all-day tour of famous or unique sites in the area for physician members and spouses. Recent outings include a historical fall tour of homes and gardens in Charleston, a tour of Hudson Valley, lunch at West Point, and the Lyndhurst Castle Tour in New York, and a VIP tour of Warner Brother's Studio and lunch at the Santa Monica pier in California.
The last evening features the dinner dance, usually in the ballroom of the conference hotel.
While the physicians are in their all-day CME conferences, the spouses (yes, both women and men!) enjoy bus or walking tours of some of the outstanding sites of the area. Recent examples include historical home tours and a cultural Gullah tour in Charleston, a guided shopping tour, city tour and museums in NYC, and shopping, celebrity home tours and the Getty in Los Angeles.
Lifelong Friends throughout Texas
Certainly one of the greatest benefits of the TCI is the opportunity to form friendships with some of the most outstanding internists and their spouses from all parts of Texas. The physicians form professional bonds through scholarly interactions in the CME conferences, coffee breaks and meals. The spouses form lasting friendships with all ages through the spousal tours and events. And all members and spouses interact at the cocktail parties, opening tours, dinners out and the dinner dances. After several years of participation, members have formed a rich set of friendships for life, which build increasing anticipation and
excitement for meetings over the years.