Medical Student Section

The 2023 Medical Student Section Program
Saturday, September 30 from 8:00 am to 5 pm
Kalahari Resort and Conventions, Round Rock, TX

Checking-in at the hotel on Friday?
Please join us on Friday, September 29th 6:30-7:30 pm for a Cross Section Meet-up (food and beverages provided)
Medical Students, Residents/Fellows, and Early Career Physicians are invited to continue the “reception” with snacks and beverages to hear about how TPS supports you throughout all stages of your career! 

Friday event is co-sponsored by UT Health San Antonio Department of Pediatrics, thank you!

If you need to join TPS as medical student member, click here.


8:00-9:00 am

Please join the physicians in the general session in Salon ABCD.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Rerouting Our Journey from Race-Based to Race Conscious Medicine Ethics

  1. Recognize the fallacy of race as a biologic proxy
  2. Identify inequities embedded in practice guidelines
  3. Apply this new knowledge and perspective to work to minimize/eliminate race-based medicine within each participant’s practice

Speaker: Joseph Wright MD, MPH

9:00 am-9:05 am

Salon H/I
Welcome and Introductions

  • Holy Chor, DO TPS Resident Board Representative
  • Brittanie Cockrell - TPS Medical Student Board Representative 
  • A few words from our sponsor: Christus Children's

9:05 am- 9:15 am

Importance of Pediatric Organization Membership & How to Make the Most of Your Membership

  • Louis Appel, MD - TPS President
  • Alice Gong, MD- TPS President Elect
  • Seth D. Kaplan, MD - TPS Alternate Chapter Chair
  • Hilda Loria, MD, Early Career Physician Representative


9:15 am-10:15 am

Employment Setting Panel

Seth D. Kaplan, MD, FAAP
Arathi Shah, MD, FAAP
Melissa Kwan, MD, FAAP - Community Pediatric Hospital Medicine

10:15 am -10:45am

Building a Career in Advocacy: It's never too early to start.

1. Identify the pediatrician's role as an advocate
2. Evaluate opportunities to build a career at the intersection of pediatrics and advocacy
3. Explore practical ideas for building the skills and experience needed for a career in advocacy during training.

Speakers: Lauren Gambill, MD, FAAP

10:45 am -11:30 am

Pediatric Specialty Speed Dating- Exploring Pediatric Specialties-a brief outline of information about the different pediatric practice settings such as hospital, rural, and private practice settings followed by networking speed mentoring event with various subspecialists.

Debra Eseonu, MD
Baylor Scott & White Healthcare Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, & Nutrition

Sophia Gauthier, MD
Dell Children’s Medical Center/UT Health Austin/Ascension, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellow

Ashley Lucke, MD, FAAP
Dell Children’s Medical Center/UT Health Austin/Ascension, Neonatology Attending Physician

Nhung T. Tran, MD, FAAP
Ascension Dell Children's Medical Group, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

11:30 am -1:30 pm

Lunch Break - please enjoy all that Kalahari has to offer!

1:30-2:30pm Residency and You Panel - Residents will cover everything from interviewing for your residency and how to get in to the residency of your choice to tricks of the trade on how to be a successful resident. Students will have the opportunity to interact and engage with panelists.
2:30 - 3:30 pm

Parenting and Building Childhood Resilience
Speakers: Maria Scranton, MD, FAAP and Lindsey Cortes, MD, FAAP

Differentiate between the 4 different parenting styles
Definine the 6 Keystones of Development
Identify basic developmental milestones and demonstrate how these tie into the keystones of development
Learn how to counsel families on anticipatory guidance while balancing clinic workflow efficiency
Recognize how these tools lead to a resilient child and family
3:30-3:45pm Break
3:45 - 5 pm Jacobi Jug