Founded in 1853, the Travis County Medical Society and its
members have a long history of collaborating on many fronts to address medical
standards, ethics, training, public health issues and community needs.
Today, the Society has 4,000 physician members of all
specialties and practice settings including private and academic physicians,
residents in training and retired physicians.
The Society endeavors to uphold high standards of medical practice,
professionalism and ethical conduct, to represent and promote the common
interests and unity of physicians and to sponsor programs and activities to
address local needs and contribute to a healthier community. In fact, the
Society has a long history of actively collaborating on many fronts to address
needs in the local community.
In 1951, TCMS members founded what today is We Are Blood,
the exclusive non-profit provider of therapeutic blood components and services.
Today, We Are Blood provides services to 37 health care facilities in Central Texas.
United Tissue Resources (a subsidiary of We Are Blood) provides surgical
recovery of tissue donors for 70 hospitals in Central Texas and surrounding
In 1955, the Society created a subsidiary answering service
that today, operating as the Medical Exchange, is a modern, full service call
center providing 24/7 coverage for the medical community.
In 1971, the Society established a non-profit Foundation
that operated ACGME-accredited community-based graduate medical education (GME)
programs until 1998 when program sponsorship was transferred to Seton. In 2016,
those community-based programs established by the Society and expanded by Seton
became university-based GME programs of the University of Texas at Austin Dell
The TCMS Foundation in 2002 launched Project Access, a
coordinated system of volunteer physician care, hospital care, medications
assistance and diagnostic services for low-income, uninsured residents of
Travis County. The TCMS Foundation also
provides free athletic physicals to uninsured and underinsured Austin
Independent School District student athletes. It also provides scholarships
each year to two Texas medical students from Travis County.
As the medical profession and the state of health care
continue to evolve and grow, TCMS remains a leader at the local, state and