May 15, 2016
Vol. 5, No. 19
Humphreys, MD, chair of TMA's Reference Committee on Financial and
Organizational Affairs, listens to the discussion
Resolution 107 during TexMed 2016.
2016 now over; BCMS resolutions advance
David Henkes falls short on bid to become TMA president-elect
Many thanks to the
following members of the BCMS Delegation to TMA who attended TexMed
2016 in Dallas on April 29-30:
Bala, MD; Michael Battista, MD; Brian Boies, MD; Chelsea Clinton, MD;
John Edwards, MD; Harold Gaskill, MD; William Gordon, MD; Anupama
Gotimukula, MD; Sheldon Gross, MD; Greg Hamon, MD; David Henkes, MD;
William Hinchey, MD; David Hnatow, MD; John Holcomb, MD; James
Humphreys, MD; Margaret Kelley, MD; Alex Kenton, MD; Malathi Koli,
MD; Vijay Koli, MD; Jonathan Larson, MD; John Menchaca, MD; Jesse
Moss, Jr., MD; Jennifer Rushton, MD; Roberto San Martin, MD; Albert
Sanders, MD; Arathi Shah, MD; Jayesh Shah, MD; John Shepherd, MD;
Bernard Swift, Jr., MD; Roberto Trevino, Jr., MD; Ryan Van Ramshorst,
MD; David Webster, MD; Patricia Young, MD and medical students,
Andrew Braun and Arianna Fresquez.
The Delegation, led by Drs. Jayesh Shah and Michael Battista,
chair and co-chair, respectively, worked through a number of TMA
council, committee and board reports, along with numerous resolutions
targeting various aspects of medicine. A large portion of the
work occurs in four reference committees: Financial and
Organizational Affairs; Medical Education; Science and Public Health;
BCMS submitted two resolutions for consideration:
Resolution 309 regarding "Physician Collaboration in Active
Child Protective Services Investigations", which asks that TMA
work with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and
Child Protective Services to eliminate barriers to useful and
productive interaction with physicians for the benefit of the
children. The resolution was discussed and considered in the
Science and Public Health Reference Committee with the end result to
adopt the measure.
Resolution 107 regarding "Requiring Doctors to
Swear to be Honest", which asks that physicians in Texas not be
required by any governmental agency or function to swear that they
will not be dishonest in dealings with state agencies or functions and
that they not be required to swear that they will seek out colleagues
that they suspect are guilty of misbehavior without specific guidance
as to what is considered "misbehavior". This
resolution was heard in the Reference Committee on Financial and
Organizational Affairs with the end result to refer the measure for
For a complete summary of the TMA House of Delegates
business activity, click
Additionally, the House of Delegates conducts
elections each year during TexMed for a number of TMA elected office
David Henkes, who was running for TMA
president-elect, unfortunately fell short of his goal to win the
seat. Dr. Henkes will continue serving on the TMA Board of Trustees,
however, for another year, as he wraps up his final term on the
board, which ends in May of 2017.
For more information on how to get involved in the BCMS
Delegation to TMA, contact Mary Nava, delegation liaison and Chief
Government Affairs Officer, at email@example.com.
received from Ms. Satoko Nagae
of Kumamoto City
May 6, 2016, 10:10 p.m.
About Earthquake Importance: High
As last 2 weeks Kumamoto City Medical Association Office
had been designated as Center to receive material donations for
earthquake damage to members working in medical facilities, we were
busy receiving products from all over Japan and distributing them to
many medical facilities and we were unable to do our regular work in
Damage to Kumamoto City Medical Association
building - 1st floor had very little damage except some shelves
fell down, however, on 5th floor where school of nursing is located
walls fell down and we cannot use the rooms on 5th floor now;
so laboratory rooms and auditorium on 2nd floor are being
used right now. The 5th floor where School of Nursing did not
look bad from outside but inside classrooms had very heavy damages.
Dr. Fukushima injured his left arm and still has a
support so it looks painful.
Some physicians had clinics in shopping centers
and the entire shopping center buildings were damaged and some of
them are unable to go in the buildings.
Some physicians were in old buildings and damaged very
bad. Also, grounds sank down in some area and buildings of
hospital and clinics went underground.
Mashiki City located east of Kumamoto City
received the worst damage. Almost all areas of the city were
damaged bad and people cannot live there.
Many clinics cannot operate and discussions to
repair will come up soon but it will take a long time to repair
them. Ground shake is still going on now and we feel that we
cannot be standing still.
Repair of Kumamoto Castle will take many
years. Water in the pond of Suizenji Park was drained. So
it will take a long time for people to have sightseeing of Kumamoto
checks can be made out to BCMS with Kumamoto Medical Association
Relief in the memo.
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