June 16, 2019

Vol. 8, No. 23

    In this Issue

    Support BCMS Circle of Friends Sponsors

Legislative Update
Call for BCMS Leadership Nominations

Seeking Nominations for BCMS Awards
CME Seminar
TMLT Scholarship
City News Release
BCMS Auto Program

Garcia-Ayala International

Legislative Update

Abbott continues work to sign and veto bills of the 86th Legislative Session


As has been reported previously in this column, the Governor has until June 16 to sign or veto legislation that passed during the 86th Legislative Session.  Click below for an update on legislation of importance to medicine that has already been signed into law (as of June 12).

Click here for a List of bills signed into law.


Please stay tuned to this column for more information on the status of legislation of the 86th regular session.  Updates will be provided as information becomes available.  A complete 86th legislative wrap up will be featured in the August edition of San Antonio Medicine magazine.


For local discussion on this and other legislative advocacy topics, consider joining the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee by contacting Mary Nava, chief government affairs officer at

Call for BCMS Leadership Nominations

It is time to nominate physicians to serve in leadership positions of the

Bexar County Medical Society in 2020.


Nomination Deadline - 5 p.m., JULY 11, 2019.


In accordance with Chapter VI, Section 7 C, of the Bylaws of the Bexar County Medical Society, "Each member shall have the opportunity to correspond in writing for the purpose of submitting nominations to the Nominating Committee. Nominations shall . . . reflect nominee’s character, integrity, attributes, and qualifications for the position."


“The elected officers of BCMS shall be a President, President-elect, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Immediate Past President and unelected officers shall consist only of the Executive Director (ex-officio). These elected officers shall be elected by the BCMS membership and constitute, along with the executive director, the executive committee of BCMS. All candidates for positions as officers in BCMS are required to have actively served at least one term on the Board of Directors of BCMS before assuming any position as an officer of BCMS. Exceptions to this requirement may only be made by majority approval of each of the Nominating and Executive Committees.”

Click here for more information.

Seeking Nominations for BCMS Awards

The Bexar County Medical Society periodically honors chosen physicians who have given much to the medical community in the form of lifetime service to organized medicine, or have made other significant contributions to the practice of medicine. Please consider and recommend BCMS physicians whom you believe should be considered for one of these awards. Obviously, we can’t give awards to everyone, but we would like to hear from you on who you think should be considered and recognized for these awards and why.


Golden Aesculapius Award – This award is BCMS’ highest honor. Eligible physicians are BCMS Members who have provided a lifetime of distinguished service to the patients and the esteemed medical profession in Bexar County.  


Distinguished Service Award This award can be given to BCMS members (preferably) or non-members who have provided distinguished service to the physicians and/or patients of Bexar County or to the medical profession in general. In contrast to the Golden Aesculapius Award, this is not intended as an award for a lifetime of service, but an award for specific acts of service, accomplishments or contributions which should be recognized by a formal award.


Please send nominations to
Deadline is July 1, 2019.

CME Seminar

TMLT presents a family friendly event:

June 22 at Alamo Drafthouse

Using hands-on activities, instant feedback, and practical learning, the exercises in this workshop focus on presence, connection, communication, and collaboration. People are on their feet having fun and learning communication skills to build patient trust and improve teamwork to help achieve optimal patient outcomes.

Learn new techniques to ensure that your messages land with impact. Discover how to let go of what you want to say and tune in to what your listener needs to hear. This workshop provides you with the tools and techniques to be a better listener, a better communicator, and, ultimately, a better physician.


At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Apply communication strategies to deliver a high-quality patient experience.
  • Describe ways to maximize information delivery by keeping the patient’s communication style in mind.
  • Identify ways for the health care team to function more effectively through increased positivity and rapport.
  • Discuss methods to increase unity within the source nor used to establish a medical standard of care.

Click here to register.

TMLT Scholarship

$10,000 medical school scholarship

TMLT is awarding one $10,000 scholarship to a Texas medical school student in 2019. If you know any medical students, please pass along the application and eligibility requirements.
The deadline to apply is July 1.

City News Release

City of San Antonio Migrant Resource Center Update

City addresses misinformation about public health issues


SAN ANTONIO (June 11, 2019) — Rumors have been circulating online regarding public health issues associated with these migrants. The City of San Antonio provided the following factual information to dispel the rumors.


“Any concerns of Ebola are unfounded,” said Dr. Colleen Bridger, MPH, PhD. “The Federal Government released these asylum seekers into the country after they passed health screenings. In addition, the incubation period for that illness is 21 days. These asylum seekers have been traveling for six to seven months outside of their home countries before arriving in the United States.”

BCMS Auto Program

                 Circle of Friends Gold Sponsor     

                 Circle of Friends Gold Sponsor     

Thank you to our BCMS Circle of Friends sponsors!

Donations from Circle of Friends sponsors help keep down the cost of dues

and allow BCMS to continue to provide quality service to its members.


The Society continues its pledge to you and only will involve itself in

services and programs that benefit you, the member, and your patients.


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