The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Aug. 11, 2013 

Vol. 2, No. 48

The New 'Vital Sign'


By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director


San Antonio has an Active Living Plan that is endorsed by the Mayor's Fitness Council.  Under this plan, physicians are encouraged to make physical activity a "vital sign" that is assessed and discussed with their patients.


There are three recommended actions to implement this strategy:

  • Assess patient's physical activity and discuss ways to progress toward meeting the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. For more information, click here.
  • Include fields for tracking physical activity in patient records.
  • Encourage healthcare professionals to be role models for active lifestyles for patients. 





BCMS Alliance Gala

Masquerade Ball


Saturday, Nov. 2

6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Omni Hotel and Resort - Colonnade


Individual ticket: $150

Table sponsorship: $1,750


This year's Gala will be a Masquerade Ball but don't worry about a costume.

Come in your best formal wear and you will find a selection of masks and accessories to suit your needs.


Attention BCMS Members:

In accordance with the BCMS bylaws,
the slate of nominees for all elected positions to serve in 2014
 is available by clicking here.
Ballots will be mailed Sept. 6.
 Voting ends at 5 p.m. Oct. 8. 




Physician Education Loan Repayment Program (PELRP) receives new funding

Another success of the 83rd Legislative Session

 Application deadline is Aug. 31


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and

Community Relations Officer



For physicians interested in participating in the Physician Education Loan Repayment Program (PELRP), you have until Aug. 31 to submit an application.


A $33.8 million appropriation, as set forth by the Texas Legislature, provides much-needed funding to expand this program, which will now allow physicians who treat large numbers of Medicaid patients to also submit applications for consideration. 


TMA provides a number of resources to help you navigate the process for applying and submitting applications.


This link includes information and an application for enrollment, along with other resource links to the PELRP website and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 


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






Let the BCMS Auto Program help you purchase a vehicle


Prices on new and pre-owned vehicles are low and affordable!


Let us locate the perfect vehicle for you.*


1.99 percent financing available for new vehicles for up to five years. 


2.25 percent financing for select pre-owned vehicles.


Unlimited mileage commercial lease with a bargain buyout at lease end; for business use of more than 51 percent.


*Start the process by calling (210) 301-4367,

or click here for the BCMS Auto Program page, 

where you can access links to our "Recommended Dealers" 

and see their specials, as well as apply for financing. 


It doesn't get easier to search for your dream car! 





 About The Weekly Dose 

  The Weekly Dose is a service of the Bexar County Medical Society.

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 Bexar County Medical Society, San Antonio, Texas.



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