The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of June 30,  2013 

Vol. 2, No. 42

Taking charge


By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director



I thought this was a good week to highlight the fact that YOU are in charge of your patients.


You get to set the expectations, you get to write the orders, and you get to call the shots.  Everyone else is important: the care team, employer, case manager, payer, heck, even the regulators.  But it's YOU in whom the patients have entrusted their lives.


They not only expect your brilliance and sensitivity, they also expect your courage and leadership.





Deadline to sign up for the trip to Japan is

July 3


 Join your colleagues Sept. 21-30, 2013, for a

fun-filled tour to Japan!


We are finalizing plans for the visit of the Bexar County Medical Society delegation to our sister medical society in Kumamoto, Japan.  We are looking for individuals who want to participate with the BCMS delegation on a

fun-filled tour through the southern half of Japan. 


The trip will include visits to Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagasaki and Kumamoto. If you have ever wanted to go to Japan, this is the way to go! Our friends at the Kumamoto Medical Society treat you like royalty. It will be a trip of a lifetime!


We need to have the final count of the delegation no later than July 3.


If you are interested in going on the trip or would like more information, please call

Dr. James Humphreys

at (210)  250-1481

(cell phone).


 We'd love to have you along on this wonderful trip!




Time is running out to nominate yourself or

a colleague for a

BCMS 2014 elected position!


Would you like to be considered for an elected position with the Bexar County Medical Society? It is time to put your hat in the ring!


If you would like to run for President-elect, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Board Member, Board of Mediations and Censors, or Delegation to TMA, please e-mail your preference and CV to


To read position descriptions, and to nominate yourself or someone else,

click here.


Deadline for nominations is

5 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2013.



Nominations received

as of June 28, 2013:


President-elect (1 year term) - Candidate must be a member of BCMS for 5 years

  • James "Jim" Humphreys


Vice President (1 year term) - Candidate must be a member of BCMS for 5 years

  • Jayesh Shah


Treasurer (1 year term) - Candidate must be a member of BCMS for 2 years

  • Leah Hanselka Jacobson


Secretary (1 year term) - Candidate must be a member of BCMS for 2 years

  • Maria "Maggie" Beato

Board of Directors (3 positions - 3 year term)

  • Pam Hall
  • John R. Holcomb
  • Carmen Perez
  • Adam V. Ratner


Board of Mediations (5 positions - 3 year term) - Candidates must be a member of BCMS for 10 years

  • Maria "Maggie" Beato
  • Chelsea Clinton
  • Jesse Moss Jr.


Board of Censors (2 positions - 3 year term) - Candidates must be a member of BCMS for 10 years

  • Roberto Trevino


Nominating Committee (2 positions - 1 year term)

  • Josie Cigarroa
  • Oscar Ramirez


Delegation to TMA (Several positions available - 2 year term)

  • Samuel A. Burns
  • John W. Hinchey
  • Wendy Kang
  • Jennifer McNear
  • Behyar Zoghi


Thank you in advance for your participation in the success of BCMS and organized medicine!







TMA Presents 83rd Session Legislative Summary

Tele-Town Hall meeting held June 25


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer



In case you missed TMA's tele-town hall meeting on June 25, which provided a wrap-up of the legislative successes of the 83rd Legislative Session, here's a quick run-down of the material presented. 


Here is a link to TMA's legislative summary entitled, "Texas Legislature Delivers for Patients and Physicians,"  which includes a message from TMA President Stephen L. Brotherton, MD.


Check out this link to the excellent video wrap-up presented by TMA's lobby team.


Read TMA's Action article highlighting the TMA-backed legislation that has been signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry.


TMA's wrap-up news release provides another summary.


Listen to this audio link to hear the the tele-town hall call on June 25. 



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

Mary Nava at




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