The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of  March  8, 2015

Vol. 4, No.  26

Bioethics CME Lectures


By Lori Allesee, JD

Bioethics consultant

Methodist Healthcare System


"Bioethics: Difficult Conversations"


12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 11

J.E. Hornbeak Building

Colorado Room

4450 Medical Drive




12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 19

Methopolitan Methodist Plaza Building

Classroom 225

1200 Brooklyn Ave.


For information and registration,

click here




Did you remember to


Saturday night for the beginning of Daylight Savings Time?



and Susan Oliver Heard 

invite you to an opening reception for

"Scene and Unseen" 


6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

March 12

Blue Star Arts Complex

1420 S. Alamo St., #147

(to the right of the museum, in the alley)


Exhibit runs March 12 through May 17


Featuring artists:

Fernando Andrade,

San Antonio

Mark Hogensen, 

San Antonio

Joanne Lefrak,

Santa Fe, N.M.

Anne Lilly, 

Boston, Mass.

Hiromi Stringer,


San Antonio

Claude Van Lingen,




For information,

click here




March First Tuesday wraps up

Menendez and Bernal sworn in


BCMS physicians and staff visited with Rep. Rick Galindo (House Dist. 117) during the March 3 visit to the Capitol.  On hand for the visit were (from left) Ryan Van Ramshorst, MD; John Edwards, MD; Galindo; Pam Hall, MD; Mary Nava and Raymond Osbourn, MD.



By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and 

Community Relations Officer 


The second First Tuesdays visit to the Capitol took place on March 3; many thanks to the following individuals who participated: BCMS President Jim Humphreys, MD; Mark Croley, MD; John Edwards, MD; Theodore Freeman, MD; Pam Hall, MD; Gabriel Ortiz, MD; Raymond Osbourn, MD; Ryan Van Ramshorst, MD, and BCMS Alliance President Rebecca Christopherson.


The group participated in 13 office visits with our elected officials and their staff.  Several participants also stopped by the House Public Health Committee hearing to listen in on discussions about immunizations, in addition to signing cards in support of House Bill 465 by Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin), which would give families and individuals the freedom to opt out of the state immunization registry. 


In addition, Rep. Diego Bernal (House Dist 123) and Sen. Jose Menendez (Senate Dist 26) were sworn in on March 3 and 4, respectively. Bernal assumes former State Rep. Mike Villarreal's seat, and Sen. Menendez replaces the seat previously held by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte. Villarreal and Van de Putte resigned to run for mayor of San Antonio.


Pausing for a photo with then-Rep. Jose Menendez, now Sen. Menendez, are (from left) Ryan Van Ramshorst, MD; Mary Nava; Menendez; Raymond Osbourn, MD, and Pam Hall, MD. 



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


Alpha Omega Alpha 

Visiting Professor Keynote Address

Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD

Vice Chair, Department of Radiology

Indiana University School of Medicine

AOA Professing and Professionalism Lecture

Stewart and Marianne Reuter Medical Humanities and Ethics Grand Rounds 


Freedom and Medical Excellence


Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 13

Pestana Lecture Hall 3.104A



Co-sponsored by UTHSCSA Alpha Omega Alpha


UTHSCSA Department of Radiology

Bexar County Medical Society

The Patient Institute






BCMS supports a 

Circle of Friends sponsor at the gold level 




Advanced Trauma Life Support

Initial Provider Course

New ATLS Class April 11-12

at the LINRON® Bioskills Training Institute



The Advanced Trauma Life Support Initial Provider Course is intended for physicians, physician assistants,  


nurse practitioners and auditors (RNs, EMTs).

It will be a two-day, hands-on skills session 

in simulated trauma settings. It teaches the medical cor


content of ATLS in an interactive format.


Thirty million injuries require medical attention each year, and approximately 4 million require hospitalization. As many as

300,000 individuals are permanently disabled each year

as a result of a trauma.  



To register, 

physicians may click here.

Others must download a PDF and call

 LINRON® Lab Manager Yolanda Garza at 210-572-2434.



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Gold-level Circle of Friends sponsors contribute $5,000

or more to BCMS annually.


Support our sponsors;

our sponsors support us!


Thank you to our BCMS Circle of Friends sponsors! This information is sent on behalf of a valued sponsor at the gold level, but it is not an endorsement.

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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