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Nov. 8, 2015                                                                                             Vol. 4, No. 61






84th Session interim charges announced


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus have released the following Senate and House interim charges for the 84th Session. 

The BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee will work closely with TMA on those charges pertaining to medicine.  More details will be provided as they become available.  

To access the interim charges list, click on the following links.


Senate Interim Charges:







 House Interim Charges:



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





BCMS Member Spotlights



We would like to highlight the accomplishments of some of our physician members as part of a regular feature in San Antonio Medicine magazine.


If you have any suggestions of who we can highlight please contact us by phone or email. 

We are looking for BCMS members who have made significant contributions to the field of medicine or healthcare through their work, research, entrepreneurial spirit, outreach to the community or volunteer efforts.


Suggestions can be made by calling 210-582-6399 or by emailing mike.thomas@bcms.org.




Greetings, esteemed colleagues!


As your incoming 2016 President of the Bexar County Medical Society (BCMS), I would like to invite you to join me in leading BCMS in 2016. Your participation is fundamental to the well-being of the Society. The future of our Society resides on the physicians that volunteer their time to make the BCMS committees strong and vibrant!


Please take a moment to review the various BCMS committees. There is something for everyone, and the stronger our leaders, the more BCMS can accomplish!


  • Communications/Publications: Plans, facilitates and develops content for San Antonio Medicine magazine.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Coordinates physician participation with other San Antonio medical and emergency organizations, and develops the processes to assist physicians in preparing for significant, but unexpected, emergency situations affecting the community.
  • International Health: Fosters ongoing sister-city relationships with Kumamoto, Japan; Chennai, India; and Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
  • Legislative/Socioeconomics: Studies, recommends, monitors and engages in activities related to the socioeconomic and legislative aspects of healthcare, regulations and managed-care issues.
  • Medical-Legal Liaison: Maintains relationships between the legal/medical community and adjudicates complaints between physicians and attorneys.
  •  Membership: Works to build and retain membership for the society.
  •  Physician Health and Rehabilitation: Advocacy group that identifies and facilitates rehabilitation for physicians with alcohol and/or drug impairment, through support and monitoring.  Committee prefers physicians with substance abuse-related experience.
  • Public Health and Patient Advocacy: Evaluates and makes recommendations to the board and members about public health issues affecting our community and patient population.
  • Women in Medicine: Facilitates the involvement of women physicians in all aspects of society business and activities. Coordinates and arranges sponsors for the annual Women in Medicine appreciation event.

 If you would like to volunteer for a BCMS committee and make a difference please click here and indicate your choice(s) on the committee preference form. (Note: the submit button is on the top left of the form). You can also print the attached form and fax it to (210) 301-2150 by Nov. 16, 2016. Even if you decide at a later date that you have the time or desire, volunteers are always welcome.



I look forward to working with you in 2016! Together we make a difference.If you have any questions or would like to discuss issues you are facing or just want to talk to me, call me anytime at (210) 289-5946.



Jayesh Shah, MD

2016 BCMS President

Bexar County Medical Society





Check us out on Facebook and Twitter


The Bexar County Medical Society has made the leap into the cyber realm of social media. The society now has its own Facebook page and Twitter account, so anyone who is a registered user of these sites can 'like' or 'follow' our page and check in regularly for new posts, announcements and links to items of special interest to the medical community. 

The new Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/bcms.org. On Twitter go to https://twitter.com/bcms_org. But as mentioned earlier, you must be a registered Facebook or Twitter user to view the page and its contents.


For those who are unfamiliar with these social media tools, you can be reassured that it is a relatively painless and cost-free process to set up an account. You will be asked for basic information and a working email address, but you do not have to share this information online if you do not want to. Facebook allows you to control the privacy settings on anything that you post so that it can be viewed by as many or by as few people as you choose. You can even post things that can only be seen by you. Or you can choose not to post anything at all.








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Thank you to our BCMS Circle of Friends sponsors! This information is sent on behalf of a valued sponsor, 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 patient.


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