Jan. 15, 2017

Vol. 6, No. 2


In this Issue…

Volunteer for TMA Councils and Committees

Legislative News

Call For Resolutions

Please RSVP for BCMS Officer Installation

Installation Award Honorees

Generational Perspectives

Free CME Seminar

Space For Lease

Support BCMS Circle of Friends Sponsors


      BBVA Compass


Physicians who serve on the TMA Councils and Committees (C&Cs) help
initiate TMA policies and programs that affect the practice of medicine in many ways.

We need strong leaders from Bexar County on the following C&Cs:


  • Council on Health Care Quality
  • Council on Health Promotion
  • Council on Health Service Organizations
  • Council on Legislation
  • Council on Medical Education
  • Council on Practice Management Services
  • Council on Science and Public Health
  • Council on Socioeconomics

·         Committee on Cancer

·         Committee on Child and Adolescent Health

·         Committee on Continuing Education

·         Committee on Infectious Diseases

·         Committee on Membership

·         Committee on Physician Distribution and Health Care Access

·         Committee on Reproductive, Women’s and Perinatal Health

Click here to read more about each C&C. If you are interested in serving, click here to download the form.

Please complete it and forward to or fax it to (210) 301-2150.
The deadline for volunteering is Friday, January 27, 2017.


85th Legislative Session underway

The 85th Texas Legislature was sworn into office on Jan. 10 and we congratulate Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (House District 121), who was elected unanimously to the Speaker post for a fifth term. Additionally, we congratulate the new members of the Bexar delegation: Rep. Diana Arevalo (House District 116), Rep. Philip Cortez (House District 117), Rep. Tomas Uresti (House District 118) and Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins (House District 120). Cortez is a former state representative, having served previously during the 83rd legislative session. Joining them are the rest of the Bexar delegation, including House members: Rep. Roland Gutierrez (District 119); Rep. Lyle Larson (District 122); Rep. Diego Bernal (District 123); Rep. Ina Minjarez (District 124); Rep. Justin Rodriguez (District 125); and Senate members: Sen. Carlos Uresti (District 19); Sen. Judith Zaffirini (District 21); Sen. Donna Campbell (District 25); and Sen. Jose Menendez (District 26). To learn more about our representatives in Austin, click here.

Mark your calendars now for First Tuesdays, which kick off on Feb. 7. If you haven't already made plans to attend at least one First Tuesdays visit to the Capitol, please consider doing so. Your participation in First Tuesdays brings awareness to medicine's issues and credibility to the issues your patients and your practice face each day. To register for First Tuesdays, click here. Come and join your colleagues from around the state to advocate on behalf of medicine’s issues!

To learn more about how you can participate in legislative advocacy, consider joining the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee by contacting Mary Nava, chief government affairs officer and lobbyist, at


Attention BCMS members:

It’s time to get your resolutions turned in to the BCMS Delegation to TMA.

If you have any issues you would like the BCMS Delegation to TMA to consider regarding changes in policy or a stance you would like them to take on a particular issue, click the link below for a sample form you can use to get started now with your draft. The BCMS Delegation to TMA will meet in early February to review any resolutions submitted for consideration.
The deadline to submit your draft resolutions to BCMS is Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.


To submit your draft resolutions or if you need assistance with drafting your resolution ideas, please contact Mary Nava, BCMS chief government affairs officer and delegation liaison at


Click Here for Resolution form


BCMS Officer Installation

Honoring incoming presidents

Dr. Leah Jacobson, 2017 BCMS President


Lori Boies, 2017 BCMS Alliance President

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Reception and Hors d’oeuvres 6 p.m. – Program 7 p.m.

Mays Family Center at The Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway St. (Valet Parking)

Business or Cocktail Attire
Click here to RSVP



Charles “Chuck” Bauer, MD

Golden Aesculapius Award Honorees

2000 Vijay N Koli

Vijay N. Koli, MD



Bernard T. “Buddy” Swift, DO

Distinguished Service Award Honorees


Stephen C. Fitzer


Are you from a family of doctors going back generations?
If so, we would like to hear your story. What made you go into medicine and how are things different for you compared to your parents or children who went into medicine?
San Antonio Medicine magazine will have an issue later this year featuring stories from local doctors whose parents/grandparents paved the way and/or children who followed their path.

If you are interested in sharing your family’s story please contact

Mike Thomas at 210-582-6399 or


Secrets to Developing Meaningful Connections:
Using the Power of Improv to Improve Health Communication

Rob Milman, MD, senior clinical advisor at Center for Health Communication, UT Austin

Shana Merlin, improv instructor, owner of Merlin Works

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

5:30 p.m. reception; 6-7 p.m. lecture

School of Medicine, Room 309L

UT Health Science Center San Antonio, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive

Free and open to all. Register at

Sponsored by: The Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Department of Radiology,

UT Health San Antonio, The Patient Institute and Bexar County Medical Society




Circle of Friends Platinum Sponsor


Circle of Friends Gold Sponsor




Thank you to our BCMS Circle of Friends sponsors!

This information is sent on behalf of our sponsors 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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