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In this Week's Issue

  • Getting Covid-19 Booster and Flu Shot at the Same Time: What to Know
  • Overdose Deaths Persist Despite Physician Efforts to Reduce Opioid Prescribing
  • End of COVID-19 Pandemic is “In Sight” 
  • Learn the Warning Signs of Physician Suicide
  • Not Registered? Register to Vote in Texas
  • University Health Weekly News Digest
  • Just the Facts Newsletter




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Getting Covid-19 Booster and Flu Shot at the Same Time: What to Know
Fall and winter are around the corner, which means not only is it time to get your flu shot, but US health officials are urging everyone who is eligible to get their updated Covid-19 booster, too. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the updated Covid-19 vaccine boosters this month, after the US Food and Drug Administration’s authorization. Read more

Overdose Deaths Persist Despite Physician Efforts to Reduce Opioid Prescribing
Even as deaths from illicit drugs like fentanyl are rising, a new American Medical Association report shows a 45% decrease in opioid prescribing over the past decade in Texas. The AMA report shows that physicians and health care professionals in every state have decreased opioid prescriptions dispensed from retail pharmacies between 2012 and 2021. Continue Reading

End of COVID-19 Pandemic is “In Sight”
The world has never been in a better position to end the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. The virus, which emerged in China in late 2019, has killed nearly 6.5 million people and infected 606 million, roiling global economies and overwhelming healthcare systems. Read more

Learn the Warning Signs of Physician Suicide
September 17 was the National Physician Suicide Awareness (NPSA) Day, and with help from The Physicians Foundation and other organizations’ Vital Signs campaign, you can learn the warning signals to look for in a colleague who may be in mental distress. Check out the signals here.

Not Registered? Register to Vote in Texas
Registering to vote in Texas is easy! So long as you are eligible, you will be able to register to vote in your county of residence to make your voice heard in local, state and federal elections. Texas law requires eligible voters to register by the 30th day before Election Day. Click here to start a new voter registration application.




Upcoming Community Events

FREE CME Wellness & Coaching Webinar
Sep 19│7:00 pm│Register
Efficient Charting Tips for Busy Healthcare Professionals
Learn effective time-saving strategies to get your charting done at work!
presented by Nora Vasquez, MD.

VA Veteran Cultural Competence Training
By the Department of Veterans 
Sep 20│9:00 pm - 3:30 pm│Register
This training provides an immersive experience in which attendees gain a new perspective on what it is like to be a Veteran. Through experiential learning activities and strategies to better understand and support Veteran wellness and reintegration to civilian life.

San Antonio’s Inaugural Health Equity Symposium
Sep 23│9:00 am - 2:00 pm│
During this event, presenters will discuss the status of health equity in San Antonio. Topics Include: Racism as a Public Health Crisis and Emergency, a snapshot of health inequities in San Antonio, and short and long term strategies for impacting the effect of inequities in the community

Communicating COVID: ECHO for Community Health Workers
Sep 23 │12:00 pm - 1:00 pm│
This video conference is to connect health professionals to a multi-disciplinary team of experts to share knowledge and build capacity for delivering best practice care. Sessions included presentations of real life situations and group discussions to share resources and inform care. 

Johns Hopkins Sexual Health Assessment Workshop 
Sep 30│8:30 pm - 2:30 pm│Register
This webinar is designed to increase your knowledge regarding Sexual Health Assessment. Topics Include: Taking a Sexual History, Words Matter, Polyamorous and BDSM Communities, Transgender Health and Adolescent Health.




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Thank you to our BCMS Circle of Friends sponsors! Donations from Circle of Friends sponsors help keep down the cost of dues and allow BCMS to continue to provide quality services to its members.The Society continues its pledge to you that it will only involve itself in services and programs that benefit you, the member, and your patients.



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