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As BCMS marks its 170th anniversary this September, we want to feature and highlight the medical pioneers in our community through a series of articles in San Antonio Medicine magazine throughout the coming year.
To help us mark the occasion, we are asking you to help us identify the medical pioneers of our city’s past, present and any new medical pioneers who have discovered breakthrough technologies or therapies, developed medical devices, etc. 
Additionally, we want to identify the oldest living medical pioneer and the medical pioneers who have been in practice for many years.

Please send your replies by Friday, August 18, 2023,



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Important Physician News and Deadlines


National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)
This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout life, not just during childhood. During NIAM, public health nurses have conversations with parents and adults to ensure that everyone in the family is protected against serious diseases by getting caught up on routine vaccinations. Continue reading

CDC Likely to Recommend Annual COVID-19 Booster Shot
Dr. Mandy Cohen, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that her agency would likely come out with guidance in the fall that Americans should get an annual COVID-19 booster shot. Read more

Parents, Act Now: Pneumococcal Vaccines Protect Kids From Dangerous Diseases
Texas physicians have a message for parents getting ready to send their kids to daycare or school – make sure your children are up to date on their pneumococcal vaccine. The vaccine prevents infectious diseases that spread easily through a cough or sneeze in crowded settings. “It is important for infants to be immunized at a young age, typically 2, 4, 6, and 15 months of age, especially before daycare entry,” said Valerie Smith, MD, who is a pediatrician and chair of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Council on Science and Public Health. She said very young children and older adults are most at risk for pneumococcus. Continue reading

Medicaid Rules Are Changing
On April 1, 2023, the state of Texas will begin the process of rechecking Medicaid eligibility for about 2.7 million Texas women and children who currently receive Medicaid coverage. The state will renew coverage for those who are still eligible for Medicaid. Texans who are no longer eligible will either be enrolled in other health coverage options, such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or receive information to sign up for other options, such as Marketplace insurance. Read more


Upcoming Community Events


Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic
August │Click here
Metro Health is working with community agencies to host COVID-19 "pop-up" vaccine clinics; no registration needed. Vaccines available are COVID-19, DTAP, Polio, Hepatitis B, and more.

2023 August Back-to-School Immunization Events
August │Check it out here
Immunization calendar of back-to-school events at select locations throughout the month of August.

2023 Border Health Conference
August 17 - 18│Register
 Texas Medical Association (TMA) presents the Border Health Conference, which will have four panels covering nonmedical drivers of health, graduate medical education, health information exchanges, and public health.

Innaugural Congenital Heart Disease Summit
August 19│Register
The Summit will include topics such as, Prenatal Cardiovascular Imaging, Stabilization of Newborn with Critical Congenital Heart Disease, Management of HLHS with Restrictive or Intact Atrial Septum, and more.

2023 Pathways to Hope
August 25 - 26│Register
Pathways to Hope is a FREE conference bringing together mental health professionals, social workers, educators, the judicial system, law enforcement, faith community leaders, caregivers, and individuals living with a diagnosis to help improve the mental health care system.

37th Annual BCMS Auto Show
October 19│Save the date
Join us in celebrating the 37th Annual BCMS Auto Show, where there will be food, drinks, and new vehicles to check out!

Pediatrics Now Podcast
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This podcast includes fresh content and also grand rounds. Some episodes are eligible for free CME, MOC and ethics credit.






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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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