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In this Week's Issue

  • What an Occupational Health Lens Reveals About Clinician Burnout
  • COVID-19 Cases Rising in San Antonio Area
  • DSHS Notification for Health Care Providers Regarding Anthrax
  • TMB Named "Wellbeing First Champion" for Changed Approach to Behavioral Health
  • Precipitous West Nile Virus Season Warrants Extra Vigilance
  • San Antonio Medicine August Issue
  • Weekly News Digest

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Important Physician News and Deadlines

What an Occupational Health Lens Reveals About Clinician Burnout
Clinician burnout is one of the most tenacious problems facing the contemporary health system. Recent years have seen a plethora of guidance on reducing burnout and improving health care workers’ well-being following the pandemic, but little evidence of improvement. Seeing the problem through an occupational health lens can reveal different solutions. Continue reading

COVID-19 Cases Rising in San Antonio Area
COVID-19 cases are surging again in Bexar County and nationwide as a new Omicron subvariant takes hold. The EG.5 variant, also known as Eris, is likely a key driver behind a 270% increase in San Antonio COVID cases since early July. Waning immunity is also leaving people vulnerable. It's been months or longer since many people have received a booster or been infected with the virus — at a time when health care experts have typically seen a surge in COVID infections, annually.
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DSHS Notification for Health Care Providers Regarding Anthrax
The Texas Department of State Health Services sent out a notification for health care providers regarding Anthrax.  One case of animal anthrax was recently reported in a goat in Edwards County.  Read more

TMB Named "Wellbeing First Champion" for Changed Approach to Behavioral Health

A national campaign dedicated to improving health and well-being among health care professionals recently recognized the Texas Medical Board (TMB) for its efforts to destigmatize physicians who seek help for behavioral health issues or other problems that might interfere with job performance. As a result, TMB was named a “2023 Wellbeing First Champion” because it is one of 21 state medical boards that have changed intrusive language about behavioral health on medical licensure applications. Read more

Precipitous West Nile Virus Season Warrants Extra Vigilance
With mosquitoes showing more West Nile activity this summer than in all of 2022, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) recommends physicians stay on guard for resultant disease and encourage prevention of mosquito-borne illnesses with patients. Since DSHS confirmed the year’s first case of illness caused by West Nile virus in mid-July, the total number of cases has increased to 14 total, almost triple the volume seen at this time last year. Public health officials also encourage physicians to stay alert for other arboviruses – such as dengue, chikungunya, and Zika – after Texas confirmed its first locally acquired malaria case in nearly 30 years. Continue reading

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 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.

Bringing Alcohol and Other Drug Research to Primary Care Symposium
September 8│Register
A free program to disseminate the latest applicable research on alcohol and other substance use to primary care clinicians and practices, as well as providing implementation resources and support.

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
Click here to listen
This podcast includes fresh content and also grand rounds. Some episodes are eligible for free CME, MOC and ethics credit.
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