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In this Week's Issue

  • UT Health San Antonio Wins $46M NIH Grant To Use Cutting-Edge Technology To Reduce Health Disparities
  • Immunizations Are a Big Part of Staying Healthy
  • CDC and WHO Monitoring New COVID Variant With Large Number of Mutations
  • Organized Medicine Assists in Maui Wildfire Response; How You Can Help
  • San Antonio Medicine August Issue
  • Weekly News Digest
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.

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Important Physician News and Deadlines

UT Health San Antonio Wins $46M NIH Grant To Use Cutting-Edge Technology To Reduce Health Disparities
The $46 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences will support translational science programs over the next five to seven years at eight area institutions. The goal is to reduce health disparities among Mexican Americans, active military personnel and veterans, according to Dr. Robert Clark, director of the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science at UT Health San Antonio. Continue reading

Immunizations Are a Big Part of Staying Healthy
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that "Vaccines aren’t just for babies or young children. We all need vaccines throughout our lives to help protect against serious diseases." Immunizations are a vital step to protect people at risk, such as the very young, the very old, and people with weak immune systems or serious illnesses. Some people who are at risk can’t get immunizations. When people who can get vaccinated do, everyone is better protected. Read more

CDC and WHO Monitoring New COVID Variant With Large Number of Mutations
Global disease experts, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the CDC are monitoring a new variant, BA.2.86, that carries a large number of mutations — meaning it looks significantly different from the original version of Omicron and the previously dominant strain targeted by upcoming COVID booster shots this fall. It's still unclear how transmissible BA.2.86 is, though experts said it seems capable of sidestepping vaccine protection to some degree. 
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Organized Medicine Assists in Maui Wildfire Response; How You Can Help
As aid efforts in the aftermath of the Maui wildfires turn to recovery and rescue, local organized medicine partners are deeply involved in assisting with the island’s health care needs and are sharing opportunities for medicine at large to do the same. The Hawaii Medical Association has launched a support webpage where you can help. 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.

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!

2024 VIPs at Sea
February 18 - 25│Register here
7 Night Physician Well-Being CME on the Royal Caribbean's newest and largest ship for physicians and their guests. Earn up to 28 CME credits!
Use referral code BCMSTX when registering!

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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