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In this Week's Issue

  • 988 Suicide Hotline Remains Unfamiliar One Year Post Launch
  • Where and When to Get the Latest COVID-19 Vaccine, RSV, and Flu Shots
  • Update: Ten Measles Cases Reported in Texas
  • Overdose Deaths Continue to Rise in the US
  • San Antonio Medicine September Issue
  • Weekly News Digest

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Important Physician News and Deadlines

988 Suicide Hotline Remains Unfamiliar One Year Post Launch
Suicide Hotlines are frequently underused by those who need them most because people are simply unaware of them. September is National Suicide Awareness Month, and physicians can take the opportunity to inform patients about national suicide and maternal mental health hotlines during visits. Check it out here

Where and When to Get the Latest COVID-19 Vaccine, RSV, and Flu Shots
Health officials are urging people to get vaccinated as soon as possible. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are continuing to creep up and the threat of other respiratory viruses, including flu and RSV, loom ahead this fall. Major pharmacy chains have already started rolling out vaccine appointments. This is the first time vaccines are available against all three. Read more

Update: Ten Measles Cases Reported in Texas
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) stated that ten cases of measles have been reported in Texas this year, and six of those cases involve children between 12 and 21 months old. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children get two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine in order to be protected against measles — one at age 12 to 15 months and another between 4 and 6 years old. Continue reading

Overdose Deaths Continue to Rise in the US

Drug overdose deaths reached another record level in the US this spring, new data from the CDC shows, as 2023 is on track to be another devastating year amid the drug epidemic. The previous record from March 2022 was first surpassed in December, and deaths have been ticking up since. In fact, more than 111,000 people died from a drug overdose in the 12-month period ending in April 2023, according to CDC. Read more

Upcoming Community Events
Physician Well-Being Symposium
September 23│Register
Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT) worked with Travis CMS to bring this physician wellness symposium to policyholders. This virtual event will discuss healthy workplace habits, managing transitions, and more!

2023 Community Preparedness Workshop
September 23│Register
Join the Office of Emergency Management at the 12th annual preparedness workshop that will focus on the 25 years since the October 1998 Flood and flood mitigation efforts since. There will be a variety of area experts, a live “Arc and Spark” demonstration from CPS Energy and more.

Free CME Leadership & Wellness Coaching Webinar
September 25│Register
Discover strategies that every healthcare professional should know to lead their teams effectively and have more professional fulfillment in medicine!

2023 Teeing Up Hope
October 2│Register
The Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas presents their inaugural golf tournament that features a back 9 of par 3's, each offering the opportunity to win one-of-a-kind prizes! All proceeds from the tournament will be donated directly to the Center.

2023 San Fernando Health & Safety Fair
October 7│More info
Join the celebration of San Fernando Cathedral's 30th Annual Health & Safety Fair! Where all volunteers, including health care professionals and community workers from San Antonio join together to offer a variety of free screenings, including cholesterol, blood pressure, vision, dental, and more.

37th Annual BCMS Auto Show
October 19│Save the date
Join us for the 37th Annual BCMS Auto Show! Come enjoy the live music, food and drinks while looking at the new vehicles!

2024 VIPs at Sea
February 18 - 25│Register here
7 Night Physician Well-Being CME on 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.
Circle of Friends Silver Sponsors
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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 San Antonio, TX 78249
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