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In this Week's Issue

  • Free COVID-19 Tests Are Available Through the Mail Ahead of the Holidays
  • New Law Prohibits Employer COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates, With Exceptions
  • The Flu is Soaring in Seven US States and Rising in Others, Health Officials Say
  • About US Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW)
  • San Antonio Medicine November Issue
  • Weekly News Digest

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Important Physician News and Deadlines

Free COVID-19 Tests Are Available Through the Mail Ahead of the Holidays
The website opened for new orders earlier this week. Households will be able to order up to four tests, though anyone who did not order a batch of four tests in September will be eligible for eight. Read more

New Law Prohibits Employer COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates, With Exceptions
Texas Medical Association (TMA) worked with the authors of Senate Bill 7 to ensure that physician employers can require employees and contractors who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear reasonable personal protective equipment. Similarly, the association ensured any employer found in violation of the law will have a chance to remedy the situation before facing a steep penalty of $50,000 per violation. Read more

The Flu is Soaring in Seven US States and Rising in Others, Health Officials Say
Traditionally, the winter flu season ramps up in December or January, but it took off in October of last year, and is making a November entrance this year. So far this fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates at least 780,000 flu illnesses, at least 8,000 hospitalizations and at least 490 flu-related deaths — including at least one child. Continue reading

About US Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW)
US Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW) is observed November 18-24, annually. The purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of appropriate antibiotic and antifungal use and the threat of antimicrobial resistance across the One Health spectrum. Continue reading

Upcoming Community Events
Free CME Leadership & Wellness Coaching Webinar
November 29│Register
All Physicians, APPs and healthcare professionals/leaders are invited to this special Masterclass "Healing From Within: The Power of Self-Compassion" with guest speaker and certified life coach Dr. Sara Tamarin! 

CDC's Suicide Prevention Resource for Action
December 5│Register
In this presentation, participants will learn about the motivation behind the Suicide Prevention Resource and its background and history.

Suicide Cognitions Scale
December 12│Register
Dr. Craig Bryan, a board-certified clinical psychologist with expertise in cognitive-behavioral treatments for individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will be the presenter for this series on Suicide Cognitions Scale.

BCMS Spurs Outing
December 17│Get tickets here
Join us at the Frost Bank Center as the Spurs take on the New Orleans Pelicans.
Tickets starting at $35!

VIPs at Sea
February 18 - 25│Register here
7 Night Physician Well-Being "Cruise" 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.
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