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In this Week's Issue

  • COCA Now: Stay Alert for Measles Cases
  • “It’s Real. It Happens.” Panel Discusses How Shifting Values Can Shift Physicians Away From Burnout
  • Newest COVID Shots Are 54% Effective in Preventing Symptoms
  • FDA Warns of Contaminated Copycat Eye Drops
  • San Antonio Medicine February Issue
  • Weekly Digest

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Edward Jones

Important Physician News and Deadlines

COCA Now: Stay Alert for Measles Cases
Between December 1, 2023 and January 23, 2024, CDC was notified of 23 confirmed U.S. cases of measles, including seven direct importations of measles by international travelers and two outbreaks with more than five cases each. Healthcare providers should be alert for patients with febrile rash illness and symptoms consistent with measles and have recently traveled abroad. Continue reading

“It’s Real. It Happens.” Panel Discusses How Shifting Values Can Shift Physicians Away From Burnout
By tuning in to personal convictions and values, physicians can improve relationships with their medical team, patients, and themselves. Given the increasing pressures on physicians, that shift is necessary and possible, medical leadership experts shared at TMA’s Leadership Summit. Read more

Newest COVID Shots Are 54% Effective in Preventing Symptoms
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looked at 9,000 people who got tested for COVID-19 at CVS and Walgreens pharmacies, checking who tested positive and whether they had gotten a new shot or not. The study found that the latest versions of COVID-19 vaccines were 54% effective at preventing symptomatic infection in adults. Continue reading

FDA Warns of Contaminated Copycat Eye Drops
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned the public this week against purchasing three brands of contaminated copycat eye drops due to the risk of potential infection. In its testing, the FDA found that South Moon samples carried the Burkholderia cepacia complex, a bacteria group that could lead to an antibiotic-resistant infection. Read more

Upcoming Community Events
2024 BCMS General Membership Meeting
February 7│RSVP here
 Hosted by the Bariatric Counseling Center of San Antonio, Dr. Rick Snyder, TMA President, will be presenting on the 2023 Legislative Session. 
Earn 1 hour ethics CME Credit!

HIV & Trauma Awareness for First Responders
February 8│Register
Presented by Laura Hinds, MSW, LCSW on HIV & Trauma Awareness for First Responders: Training for Effective Support. This comprehensive series will provide foundational education on HIV field testing and linkage to care for first responders. 

Advancing the Science on Peer Support and Suicide Prevention
February 8│Register
Sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, this virtual workshop will bring experts in peer support suicide prevention to discuss relevant conceptual frameworks, recent advances in understanding what works and for whom, service settings, and more.

Period Poverty & Menstrual Stigma
February 8│RSVP here
Enjoy wine and dessert in your PJs with the BCMS Alliance to discuss ways to stop period poverty and menstrual stigma, while assembling period kits for San Antonio schools.

51st Annual Symposium on Sports Medicine
February 17 - 18│Register
UT Health San Antonio presents a forum for sports medicine specialists to discuss problems and concepts related to preventing, treating, and rehabilitating injured athletes. Registered attendees will have the opportunity to gain most Continuing Education credits in one weekend!

VIPs at Sea
February 18 - 25│Register
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!

Free CME Leadership & Wellness Coaching Webinar
February 20│Register
Join this months webinar on how to "Turn Burnout Into Your Biggest Breakthrough in 3 Easy Steps". Discover how to create your personalized self-care plan to prevent burnout without guilt, and strategies to recognize, mitigate and overcome burnout.

2024 SAMGMA Education Conference
February 23│Register
The San Antonio Medical Group Management Association (SAMGMA) presents their annual education conference on "Building & Sustaining Partnerships in a Dynamic Healthcare Environment".
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