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In this Week's Issue

  • Physicians’ DEA Registration Now Requires Training on Substance Use Disorder
  • Groundbreaking Procedure Allows Heart Repairs to Grow With Children
  • More Americans Can Now Get Insulin for $35
  • Volunteers Sought for TMA Councils & Committees
  • San Antonio Medicine January Issue
  • Weekly Digest

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Important Physician News and Deadlines

Physicians’ DEA Registration Now Requires Training on Substance Use Disorder
As of June 2023, physicians must attest to completing eight hours of substance-abuse training when they register for or renew their Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) license. Physicians won’t have to submit training-related documentation but should be able to reference it in the event of an audit. Read more

Groundbreaking Procedure Allows Heart Repairs to Grow With Children
Owen Monroe was 18 days old when he made history, becoming the first person in the world to receive a partial heart transplant. At the time of his first operation, Owen’s heart was the size of a strawberry. Now, at 20 months of age, it’s about the size of an apricot – and the new valves and blood vessels have kept up with his growth. Continue reading

More Americans Can Now Get Insulin for $35
More Americans with diabetes will get a break on their insulin costs in 2024. Sanofi is joining the nation’s two other major insulin manufacturers in offering either price caps or savings programs that lower the cost of the drugs to $35 for many patients. The three drugmakers are also drastically lowering the list prices for their products. Read more

Volunteers Sought for TMA Councils & Committees
Physicians who serve on the TMA Councils and Committees (C&Cs) help initiate TMA policies and programs that affect the practice of medicine in many ways. It is important for Bexar County to have strong leaders on the C&Cs. Click here for more information on the councils and committees. Also, interested in serving, click here or email BCMS at

Upcoming Community Events
Recovery Science ECHO
January 17│Register
UT Health San Antonio presents a research-focused ECHO program intended to grow a diverse workforce skilled in conducting recovery science research to address knowledge gaps in peer recovery support services (PRSS).

Navigating HIV, Mental Health & Substance Use as a First Responder
January 18│Register
Join the First Responders HIV Education and Training Series! This comprehensive series will provide foundational education on HIV field testing and linkage to care for first responders. Free C.E. Credits offered!

Leadership Summit
January 25 - 27│Register
The TMA Leadership Summit is a unique opportunity for emerging and established physician leaders to come together and focus on the skills that will help them grow as trusted figures in their practice, organization, and community.

17th Annual Community Service Learning Conference
February 3│Register
UT Health San Antonio presents it's annual Community Service Learning (CSL) a structured learning experience that combines community service with explicit learning objectives, preparation, mentorship and reflection.
Be sure to register by Jan. 28!

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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