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Business of Medicine Dinner- November 4

Family Social - November 13

2010 Physician of the Year

Men's Basketball - UT vs. OU - January 15

Disney Institute Workshop- December 16

TCMS Committees

2011 Dues Statement

Free Reimbursement Consultations - November 10 & 11

Medical Missions

Retired Physicians' Organization

TCMS Member Benefit - Vaccine Buying Group

Engaging Aging: Innovative Strategies for Health & Wholeness - November 4&5

Free HIV/Aids Seminar - December 1

Physician Mentor Volunteers

TCMS Membership Applicants

Spanish Meducation - 2011

Mailing Labels for Holiday Greetings




North location! Explore key strategic issues to consider regarding Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) on Thursday, November 4 in the Cafeteria of the Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, 1401 Medical Parkway, Cedar Park. Buffet dinner begins at 5:30 pm; presentation begins promptly at 6:00 pm.


The new health care reform law – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – is immense in size and scope, and many provisions are not fully understood. This includes ACOs, a new system of health care delivery.


Speakers include Michelle Berger, MD, Member, TMA Ad Hoc Committee on Accountable Care Organizations, Helen Kent Davis, director of TMA’s Office of Governmental Affairs and William Darling, JD with the law firm of Stasburger & Price LLP.

The Texas Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

TMA designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Physician participants who are insured by the Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT) will earn a 3-percent discount (not to exceed $1,000) on their next eligible policy period.

To register, contact the Society at (512) 206-1146 or tcms@tcms.com.




The last TCMS social of the year will be one for the whole family. Bring the kids to the Alamo Drafthouse Village Cinema for a private showing of the new release, MegaMind 3D. Tickets are $12 each; lunch included. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Theater opens at 10:00 am and the movie will begin at 11:00 am (90 minute run time).


To purchase tickets, contact the Society at (512) 206-1146.


This event sponsored in part by these Friends of the Society: Medical Service Bureau; Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust; Texas Medical Liability Trust; Austin Radiological Association; Brian Novy Company; and Contego HIM.




C. Bruce Malone, MD has been selected 2010 Physician of the Year and will be honored during the TCMS Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Following a reception and dinner, 2007 Physician of the Year Christopher S. Chenault, MD will present Dr. Malone with the Gold-Headed Cane. Come and honor Dr. Malone, and enjoy an evening with your colleagues sponsored by Friends of the Society. Click the invitation below to RSVP.




RSVP, contact the Society at (512) 206-1146 or tcms@tcms.com.




TCMS has reserved a block of seats for the UT vs. OU men’s basketball game, slated for 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at the Frank Erwin Center. Join your colleagues and friends in rooting for your favorite team. Tickets are $6 and must be picked up from the Medical Society by January 10, 2011.


To purchase tickets contact the Society at (512) 206-1270.

Ten ticket limit per physician.




A one-day local workshop, Disney’s Approach to Quality Service for Healthcare Professionals program will show you the importance of attention to detail in everything Disney does - from training its Cast Members (employees) to treating every Guest (patient) as a VIP. You will hear the stories and see how Disney best practices can be easily adapted to your healthcare delivery organization.


Important: Please use the Travis County Medical Society promotional code TCMSMNE to receive $50 off per guest when registering. Additional group discounts are available.


To learn more and register go to www.KeysAustinTX.com.

No prerequisite training required.




Brian Sayers, MD, TCMS president elect, will soon be considering 2011 committee appointments and is soliciting volunteers. If you are interested in serving on a committee, review the descriptions, complete the form, and return to the TCMS office.


Click here for Committee form




2011 membership renewal statements have been mailed to active Travis County Medical Society and TMA members. Stay connected with your colleagues and keep the collective voice of medicine strong and effective. TCMS is your Medical Society. If you haven't already done so, renew today for 2011.


Contact the TCMS Membership Department at (512) 206-1221 with any questions.









Treat reimbursement pangs with TMA's 30-minute remedy. Schedule a free one-on-one session with a reimbursement specialist from TMA. Get answers to problems with Medicare, Medicaid, TWCC, managed care, and private insurance. The 30-minute sessions are Wednesday, November 10 and Thursday, November 11 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  


Appointments are limited. Contact the Society at (512) 206-1249 or tcms@tcms.com.







Are you or a colleague involved in medical missions? The Medical Society would like to recognize you. We know you don't do it for the glory but, on behalf of all those who have received your assistance, we want to honor you. Have you given a child the ability to smile in El Salvador? Set a fractured leg in Haiti? Built a hospital in Nicaragua?

This year, we especially want to recognize TCMS members who responded when the earthquake hit Haiti. If you've made one trip or many, let us know and make plans now to attend the December 7, 2010 membership meeting as our special guest. Contact the Society at (512) 206-1249 or tcms@tcms.com.




The next meeting of the TCMS RPO will be Tuesday, November 16 at Tarrytown Methodist Church, 2601 Exposition at 11:30 am. Jim Bowen, PhD will present, The Promise and Moral Dilemnas of Fetal Stem Cell Research.


All retired physicians or those who are contemplating retirement are invited to attend.

To RSVP, contact Ann Jeansonne at (512) 206-1249 or ajeansonne@tcms.com.



Atlantic Health Partners (AHP), a physician buying group, helps TCMS members save money on vaccine purchases by working directly with Sanofi Pasteur and Merck to obtain the most favorable pricing and purchasing terms for a wide variety of pediatric, adolescent, adult, flu, and travel vaccines.


Members of the AHP program make purchases directly from Sanofi and Merck (as you may do now) but typically receive lower prices. AHP also offers savings on medical supplies and injectibles, and there is NO COST to join!


To learn more about this TCMS member benefit and to join the program:

call 800-741-2044, email info@atlantichealthpartners.com, or visit www.atlantichealthpartners.com




This two day seminar at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, Austin will examine innovative strategies for creating and maintaining health and wholeness throughout the aging process. Learn new strategies for living and communicating with persons who have Alzheimer’s type dementia; improve relationships between caregivers, professionals, and elders by emphasizing person-to-person connections; and enable caregivers and professionals to sidestep conflict and validate feelings rather than focus on elders’ confusion.


Nov 4 from 1:30-5:00 pm, Tieraona Low Dog, MD, will present Integrative Medicine: It’s Not Alternative Anymore and Optimal Aging: Strategies for Life.


Nov 5 from 9:00am-5:00 pm, Naomi Feil, MS, ACSW, Founder of the Validation® Institute will present Validation®: Communicating with persons with Alzheimer’s-Type Dementia.


Up to 9 hours of continuing education approved for Social Workers, Guardians, Activity Directors, and Licensed Professional Counselors through Texas State University San Marcos. RNs: 6 contact hours for Validation®: Communicating with persons with Alzheimer’s-type Dementia.


For more information contact (512) 245-8234,
LTC-Institute@txstate.edu, or KM42@txstate.edu.







Get an update on HIV/AIDS in Austin/Travis County on Wednesday, December 1 from 9:00 am-2:00 pm in the Thompson Center at the University of Texas, 2405 Robert Dedman Drive. This free seminar is sponsored by the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department, the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work.


A continental breakfast and full lunch will be served. For more information and to register, visit www.austinhiv.com.




The Capital Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is a nonprofit organization specializing in health care workforce development. Through their community-based education program, Capital AHEC helps medical schools locate volunteer preceptors in and around Travis County. If you’re a physician who’s interested in mentoring medical students, Capital AHEC could use your support.


Physicians who donate their time to teach medical students serve as both educator and role model to our future health care professionals, and provide students with the opportunity to connect knowledge gained in the classroom to practical application in a clinical setting. For their service, physicians receive non-monetary benefits such as category II CME and university level appointments.


Capital AHEC is most in need of outpatient internists and pediatricians to help train third year medical students from UTMB. Teaching commitments range from three to four weeks depending on the course taught.


To learn more about becoming a preceptor and to view a schedule of teaching opportunities, visit www.capitalahec.org/PreceptorOpportunities.html or contact Michelle Martin at mmartin@capitalahec.org or (512) 472-8921 ext. 303.







The following physicians have applied for TCMS membership. Under the provisions of the bylaws, names of applicants are presented to the membership for review. Written objections to the applicant’s membership must be directed to the TCMS Board of Ethics within 30 days of publication.


Click here for New Member Applicants






Spanish Meducation® is the practical medical Spanish program offered through the Travis County Medical Society since 1994. The 10-week program (meeting once a week) is designed for all health care professionals: physicians, pharmacists, nurses, therapists, social workers, technicians, emergency personnel, and their support staff.


The classes develop beginning, intermediate, and advanced conversational skills in general Spanish with a concentration on health care situations. Grammar takes a back seat. All handouts are included in the tuition cost; no textbook is required. Free booster make-up lessons are provided for level I absences. To take advantage of our early registration discount of $20, enroll by January 7: $230 for new students and $210 for continuing students. After January 7, the tuition will be $250 and $230.

If you are a true beginner, level I is for you, otherwise contact the Program Director, Jill Snyder at (512) 835-7612 to discuss which level class will best match your current Spanish language skills.


Level I - Beginner: Mon. Jan. 31 - April 11
Level II - Basic (Beginner-Plus): Wed. Feb. 2 - April 13
Level III - High Basic: Tues. Feb. 1 - April 12
Level V - Intermediate: Mon. Jan. 31 - April 11
*Advanced conversation, reading and translation:
Wed. Feb. 2 - April 13
* This advanced course does not certify students for
professional translation services.


All classes meet once a week from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Travis County Medical Society: 4300 N. Lamar.


For questions and forms, please contact Program Director, Jill Snyder, PhD at jld@io.com or (512) 835-7612.


A daytime beginner “brown bag” class is being considered for Wednesdays, Feb 2 - April 13 from noon - 2:00 pm at 2100 Northland Drive. Contact Dr. Snyder for more information.




Did you know that TCMS offers members the opportunity to purchase the membership list? Order the full membership list or order a custom list by zip code or specialty. $50 for a hard copy and $100 for an electronic list.


Must be paid in advance. All purchasers must sign a release indicating the purpose for which the information will be used and that it's for one time use only. Great for holiday greetings, announcing a new partner, or relocation!  


For more information, call the Society at (512) 206-1249.




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