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TCMS & BTC Annual Business Meeting - 12/01

Physician of the Year Recognition

Networking Social - 11/10

TCMS Membership Office Addresses Available

How Valuable is Your Membership to You?

Medicare 2010 Seminar - 11/10

Membership Applicants

Citywide World Aids Day - 12/01

Austin Physicians for Social Responsibility - 11/10

The Great American Smokeout - 11/17

Spanish Meducation - Spring 2012 Schedule



The Travis County Medical Society and The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas invite you and your spouse or guest to attend the Annual Business Meeting and recognition of the TCMS Physician of the Year. In addition, the recipients for the Ruth M. Bain Young Physician Award and the Physician Humanitarian Award will be recognized.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Austin Country Club
 4408 Long Champ Drive


Reception - 6:00 pm
Dinner - 7:00 pm




Click here for information on award recipients.



Bring your spouse and join your physician colleagues at Zax  Restaurant & Bar located at 312 Barton Springs Rd on Thursday, November 10 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Complimentary appetizers; cash bar.

RSVP not necessary. For more details, contact the Society at 512-206-1252 or tcms@tcms.com.






The Society offers members custom mailing labels by zip code or specialty for $50. An electronic list is available for $100. Must be paid in advance. All purchasers must sign a release indicating the purpose for which the information will be used and that it is for one time use only.

Great for EMRs, holiday greetings, announcing a new partner, or relocation! For more information, call the Society at 512-206-1249.



2012 membership dues statements were mailed in early October. Joint membership in the Travis County Medical Society and Texas Medical Association provides physicians with tools, services, and opportunities to add value to their practice.

TCMS membership affords regular opportunities for continuing education, networking, legislative advocacy, and community involvement. Marketing and referral opportunities include listings in the membership pictorial directory, TCMS DocBookMD, and in the "Physician Search" on the TCMS website.


How valuable is your TMA membership to you? Click here to discover your return on investment. TMA developed this new tool to help you learn more about the value of your membership and the benefits that come to you from TMA and TCMS.

For questions regarding membership or to pay your dues, contact Darla Blasingame at 512-206-1221 or darlab@tcms.com




The Texas Medical Association will host Medicare 2012 in Austin on Thursday, November 10. Medicare 2012 is an information-packed, half-day seminar that will help physicians and their staff prepare for audits, electronic health record (EHR) incentives/meaningful use, and important Medicare updates.

The speaker, TMA Reimbursement Specialist Erin Gregorcyk Smith, CPC, will take a look at fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare system; give an overview of the many audits facing physician practices; and Medicare general and coding updates. Shannon Moore or Tyler Patterson, TMA health information technology specialists, will be on the agenda to discuss EHR incentives, meaningful use, and HIPAA 5010.

Click here  for venue location, register online, or call 800-880-7955.

Contact the seminar manager Gay Anderson at gay.anderson@texmed.org if you have any questions.





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 to view new member applicants with photos.



Get an update on HIV/AIDS in Austin/Travis County on Thursday, December 1 from 8:30 am-3:30 pm in the For The City Center at 500 East St John's Avenue (St. John's and Duval). This free full-day event will include dynamic
presentations and displays on current and cutting edge topics for community leaders, HIV/AIDS professionals, and the general public. The event will provide continuing education (CEU/CNE) workshops.


There will also be an evening remembrance service from 7:00pm-9:00pm at St. David's Episcopal Church (Trinity & 8th St).

Click here for more information or to register.




Austin Physicians for Social Responsibility will be holding their Fall Meet and Greet at Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, November 10 from 5:30-7:00 pm.


Click here for more information.







The American Cancer Society is marking the 36th Great American Smokeout on November 17 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life - one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

Quitting smoking is not easy, but it can be done. To have the best chance of quitting successfully, you need to know what you're up against, what your options are, and where to go for help. Austin/Travis County has free resources for those interested in quitting.


Check out the Live Tobacco Free Austin webpage for a complete listing.


Click here for tobacco cessation information.



Spanish Meducation® is the practical medical Spanish program offered through the Travis County Medical Society since 1994. The 10-week program 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.


This spring we are offering an early registration discount of $25 by January 11: $225 for new students, $205 for continuing and $185 for Qro. program graduates. After January 11 tuition is $250 for new students, $230 for continuing students, and $210 for Querétaro immersion program graduates.


All classes meet once a week in the evening from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Travis County Medical Society, 4300 N Lamar. There will be no classes during the week of March 12 (spring break). If you are a true beginner, Level I is for you. Otherwise, we encourage you to contact Jill at 512-835-7612 to discover which level class will benefit you the most.


Level I - Beginning: Wednesdays, February 1 – April 11
Level II - Basic (Beginner-Plus): Tuesdays, January 31 – April 10
Level III - High Basic: Mondays, January 30 – April 9
Level IV - Low Intermediate: Wednesdays, February 1 – April 11
Level V - Intermediate: Tuesdays, January 31 – April 10
Advanced Level - conversation, reading, and translation: Mondays, January 30 - April 9 (does not certify students for professional translation services.)


For questions, contact program director, Jill Snyder, PhD at jld@prismnet.com or 512-835-7612.






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