May 2019


In this issue . . .


Heroes Among Us
Discounted Schlitterbahn Tickets and More!
Volunteer Opportunity to Supervise and Teach Medical Students
Fighting the Opioid Crisis
Discounted Vaccines with Atlantic Health Partners
Retired Physicians' Organization Luncheon
Member Applicants
Spanish Meducation® Classes for Summer
Dell Medical School Update

Heroes Among Us

Thank you to all of the physician members who volunteered their time at the annual TCMS/AISD student physicals. Because of you, these medically underinsured students are able to participate in school sports, marching band and cheer.

Please give these physicians a high-five when you see them.

Discounted Schlitterbahn Tickets and More!

'Tis the season to start stocking up on sun screen and discounted Schlitterbahn tickets. TCMS offers these for physician members, their family and office staff. Check out the TCMS website regularly as the offers change based on what’s in town.

Volunteer Opportunity to Supervise and Teach Medical Students

CD Doyle Clinic, is a student-run, free clinic in downtown Austin for underinsured patients. Volunteer physicians are needed to supervise and teach undergraduate and medical students in the clinic.

Fighting the Opioid Crisis:

Texas Prescription Monitoring Program Fighting the Opioid Crisis: Texas Prescription Monitoring Program

Beginning September 1, 2019, pharmacists and prescribers (other than a veterinarian) will be required to check the patient’s PMP history before dispensing or prescribing opioids, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, or carisoprodol.   

Currently, pharmacists and prescribers are encouraged to check the PMP to help eliminate duplicate and overprescribing of controlled substances, as well as to obtain critical controlled substance history information.  

To register 

Discounted Vaccines with Atlantic Health Partners

TCMS has partnered with Atlantic Health Partners, the leading and largest vaccine program to connect you with assistance in strengthening your offices’ immunization efforts through lowered costs and increased support.   

Key benefits of Atlantic’s program include:

Best overall pricing and terms for Merck, Sanofi, Pfizer, and Dynavax vaccines with no minimum quantities required

Outstanding flu program that includes Sanofi and Seqirus products

Shingles program that includes Zostavax and Shingrix 

One Stop shopping for Sanofi, Merck and Dynavax vaccines.

Excellent service and support for all their program benefits, including vaccine ordering and reimbursement   

For more information, please contact Cindy Berenson or Jeff Winokur at 800-741-2044 or

Retired Physician’s Organization Luncheon
May 21 

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Program!   

Speaker: Dave Heath, former NASA Systems AI Software Engineer
Date: Tuesday, May 21
Time: 11:30 am
Place: Tarrytown United Methodist Church  

RSVP: or call 512-206-1249

Member Applicants

View information and photos of new TCMS members.

Spanish Meducation® Classes for Summer

Spanish Meducation® is the practical medical Spanish program offered through the Travis County Medical Society. The eight-week program (meeting once a week) is designed for all health care professionals, including 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 while grammar takes a back seat. All handouts are included in the tuition cost; no textbook is required.  

Classes begin June 24. 

Read more.

Dell Medical School Update
First-of-Its-Kind Health Social Work Department Established at Dell Medical School 

Dell Medical School and Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin are advancing the role of social work as an agent of health care transformation through the creation of the new Department of Health Social Work within the medical school, the first of its kind in the nation.  

Pending final approval by University of Texas System and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Department of Health Social Work is jointly operated by both schools and creates a formalized structure of collaboration to support the schools’ shared interprofessional missions. 

A National Value-Based Health Care Expert Visits Austin 

Please join Dell Medical School on May 15 for Value-Based Care Grand Rounds featuring Drew Altman, Ph.D. president and CEO of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, presenting “The Pulse of the Public on Health Policy & Politics.” CME credit will be offered.

Health System Transformation: Perspectives from CMS & Private Payer
Featuring Drew Altman, PhD

5-6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 15
Health Learning Building Auditorium (HLB 1.111)
1501 Red River St. Austin, TX 78701  

Learn more and RSVP