May 2021


In this issue . . . 


TCMS Has Discounted Tickets for Two Round Rock Express Baseball Games
TCMS/AISD Athletic Physicals
Virtual First Tuesdays
TexMed is Going Virtual
Help Battle COVID Vaccine Hesitancy with This!
PASC Collaborative
Spanish Meducation Summer Online

TCMS Has Discounted Tickets for Two Round Rock Express Baseball Games

May 16: Sunday Kid’s Day. Playing the Sugar Land Skeeters (Houston Astros)

June 5: 90’s Night postgame concert with Zoodust. Playing the El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego Padres)
To purchase tickets , select either May 16 or June 5, then enter “TCMSROCKS” in the coupon code.

TCMS/AISD Athletic Physicals

For over 20 years, TCMS has partnered with AISD to provide underinsured student athletes with the physicals they need to play sports, march in band, and cheer in school. Physicians, residents, medical students, nurses, and physician assistants are needed for each of the following four nights in May. 
 Monday, May 17 | Burger Center (MOPAC & Hwy 290) 
Wednesday, May 19 | Burger Center (MOPAC & Hwy 290) 
Friday, May 21 | Burger Center (MOPAC & Hwy 290) 
Monday, May 24 | Burger Center (MOPAC & Hwy 290)

Note: GU/hernia exams on boys will NOT be included this year based on current recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Virtual First Tuesdays
Tuesday, May 4
Zoom Webinar 12:00-1:00pm


Lobbying your legislator has never been easier—or safer. Join TMA and TMA Alliance on the first Tuesday of the month for a virtual legislative update. TMA’s lobby team will outline issues important to medicine and actions you can take now to make a difference.

For more information
Date: Tuesday, May 4
Time: Zoom Webinar 12:00-1:00pm

TexMed 2021 is Going Virtual!
May 14-15

TexMed 2021 will be virtual this year but will still offer access to CME, networking, vendors, and other activities. Take advantage of this free member benefit. The first 1500 to register will receive a TexMed gift box prior to the conference. 

To register and for more information

Help Battle COVID Vaccine Hesitancy with This!


TMA has created a flyer/poster to help "Just the Facts: Why You Should Trust the COVID-19 Vaccine" to help debunk the myths surrounding the COVID vaccine. Post around your office or have as handouts to help battle vaccine hesitation in Texas.

View and download flyer/poster

PASC Collaborative
May 6 
12-1 pm 


UT Health Austin’s Post-COVID-19 Program  aims to create an educational community in which health care professionals come together to learn more about post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC) infection, previously called “long-COVID.” We are excited to announce our first “Austin PASC Collaborative” conference.


Our goal is to build capacity throughout Travis County to care for PASC patients and create a local network of experts. We invite all conference participants to share their insights and experiences. CME credit will be available. 


If you would like to participate in these case conferences, please complete the Austin PASC Collaborative Case Conference Registration Form.

To submit a case to discuss with our expert panel, complete the Austin PASC Collaborative Case Submission Form. We invite providers who submit cases to present them at the conferences. When your case is selected, we will reach out about 1-2 weeks prior to the conference to confirm your availability.
After the conference we will distribute summaries of our discussions as well as posting them on the website. You will also find our emerging guidelines, including diagnostic pathways and management for PASC, updated regularly, on the website.
Austin PASC Collaborative Panel
Organizers: Mike Brode MD, Faith Noah MS3, Matthew Seghers MS3
Administrator: Lyndsey Loughran
Panel Experts:
-Mike Shapiro MD (pulmonology)
-Esther Melamed MD, PhD (neurology)
-George Rodgers MD (cardiology)
-Robin Hilsabeck PhD ABPP (neuropsychology)
-Marissa Mery MD (anesthesia, post-ICU care)
-Kevin Hackshaw MD (rheumatology)
-Rama Thyagarajan MD (infectious diseases)
-David Ring MD PhD (comprehensive care and work life)
-Christopher Garrison MD (PMNR)
-Arlyn Thobaben DPT OCS (physical therapy)
-Aaron Braverman LCSW (social work)
-Jorge Almeida MD (psychiatry)

Spanish Meducation® Is Now Online

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. 

These classes will be held online.
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