EMphasis on Emergency Medicine in Central Texas
TCEP EMphasis Newsletter
President's Message
Robert Hancock, DO, FACEP
TCEP President

N95 Mask Distribution to TCEP members – over 287,000 masks distributed so far!
Working in conjunction with the Texas Medical Association, TCEP was able to acquire a large quantity of N95 masks from the Texas Department of Emergency Medical Services. TMA and the local county medical societies are distributing to primary physicians throughout the state. TCEP took on the challenge of getting the much-needed masks into the hands of TCEP members throughout the state ...

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TCEP Kicks off Hard Hats for Little Heads Program
On November 20th, 315 bike helmets were given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders at Waverly Park Elementary School in Ft. Worth, just before Thanksgiving break. The school was originally chosen to kick off the safety helmet program sponsored by TCEP and TMA ...

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2020 ACEP Council Meeting
By Diana Fite, MD, FACEP
This year’s annual ACEP council meeting was held in Zoom and Lumi platforms on October 24-25 followed by the Zoom Scientific Assembly October 26-29. Considering how difficult it was to arrange this large council meeting with over 700 participants, the meeting was a success given the online venue and some natural limitations ...

Professional Emergency Medicine Management

In Memorium Juan Fitz, MD, FACEP
In Memoriam Juan Fitz, MD, FACEP
"Sherlock is my favorite character. I tell my students and residents that EM is the Sherlock Holmes of Medicine, we have to put everything together in a short time and observe everything."
- Dr. Juan Fitz, July 2020
TCEP lost a dedicated emergency physician in West Texas from complications of the COVID-19 infection on November 3rd, 2020, who undoubtedly saved and affected many lives. His many years of dedication to TCEP and ACEP will long be appreciated and remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues.
The Lubbock County Medical Society has established the Juan Francisco Fitz MD Memorial Scholarship to benefit a Hispanic TTUHSC Medical Student.
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Lubbock CMS Foundation
2204 Ithaca Avenue, Suite A
Lubbock, Texas 79410

COVID 19 Vaccine News/ Resources
Week 1 distribution final list:

Statement from Texas DSHS on different distribution levels:

Freestanding ER’s/urgent care are currently in Tier 1B. TCEP has signed on to a letter requesting they be added to Tier 1A.

Medical Students: Texas does not specifically list medical students as part of the groups in the initial vaccine distribution phases, however, here is some information ...

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Legal Update
Kenneth Alan Totz, DO, JD, FACEP
Are Your Peer Review Committee Proceedings Subject to Discovery?
Kenneth Alan Totz, DO, JD, FACEP
On September 2, 2020 The Texas Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio handed down a clarifying and protective ruling for the Texas Medical Peer Review Privilege. The case was entitled, Debra Hoedebecke v. Christus Santa Rosa Health Care Corp., et al. At issue, were scathing emails sent by general surgeon, Dr. Patrick Nguyen, to the hospital staff ...

Calendar of Events

January 29-30
TMA Winter Conference
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January 30
TCEP Board of Directors meeting
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January 30
Residency Visit - Virtual
UTHSC/BAMC, San Antonio

May 14-15
TexMed 2021
Hybrid Event
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*TCEP CONNECT 2021 and Annual Business Meeting Note*
We are still in the process of developing the format for our 2021 conference and business meeting. Both will be pushed back a bit later (usually March/April), and we will likely have a Virtual Annual Business Meeting, and Hybrid CONNECT. We will update membership as our planning committee gets more information.

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