Harris County Medical Society

Harris County Medical Society Advocating for physicians and their patients! HCMS is the professional society for physicians in Harris County. Established in 1903, and now the largest county medical society in the nation with over 12,400 physicians and medical students.

Our mission is to be the leading advocate for its member physicians, their patients and the community, in promoting the highest standards of ethical medical practice, access to quality medical care, medical education, research, and community health.

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Read about your 2022 HCMS officer candidates in our latest Newsletter. Check out https://buff.ly/3980Gx9 to read!
09/15/2021

Read about your 2022 HCMS officer candidates in our latest Newsletter. Check out https://buff.ly/3980Gx9 to read!

Read about your 2022 HCMS officer candidates in our latest Newsletter. Check out https://buff.ly/3980Gx9 to read!

From clinics to classrooms, thank you to all the women physicians, residents, and #medstudents facing #COVID19 head on, ...
09/15/2021

From clinics to classrooms, thank you to all the women physicians, residents, and #medstudents facing #COVID19 head on, often while juggling multiple responsibilities. Join HCMS in honoring women in medicine this September during #WIMMonth.

From clinics to classrooms, thank you to all the women physicians, residents, and #medstudents facing #COVID19 head on, often while juggling multiple responsibilities. Join HCMS in honoring women in medicine this September during #WIMMonth.

ACIP Flu Guidelines: Vaccinate Vulnerable Populations as Soon as Possible
09/15/2021
ACIP Flu Guidelines: Vaccinate Vulnerable Populations as Soon as Possible

ACIP Flu Guidelines: Vaccinate Vulnerable Populations as Soon as Possible

When it comes to preventing influenza, particularly in the middle of a pandemic, the key takeaway among this year’s recommendations from the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) involves vaccines and timing, says Alan Howell, MD, an infectious disease specialist in Temple an...

#motivationalmonday #youareawesome #health #mentalhealth #wellness #mindfulness #hcsms
09/13/2021

#motivationalmonday #youareawesome #health #mentalhealth #wellness #mindfulness #hcsms

#motivationalmonday #youareawesome #health #mentalhealth #wellness #mindfulness #hcsms

Check out our new video where Dr. Gary Sheppard, HCMS President, answers questions about the Delta variant and the vacci...
09/10/2021
Updated -- Get the Facts, Get the Vaccine

Check out our new video where Dr. Gary Sheppard, HCMS President, answers questions about the Delta variant and the vaccine.

Dr. Gary Sheppard, HCMS President, answers questions about the Delta variant and the vaccine.

Get the facts, get the vaccine! Check out our latest infographic to learn more why everyone should get the vaccine. Visi...
09/08/2021

Get the facts, get the vaccine! Check out our latest infographic to learn more why everyone should get the vaccine.

Visit https://buff.ly/3yrNXzO for more COVID-19 tools and resources from HCMS!

Get the facts, get the vaccine! Check out our latest infographic to learn more why everyone should get the vaccine.

Visit https://buff.ly/3yrNXzO for more COVID-19 tools and resources from HCMS!

09/07/2021
HCMS wishes everyone a safe and happy Labor Day!
09/06/2021

HCMS wishes everyone a safe and happy Labor Day!

HCMS wishes everyone a safe and happy Labor Day!

Timeline Photos
09/03/2021

Timeline Photos

Join #TMA for five minutes of silence today at noon to commemorate the 18-month anniversary of COVID-19 in Texas. We will honor Texans affected by #COVID19 and physicians and healthcare staff for their tireless efforts to help put an end to the pandemic.

09/03/2021

#TMA physicians encourage all Texans to get their COVID-19 vaccinations. Help stop the surge and get vaccinated today. #VaccinesDefendWhatMatters #COVID19

TMA in the Thick of Legislature’s Masking Authority Talks
09/01/2021
TMA in the Thick of Legislature’s Masking Authority Talks

TMA in the Thick of Legislature’s Masking Authority Talks

An eventful Monday evening in the Texas Legislature featured the near-certain death of a bill that would prohibit public schools from requiring masks – thanks to fervent Texas Medical Association advocacy.

Get the facts, get the vaccine! Check out our latest infographic to learn more why everyone should get the vaccine. Visi...
08/31/2021

Get the facts, get the vaccine! Check out our latest infographic to learn more why everyone should get the vaccine.

Visit https://buff.ly/3yrNXzO for more COVID-19 tools and resources from HCMS!

Get the facts, get the vaccine! Check out our latest infographic to learn more why everyone should get the vaccine.

Visit https://buff.ly/3yrNXzO for more COVID-19 tools and resources from HCMS!

#motivationmonday #monday #itsagooddaytohaveagoodday #hcms #health #wellness
08/30/2021

#motivationmonday #monday #itsagooddaytohaveagoodday #hcms #health #wellness

#motivationmonday #monday #itsagooddaytohaveagoodday #hcms #health #wellness

Abbott Adds Vaccination Mandates to Special Session Agenda
08/27/2021
Abbott Adds Vaccination Mandates to Special Session Agenda

Abbott Adds Vaccination Mandates to Special Session Agenda

Responding to the Texas Medical Association’s request last week, Gov. Greg Abbott has asked lawmakers to decide whether state or local governmental entities could issue vaccination mandates, and if so, which exemptions should apply. Governor Abbott added the request to the Second Called Session of...

HCMS president, Dr. Gary Sheppard, answers COVID-19 booster shot questions on KPRC channel 2 with health reporter Haley ...
08/26/2021
Q&A: Harris County doctor explains COVID-19 booster shots

HCMS president, Dr. Gary Sheppard, answers COVID-19 booster shot questions on KPRC channel 2 with health reporter Haley Hernandez. KPRC2 / Click2Houston KPRC2 Haley Hernandez

https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2021/08/25/qa-harris-county-doctor-explains-covid-19-booster-shots/

KPRC 2 reporter Haley Hernandez speaks with Dr. Gary Sheppard, president of the Harris County Medical Society, to break down what people need to know about the COVID-19 booster shots.

Fight Vaccine Hesitancy With These Physician Tips
08/26/2021
Fight Vaccine Hesitancy With These Physician Tips

Fight Vaccine Hesitancy With These Physician Tips

There is plenty of opportunity for discussions around vaccine hesitancy in Texas, where only 55% of people 12 and older are fully vaccinated, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. This puts Texas below the national average of 60%, according to the Centers for Disease Control an...

Mayor Sylvester Turner invites students and families to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Attend Super Saturday, August 2...
08/25/2021

Mayor Sylvester Turner invites students and families to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Attend Super Saturday, August 28, 2021 to receive a free Pfizer vaccine. For more information visit http://ow.ly/bZpB50FLkgt.

Mayor Sylvester Turner invites students and families to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Attend Super Saturday, August 28, 2021 to receive a free Pfizer vaccine. For more information visit http://ow.ly/bZpB50FLkgt.

Apply by Sept. 1: Start a Vaccine Clinic with TMAF Local Impact Grant
08/24/2021
Apply by Sept. 1: Start a Vaccine Clinic with TMAF Local Impact Grant

Apply by Sept. 1: Start a Vaccine Clinic with TMAF Local Impact Grant

As part of the Texas Medical Association’s Vaccines Defend What Matters campaign, the TMA Foundation offers grants of up to $3,500 to fund vaccination activities, educational resources, and community outreach events. The final round of those 2021 Local Impact Grants is now open for applications.

Don't give up because you've had a bad day. Forgive yourself and do better tomorrow.
08/23/2021

Don't give up because you've had a bad day. Forgive yourself and do better tomorrow.

Don't give up because you've had a bad day. Forgive yourself and do better tomorrow.

TMA Urges Governor to Allow Local Mask, Vaccination Decisions
08/23/2021
TMA Urges Governor to Allow Local Mask, Vaccination Decisions

TMA Urges Governor to Allow Local Mask, Vaccination Decisions

As physicians across the state toil against the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Medical Association leaders met with Gov. Greg Abbott’s office on Friday to ask for greater flexibility at the local level to respond to and slow the surge and its impacts on the health care system.

Great Q & A session on the most up-to-date COVID-19 information with Houston Health Department Director, Stephen William...
08/20/2021
COVID-19 Talk with Local Health Authorities (Virtual Discussion)

Great Q & A session on the most up-to-date COVID-19 information with Houston Health Department Director, Stephen Williams, HCMS member physicians, Dr. David Persse, Chief Medical Officer of the City of Houston Health Department and Dr. Janeana White, Director of the Harris County Health Department. https://youtu.be/i8ucyC_Vyps

Recorded: 08/19/21Thanks to the Houston Health Department, HTV Houston Television has been taking part in a series of Facebook Live talks about COVID-19 with...

HCMS member physician and Director of Emergency Services and CMO of the City of Houston, Dr. David Persse, answers your ...
08/18/2021
Your questions answered: Houston's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Persse addresses concerns over COVID surge and vaccine

HCMS member physician and Director of Emergency Services and CMO of the City of Houston, Dr. David Persse, answers your questions regarding COVID-19 and vaccine efficacy with KHOU's Brandi Smith. Brandi Smith KHOU https://www.khou.com/video/news/health/coronavirus/your-questions-answered-houstons-chief-medical-officer-dr-persse-addresses-concerns-over-covid-surge-and-vaccine/285-58aafd4e-e55a-4cf8-9afc-35d03fc7a8aa

KHOU 11’s Brandi Smith shared your questions and concerns to Houston's Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Persse.

Check out our August issue of the Physician Newsletter! ⠀⠀In this issue, HCMS talks about the FDA's approval for additio...
08/18/2021

Check out our August issue of the Physician Newsletter! ⠀

In this issue, HCMS talks about the FDA's approval for additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for certain immunocompromised patients, new laws that take effect on September 1st, and how to successfully file for an appeal.

To read, check out https://buff.ly/3swwQvs.

Check out our August issue of the Physician Newsletter! ⠀

In this issue, HCMS talks about the FDA's approval for additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for certain immunocompromised patients, new laws that take effect on September 1st, and how to successfully file for an appeal.

To read, check out https://buff.ly/3swwQvs.

Texas Grapples With Medical Staffing Shortage
08/18/2021
Texas Grapples With Medical Staffing Shortage

Texas Grapples With Medical Staffing Shortage

The most recent surge in the delta variant of COVID-19 has left San Antonio with almost no open beds in its intensive care units (ICUs), says pediatrician Woodson “Scott” Jones, MD. The obvious solution is to expand the number of ICU beds. But there’s one big problem – San Antonio hospitals ...

TMA Fall Conference Canceled as Physicians Focus on COVID-19 Surge
08/18/2021
TMA Fall Conference Canceled as Physicians Focus on COVID-19 Surge

TMA Fall Conference Canceled as Physicians Focus on COVID-19 Surge

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its continued stress on the health care system, the Texas Medical Association Board of Trustees on Sunday unanimously agreed to cancel TMA’s Fall Conference scheduled for Sept. 17-18.

I will live a healthy lifestyle, do what I love to do, and let life play out on its own.HCMS encourages physician wellne...
08/16/2021

I will live a healthy lifestyle, do what I love to do, and let life play out on its own.

HCMS encourages physician wellness and a healthy work-life balance. For more tips, visit our Physician Wellness by going to https://buff.ly/3BKccMw

I will live a healthy lifestyle, do what I love to do, and let life play out on its own.

HCMS encourages physician wellness and a healthy work-life balance. For more tips, visit our Physician Wellness by going to https://buff.ly/3BKccMw

Vaccination Efforts Ramp Up as Pandemic Worsens
08/11/2021
Vaccination Efforts Ramp Up as Pandemic Worsens

Vaccination Efforts Ramp Up as Pandemic Worsens

With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surging again across the state, Texas Medical Association leaders continue to reiterate that the most important step to getting the pandemic under control is getting people vaccinated.

HCMS and Houston Pediatric Society encourage masks and vaccines to keep our children safe as schools begin opening.  See...
08/10/2021

HCMS and Houston Pediatric Society encourage masks and vaccines to keep our children safe as schools begin opening. See full statement.
https://www.hcms.org/tmaimis/harris/assets/PUBLICATIONS/Newsroom/Physicians_encourage_masks_for_school.pdf

HCMS and Houston Pediatric Society encourage masks and vaccines to keep our children safe as schools begin opening. See full statement.
https://www.hcms.org/tmaimis/harris/assets/PUBLICATIONS/Newsroom/Physicians_encourage_masks_for_school.pdf

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😀Congratulations to Dr S[Gary Shepard and all appointees on the installation.
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