Welcome to El Paso County Medical Society
The El Paso County Medical Society (EPCMS) was established in 1898, with a membership of approximately 800 physicians, residents, and medical students. It is the professional organization for physicians in El Paso County. The Executive Board is the governing body of the EPCMS.
The activities of the El Paso County Medical Society (EPCMS) must be in compliance with our mission statement and six goals, which were established by our members and are reviewed annually.
"The purpose of this Society shall be to unite and bring into one organization those physicians of the El Paso County as provided in the Constitution and Bylaws: to unite with similar societies in Texas to form the Texas Medical Association, to extend medical science; to elevate the standard of medical practice; to enlighten and direct public opinion so that this society and its members may become more useful to the public in the prevention and cure of disease; to secure the enactment and enforcement of legislation that will provide the best practice of medicine; to foster good relations among its members. The Society shall have the right and authority to promote proper relations among its members and to these ends enact bylaws regulating such matters."
Joel Hendryx, DO
El Paso County Medical Society
1. The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) just issued a letter outlining the training that will meet the requirements of the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act that was passed as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, which is available at: https://deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubs/docs/MATE_Training_Letter_Final.pdf
The letter also states that, effective June 27, 2023, physicians will be able to simply check a box on their DEA registration application or renewal form indicating that they have satisfied this training requirement.
The new DEA letter appears to be largely consistent with the recommendations that the American Medical Association (AMA) made to the DEA in a letter earlier this month. As our letter notes, the AMA Ed Hub has multiple offerings “on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders,” which are included in our Opioid Therapy and Pain Management CME course . Using the new DEA guidance, the AMA is thoroughly reviewing these materials to determine which ones to include in a dedicated web page that will soon be created to help physicians and other practitioners satisfy the one-time, eight-hour training requirement.