Retired Physicians Organization (RPO)


Furthering Education... Expanding Horizons... Enriching Lives...

The RPO is a dynamic organization with close to 600 members.

As a retired or life member of HCMS and Texas Medical Association (TMA), you continue to receive many of the benefits of membership, including access to staff, privileges at the Houston Academy of Medicine/Texas Medical Center Library, and the HCMS website (which has copies of the Harris County Physician Newsletter). You also may attend TMA meetings free of charge and take advantage of their numerous CME opportunities.

We encourage you to join the RPO which is particularly geared to the interests of our retired physicians. Now that you are dues exempt from HCMS/TMA, the RPO dues of $60 per year are a bargain, and they include your information and photo in the HCMS Pictorial Roster, a copy of the Pictorial Roster, and the monthly RPO newsletter.

  • To make a luncheon reservation, please email Debbi Eschenbach via email at debbi_eschenbach@hcms.org or call 713-524-4267, ext. 245
    • The RPO Holiday Party will be held on December 11, 2018 at the Houston Racquet Club. Invitations have been mailed.
    • Dates for the 2019 Luncheons are below. All meetings will be at the Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77024 at 11:30 am:
      • January 8  
      • February 12
      • March 12
      • April - no meeting - there is usually a day trip scheduled (TBD)
      • May14
      • June11
      • July 9
      • August - no meeting
      • September 10 (installation of new president)
      • October 8
      • November 12 - Ethics CME meeting
      • December 10 - RPO Holiday Party 
            
  • RPO Members: If you wish to make any changes to your information (i.e., mailing address, email, phone, etc.), please contact Debbi Eschenbach via email, or call 713-524-4267, ext. 245.
  • For more details on the RPO, check out their website at www.rpohouston.org


The RPO offers numerous activities and opportunities for retired physicians and their spouses. 

Click here to view RPO activities along with contact information for each.

  • Annual ethics CME
  • Annual RPO travel-trains, cruises
  • Art Appreciation Tours
  • Boy Scout Physicals
  • Bridge Club
  • Disaster response team
  • Golf groups
  • Life writing group
  • Medical student teaching
  • Medical supplies for Mexico
  • Memory training
  • Monthly luncheons at the Houston Racquet Club
  • Philosophers club
  • Science Engineering Fair judging
  • Social committee & holiday party
  • Speakers for monthly luncheons
  • Student nurse instructions (baccalaureate level)
  • Tai Chi
  • Volunteering at charity medical clinics


What do I do when I retire from practice?
If you are considering retiring, HCMS needs to hear from you. Why? Benefits! As a retired member you will continue to receive all the benefits of membership while being exempt from dues. Benefits include: access to staff, privileges at the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, and your picture in the HCMS Pictorial Roster. Also, the Retired Physicians Organization (RPO) offers numerous activities and opportunities for retired physicians and their spouses. For information on the Retired Physicians Organization (RPO) contact Debbi Eschenbach at 713-524-4267, ext. 245 or email at debbi_eschenbach@hcms.org.

Here are some helpful hints:

 

  • If you have books or equipment you want to donate, contact Medical Bridges at www.medicalbridges.org or 713-748-8131. 
  • HCMS receives many phone calls from patients trying to locate their medical records from a retired physician and HCMS can handle these inquiries for you. Tell HCMS where your patient records are located.
  • For more information or to change your membership status, contact the HCMS Office at 713-524-4267, ext. 243 or email priscilla_villarreal@hcms.org.  
  • For information on your legal obligations when closing a practice contact the TMA Knowledge Center at 1-800-880-7955 or by email at knowledge@texmed.org.

 

 

Can you give me information on the proper procedures for closing a practice?
There is a checklist of things to consider when closing a practice. For rules and regulations from the Texas Medical Board and guidance from the TMA, please see the HCMS web page on Closing or Selling Your Practice.