Friday, October 20, 2017



Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) involves physicians and the larger healthcare community in community service, education, and research through its charitable programs. SSVMS’ programs and services are focused on increasing access to healthcare services, improving health outcomes, and building the future of healthcare. SSVMS’ community programs are supported by grants and generous donations from the community.


The Sacramento Physicians’ Initiative to Reach out, Innovate and Teach (SPIRIT) program recruits physician volunteers to donate medical services to our region’s uninsured. Working together with partner physicians and the region’s health systems, the SPIRIT Program provides uninsured people in the Sacramento region the care that helps them lead healthier, more productive lives. Physicians volunteer care for SPIRIT patients in their private offices, the County of Sacramento Primary Care Clinic or in community clinics and donate general surgeries and specialty consults and evaluations to patients who otherwise would be unable to access these services. SPIRIT coordinates all case management and care coordination between the referring clinic, patient and volunteer. Physicians wishing to volunteer specialty care services are encouraged to check out the SPIRIT Volunteer Information or call our program at (916) 453-0254.

Medical Student Scholarship Fund

SSVMS supports the future of medicine by providing scholarships to deserving medical students who have graduated from a high school in El Dorado, Sacramento or Yolo Counties.  Scholarships are granted annually. A scholar or scholars from the pool of SSVMS Medical Student Scholarship Fund applicants will be selected for the Paul J. Rosenberg Medical Student Scholarship. Click here for more information or to download an application.

Joy of Medicine

The Joy of Medicine will relieve physician pain and help to reclaim the joy of practicing medicine through education, advocacy and program services designed to nurture individual well-being and collegiality and to promote systems-wide changes.

Future of Medicine (formerly Adopt-a-School)

SSVMS supports the future of medicine by partnering volunteer physicians with students in the Sacramento Region who are engaged in Health and Biological industry sector curriculum. Volunteers share their experience as physicians in guest-speaking presentations or, serving as a classroom mentor. To learn more about how you can volunteer and contribute to the Future of Medicine check out our Volunteer Interest Form

Museum of Medical History

SSVMS’ Museum of Medical History showcases the history of medicine in our region and features medical artifacts from the fields of Surgery, Clinical Diagnosis, Infectious Disease, Pharmacy, Radiology, Chinese Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Quackery. The museum is open to the public Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm, and is closed on holidays. Physicians interested in volunteering as a museum docent may learn more by clicking here.

Walk with a Doc

The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS), sponsors a local Walk with a Doc Program.  Walk with a Doc was created to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages. It’s a fun way to participate in your community and show your passion for health and wellness! Walks are held in local parks on Saturday mornings and last about an hour. Each walk begins with a physician providing a brief 10 minute talk about healthy living and the benefits of exercise. There are no upcoming walks scheduled at this time.

These programs are part of the SSVMS Community Service, Education and Research Fund (CSERF), the non-profit 501 (c) (3) of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. Donations to CSERF can be made on behalf of the SPIRIT Program, Future of Medicine, and/or the Medical Student Scholarship Fund and are tax deductible as allowed by law. Donate today by clicking here.

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