Monday, February 27, 2017



The Community Service, Education and Research Fund (CSERF) is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization established by the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) as a vehicle to involve physicians and the larger healthcare community in community service, education, and research.  CSERF’s programs and services are focused on increasing access to healthcare services, improving health outcomes, and building the future healthcare system. All of these programs are supported entirely through contributions and grants from the community.

CSERF’s primary programs include:


The Sacramento Physicians’ Initiative to Reach out, Innovate and Teach (SPIRIT) program recruits and places physician volunteers in community clinics to provide free medical services to our region’s uninsured. The SPIRIT program also provides physician volunteers and case management for surgical procedures, including hernia and cataract repair, at local hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers that wish to donate services. Physicians wishing to volunteer primary or specialty care services are encouraged to complete our Volunteer Application.

Adopt –A-School

This program recruits and places physician volunteers in local elementary, middle, and high schools to educate students and staff on various healthcare issues, such as nutrition, exercise, hygiene, anatomy, and the dangers of smoking, drugs and alcohol.

Medical Student Scholarship Fund

This program provides scholarships to deserving medical school students who have graduated from a high school in El Dorado, Sacramento, or Yolo counties. Click here for more information or to download an application.

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. Click here for dates and locations.

Physicians: We need physician volunteers to lead walks! To volunteer, contact SSVMS at (916) 453-0254, or Click here to download flyer with more information.

Everyone: To join a walk, see our list of  upcoming dates and locations and come on down! Click here to download flyer for distribution.

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 8:30am – 4:00pm, and is closed on holidays.

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