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SSVMS Medical Society News is a monthly e-bulletin from the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) containing up-to-date information and breaking news on issues impacting physicians practicing in El Dorado, Sacramento and Yolo counties. To receive your free subscription, contact SSVMS at (916) 452-2671 or


SSV Medical Society News - 2019 - Volume 8 - Issue 09


Volume 8, Issue 9
September, 2019
The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society is dedicated to bringing together physicians from all modes of practice to promote the art and science of quality medical care and to enhance the physical and mental health of our entire community.
New Member Benefit!
One-year Subscription to Headspace Meditation App
Dear Physicians,
September is all about wellness! The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) is proud to announce our newest member benefit, a one-year subscription to the
meditation app, Headspace, valued at $99.
Headspace is meditation made simple and will teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day. Headspace has bite-sized meditations for busy schedules, SOS exercises for tough situations and hundreds of guided meditations on everything from sports,
to kids and parenting, or sleep.
SSVMS members, look for your unique registration code in a separate email titled, "New SSVMS Member Benefit, 1-Year Subscription to Headspace". Not a member? Join today!
SSVMS cares about your health and well-being, and values your tireless efforts to give the absolute best care possible to your patients. We thank you and hope to see you at the Annual Joy of Medicine Summit on September 28th. 
Aileen Wetzel
Executive Director
(916) 452-2671
Register Now!
3rd Annual Joy of Medicine Summit!
Saturday, September 28, 2019, Sacramento, CA
Register/More Information

Ophthalmology Training for Primary Care Physicians - Dinner and CME 
Sponsored by: Sutter Independent Physicians and SSVMS

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, Register Here

Exclusive for Physicians: Invest in Your Child's Future Without Sacrificing Yours, Ameriprise Financial Dinner Workshop
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 6:30pm, 33rd Street Bistro, Sacramento, Register Here

Exclusive for Physicians: Women and Wealth: A Practical Guide to Financial Security at Any Age, Ameriprise Financial Luncheon
Saturday, October 12, 2019, 11:30am, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, Register Here

Exclusive for Physicians: Learn about Higher Education Opportunities - Save the Date
Sponsored by: SAFE Credit Union
Sunday, October 20, 3:00pm-5:00pm, Folsom, CA, Contact Tina Szura at for more information

CMA Webinars are no cost for members.
Physicians for a Healthy California
CalMedForce GME Grants
Applications for the second cycle of the graduate medical education (GME) grant program, CalMedForce, to be released September 23, 2019. Applications are due no later than October 28, 2019. Early submission is encouraged. Click here for more information
In The News
CMA Legislative Hot List Update
The California Medical Association (CMA) Legislative Hot List summarizes the status of CMA-sponsored bills, as well as the progress of other significant health care legislation. Access restricted to CMA members.
Stop the Stigma! PSA Campaign
This August, the Sacramento County Opioid Coalition and Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society began a PSA campaign aimed at educating the public about opioid use disorder. The PSA will run on Facebook, YouTube, and Comcast through mid-September. 
Thank you to Drs. Lee Snook, Jr., Aimee Moulin, and Melody Law, for their support and participation in this project. Click here to view all our PSAs.
Member Benefits Update
SSVMS will be discontinuing the Prudential/AXA travel insurance policy that covers our members, effective 1/1/2020. Contact Megan Sharpe, Director of Physician Services at
Call for Awards
The SSVMS Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the 2019 Annual Awards, which recognize physicians whose achievements have contributed greatly to the medical community. Anyone may nominate a physician-member. The Awards will be presented on February 29, 2020 from 6:00pm-8:30pm at The Elk's Tower Casino and Event Center.
Medical Honor Award
Candidate's achievements should significantly contribute to local, statewide, national or international healthcare. Candidate must be a member of SSVMS for at least 5 continuous years.
Golden Stethoscope Award
Candidate demonstrates unselfishness, compassion and empathy to 
his/her practice and patients. Candidate must be a member of SSVMS for at least 15 continuous years.
For more information or to nominate a candidate, please click here.
Please send letters of nomination to:
SSVMS c/o Margaret Parsons, MD, Chair, Scholarship & Awards Committee
5380 Elvas Ave, Suite 101, Sacramento, CA 95819
Local Physicians Receive 
CalHealthCares Awards
SSVMS would like to congratulate the seven (7) physicians from Sacramento, Yolo, and El Dorado counties who were the recipients of loan forgiveness awards from the CalHealthCares Loan Repayment Program. These physicians collectively received over $2 million in loan repayment for their dedication to serving the medically underserved. Click here for more information about the January 2020 application cycle. 
Other Events
SSVMS Alliance - Art of Medicine Gift Gathering Party
Saturday, September 14, 2019, Sacramento RSVP/More Information
International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference - 
SSVMS members receive $150 off registration
Sunday, September 22, 2019 - Wednesday, September 25, 2019, Oakland, CA, Register/More Information
Women in Emergency Medicine Retreat- Save the Date
Friday, October 4, 2019, 8:00am-12:30pm, Roseville, CA, More Information
California Northstate University's Fourth Annual International Healthcare Symposium
Saturday, October 12, 2019, 8:00am-5:00pm, Elk Grove, CA, Register/More Information
SSVMS Alliance - Napa Valley Wine Trip
Saturday, October 12, 2019, 9:30am, Register/More Information
UC Davis Neurology Update 2019 for the Primary Care Providor
Monday, October 21, 2019, Davis, CA, Register/More Information 
Sacramento Medical Reserve Corps (SMRC) Events
SMRC is a volunteer organization that engages medical professionals and supports volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living. SMRC has several events in September and October. More Information
Become a Peer Group Host!
Seeking SSVMS Physician Peer Group Hosts in Carmichael and Elk Grove 
Help bring collegiality back to the medical community by opening your home to a group of local physicians. Peer groups are facilitated by a vetted SSVMS Resiliency Provider and meet for an hour once a month. Contact Lindsay Coate at if you are interested in participating.
Vetted Vendor
Doug Crumley, CFP, CRPC, APMA, CLTC
Certified Financial Planner practitioner | Private Wealth Advisor | Business Financial Advisor
Drawing on an Ameriprise history of more than 120 years, Crumley & Associates has extensive experience in helping physicians preserve and grow their wealth. Crumley & Associates possess the capabilities and resources to provide customized recommendations and support for tax, estate, 
business and retirement planning, and will collaboratively develop goals-based advice and solutions, and track your progress towards those goals. 
To schedule your complimentary initial consultation 
call Pauline Cole at (916) 638-4600, email her at or visit their website.
What's Your Favorite Medical Myth?
Do you really have to wait an hour after eating before jumping in the pool? The SSVMS Editorial Committee wants your best medical myths or misconceptions. Send your submissions to Lindsay Coate at They might be published in a future issue of SSV Medicine!
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Contribute to SSV Medicine Magazine!
SSV Medicine is in search of talented physician photographers, artists, poets and writers for magazine features. If you would like to submit your artwork for review, please email Lindsay Coate at
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