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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 06/07 - June/July




Volume 8, Issue 6 & 7
June & July, 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.
Dear Physicians,

I'm pleased to announce that registration is now open for SSVMS' third annual Joy of Medicine Summit,which will be held on Saturday, September 28 from 8am to noon at the Clunie Community Center in McKinley Park, Sacramento.  I invite you to join other physicians in the Sacramento region for fellowship and hands-on educational sessions to help build resilience and bring joy back to the practice of medicine. This year's summit includes a session on"The Power of Positive Psychology for Physician Health and Well-Being" from Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, an innovative leader in lifestyle medicine. We will also explore the merger of scientific and spiritual discovery in the practice of medicine. Attendees can expect a delicious and nutritious breakfast, terrific raffle prizes, chair massages, CME credits and a chance to win one of several gift cards. We hope you will join us at the conclusion of the event for an optional walk through the park with your physician colleagues and a tour of the McKinley Rose Garden.
Sacramento region physicians and medical students may attend the summit at no cost, but must register here. Space is limited so I encourage you to register early!
In Good Health,
Christian L. Serdahl, MD
President, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society

SSVMS & Fresno Madera Medical Society CME Rome to Venice Cruise!
July 6-13, 2019, Departs from Rome, Italy. Register/More Information
Exclusive for Physicians: Confident Retirement - Retiring on Your Own Terms, Ameriprise Financial Webinar (Intended for retired physicians or those retiring in five years)
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Thursday, July 25, 2019, 12:00pm-1:00pm. RSVP with Mei Lin Jackson at

3rd Annual Joy of Medicine Summit
Saturday, September 28, 2019. Sacramento, CA, Register/More Information

Exclusive for Physicians: Invest in Your Child's Future Without Sacrificing Yours, Ameriprise Financial Dinner Workshop
Thursday, September 19, 2019. 6:30pm. Save the Date!

Exclusive for Physicians: Women and Wealth: A Practical Guide to Financial Security at Any Age, Ameriprise Financial Dinner Workshop
Saturday, October 12, 2019, 11:30am, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. Save the Date!

CMA Webinars are no cost for members.
Golden Shore Medical Group Assigns
Assets for Liquidation
Golden Shore Medical Group closed its doors on January 31, 2019 and has transferred its assets for liquidation to the Stapleton Group. Physicians who have unpaid Golden Shore claims should submit a proof of claim and proper supporting documentation to the Stapleton Group no later than August 5, 2019. For More Information Click Here.
In The News
SSVMS Physician Member Spotlight
Eli Groppo, MD, SSVMS Spirit Volunteer
Dr. Groppo has served in various leadership positions at Sacramento area hospitals and physician associations. He is currently the Chief of Surgery at Mercy General Hospital and the Chief of Otolaryngology with Hill Physicians. He serves as clinical faculty for the Dignity Family Medicine Residency Program. He volunteers his time and expertise by providing charity care for medically indigent patients through the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society's SPIRIT Program. In his free time, Dr. Groppo enjoys spending time with his family golfing, hiking, camping and skiing. He is an avid San Francisco Giants baseball fan and loves to travel.
Joy of Medicine Corner
Joy of Medicine-On Call
Peter Yellowlees, MD and Chief Wellness Officer, UC Davis Health, joins the Joy of Medicine-On Call podcast as the Season 2 host. Join us for Dr. Yellowlees' first hosted episode featuring Richard Kaplon, MD, Chief Wellness Officer, Mercy Medical Group. Dr. Kaplon shares his journey from earning a Master's in philosophy to becoming a cardiovascular surgeon. Dr. Kaplon is passionate about addressing physician burnout. "Heart surgery is the easy part," he says, "The burning platform right now is physician wellness."
Tune into the full episode on your favorite podcast app or listen online
SSVMS in the Community
SSVMS' Joy of Medicine Program hosted Gratitude Pop Ups at two large physician meetings recently. We were able to thank over 150 physicians for practicing medicine in our region and taking such great care of their patients. 
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Additionally, The Mortgage Company will donate a portion of proceeds from closed loan transactions to the SSVMS Joy of Medicine Program to benefit local physician well-being.
To access this resource, contact Megan Sharpe, Physician Relations Manager, at (916) 452-2671 or
Other Events
UC Davis Center for Advancing Pain Relief, Essentials of Primary Care Pain Management Conference
Saturday, September 21, 2019- Sunday, September 22, 2019, Sacramento, CA. Register/More Information
Women in Emergency Medicine Retreat- Save the Date
Friday, October 4, 2019, 8:00am-12:30pm, Roseville, CA. More Information
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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