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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 - 2021 - Volume 10 - Issue 01

Medical Society News
The deadline to renew 2021 dues was January 1. Don’t let your membership lapse – renew today! Renewing members and new members joining in January are eligible for a box of PPE worth nearly $5,000. Contact to reserve your PPE today. Renew SSVMS/CMA membership here. Not a member? Join now.
January 2021
The Sacramento region is currently in Phase 1A of California’s three-phased COVID-19 vaccination plan. All physicians and office staff with exposure risk of COVID-19 will be vaccinated as part of this first phase. If you are a member of a large, integrated group, confirm vaccination schedules with your medical group and/or affiliated medical staff office. SSVMS is working with Sacramento and surrounding counties to facilitate the vaccination of independent practice physicians and staff at risk for COVID-19 exposure. Please take our brief survey so that we can determine the number of vaccines needed, and we can communicate when and how to schedule an appointment to receive your vaccine. In addition to SSVMS Medical Society News, the following resources provide up-to-date information on COVID-19. 
Have a question or can’t find what you’re looking for? SSVMS/CMA members can contact Dana Brooks at
Share Your COVID-19 Vaccine Photos 
Photos of physicians receiving their COVID-19 vaccines are an important psychological boost in the fight against this deadly disease. Share your photos with SSVMS and we will boost them on our social media channels. Be sure to post on your own pages as well with the hashtag -#ThisIsOurShot!
Megan Babb DO receives her vaccine
Megan Babb, DO #ThisIsOurShot
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CalHealthCares’ Loan Repayment Application Cycle Starts January 18 

CMA’s Physicians for a Healthy California administers the CalHealthCares program, which to date has provided millions of dollars in medical school loan repayment to physicians who provide care to Medi-Cal patients.  Eligible physicians can apply for up to $300,000 in loan repayment. To learn more visit or register for an informational webinar on January 7th.
SSVMS Events
Virtual Physician Lounge Meetups
Virtual Physician Lounge Meetups occur every fourth Tuesday of the month. These small group discussions are facilitated and will focus on a themed topic while providing a place to connect with colleagues. Open to no more than 15 physicians per session.
March 23, 2021 | 6:30pm-7:30pm
April 27, 2021 | 6:30pm-7:30pm
May 25, 2021 | 6:30pm-7:30pm
June 22, 2021 | 6:30pm-7:30pm

The Sacramento region is facing a blood supply shortage as many local blood drives have been cancelled due to COVID-19. The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Alliance, and Vitalant are joining forces to help meet the need for donations. To comply with social distancing, donors are asked to schedule an appointment. All donors are required to wear face coverings.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
9:30am - 2:00pm
SSVMS Office
5380 Elvas Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95819
CMA Webinars
January 12, 2021 | 12:15-1:15pm
January 14, 2021 | 12:15-1:15pm
CME Credit Available
January 19, 2021 | 12:00-1:30am
January 27, 2021 | 12:15-1:15pm
January 28, 2021 | 12:15-1:15pm
February, 2021 | 12:15-1:15pm
CME Opportunity!

Missed any of the live sessions?
Select presentations are available on-demand and are CME accredited.
You can find presentation videos and instructions for obtaining CME here.
In the News
Joy of Medicine Corner
By: John Chuck, MD, Chair SSVMS Joy of Medicine Advisory Committee

You have heard it said that “laughter is the best medicine.” Indeed, most of us have experienced the pure joy associated with a good belly laugh. Laughter is often just what we need to snap us out of a foul mood or distract us from worry. It is also one of the best weapons we have to fight disease. Read More >>
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